EDUCATION

St. Pius Pre & Primary School

A few information about

The Project

Like everything in Tanzania, the level of education someone can achieve usually depends on their parents’ income. Schools in Tanzania can’t be compared to schools in Europe or North America. Pre- and primary schools work differently than schools in your home county, with frontal teaching and monotonous copying from the blackboard being the norm. However, after class there is always time to play with the children and do some recreational work. The preschool and the primary school are in the same compound so that you have the flexibility to choose one project or switch between them both. In the preschool, 56 children are being taught by five teachers with the classes being divided into a baby class, a middle class, and a preparatory class. In the primary school, more than 60 pupils are taught by ten teachers. With the children divided into six classes, there is a good ratio of teachers to students. As a volunteer, you can step in whenever your help is needed and wherever you feel comfortable supporting the teacher’s daily routine. Please keep an open mind and remember that schools in Tanzania are run differently than in your home country. Things like corporal punishment and poorly equipped classrooms are normal. The language spoken in both schools is English, which all of the teachers speak fluently.

St. Pius Pre & Primary School volunteering
St. Pius Pre & Primary School children
St. Pius Pre & Primary School school bus

Learn more about

Your Work

The schools are only a ten minute walk from the volunteer house. Usually your work will start at around 8am and during your time at St Pius you will support the teachers in classes wherever they need you the most. The classes include English, Maths, History, Geography, Art, Social, Sports and Biology – all agreed with the headmaster. Support the teachers during lessons and make sure the children are listening and following what they are being taught. Some children may need intense individual support so if you want to, you can do some one on one teaching. The preschool finishes at 12:30pm and the primary school at 3pm. Both have a 40 minute lunch break and in the afternoon, you can either play with the children, help with their homework or even fix some things in and around the school. If you are interested, you can also engage in Swahili lessons of some of the students or prepare food for them.

Your ideas are always welcome and we encourage you to let your creativity run free and take part in as much as you want to. The project is flexible and so it is up to you to decide if you work in the preschool, primary school or both and support them with your passion and knowledge.

The volunteer programme was a highlight of our trip. We spent five days working in a small school for 3-5 year old children called Venance Care Foundation. It was set up by a man called Venance who was also very passionate about enhancing the lives of these children and encouraging them to work hard in life. Despite it only being a small set up, Venance and the teacher did a brilliant job at teaching the children on a daily basis with minimal teaching facilities. As volunteers, we were given the opportunity to teach the children and play with the children each day. It was absolutely brilliant listening to the children sing and dance during break time and also teaching them nursery rhymes and songs from our own country. I would really recommend taking a box of pencils, pens, paper, colour books, chalks, craft materials etc if you were planning on volunteering at somewhere like this, as they seemed to need all the help them could get with teaching facilities.

Elena, 18, Germany

Project price

2 weeks: 500€
3 weeks: 650€
4 weeks: 800€
Every additional week: 150€

Accommodation

You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel and a host family.

Project length

The minimum stay is two weeks. Due to visa regulations you can spend a maximum of two years as a volunteer in Tanzania.

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Book your place now

Are you interested in the project? Fill out the registration form and we will start planning your stay.
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