Dar es Salaam projects

Nursery teaching

Bahari Nursery

Project Summary

The nursery is situated in Bahari, approximately 10 minutes walk from the Bahari volunteer house. Bahari Nursery was established in 2007 and caters to 60 children between the ages of 3 and 8, many of which are orphans or street children. Some of the children attending the school pay a small contribution towards the resources, however many can’t afford it so attend for free. The school is located in the old AIT volunteer house, which is also AIT’s base for Mzuka Records. Additionally, some of the AIT staff lives there. There are 3 classrooms and the nursery has 3 teachers who speak Kiswahili and English. The school is owned and operated by Art in Tanzania.

Garisco Morning Day Care Center

Project Summary

Garisco Day Care Centre is situated in Tegeta, a 35 minute walk from the Bahari hotel. The centre was established in 2006. There are 40 nursery children between the ages of 3 and 6 split into 2 classrooms with around 20 children in each group. Many of the children orphans or street children and many have issues with discipline and behavior. The centre has 1 qualified teacher, who also performs the role of headmaster, and 2 non qualified classroom assistants who speak very limited English. The school was recently painted by volunteers and looks amazing!

Winner’s Nursery

Project Summary

Winner’s Nursery, formerly St. Rita’s, is in Tegeta and is there to give the local children a decent level of education prior to starting primary school. It has around 35 students with an age range of 2-6. There are 15 students that are currently not able to pay their school fees. The class is all taught in the same classroom, so be prepared for a “one school room” atmosphere with children from all ages engaged in many activities. The school is in very poor condition, but has recently been painted white by volunteers. There is wide variation of ability of the students, however all are taught basic maths and English.

Kunduchi Green Coastal Nursery School

Project Summary

Kunduchi Coastal school is situated in the village of Kunduchi across from Kunduchi Hotel, around 2km from the Bahari hotel. It is a small school, with around 50 students taught in one large classroom. The school is funded by the headmaster Dzinyeto Nyamawi and takes in orphans and street children free of charge. It has few resources and the two teachers are not fully qualified and therefore need your help. They are very welcoming and always delighted to receive volunteers. The children love to receive volunteers and every time a new teacher visits, run outside to greet them. The school has recently been beautifully painted by volunteers.

Jiwe Gumu Nursery School

Project Summary

Jiwe Gumu School is situated in the village of Mtongani, around 2km from the Bahari hotel. It is a small school with around 100 students of about 3 to 5 years old, split into the two classrooms. The school is funded by the headmaster Teacher Kennedy and takes in orphans and street children free of charge. There are only two teachers in the school, Teacher Kennedy and Teacher Halima. There are a few resources and the school is very badly located – it’s in an area prone to flooding. The teachers are not fully qualified and therefore need your help. They are very welcoming and always delighted to receive volunteers. The children love to receive volunteers and every time a new teacher visits, run outside to greet them. The school has been beautifully painted by volunteers.

Boko Nursery (Samaria Nursery School)

Project Summary

Boko Nursery is situated in Boko, a town about 2½ km from the Bahari Hotel. It is run by Mr. Gideon, and is also attended by orphans and street children. Mr. Gideon owns and funds the school and uses it to teach those who would otherwise receive no education. The school has been beautiful decorated by volunteers in October 2008. The school places more emphasis than most on making learning fun, children regularly learn songs which aid with their English lessons. There are two full time teacher who works along with Mr. Gideon, however due to the vast age range in the classroom (children aged 3-8 ) the school needs our assistance. The teachers speak a bit of English. They are not trained as teachers so we try to show different methods of teaching other than just learning by repeating facts until they are remembered!

Jecaan Mission Nursery and Primary Academy

Project Summary

Jecaan Mission was established in 2004 and is situated in the town of Tegeta which is a 30 minute walk from the Bahari hotel. The school has 80 students, most of which come from the nearby village of Tegeta. The ages of the pupils range between 3 and 10, some of the children are orphans and many of the remaining children come from very low-income families. There are 4 classes with 20 children in each class. The school has 8 full time teaching staff, only one of whom is qualified, the others are currently in training. As there is an extreme shortage of subsidized government run schools in Tanzania, Jecaan Mission is one of many privately run schools. Pupils attending the school are requested to pay a set fee per term (one term is 130.000-180.000 Tsh), however many are not able to afford this so contribute what they can.

