Challenging & Rewarding

Ratings
Overall
7
Benefits: 8
Support: 8
Fun: 8
Facilities: 7
Safety: 7
Review

My time with WorldTeach Tanzania was one of the most challenging, yet definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was a volunteer during the very first year the WT Tanzania program was running. I was living in a small town with another volunteer and teaching at a local government-run secondary school. I taught O-Level (the equivalent of American Middle School 7th grade-Level) English classes to Form 1 students at my school. Every day, I taught over 200 students - each of my 4 classes per day usually had 60 students in attendance. While the conditions were trying at times without electricity in my classroom and there being limited chalk to write with, I made the best of the situation with the help of my enthusiastic students and was able to successfully teach for almost an entire year with the program. Not only did I teach English classes, but I also helped organize and run a Spanish Language Club and a Global Citizens Club with some of my students. I also nightly voluntarily tutored adult women in my community who had never had access to English education and wished to speak English. The program was certainly worth attending. The wealth of practical teaching experience I gained from my WT program helped me earn TEFL Certification. I have used this certificate to help me continue to teach international students now that I am back home in the U.S. I am also still in touch with many of the people I met in Tanzania - fellow teachers and my former students - all of whom I was able to build strong relationships with. If you are looking for a warm, inviting culture, a challenging teaching environment, and desire diving right in then I would suggest volunteering with WT Tanzania. You'll certainly grow from the unforgettable experience!

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
Year Completed
2011