Afternoon Projects


Adult English is located at the Art in Tanzania volunteer house. Sometimes the number of people attending can be very small and is taught all together as one group, but most of the time the free English lessons we provide draw a crowd. In those cases, AIT provides teaching for 2 or 3 groups according to their level of English. Each group can have between 5 and 10 students between the ages of 15 and 30. The students are all members of the local community wanting to learn or improve their English to give themselves and their families a better chance for the future. Many of the students who attend this class have little or no formal education and therefore patience and your time is very much appreciated.

You will be teaching English as a foreign language at either basic or intermediate levels. The students like to concentrate on spoken English but correct grammar is also important to them. The students also find it interesting to learn about a variety of subjects from geography to politics in the process of learning English. The more advanced class enjoy having debates and discussions about many topics as it is a great way to get them speaking English about things that are important to them. You will need to be organised and be able to prepare interactive lessons. Your commitment, dedication, and enthusiasm will be of great value to students who are very keen and grateful to learn what they can from you.

Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm.

This project is run entirely by volunteers and is free to attend so there are very few resources. The classes take place in the courtyard of the volunteer house that has a blackboard and chairs. The students usually bring their own exercise books and pens but you will need to provide your own teaching aids and material. The internet is an excellent source for ideas for lesson plans and for worksheets and articles. A knowledge of and material on general English grammar is also important.

The program is always in need of basic school supplies.


There are many children here in Zanzibar who dedicate a lot of their free time to practicing acrobats, gymnastics, capoeira, football etc in the late afternoons just before the sun sets. We have managed to find a few volunteers to help the local children further their techniques, team building, and to simply give them something to work towards and feel proud of outside of school hours.

Acrobats, gymnastics, capoeira, are the most common interests at the moment for these children. They are very interested to learn football, boxing, karate, and kick boxing. The children so far have loved having a European person help them to further their skills as they have never received such help before and find the volunteers very interesting. You will make many friends whilst helping this project!

The project starts at 5pm at Serenna Inn beach and moves to Livingstone beach at 6pm till 7/7:30pm.

A few footballs would be great but apart from that the beach is all you’ll really need! The children usually use a giant tire as something to jump off and spring into the air so just your ideas are all you can really carry!


The  Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) opened Zanzibar’s first music school in Stone Town as a not-for-profit, non-governmental association in 2002. The blend of musical styles found in Zanzibar today is unique. The DCMA specializes in teaching the traditional music of this region and provides an opportunity to preserve and develop the intangible heritage by providing educational and vocational training as well as job opportunities. 95% of the students and all DCMA teachers come from Zanzibar. DCMA is the only music school of its kind in East Africa. Many of the students in the DCMA certificate program pursue a career in music as an opportunity for a vocational training or education. Fees for locals are minimal and scholarships are given to support talented students in the DCMA program, with special consideration given to the socially underprivileged, women and children.

If you are a musician, teachers might be able to use your support in preparing lessons and helping students. DCMA always welcomes help with administrative tasks and preparing events and concerts for the school, as well as marketing and IT management. The library, with all its instruments, music records, and books can also need a hand. DCMA welcomes input in the field of music technology.

Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm. You might work outside of the schedule if you are helping preparing a concert or any other activity. The school is closed during public holidays and no teaching takes place during the month of Ramadan, the office and library remains open, however.

The school provides all instruments to their students as well as music recordings, films, and books as part of their library services. Student Orchestras in Taarab, Beni and Kidumbak, regional concerts, workshop and master classes, seminars, exchanges and partnership programs support the regular music curriculum.

Since Tanzania does not have a proper music store, DCMA is always in need of instruments and accessories for instruments, such as strings (mostly strings for violin, oud, guitar, cello or bass), rosin, reeds and spare parts. We welcome instrument donations – even if the instrument seems old and worn out, it will make a student or teacher here very happy! We can also use note books with music staff lines, sheet music, music stands, teaching material for children, Orff instruments, recorders or anything else connected to music.


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