Yusef Nursery School
Yusef Nursery School: A small, underdeveloped school in a village 20 minutes outside of Stone Town. There are five classes with 125 student’s total. School hours are 8:00am-12:30pm. Volunteers need to leave the AIT house at around 7:30 AM and take a daladala (minibus) in order to arrive by the 8am start time. Children’s ages range from 4 to 9 years old. Volunteers teach English, sports, geography, math and science (all at a basic level) Friday at the school is an all day sports day, but students finish early. Volunteers need to co-ordinate lesson plans with teachers each morning.
St. Monica's School
St. Monica’s School is run by the Anglican Church and is located in Stone Town. There are twelve classes with 250 student’s total. School hours are from 8:00am– 12:30pm. Subjects to be taught are English, math, science and civics at all levels. This school has plenty of resources and a large staff. Volunteers going to this school really act as substitutes for missing teachers. This school is for volunteers who are able to teach new classes at the spur of the moment. Volunteers are required to teach from an established lesson plan that is created by the school and will be asked to teach all subjects.
The children in both primary and nursery are either Christian or Muslim. However with Zanzibar being 92% Muslim, the Islamic population in St Monica’s is, needless to say very high. We therefore ask for volunteers to dress modestly both in school and around Zanzibar to respect the religion and culture. Between 2 and 6 volunteers are needed at this project.
Zanzibar Baby Day Care
Zanzibar Baby Day Care is a nursery school for young children ranging from infants to six year olds. There are approximately 100 children in attendance at this center. Hours are from 8:15am – 12:00pm. The nursery school is a 20 minute daladala ride from Stone Town and is located in a nice neighborhood. The school is well developed and has plenty of teachers. This project is for volunteers wanting to interact with young children and would like to assist teachers with various tasks as needed. Volunteers play with children, teach children basic numbers and the alphabet, help the teachers with snack time, and help teachers with nap time. The Baby day care centre is a short daladala ride away which takes about 15-20 minutes to get there or one can take a taxi for no more than 8,000tsh per way. It all depends on your sense of adventure. This day centre will need only 1 or 2 volunteers at a time.
St. Teresia Nursery School
St Teresia is a nursery school 6 kilometres out of Stone Town in a place called Mwera. The school was opened on 8th January 2013 and has only one class with 39 students and 2 teachers. The school was just started for Christians but now there are both Christian and Islamic students. The school is a 30 minute daladala ride out of Stone Town for just 400 shillings. The nursery age at this school is 3-5 year olds.
Kiswahili, Maths, Science and English are taught to all the students. Volunteers are needed mainly to teach English and Maths but are always welcome to assist in any of the other subjects or activities. It’s always a good idea when you’re planning a lesson to think of something creative as this lacks in education and the schools in Zanzibar.
Nursery education is taught in the morning only. At St Teresia volunteers are expected to work from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Holidays are three weeks during the end of December and beginning of January.
As St Teresia is a new project and the school has just opened it doesn’t have a lot of resources so any donations would be gratefully received. Especially Pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners and text books. The children in St Teresia are both Christian and Muslim. However with Zanzibar being 92% Muslim we ask volunteers to dress modestly both in school and around Zanzibar to respect the religion and culture. Between 2 – 4 volunteers are needed at this project
Fuoni Village: Together We Can
Our old housekeeper Warda’s son Abdul teaches English to 30 children and teenagers in their village of Fuoni. Classes start at 5pm and end at 7pm. Most of the children in these classes do not attend school and have little to no access to English language resources or school materials. The village is a 20 minute daladala ride away and Abdul will meet you at the AIT house and take you for the first couple of lessons. He will then meet you in Fuoni where the daladala stops in the center of the village. Children are very appreciative of the volunteers who come to teach classes and volunteers in the past have had nothing but positive experiences with this project.
Makunduchi Village Project
AIT owns a small house in the village of Makunduchi, which is approximately an hour drive from Stone Town on the island’s eastern end. Volunteers live in the house and teach at the local school or work on infrastructure projects in the village. The school is looking for volunteers who can teach English. The village is very remote and few residents there speak any language other than Swahili. There is one restaurant, one hotel and one hospital nearby. Volunteers usually bring their own food from Stone Town and prepare their own meals in the house. We encourage this project for large groups or volunteers who have substantial experience living and working in isolated areas. The school has 150 students and hours are 8:30am–12:30pm.