Volunteer at an open School in Mtitu, Kilolo - Iringa, Tanzania

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  • Description


    From a background in languages and divinity following a Divinity degree, I have spent some 16 years in secondary teaching, 10 years in management, and 10 years in administration as well as project management, latterly working as a community entrepreneur. Since completing Master of Business studies I have worked part time in a number of roles and now spends a good deal of time organising humanitarian and intercultural teams through the organisation I co-founded - The Friendship Force of Iringa., which advocates peace in the world through intercultural exchanges. .

    The school has been in construction since 2005. Last December - January, 2022 construction progress went very well. The school was registered last May. It will reopen on the 1st April, 2022. It will offer vocational skill training and secondary education for those who are excluded by the formal education system in the country. Trainings such as masonry, carpentry, tailoring, computer application, welding, traditional dance and music, traditional pottery, traditional basketry, languages (Swahili, English and French) will be offered. Other conventional subjects such as math, geography, civics, history and science will be offered too. The general aim is to offer basic education and vocational skills to the disadvantaged.

    We are welcoming people with skills related to programs we offer to come and volunteer. We reach out to other support such as in-kind such as desk and chairs, computers, vocational learning equipment and monetary and soft skills to achieve or goals. We are interested in finding partner schools to work together for the good cause.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They can be exposed to cultural events where the will learn lots of cultural treasures buried among us. They will also benefit from making a difference making the world more better through their soft skills, etc. they share.

    They also may choose to learn local food, drinks, traditional dance and singing, visit local people to understand their day to day life style. Religious people can go to church. There is no mosque in our village, though.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    At the school helpers can teach carpentry, welding, masonry, tailoring, theory of music, music instruments (such as guitar, piano, recorder, drum, etc.), languages, computer application, beautification, food preservation, environmental conservation, math, science, basket weaving, pots molding, dyeing, dance, etc.

    Besides, they can help with construction work here such as carrying bricks, painting, surroundings cleanliness, flowering, and the like. All this is manually done. Groves and boots are important.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    New vocabulary, grammar, and tenses

  • Accommodation


    House with beds and Asian toilets. food is available. Water is available. Water for drinking is boiled. Bottled water is available at ones costs. Rooms have solar power. No mosquito or dangerous bugs.

    Internet can be accessed via smart phones. Mobile phone communication providers have this service.

    Paths within this area are dirty and muddy during rainy season. So rain boots are recommended. Roads to this school is passable all year round. Public bus comes and goes every day. Bodaboda (motorbikes) are available any time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When they are off, the can go hiking, safaris to Ruaha National Park, Isimila Stone Age Site, Speaking Stone visits, Chief Mkwawa Museum in Kalenga, Igeleke Paintings and Visit Boma Touristic Information Centre.

    Along River Mtitu there is small scale agriculture going on throughout the year. Villagers grow tomatoes, peas, potatoes, beans, corns, for food and selling. Trips can be arranged to experience local peasantry.

    An open bar is there for those who would need a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, coke or juice. Other kinds of food can be served also at affordable price. All this is found by the noisy River Mtitu within the vicinity of the school.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is space and security for the vans. The road is passable in all seasons.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days

Host ref number: 8872152824c4

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