Join us in a warm and welcoming village in Tanzania and work on a 4-week program that will impact the quality and provision of education and training programs for adults in rural communities. You will be involved in researching and mapping out the availability, accessibility and quality of education and vocational training programs for adults, particularly more vulnerable adults, in the Kilimanjaro region. You will also work on our current adult education projects and have time with education professionals to gain a deeper understanding of education in a developing country.
This project takes a holistic approach to researching adult education and training services, using a wide range of methods involving education professionals and community focus groups. At the end of your program, you will write up a summary report of your methods, findings and recommendations, as well as what you personally have learned from your time in Kilimanjaro.
HIGHLIGHTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE:
- Living and working in a rural Tanzanian village, in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Gaining deeper understanding of the adult education and training landscape in Tanzania, focusing on challenges and opportunities
- Working alongside adults from diverse backgrounds, exploring the impact of our current adult education and training programs
- Getting exposure to social research methodology skills and learning how to apply them in a practical sense
- Feeling comfortable analyzing your data and information and extracting recommendations from your findings
- Having your research used to inform recommendations for African Impact to further develop and improve our own adult education program, as well as for the local government to take into consideration
- Learning conversational Swahili and experiencing the traditional culture and way of life in Tanzania
About the Destination
Your home during your placement will be Moshi, a small town situated below the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain range. One of the most iconic attractions in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the continent’s highest peak, and an incredible sight. Blessed with this view, the busy tourist town of Moshi is a bustling network of food markets and restaurants, with an impressive array of colors, smells, and sounds. Undoubtedly, the most iconic inhabitants of Moshi are the Maasai, a traditional warrior tribe who will impress you with their vibrant culture and warm nature.
The area is also rich in wildlife. With monkeys in the trees and lizards sunning themselves on the rocks in your garden, living here is a perfect balance between integrating with the Tanzanians and enjoying the incredible natural setting. During time off, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the nearby national parks for spectacular game viewing. You could, for instance, venture to the famous Serengeti and encounter lions, elephants, and rhinos – and, if you’re lucky, you might even witness the hugely impressive Great Wildebeest Migration.
Living just a short drive away from Moshi, you will spend your time living and working in the rural village of Mdawi, in an exclusive fully furnished house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars (and trust us, you’ve never seen so many!) and opportunities for you to interact with and bond with the local villagers. The house is very comfortable, with shared en-suite bedrooms, hot showers and Wi-Fi. The on-site chef and program coordinators will ensure that you have everything you need for a fantastic stay during your placement.
There are five core components of this 4-week program, namely service, reflection, communication, research and course work. On arrival in Kilimanjaro, you will undergo a thorough orientation and induction program to gain an overview of life in the village and of the program itself. You will then embark on your action learning journey, working on the projects, carrying out your research and learning about the culture and education landscape in Tanzania. The program will finish with personal and group reflections, as well as presentations on your research and findings.
You will be fully supported throughout your program by our project staff. They will help you design your research methodology, shape your program, assist you in preparing for your service elements and guide you with infinite amounts of local knowledge. All logistics will be arranged for you.
Work & Impacts
Part 1/4: Overview
This program is designed to describe the current availability, quality and accessibility of education and training programs for adults in the project area. The research undertaken during your placement will inform recommendations for African Impact to further develop and improve our own adult education program, as well as for the local government to take into consideration.
With a mix of time working on our adult education programs, researching within the community on education programs in general and time together as a group looking at the more academic side of things, your approach to this placement will be holistic and cross-cutting. You will not only assist the local community through your research and findings, but also learn about the differences in your own education system as compared to Tanzania.
Head to the next tabs to find out more about our adult education programs, which you will work on as part of your service element.
Part 2/4: Teaching English
English language is a sought-after skill in this booming tourism region. As a volunteer with us, you will help in teaching English to adults through fun and interactive lessons with a variety of members of the community, including vulnerable youths who have left school, single mothers, adolescent girls and members of the Maasai tribe. You’ll build strong friendships through your lessons as you practice English conversations, hold interesting debates and organize funny role-plays!
Part 3/4: Maasai Literacy Program
Due to a number of reasons, many Maasai children have not had the opportunity to attend school. As a result many adults cannot read or write. This literacy project seeks to overcome this challenge by teaching Maasai adults to read and write in Swahili, as well as some basic English language instruction. Lessons are active and include many games and activities to ensure students are engaged. The impact of this project is immediate – seeing an adult write his name for the first time in his life, or watching someone read a full sentence for the first time, is a direct result of volunteer’s hard work.
Part 4/4: Empowering Women
We work with a women’s group made up of young single mothers and widows on education topics selected by them, such as maternal health, nutrition and basic business skills. We also run income-generation activities to help them support their families as head of household.
Fun & Travel
Tanzania is home to some of the world’s most famous national parks, perfect for spotting the Big 5 of African wildlife. One of the highlights of an African safari is to experience the annual migration of an estimated two million wildebeest (joined by hundreds of thousands of zebra and Thomson’s gazelles) across the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
You can view this spectacular seasonal event by land, air or both!
Hikes and Camping Trails
Volunteer Group Activities
Dates & Rates
Dates: Available February to November Only
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in the village of Mdawi – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!