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As a TEFL student in Zanzibar, Tanzania, you will contribute towards community development initiatives by providing opportunities, support, and one-on-one attention that otherwise wouldn’t exist for the communities we work with. By applying for the online TEFL course and undertaking your practicum and teaching internship with us, you’ll teach young children as they start their education journey in nursery schools, as well as work with adults and women’s groups at our very own Education Center in the heart of a beach-side village. These TEFL practicum hours also allow you to gain first hand teaching experience with real students in actual classroom settings.
Please note: This program is only available to those who have booked their online TEFL course through African Impact, or those who have completed the 150 required academic hours for their 170-hour online TEFL course.
Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, an island just off the coast of Tanzania that is rich in culture, history, and also home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Eastern Africa. When you think of crystal, turquoise oceans and endless white sandy beaches, Zanzibar is it. The bustling city of Stone Town is where you will fly into and the area itself is a hub of activity, with traders selling spices, fruits and fish caught fresh that day on every street corner, while also boasting the impressive title of a World Heritage Site. Just an hour from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Jambiani – your home during your stay in Zanzibar.
Due to its beauty and appeal, this region is dependent on income from tourism, with hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to this stunning island each year. As such, many local people rely on jobs in the tourism sector; in hotels, lodges, restaurants, and tour companies. Yet, Tanzania’s national level of English proficiency is very low and many adults struggle to access these types of jobs due to their poor literacy rate and inability to interact with tourists. This program will see you teaching at nursery schools, women’s groups, and at the African Impact Education Center that offers free English lessons to adults.
During your TEFL practicum placement, you’ll be living in a private beach house that steps right out onto the sea front, with the area itself known for its world-class snorkeling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. When you’re not in the classroom, make sure you try out some of the incredible weekend activities on offer; jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the coral reefs, snorkeling with the resident dolphins or sunning yourself on the beach! Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’ while also making long-lasting and sustainable change for the community through education.
African Impact works with four different nursery schools in the Jambiani area, all of which aim to give children from the surrounding villages a positive head-start in their schooling. While it is not mandatory for children to attend pre-primary education in Tanzania, many of the population do believe that it is a basic right and will opt to send their children to nursery school if possible. Despite this, it is estimated that only 8.6% of teachers in pre-primary education are professional qualified, highlighting the importance of having TEFL students assist them in their classroom. During your placement, you’ll work at the Ibrahim, Sirajatel, Mwendawima and Kikadini Nursery Schools, a mixture of publicly-funded and privately-funded centers.
African Impact have been running an education project in Jambiani, Zanzibar since 2008. Part of this education project includes adult English classes, helping men and women in the community improve their English to enhance their employment opportunities. The program started with only 8 students, but rapidly grew to a regular attendance of over 100 students who come from all over Zanzibar and Tanzania. This enormous expansion of our program meant we needed to build our own education and community center. Through the African Impact Foundation and generous donations from individuals from around the world, the center was built and now currently teaches classes from Monday to Thursday for 2 hours each afternoon, offering instruction to all levels; from beginners, through to advanced English.