Eligibility requirement: Suitable for students with at least one year of higher education in a related field, such as education, health sciences and psychology. Teaching and/or leadership experience is desired, in topics related to English, French, Maths, Sciences, Sports, and Geography, or a esire to gain experience in the TEFL industry. High School graduates aged 18+ may be accepted, depending on the strength of their application (including any relevant experience, with a desire to learn and grow within this field).

Language requirements: This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths: Primary/Secondary Teacher, Early Years teacher, Education Administrator, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Education Aide, Teaching Assistant, Careers Adviser, Child Psychologist, Counsellor, Play Therapist, Youth/Social Worker, Public Health Worker

Minimum duration: 4 weeks

Internship details

Education internships in Tanzania provide hands-on teaching experience in schools, helping to educate students from 1-13 years old to reach their full potential. Interns assist with implementing a thorough curriculum across a wide range of subjects, with support from experienced local teachers.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided. Click here to explore remote Education & Youth Development internships, which you can conduct from home.

As a Youth Development & Education intern in Arusha, Tanzania, you’ll gain classroom teaching experience under the guidance of an experienced local teacher. You’ll assist with lessons spanning a wide range of subjects, including English, math, science, geography, sports, IT, art and civics. Schools tend to have a roll of around 400 students, with class sizes typically ranging from 20-40 students. These internship placements are incredibly vibrant and require high energy, positivity, and an outgoing personality. Come prepared to learn a lot, share a lot, and have an incredible amount of fun in the process.

Interns are able to lead lessons with assistance from your supervisor, but your role will mostly be to support the local teacher. No doubt, you’ll quickly observe differences between your placement in Tanzania and other classrooms you may have experienced. Education internships in Tanzania provide a culturally immersive experience, where your learning opportunity will invite you to develop cultural intelligence, as well as classroom experience. Interns will be encouraged to learn from the teaching techniques of local teachers, while also exchanging ideas and sharing perspectives in a sensitive manner.

Teaching interns help to prepare lessons and receive sound guidance when acting as the lead teacher for any particular activities or lessons. You’ll also have scope to assist with educational outreach work at a children’s center. Outreach activities can be discussed and arranged with the local coordinator, when you’re in-country.

Interns should be positive, enthusiastic, motivated, proactive, patient and passionate. These are essential attributes for any career in child development and education, but even more important when you’re engaging in a diverse culture and community. Children require a lot of support and stimulation to learn, so interns are encouraged to come prepared with fresh ideas for teaching, games, physical education, and social interaction.

Keep in mind that schools will have limited resources. Do not depend on being able to utilize any particular resources in order to carry out the learning activities you want to facilitate. Rather, plan for tasks that do not require extra resources, or ensure that you bring any resources with you, which you might need (for example, pens, pencils, sporting equipment, etc).

This is a fun and lively internship where you’ll gain practical skills and understanding in engaging young learners. Interns should keep in mind that it’s common to encounter different beliefs and attitudes toward education and youth development. Your in-country coordinator will be available for support, reflection and discussion throughout.

This internship is conducted in English, and most local students will have at least basic understanding of the English language. Interns are ideally placed to help to build valuable English language skills, which can include speaking, listening, reading, writing, song, and dance! Your supervisor is on hand to assist with any communication difficulties.

For all interns with an interest in developing skills as an educator, we highly recommend an interactive Online TEFL Certification Course. The training offers practical tools and techniques over a 100-hour program. Upon completion, you’ll have earned experience in planning, designing, and adapting diverse language activities and materials. No previous teaching experience or training is required. You can sign up for the Online TEFL Certification Course anytime and pay the exclusive discounted Intern Abroad HQ rate.

Outside of your internship, you’ll have the opportunity to discover for yourself why Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. The country is well-known for nature and adventure tourism, particularly its incredible safaris and wildlife reserves. People come from all over the world to visit Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and the golden beaches of Zanzibar. Your in-country internship coordinator will assist you in advance to arrange day trips or longer excursions (such as multi-day safari adventures). If you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss the opportunity to schedule an itinerary that incorporates these wonderful, unforgettable attractions.

Youth Development and Education interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Assisting local teachers in lessons
  • Leading lessons
  • Preparing classes and activities
  • Supporting educational outreach campaigns
Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn the local educational curriculum in a range of subjects
  • Develop your teaching skills by both supporting a local teacher and leading lessons yourself
  • Learn how to engage students with challenging, interesting lessons
  • Understand how to build positive relationships that foster learning among students
  • Learn from an experienced local teacher
  • Build your cross-cultural communication skills with both teachers and students, to foster enhanced understanding and cultural intelligence
  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:
  • Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm
Internship highlights:
  • Learn hands-on teaching skills from local teachers and put them into practice delivering lessons
  • Build positive classroom environments and work closely with students to foster their learning
  • Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
  • Schools
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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Non-medical internships
Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $1,284
3 weeks 3 weeks $1,389
4 weeks 4 weeks $1,494
5 weeks 5 weeks $1,599
6 weeks 6 weeks $1,704
7 weeks 7 weeks $1,809
8 weeks 8 weeks $1,914
10 weeks 10 weeks $2,124
12 weeks 12 weeks $2,334
Medical internships
Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $1,384
3 weeks 3 weeks $1,489
4 weeks 4 weeks $1,594
5 weeks 5 weeks $1,699
6 weeks 6 weeks $1,804
7 weeks 7 weeks $1,909
8 weeks 8 weeks $2,014
10 weeks 10 weeks $2,224
12 weeks 12 weeks $2,434
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Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (for selected programs)
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • In-country guidance for social and tourism activities
  • International reference letter

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Arrival and Orientation

Programs begin every Monday and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns are advised not to book their flights until they have first registered to confirm their participation. Ports of entry to the program include the local Arusha Airport (ARK) or the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Airport pick up is included in the program fee. Transportation from the airport to the intern accommodation is approximately 30 minutes from Arusha Airport or 60 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Alternatively, interns who arrive to the program overland (i.e. from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania) may be picked up from Arusha’s bus terminal.

