TEFL PRACTICAL TEACHING INTERNSHIP
TEFL PRACTICAL TEACHING INTERNSHIP
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 Centre 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.
Read more about volunteering as a teacher in Zanzibar.
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 over an hour from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Jambiani – your home during your stay in Zanzibar. Whether you are exploring the area or life beneath the waves, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while making long-lasting and sustainable change.
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 Centre 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 seafront, with the area itself known for its world-class snorkelling, 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, snorkelling 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.
Project Impact Areas
TEACH KIDS AT NURSERIES AND SCHOOLS
Education is the foundation of everything we do. With full support from our team, you will promote positive early childhood development by teaching children in the local community – both a nursery schools and after school clubs. You will work alongside local teachers each morning to provide fun interactive classes to nursery school children, helping them prepare for primary school. You can expect to teach basic English vocabulary, handwriting and teamwork skills, as well as basic motor skills, and arts and crafts. Class sizes can be big which makes your assistance incredibly valuable as children can be given more one-on-one guidance and attention during their lessons.
TEACH ENGLISH TO ADULTS
Tourism is considered to be the sector with the highest job potential in Zanzibar, which is why we teach English to young adults in the area, in the hope that this will improve their skill-set and make them more employable. As part of our education program and with the help of donations from previous volunteers, we recently built an outdoor education center where we offer free English lessons to adults. You will get involved in teaching at all levels, from complete beginners through to advanced English speakers. These classes have become so popular that students travel all the way from mainland Tanzania to attend classes. You will play a big part in empowering the community by teaching these classes that help locals expand their English abilities, and ultimately, their chances of finding jobs and improving their lives.
As a volunteer in Zanzibar, you will strengthen and promote women’s empowerment in the village through group discussions that are relevant to the community and explore subjects such as the role of women in society. On Wednesday mornings, you will spend time with the Kanga Ladies – a women’s group who are empowering themselves by making mkeka mats (traditional Tanzanian mats) out of recycled material they sell for an income. You will also help to strengthen and promote women’s empowerment in the village through additional English classes that are held in the afternoon for older women in the community. We believe in a holistic approach to education and equal opportunities, and therefore teaching and supporting all ages and genders.
Once a week you will get involved in activities that uplift the local community. This could be beach and village clean-ups, planting trees, making EcoBricks, painting schools, taking clothing packages to local families, or harvesting vegetables at a farm for locals to sell and make an income. Please note these activities are run according to community needs and are subject to change. These activities are always a fun way to get involved and feel like part of the community.
“My experience here in Zanzibar has been hard work on the land, eco-bricking and a lot of teaching and prepping, but I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. You go through everything here with other volunteers, which allows to make friends from all over the world. But the best part of this, are the local people you meet. Everybody is extremely welcoming; you can’t go around the village without being greeted and welcomed. The people here are so nice, you feel right at home!”
“I have just got back from the best month of my life, and that is not an exaggeration! At first, I was thinking of only spending 2 weeks in Jambiani, but I am SO glad I booked 4 weeks instead. Jambiani is absolutely beautiful and everyone is SO friendly and SO genuine. After a month of life literally ON the beach, you really get to know the people, (both the adults and the children) and the village as though it is home. It is so strange returning to the western world; I don’t know what to do with myself. Not once did I feel unsafe, unhappy or bored, it was paradise and the trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much African Impact!”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
Project Fee Includes
- Online TEFL course
- 20+ hours of practical teaching experience abroad
- 14-nights of accommodation
- 3-meals per day (Mon-Fri)
- Visa-related costs
- 24/7 support from live-in staff
- Guidance and mentorship throughout
Project Fee Excludes
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs