Nursery School Volunteering
The children attending Nursery Schools in Tanzania are mostly between the ages of three and six. The majority of Nurseries are private, as few public Nurseries exist due to the government not being able to afford to establish them. The private Nurseries are often established by teachers, dedicated to teach young children and the pupils may have to pay a small fee to cover the rent expenses and the teachers’ salaries. Some children can afford it, but those who cannot often attend the classes for free. This means though that the schools have very limited resources.
The volunteers we place in Nurseries assist and teach basic English and Maths. This means for example, counting from 1 to 25 and the letters in the alphabet. Teaching the children nursery rhymes and games, as well as simply providing them with some attention and affection will also be included in your activities.
The Nurseries are usually open in the mornings from 8am until 12 pm. We have partnerships with Nurseries in all the Art in Tanzania locations. Teaching is a highly appreciated job, and the teachers dress accordingly. A volunteer should respect this and dress in clothes covering the shoulders and knees. As resources in Tanzanian schools are so limited, any kind of donation to the pupils is very welcome from pens and pencils to notebooks. Also anything that you can provide that will aid teaching such as workbooks, arts and crafts materials, reading books and flashcards will prove useful to you during your time at the project.
You can perform nursery school volunteering or internship program at Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Moshi in Kilimanjaro, Karatu and Masai land in N'gorongoro and in Serengeti.