Schools in Tanzania struggle with a myriad of challenges to provide early education. With severely overcrowded classrooms, sometimes reaching 75 students, poor infrastructure, and a lack of materials, schools struggle to achieve basic learning outcomes. It is not uncommon for 4 students to share one book, sometimes the only teaching material available, and you'll often find 3 students per desk, crowding in to learn the best they can. CCS volunteers in Tanzanian classrooms make an enormous impact on child education, providing one-on-one attention to students and presenting engaging lessons with the support of the materials of the CCS resource center.
Tanzanian children struggle in a context where low adult literacy rates make public health education scarce, limited access to medical professionals contribute to high maternal and infant mortality rates, emergency care is difficult to reach, and improper nutrition leaves many children malnourished. Volunteers are encouraged to form groups of 4 or more, to carry out a variety of health campaigns in public schools. The largest needs have been identified as building hand washing stations, conducting vision screenings, and supporting dental clinics for the school children. Individual volunteers work in community clinics to provide families valuable health and nutrition counseling and improve access to healthcare.
Even in government run primary schools in Tanzania, families are tasked with paying for school uniforms, transport, breakfast, lunch, and stationary fees. In the community of Bagamoyo, where families often include 6 to 7 children, the ability to send students to school is often limited, and once young pupils arrive, they often find classrooms overflowing and with overloaded teachers. At the Mwanamakuka Primary School, you will provide much-needed support to classrooms with up to 90 students, using creativity and engaging activities to present lessons in counting, animals, shapes, colors, and English words and phrases. As you support students in reaching their early educational goals, you will also be presenting a platform to the community about the importance of continuing education, which is too often interrupted for primary school students due to the need to financially support their family.
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The generosity and kindness of the people of Tanzania will shine through at every turn in the small fishing community of Bagamoyo. As you dip your toes in the warm Indian Ocean, you may see fishermen returning to shore with the day's catch, or children eager to play and practice their English. You may be surprised to learn about the diversity of Tanzania, with over 127 tribal groups, and an equally varied landscape, boasting the world's second highest mountain as well as charming beaches, enormous lakes, and of course the plains that supports Tanzania's famous "big five" wildlife. With shouts of "hakuna matata" greeting you, we're sure you'll be smiling ear to ear in Bagamoyo.
Programs are available for 2-12 weeks, with program fees starting at $3354.