Secondary School Teaching Volunteer

Cornerstone Development Tanzania - Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-884 Location: Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 6 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Cornerstone Development Leadership Academy is an advanced level boarding high school which gives a 100% full scholarships to young people from poor backgrounds but with high potential as future leaders around Tanzania.

They filter all the applications and select the students who have the most need and can’t afford to continue with their studies in the advanced level of high school. The school offers 100% free education.

Cornerstone Development Leadership Academy is seeking teaching volunteers who are willing to come and help them teach the advanced high school level of students. There are two secondary school levels in Tanzania, the first level is the general level which is form one to form four and the advanced level which is form five and form six. High school teacher volunteers that would be suitable for this placement are those with advanced level qualification as this is the highest grade of high school in Tanzania so all the topics are advanced.

The volunteers would be required to help out with several subjects according to their knowledge and qualification background. The subjects may include Science, Mathematics, Geography and English. Volunteers would be able to chose which subjects they would prefer to teach. The volunteers would get a chance to be introduced to all topics the school is covering and would receive assistance from the local teachers in the classrooms until the volunteers were comfortable to deliver lessons on their own. The volunteers may also be asked to assist the local teachers in their classroom activities, as well as help to prepare lessons and exams.

The school provides all the teaching materials so volunteers don't need to worry about bringing teaching supplies.

As stated previously high school teacher volunteers for this placement must be qualified high school teachers and capable of teaching the higher grades in the core subjects. The volunteers would be expected to prepare their lessons ahead of time, give tests and exams on the subjects taught and keep an accurate record of each student's progress.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Introduction to the Topics

High school teacher volunteers before they started teaching would be introduced to the topics they had chosen to teach during their placement. This would be done by the local teachers to insure the volunteers get a sense of the teaching methods in Tanzania and feel comfortable to teach their chosen subjects.

Classroom Teaching

This is the main task for the volunteers and why they chose this placement. Therefore, the high school teacher volunteers when they have adjusted to teaching methods in Tanzania would be expected to conduct classroom lessons.

Help Prepare Exams and Tests

High school teacher volunteers would be expected to give homework, tests and exams in the subjects they taught and keep accurate records of all transactions. If time allowed they may be asked to assist other teachers in their classrooms during various activities.

Organize Group Discussions

High school teacher volunteers would be expected to conduct group discussions as part of the learning methods in their chosen subjects and assess each session as to its success.

Host Organization Details

Cornerstone Development Tanzania

Cornerstone Development Leadership Academy is an advanced level boarding high school which gives a 100% full scholarship to young people from poor backgrounds but with high potential as future leaders around Tanzania.

A major aim of this program is to teach young future leaders from various religious backgrounds and different tribes to learn to live together as brothers and sisters. In addition to academic studies, the program involves a comprehensive discipleship program following the principles, precepts and person of Jesus.

This organization is based in Uganda where it was established in 1988 to help in the rebuilding and development of the nation as it was emerging from a very turbulent past. In recent years they have also begun work in Tanzania.

Their first project was the construction of Rushere Hospital in Western Uganda. Following that all their programs began to be directed toward helping under-privileged children, with a special focus on youth leadership development. Since its inception the work has steadily expanded to include at the present time over 2,000 young people in a variety of programs in schools, homes for homeless kids and sports facilities etc. All are designed and aimed towards providing education, character building and love for their country and its people.

Their various programs are now managed by Africans. Tim Kreutter (who grew up in Africa and has lived there 35+ years) continues to serve as the overall director. The total number of staff members is approximately 150.

Because so many of the young people have come from broken homes or lacked strong family support, they have taken on an organizational culture that can best be described as a big “family of friends” and this means they see relationships as primary and tasks as secondary. In other words, "what they do flows out of who they are".

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Cornerstone Tanzania believes in the Christian faith although they work with students and staff from different religious backgrounds.

When They Were Founded

Cornerstone Development was established in Uganda in 1988 to help in the rebuilding and development of the nation as it was emerging from a very turbulent past. In recent years they have also begun work in Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Kenya. Three young American friends: Michael Timmis, John Riordan and Tim Kreutter worked together for seven years during the start-up phase. Cornerstone Tanzania was founded in 2009.

Who They Work With

Their core focus is on developing the cornerstones of Africa’s next generation. That is, to raise up future leaders with a shared vision of positively transforming their communities and nations – as an outgrowth of their own personal transformation. Their approach involves creating loving, family-like environments in their schools and other programs for under-privileged young people - while empowering them with education and character formation in order for them to become leaders.

Furthermore, the young people coming through their programs are forming a movement that seeks to make a contribution to the betterment of society while promoting reconciliation across all that is dividing humanity. As a community they are a living model of this kind of unity in diversity – in that they are composed of all the different tribes, nationalities, political groupings, cultures and religious backgrounds found in this part of the world. They believe that because of the vast divisions in their country wars and conflicts have torn Africa apart for years.

In their character development curriculum they teach the timeless, universal principles like forgiveness, honesty, integrity, compassion, kindness, hard work, humility, and service to the less fortunate - as exemplified in the teachings of Jesus and the perennial wisdom of all traditions – without affiliation to any one institutional religious group.

How Are They Funded

Cornerstone Development is currently funded by one family in the United States. This family provides 75% of the organization budget and the rest is donated by individual donors.

Donation Requests

  • Teaching equipment
  • Sports equipment
  • Educational books for high school
  • Science books
  • Math books
  • English books
  • Calculators
  • Pens, Pencils and Note books

As some of the buildings of this organization are still under construction, donations like building materials would help to complete their work

Placement Location Information

Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

The school is still under construction but has classrooms enough to accommodate and feed the one hundred students that attend plus dormitories for the kids and teachers to live in. There are four classrooms in use at present, one administrative office, one teachers' office and one other office for all the staff.

Because of its large size the administrators of this school thought there should be two kitchens and two dining halls. One that is used by the boy students and the other used by the girl students. Both of these areas are close to the dormitories. The buildings of this school have blue roofs which adds a colourful appearance to the immediate area.

This placement is located at Ngaramotoni Village only 35 minutes away from Arusha city.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house, walk up towards the Impala Round About and take a right onto Simeon Road. From there, you will walk north until you reach the main Moshiarusha Road. Take any daladala going into town for approximately 10 minutes until the second stop which is called Mianzini. Get off there and take another daladala going to Ngaramtoni. These are recognized by their green stripe. Stay on for approximately 15 minutes and get off at the Ngaramtoni stop. Cross the road and walk north to the dirt road.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2 1/2 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:35

Weather in the Area

Despite its closeness to the equator, Arusha's elevation of 1400 m on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average around 25 degrees.

It has distinct wet and dry seasons, and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east. The highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around 500,000 people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompasses three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira (don't worry, they're not active!)

Arusha is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape on the planet. With easy access to the Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park there is never a shortage of things to do! Arusha is considered to be one of the best African cities when it comes to great weather and tourism combined.

Arusha is a busy industrial and administrative center. Some of the main manufactures include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics, and electronic equipment. It is well known as an African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandese Genocide.

Nearest Medical Clinic

A L M C (Arusha Lutheran Medical Center)
TEL 1: 0736-502-376

Placement Address

Cornerstone Development Tanzania
Ngaramtoni - Arusha

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Tanzania you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania
BaseCamp Tanzania Address

Nelson Mandela Road
Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

Tel: 255 719 177 084
Mobile: 255 754 683 347

BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Tanzania

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • May
  • June
  • August
  • December

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021
Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021
Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021
Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022
Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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International 613-353-3000
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