English Program

English Program

Education has been a national priority for successive Tanzanian governments since independence. Tanzania has one of the world’s most prominent young populations, and its young people are at the heart of its aspiration to become a middle-income country by 2025. Yet, millions of Tanzanian children and adolescents do not gain a secondary education. Education ends for many children after primary school: only three out of five Tanzanian adolescents, or 52 percent of the eligible school population, are enrolled in lower-secondary education, and fewer complete secondary educations.

One of the most significant barriers is access to the English language. In the primary government schools, the language of instruction is Swahili, with English introduced from the third grade; the switch from Primary to Secondary also means a switch from Swahili to English. And most of the students do not feel ready for this change opting to leave school at a young age. Despite English being the official language, a quality English education is nothing but a nightmare to many young Tanzanians. With the tourism industry being one of the country’s most important economic sectors, fluency in English opens many doors for young people starting their careers, especially those who did not make it to secondary school.

Responsibilities and Impact

Volunteers will work as English instructors in government primary schools in rural Arusha. Generally, volunteers will spend 2-3 hours a day teaching, with the rest of the day spent organizing creative activities and assisting with other administrative work as needed. As most schools have a local English teacher on staff, you will work in close conjunction with them and assist them in various ways during teaching.

As these English teachers are unable to cope with the ever-increasing demand for a proper English education in Tanzania, your support will provide much-needed relief and significantly improve the quality of the children’s education. Fluency in English has become a vital skill in the Tanzanian job market. As such, your contribution will go a long way to ensuring that the kids can continue their studies, therefore, find a job and lead fruitful adult lives in the long term.

Skills and qualifications

There are no specific qualifications or experience needed to join the NIA English volunteer program besides fluency in English. Native speakers with prior teaching experience are appreciated, but anyone fluent in English is welcome. Most important is that you have a deep love and appreciation for children and a passion for helping them secure a better future for themselves. You should be flexible and patient and enjoy tackling exciting new challenges.

Volunteer orientation day

On your first day, you will receive an orientation from our team. Please bring your passport or a copy along with you plus a small passport/ID-sized photo so that we can make your volunteer ID card. We will also ask you to complete a form at that time, giving your emergency contact details etc.

Our community development will conduct the orientation. That day you can also pay your contribution to the administration.

In the orientation, we will explain some important points; you will sign our child protection policy, we will explain the volunteer schedule and assign you to where you will be working. Then we will take you to the community and introduce you to your homestay (if applicable).


NIA is already working in 5 schools where we are implementing different projects this includes SWASH, MHM and Hand Washing Stations. Our existence in these schools is reorganized by both the District and Local Government since we have a working permit from the government. You will be placed in one of our partner schools.


NIA will help in organizing accommodation for a reasonable cost, on the other NIA will also organize homestays for volunteers who are willing to do homestay (There should be a prior communication to NIA)

NIA English Program: Dates and Fees

The NIA English Program begins every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
English Program in Tanzania is not available in September, June to July 1 week, 1st week of December till 2nd week January. (English Program is not available during School Holidays)

Our Fees

We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency.
Rest assured; we never use intermediaries.

Because we are a legally recognized N.G.O., there is a lot of paperwork necessary for the government offices. We need to pay a local person, full time to do this work and use the services of a recognized accountant. To cover these costs, we ask all new volunteers to please make a $200-300 contribution to administration costs when they arrive.

It is a one-time registration fee of $200 to 300 covers our administrative costs. The rest of the cost will be covered by volunteers themselves.


The volunteers will be donating 200 USD to NIA as a contribution to office operating costs.

NOTE: This amount will only apply to volunteers who will not spend more than four weeks. For volunteers who will spend up to six weeks will have to donate 300 USD.

Please apply for a volunteer’s visa since volunteers are not allowed to use a tourist visa to work as a volunteer.

Volunteers will have to cover the following cost:

  • Airfare
  • Volunteer visa fee
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Airport return transfer
  • Class C permit can be received upon arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Cost related to health

Safety and in Country Support

NIA takes your safety seriously, we know how to keep you safe, secure, and comfortable every step of the way. We will support you with everything from the moment you book until the very end of your volunteer work, including in-country support who will be available at all times of day should you need help with anything.

Where are we located?

Arusha is a city in northeastern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region, with a population of 416,442 plus 323,198 in the surrounding Arusha Rural District (2012 census). It is located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha has a temperate climate. Tourism is a major part of the economy of the city of Arusha, and the largest dollar-earning economic sector in Tanzania. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Mount Meru in the Arusha National Park. It is thus considered the tourism capital of Tanzania.

Arusha is a multicultural city with a majority Tanzanian population of mixed backgrounds: indigenous African, Arab-Tanzanian, and Indian-Tanzanian folk, plus a small European and North American minority population. Religions of Arusha population include Christianity, Islam, Sikhism , and Hinduism. In 2018, it was declared that Arusha would be the capital city of the proposed East African Federation. It is seen as a neutral city that does not serve as the political center of any of the constituent countries. The city also has significance to the whole of East Africa due to its long history of hosting important East African events and institutions.

Arusha is a city of many languages. While everyone in different situations uses Swahili, vernacular languages are restricted to the various ethnic groups, and English is mainly used in education. Vernacular languages, Swahili and English, are competitors who are not tied to the socio-political changes in the country. Although Arusha is often characterized as English-speaking, a tiny percentage of the population speaks English. This is a language which is learned at school and is used mainly in schools. Today, only people who have more than 12 years of schooling are likely to communicate in English. Thus, the “English-speaking” program will improve the quality of teaching and promote social interaction among people of different cultures.