Mary’s Camp (Village Nursery School and Environment Foundation)

Project Summary

Mary’s Camp is a school situated in Kawe, a 20 minute drive from Bahari Beach. It is a school set up for the village orphans, with 54 children currently attending. There are 2 large classrooms, one classroom for children aged 3-4 years, and the other for children aged 5-6 years. The children learn English, Maths, Science and Art and are examined regularly with the majority of students performing very well.

One Nursery and Primary School

Project Summary

One Nursery and Primary was established in 2006. It is situated in Tegeta which is a 30 minute walk from the Bahari house. The school has around 200 students, of which some are either orphans or street children, 4 of the children live with and are fed by one of the teachers, as they have nowhere else to go. The ages of the pupils range between 2 and 9 years, there are 4 classrooms at the school which the 5 different groups share, with between 15 and 60 children in each room. The kids in the top class are extremely bright at this school; volunteers that want a bit more of a challenge but don’t want to go to a secondary school should try teaching these kids. The school has 4 full time teachers and a headmistress. Gloria and Obeid Rusumo and the teachers love having us there and treat the children very well. The school is one of the few in the area that accepts disabled and handicapped students.

One Nursery and Primary is a privately run school, but over half of the children can not afford to pay the small fee which is required to run the school (15.000 Tsh/month). The headmaster does extra work outside of school to raise money to be able to keep the school open so he is there only about two days a week.

One Nursery was working closely with Art In Tanzania for the building of a new school. The school is an international standard, thanks to the generosity of past volunteers. Despite this, the school still takes students from mainly poor backgrounds. This was a very exciting time for the school, and is a testament to the good work of the teaching staff.

Foundation International School – Nursery and Primary

Project Summary

Foundation International School was established a few years ago by the Director Mrs. Pamela Bhanji as a role model school based on her own believes of how children should be taught. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and is very committed to raise the level of Tanzanian education. It is a middle class school and thereby not one of the standard projects AIT would normally engage in. All lessons are taught in English and there are a few expat kids attending the school. However, the request for volunteers originated from her desire for her teachers to learn more about different approaches to teaching, as Tanzanian teacher often only learn about ‘the black board method’. In return, students and teachers from other schools are welcome to see how Foundation International School is run and she is prepared to teach other teachers about alternative ways of teaching. From this development perspective AIT would like to contribute to her project. Because the school has more access to resources there is also more possible for the volunteers to work with. The kids go swimming on Friday, have regular school trips and there is money for materials for arts and music classes.

Ntalaluka Nursery and Primary

Project Summary

Ntalaluka was opened in 2010 by Director Matthew to help the children in the area develop as there were not many teaching facilities the neighborhood. The school has currently got 22 students; 18 in nursery and 5 in primary class. As the school has only recently opened, the number of students will probably increase. Once the current building is improved the Director is looking to extend the school over the next few years. At the moment, the space in the school building is separated into 5 rooms by very simple wooden divides. 3 of these can be used as class rooms. However, as there are only 2 teachers at the moment, only 2 class rooms are used. Porridge is served to the children at 11am. They would like our support in helping the children to learn English, Maths, Art and to play sports/games with them.

Primary Teaching:

Pwani Primary School

Project Summary

Pwani Primary School is situated 10 minutes walk from the Bahari volunteer house. The school was established in 1997 and currently has 16 classrooms with a total of 1280 students between the ages of 6 and a half and 14 years. There are 38 teachers in the school. Pwani is a government run school which means that the children effectively attend for free, however the government doesn’t invest highly in schools, so they are lacking in basic resources; there are only 15 classrooms at the schools which means that each class has over 80 children. Although all of the children are very enthusiastic to learn, teaching to such large numbers can be challenging.

