If you have a passion for acting and amateur dramatics, then we have the perfect project for you in Tanzania! You will be leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups, and helping students prepare a production for local performances. In addition to this, you will be using drama techniques as a tool for improving students’ English language skills. This gives you the opportunity to volunteer by sharing your knowledge with young artists while exploring theatrical practices abroad.
Volunteers work with secondary school drama groups and other established drama groups. Drama volunteers also have the opportunity to teach English through drama at primary schools. Adventure Makers will provide you with materials to help translate your theatrical skills in the classroom and studio.Our drama projects are based in Mwanza, Arusha and Moshi, where there is a growing theatre community but a lack of theatre education. Drama volunteers are immersed in a variety of theatrical forums by helping secondary school students with directing, production and even the acting of English language plays that are put on throughout the year.There is a great enthusiasm for English language theatre in Tanzania and it is an excellent way for children and young adults to improve their English language skills.
The project ranges from working in primary schools using games and songs to creative writing and conversational improvisation with older children. Volunteers can also get involved in drama workshops with students or at our care placements. Volunteers are given the chance to coach amateur actors in script analysis, performance or direction.
You may also get the opportunity to work on an intercultural project with primary schools. You could teach children about your traditions and cultures through drama activities and in effect learn more about the Tanzanian culture through the school’s performances
Depending on the time of year you arrive and the development of the project, you could be helping with planting new seeds, building and fencing enclosures, creating a display area for seeds and herbs, harvesting, and selling the vegetables.
Volunteers also arrange workshops at the farm to help educate local people about the advantages of sustainable farming and how to get started growing their own vegetables.Volunteers live with local host families close to where they are working.
This project was initially started by a small group of teaching volunteers who recognized the benefits of using drama in the classroom to teach conversational English.In addition to getting involved with the drama workshops and English classes, volunteers have the opportunity to meet and work with experienced English drama groups from Arusha and other cities in Tanzania. This may involve workshops, discussions, collaborative performances, presentations or even assisting with a current production. There is also potential to see performances by these groups and invite them to participate in Drama Show.
Once a month, volunteers have the chance to prepare, direct and perform children’s plays for orphanages. The Drama Group is their only chance of knowing and seeing what theatrical culture means. This is put together to showcase the results of the volunteers work while experiencing Drama in Tanzania. The event is popular and brings together Projects staff, collaborators, project supervisors, friends and host families. The show involves volunteers coaching the drama groups, helping them with the writing and performing of their own plays.
Adventure Makers will support you to plan and carry out the workshops and help to develop your drama skills. However, it is worth noting that without drama experience it is difficult for volunteers to work alone, so a drama background is helpful.Volunteers on this project work flexible hours due to the changing academic schedules of the students; some workshops and performances taking place during evenings and weekends.This is a fun and worthwhile placement. Bring energy, creativity and an open mind and you will learn vast amounts and your help will be greatly appreciated!
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Each project runs for two weeks and is operated in partnership with well-established local organizations including government and non-government organizations (NGOs), protected areas, research institutions and local grassroots community groups. Projects are located in various settings, from city suburbs to the remote outback, and mountain ranges to coastal areas. Volunteer teams range from 8 to about 25 people, depending on specific project and host country, plus one or more Adventure Makers Project Leaders. Each volunteer team is supervised and directed by professional staff from the host organization.
No prior experience or expertise is needed to participate in an Adventure Makers volunteer project. Accommodations vary with project and host country, including volunteer houses, dormitories, rustic country hotels, family homestays, research stations, and bush camping. Meals (3 per day) will be provided during the volunteer project.
Depending on your assigned departure date, only certain projects will be available. Please be flexible in your project preferences; these are ALL great projects with significant conservation/community development and educational value in phenomenal locations.
Visa and Residence Permit
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exhange period is 3 months or less, you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Visitor’s Pass USD 200.
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exchange period is more than 3 months you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Residence Permit Class C USD 550.
If you cancel your trip after the contract is made and your invoice is sent you are still obligated to pay 70% of your program fee
- 74% of voluntary work and internship program fee goes to accommodation, food, water, electricity, transportation to the placements, arrangements with the placements, airport transportation, security and orientation.
- 26% of the program fees goes to administration e.g. staff salaries, office expenses
Medicine internships in Tanzania are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.