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A Gap Year Teaching Placement in Arusha, Tanzania

James teaching in Burka Primary School, Arusha, Tanzania on his gap year placement with Oyster

James Hammond is currently on his gap year with Year Out Group member, Oyster Worldwide.  He is on a teaching placement at Burka Primary School in Arusha, which lies in their shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro. James's blog is inspiring.  It covers the journey out and the first couple of days during which he and his fellow volunteers completed a six hour trek to a waterfall in the foothills of the Mount Meru reserve.  James describes this as ‘awe inspiring' and just what you expect of Africa.

James goes on to describe his teaching experience.  The classes are large, there is no electricity in the classrooms and there are not enough books to go round.  But the children are so enthusiastic and keen to learn and James has gained confidence as the children start writing and speaking English more confidently. He has integrated really well into the school and is invited to church every Sunday and for a huge meal of maize and bean stew by one of the teachers.

James has also set up a football team at the school and is organizing a match against a nearby international school. Football has been a huge icebreaker since arriving in Tanzania as everyone is obsessed with English teams and wearing his Everton shirt went down well!

James and fellow volunteer, Felix, have recently completed their ascent up Kilimanjaro, choosing James on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro on his gap year placement teaching in Tanzania with Oysterthe ‘machame' route- the most physically demanding but they avoided the majority of tourists and witnessed some of the most beautiful views which the national park has to offer.  James describes trekking through the rainforest before reaching the alpine desert a few days later and being able to see their summit the ‘lava tower'. The altitude of over 3000 meters doesn't seem to have affected their attitude as they are keen to get to know their mountain guides and enjoy this amazing experience.

James is writing a blog which goes into more detail and gives a very clear account of what a gap year voluntary work placement in Africa is like.  It is well worth a read.

James Hammond's gap year placement in Tanzania was arranged with Oyster Worldwide.

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