Ununio Primary School

Project Summary

Ununio primary school is situated in the small fishing village of Ununio, around 3km from the Bahari hotel. The school was founded in 1967, however it is recently renovated. Even so, the school is very plain and undecorated. The school is attended by local children of the area and has around 900 students. As the school is a government school, attendance is essentially free, so you will encounter children from all backgrounds. As it is owned by the government, there are few resources and classes often have more than 100 students. Ages range from 3-18.

Sports Coaching

Kwetu Football Coaching

Project Summary

The sports coaching takes place at Kwetu High School, after school hours. The pitch is located about a 5 dala-dala ride and 5 minute walk from the Bahari hotel next to the school. The school has many students interested in football coaching who have had much experience being coached by volunteers thanks to the efforts of past volunteers working with the school. The sessions are coached by volunteers with assistance from the Kwetu sports teacher.

Kwetu Netball Coaching

Project Summary

The netball coaching takes place at Kwetu High School, a school in Kunduchi, a short dala-dala ride away. It has recently been set up as a way to provide sports to girls, who often receive no sports coaching in schools whatsoever. The girls are very excited to be able to learn netball and generally pick up new skills and rules very quickly. They also enjoy the extra opportunity to learn English.

Kondo Sports Coaching

Project Summary

The sports coaching takes place in Kondo, a village about 15 minutes walk from the Bahari hotel. There is a football team already set up thanks to the support of a local businesswoman and we’re planning to set up a netball team as well. The sessions are coached by volunteers only.

Bahari Computer Class

Project Summary

The Art in Tanzania Computer Education Program has evolved over the last few years. What started as just some volunteers teaching locals how to set up an email account soon turned into 2-hour long computer classes in which volunteers helped students to learn basic internet, word processing, Excel, and typing skills. Due to a limited number of computers and a lack of a developed curriculum, it has been difficult to maintain the computer classes in between volunteers’ placements and during low seasons. Computer class is typically taught as a morning project in the internet café in the hotel however, many students would like to attend afternoon classes instead. There are usually around 5 or 6 students attending, but this increases in school holidays as school pupils will often attend as well. The students have a very basic level of computer ability. They are also able to surf the internet and send emails. The class is entirely run by Art in Tanzania and therefore is totally dependent on volunteers. AIT now has a basic computer education curriculum but the major missing piece preventing the implementation of this program is that Art in Tanzania only owns 2 desktop computers and 2 laptops.

HIV/AIDS Educational Seminar Programs

Project Summary

The HIV Awareness Program is run by Art in Tanzania and the goal is to educate and support the local communities regarding health and social matters. The program involves teaching seminars to many schools, groups and individuals in the local area to provide information and advice about HIV and AIDS, about its cause, effects, prevention, medication, treatment, nutrition, social stigma etc. The groups typically include youths and adults and the size of the group varies from seminar to seminar. Each seminar takes 2 days to complete.

As the program involves visiting different locations up to 4 or 5 times a week, the locations vary. You will travel to the locations by AIT car, dala-dala or on foot depending on the distance.


Construction Projects:

Local Construction Projects

Project Summary

AIT sponsored construction projects can include building new classrooms or additions onto existing classrooms, building toilet shelters, building new covered gathering areas, furniture building, and creating landscaping areas. Various maintenance projects at neighboring schools as well as at the Dar volunteer house can include repairing concrete walls and floors, installing new windows and doors, fixing playground equipment, repairing plumbing fixtures, painting and landscaping.


Bagamoyo Youth Centre Construction Project (Mapinga)

Project Summary

Art in Tanzania is building an education center in Kiharaka, a small village 20km north of the Bahari hotel. Kiharaka is located in the Bagamoyo region of northern coastal Tanzania. It is a sparsely developed coastal area, and the nearest village has an approximate population of 4,000 and lacks any substantial schools for its population of several hundred children.