Once interns have arrived, they are greeted by a representative of the local team and transported to the accommodation in Arusha. Accommodation is covered by the Program Fee and includes the Sunday night before the internship program orientation is held on Mondays. Orientation is provided by our local hosts and covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more.

Accommodation

Interns in Arusha are accommodated together on one of the city’s most top-rated guest houses, located in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood (just 15 minutes from town center). Living is safe, clean, modern and comfortable, including 24/7 gated security, housekeeping, and a live-in local coordinator. (Laundry services are not included but can be arranged directly for a small fee). Amenities include hot showers, WiFi, and satellite television (in common areas). Interns can expect to share a bedroom with 1- 5 other guests, of the same gender. Bathroom facilities are shared. Private/en-suite room upgrades are subject to availability and must be arranged directly with the local team, once registered.

Meals

Interns in Arusha include breakfast and dinner, prepared and served Monday to Friday at the guest house accommodation. Typical dishes in Tanzania are influenced by seasonal produce and the dinner menu is usually set according to a weekly rotating schedule. For example, dinner meals may cover Wali Rosti (rice and meat stew), spaghetti bolognese, Wali Umboga (rice and vegetables), pilau, and chapati maharage (a thin wholemeal pancake cooked on a griddle, with beans). Dinner dishes are accompanied with salad. Breakfasts consist of fresh seasonal fruit, fried eggs, and bread with spreads (plus tea and coffee). A filtered cold water dispenser is available in the common area for use to reduce the amount of plastic bottle use. Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly. However, it is important to note that the provided meals will not reflect what you are used to eating at home and flexibility is required. Interns are encouraged to budget extra spending money for any special snacks/treats.

Activities and tourism

There is an array of activities to enjoy during your stay in Arusha, as well as touristic excursions to attractions within Tanzania. Located on the “safari circuit”, the internship program is based near to some of Africa’s most beautiful environments, including Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Whether you’re content with local entertainment, such as Maasai markets, cafes, music, nightlife, and cinema, or you’re planning to book in big ticket items such as overnight safari camps and mountain trekking adventures, our local team will assist you with itinerary advice and planning.

Day trips

Day trips are popular among interns and perfect for taking advantage of the weekends during your internship. Depending on the excursion, the rates can range from US$60 up to US$450, including round trip transportation and lunch. (The more expensive day trip rates cover transportation to destinations that are further afield, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Note that the day trip cost will typically exclude additional gate entry fees, which may be subject to change). While you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss:

  • Arusha National Park: Near Mt Meru, the park offers easy game drives and scenic walking tours, where you can discover beautiful streams, waterfalls and rivers.
  • Tarangire: This destination offers the chance to spot the Big Five. Keep an eye out for herds of elephants, lion prides, giraffes and many more animals within their natural habitat.
  • Lake Manyara: This lush oasis was once described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest in Africa”. Relax on a peaceful game drive and enjoy the vista of buffalo, flamingo, lions, impala and more.
  • Serengeti: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the famous Serengeti ecosystem extends right up to Kenya.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Located in northern Tanzania, the region is home to the Big Five and boasts the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater - a breathtaking natural wonder.
  • Metaruni Waterfalls Hike: Go trekking to the waterfalls through the foothills overshadowed by Mt Kilimanjaro. Enjoy lunch in the town of Moshi.
  • Hot Springs: It’s a longer drive to visit the natural hot springs in Moshi, but worth the trip! Soak in the warm waters against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Maasai Culture Tour: Visit a Maasai homestead for a friendly guided experience and meet members from the impressive nomadic tribe, who retain their unique cultural identity.
  • Snake Park: Check out a variety of snake breeds, from small grass snakes to cobras. The park is also home to other species of birds and amphibians and features a Maasai market.

Overnight safari tours and trekking

If you want to plan a Tanzanian adventure before or after your internship, we can assist you to arrange overnight camping safaris of the Northern Circuit (Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro), as well as a Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package (all inclusive six day climb). Extended safari tours are popular and two all-inclusive options offer either camping or lodge accommodation. Pricing details can be provided to interns once they have registered.

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Country profile

Capital Dodoma
Population 47.78 million
Languages Swahili and English
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone UTC+03:00

Weather and climate: In Arusha, where the Tanzania internship programs are based, the warm season typically lasts from January till late March. During this period, the average daily high is around 81°F / 27°C. The cooler season is from mid May till late August and the coldest month of the year is usually in July, when the low reaches around 56°F / 13°C. The dry season is considered to run from late May through till mid November. Rainfall can occur during the rest of the year, December through April.