Secondary School Teaching Volunteer

Sekei Secondary School - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-191 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Sekei Secondary School is one of the affordable private schools in Tanzania. They minimized their school fees so that the majority of children living in the Arusha region can afford to attend their school. They now provide teaching from level one to four which includes children from approximately thirteen to seventeen years of age.

Volunteer teaching assistants are needed at this placement to assist the teachers in all subjects that the volunteers are capable of teaching. Volunteers would be given the school curriculum in advance in order to be able to review it and see where they best can assist.

The list of subjects taught are: mathematics, science, geography, English, civics and history. This requires a load of work for the teachers in preparing lessons in all subjects for all the levels of education at the school. Volunteers would be expected to help the teachers prepare lessons and deliver them.

Teaching the English language at secondary school is when students from the public school system first are introduced to English language courses. This is not necessarily the case of students from private primary schools.

A volunteer teaching assistant at this placement does not need to have a teaching certificate or previous experience in teaching but must be a mature individual who is willing to participate in any of the numerous teaching endeavours. Any volunteer who is contemplating a career in the teaching field would obtain an unlimited amount of experience at this placement. It all would depend on the volunteer's efforts and commitment.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

A volunteer teaching assistant at the school would be expected to teach the English language courses. This would include English grammar and the speaking and writing of the English language. Most of the students require a great deal of assistance in this subject as it is the learning of a second language skill.

Teach Science, Geography & Math.

The school would appreciate assistance from the volunteers in teaching science subjects (biology, chemistry and Physics), as well as geography and mathematics. They don't have enough teachers for these subjects so the teachers are forced to alternate subjects throughout the day.

Homework Assignments

Teaching is the basic reason for your going to the school so as a volunteer you would be providing teaching assistant to the students by: helping them better understand what was taught in class, giving them assignments and making sure they do it. It is one of the most efficient ways of finding out how much they understood of the lessons taught that day.

Prepare Lesson Materials

Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits and demonstrations for classes. A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to discuss with the local teachers the lessons he/she has prepared for the week.

Host Organization Details

Sekei Secondary School

Sekei Secondary School aims to provide quality education to the children in the communities around the Arusha region in Tanzania.

In Tanzania, as in most countries, there are two types of academic education, public and private. The private schools usually have high tuition fees and provide a high academic standard of learning. While the public schools, due to their lack of funds, can not usually provide such a high standard of education.

The Sekei Secondary School is one of the affordable private schools in Tanzania. They minimized their school fees so that the majority of children living in the Arusha region can afford to attend their school. They now provide teaching from level one to four which includes children from approximately thirteen to seventeen years of age.

There aim is to expand the school to levels five and six which would teach children approximately eighteen to twenty years of age. After the sixth level of education the children are then qualified to apply for a university education.

The school adheres to all of the Ministry of Education requirements and the teachers continuously strive to educate the students to meet and pass the nation educational requirements. The school endeavours to maintain its high standard of education for its students by providing teachers that strive to keep current their level of educational knowledge.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The school is of the Catholic Church affiliation however they accept teachers. students and volunteers of all faiths.

They have Catholic prayers every Friday but not everyone has to participate. Basically this school has been sponsored by the Catholic Church to serve students of all faiths in the Arusha region.

When They Were Founded

Sekei Secondary School was started by the Arusha's Archdiocese in 1984. They were concerned with the shortage of secondary schools in the Arusha region. They first started the school providing a level one education but have since increased it to a level four. Future plans include increasing the school to level six which would mean qualifying students to apply for a university education.


Who They Work With


How Are They Funded

The Archdiocese of Arusha provides funding for the school. School fees paid by the students, also provides some funds. Individuals and different NGO's contribute as well.

Donation Requests

Any school supplies would be appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

Sekei Secondary is located just five minutes from the Clock Tower which is the center point from Cairo to Capetown therefore this placement is easily accessible by walking or public transport.

There is four classrooms, an office and library and its in a big compound where there is also a Lutheran church hostel and their administration offices. The school itself is independent with a fence and a gate. It is in the quiet compound which makes it a perfect place for studying. Their soccer field is located outside of the compound about 200m away and doesn't belong only to the school but the surrounding community as well.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp hostel, walk down to the main road and catch the public transport (daladala) taking it to the Kanisani stop. From there cross the road and walk up on the right hand side. Turn right after a three minute walk and you will be able to see the school from there.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:15

Weather in the Area

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

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

City/Village Description

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around one million 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 centre. Some of the main manufacture products include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics and electronic equipment. It is well known for the African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

Nearest Medical Clinic

AICC Hospital
Old Moshi Road
TEL 1: 0744299381
TEL 2: 2544113

Placement Address

Sekei Secondary School
Sekei Area

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.

  • June
  • 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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