Bagamoyo Youth Centre will focus on providing education and art education for children in the rural areas of northern Tanzania as well as students traveling from other parts of the country. Through phased construction, the plan is to build a nursery, primary and secondary school, an art education center, housing for the staff and volunteers, housing for boarding students, a tropical fruit farm utilizing sustainable eco-horticultural processes, a water reclamation area and recreational facilities such as a football field and basketball court and areas for play and other sports. Art in Tanzania will operate with full and part time staff members, and volunteers will each participate in different ways to accomplish the construction and then provide assistance for the educational and vocational programs at Kiharaka in cooperation with the staff. Phase One would allow Art in Tanzania to house 20 orphans as well as begin holding classes for children of nursery and primary ages in the Bagamoyo Region of Northern coastal Tanzania.

Art Teaching Program

Project Summary

Many of the local nursery, primary and secondary schools have no arts programs whatsoever, and are grateful when volunteers are able to teach students how to express themselves artistically. The creation of an arts curriculum is underway, but volunteers are needed to continue this initiative. Volunteers can assist in the creation of the curriculum or simply visit local schools and teach art classes.

Cultural Teaching Course

Project Summary

The Cultural Teaching Course aims to provide the local teachers with a chance to learn different methods of teaching, other than the traditional Tanzanian way. Many teachers, although educated are not qualified to teach, they therefore have little understanding of the development of children and modern teaching methods. It is common in Tanzania to use the stick as a form of punishment, obviously this is not something that most agree with, it is not something we can ban but through the classes we hope to discourage it by introducing positive reinforcement. The course is not aimed to tell the teachers that their teaching strategies are wrong, it is aimed to provide them with ideas and an understanding of the psychological effects that different teaching methods have on children.


Ghomme Girls Secondary Boarding School (Afternoon project)

Project Summary

The secondary school is situated 5km north from the volunteer house, close to Mahaba beach. Ghomme Secondary has 80 O-level students split in 4 classes and

40 A-level students split in 2 classes. 5 students do not pay the annual fee since they are coming from poor families. There are 16 teachers that speak Kiswahili and English.

Tegeta Kindergarten

Presbyterian Church of Tanzania

Project Summary

The school is situated in Tegeta, approximately 30 minutes walk from the Bahari volunteer house. There are 40 children aged between 3 and 6, and 35 children between 7 and 14. There are 2 classrooms and the school has 2 teachers who speak Kiswahili and English.


Journalism Program/Fiesta Magazine

Project Summary

Art in Tanzania produces its own youth magazine "Fiesta". Our idea has been to produce a high quality Kiswahili magazine that all Tanzanians can read. We talk about community issues, music, arts, sports, etc. We need visiting journalists, photographers, graphic designers, and marketing people among others to promote and develop the magazine. The project is located in Dar es Salaam but one can sure make articles staying at our other locations as well.


Music Program/Mzuka Records

Project Summary

Art in Tanzania’s recording studio, Mzuka Records, nurtures young Tanzanian talent with their music studio, practice facilities, PA systems for shows, and music marketing and promotion.. Volunteers help to produce music and music videos, and simultaneously arrange youth talent shows in Dar es Salaam and Moshi to support young artists in building their profiles and gaining publicity. Mzuka Records wants to expand outside its studio and start music education programs in schools. Most schools in Tanzania do not have music or any arts educational programs. Mzuka Records strives to discover talent and give opportunities to those that otherwise would not have had one, such as street children, orphans, and youth in remote villages. We are presently developing music education schemes for schools, which in turn generates income for the young musicians in our programs, as well as produces a high-quality music education curriculum for schools in Tanzania. Mzuka Records wants to allow all musicians the opportunity to express themselves through music and speak out about important issues facing today’s youth.

Mzuka Records has several talents and groups signed to the label. Mambo Jambo, comprised of Benjamin, G Stebo, and Only Face, is a Bongo Flava band, inspired by hip-hop, rap, and African beats. Sanaa Sanaa is a Tanzanian traditional music band consisting of six highly talented members who blend their individual talents and the modern sounds to create new, unheard sounds in Africa.


Mwandaliwa Islamic Orphanage
Project Summary
Mwandaliwa Orphanage is situated a several kilometers north from the hotel. There are currently about 50 children staying at the orphanage between the ages of 2 and 16. It is run by a mother and her son, neither of whom are entirely proficient at English. In 2011 the orphanage moved to a new house. Because the building is not finished yet, there is currently no connection to electricity.

There are always problems with funding to cover school fees, clothes, food and medical care, so you could look at setting up a link with a charity to support them. The children are from varying backgrounds, some have problems with HIV/AIDS, disabilities or sight or hearing issues. The project receives some help from some local residents, but this is mainly to wash clothes or prepare food. You will be required to be entirely flexible as there is so much that you can do! Volunteers can run sports classes, English courses, games and music programs along with other initiatives like for example occasional HIV awareness seminars.


Women's Group - Mtongani

Project Summary

The Women’s Group is designed to help widowed and underprivileged women develop their skills and provide a better quality of life for their families. Volunteers offer training in English, computers, mathematics and business skills. Women artisans also receive training in other practical skills so that they can develop their range of handicrafts, with a view to selling their products locally and possibly even to export markets. They are in desperate need of assistance in developing a sustainable way to market and sell the handicraft products they make in Tanzania as well as abroad.


Women's Group - Bahari

Project Summary

The Women’s Group is designed to help local women develop their skills and provide a better quality of life for their families. Volunteers offer training in English, computers, mathematics and business skills. Women artisans also receive training in other practical skills so that they can develop their range of handicrafts, with a view to selling their products locally and possibly even to export markets. AIT provides the setting and sometimes the start-up materials or knowledge for handicraft education.


Bahari Adult English Class

Project Summary

Bahari Adult English class is located at the Art in Tanzania staff house. It is also where AIT hosts Bahari Nursery. It is a ten minute walk from the Bahari hotel. 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 draws a crowd. In those cases, AIT provides teaching for 3 groups, one at basic level, one at an intermediate level and one at a more advanced level; each group can have between 10 and 20 students between the ages of 15 and 40. 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. Amongst the students are members of staff working at the volunteer houses, local bike taxi drivers, mothers and a number of local Masai. Many of the students who attend this class have little or no formal education and therefore patience and your time is very much appreciated.


Community Art Projects

Project Summary

Volunteers who enjoy being artistic can help with our many community art projects such as mural paintings at many local schools and businesses, educational murals at the local schools (i.e. an alphabet with illustrations), mosaic tiling of floors and walls and colorful furniture painting and design – to name a few.


Handicraft Design Projects

Project Summary

Art in Tanzania offers arts residencies and placements for artists seeking inspiration from African culture and who are interested in such traditional African handicrafts as ebony carving, batik making and tinga-tinga painting. Volunteers work alongside local artists to produce work for both exhibition and sale, sharing ideas and different cultural influences together. Volunteers can also study African drumming and dance, as well as teaching performing arts on our school drama programs.

Medical and Nursing Programs:

MHS Massana Hospital

Project Summary

MHS Massana Hospital is situated approximately 10km from Bahari Beach and Tegeta. It is a privately run hospital with patients paying approximately 10,000 Tsh for a consultation, tests, diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. The hospital handles over 300 patients per day, with the main areas of treatment being for Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Hypertension, Burns. There is also the Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) located at the hospital.


Miko Hospital

Project Summary

Miko Hospital is situated approximately 2km from Bahari Beach in Tegeta. It is a privately run hospital with patients paying approximately 8,000 TSH for a consultation, tests, diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. The hospital handles over 100 patients per day, with the main areas of treatment being for Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Hypertension, Burns. There is also the Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) located at the hospital.

All medical Volunteers

Before you arrive:

You will need to provide us with a full CV including areas of study and experience 1 month before you arrive.

It will be useful to research:

  • Western treatments for the cases that you will face

  • The challenges facing the medical sector in Africa

To be prepared to answer questions on yourself:

  • What you are studying/What you do for work.

  • What you hope to gain by volunteering here.

  • Your professional plans for the future

This will help raise the awareness and knowledge of the local staff in the hospital of the medical sector in developed countries.

Through this mutual cooperation, the hospital you volunteer at will be able to develop its knowledge in treatment and counseling methods and you will be able to develop your awareness of the problems and limitations facing the medical sector in Africa and raise awareness of this when you return to your country.

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