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Teaching in Zanzibar: Primary and Adult Education | Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

More photos from this internship can be found here.

More photos from this internship can be found here.

The Universal Study Centre (USC) is an ambitious private school of academic and vocational studies. Interns will teach or assist in the teaching of primary or adult education classes depending on their skills and interests.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Exact internship start dates are determined on an individual basis and will be based on intern and Universal Study Centre needs.

Duration of Internship:

  • 10-12 weeks minimum
  • Option for up to 6 months

The Universal Study Centre (USC) is a school of academic and vocational studies. The school first opened in 1995, offering training in computer applications and foreign languages, such as English, French, Swahili, etc. In the year 2000, USC opened a nursery school. As time passed, the Centre introduced more courses. Now the Centre offers, among other courses, language courses, computer applications and technical courses, nursery and primary education, Secretarial Course, Tour Operator’s Course, and a Driving Course.

USC is currently operating on Unguja (the main island of Zanzibar) and Pemba island, also part of Zanzibar.

USC’s mission is to offer training using the best possible methods and approaches, to enhance learning and develop critical understanding of foreign languages among children and adults. More over, the Centre aims to prepare young children to become better men and women in the society and to establish ways to incorporate Zanzibari culture with changes and trends of modern science and technology. In fewer words, the Centre’s mission is to educate and rebuild the morality and good culture of the society and to fill the gap for those who need to enhance their vocational skills and foreign language abilities.

Interns can work as teachers or teacher’s helpers. They can be teachers of normal subjects (mathematics, history, etc) in primary school or they can be English language or computer teachers for adult learners. Since the school has many areas of teaching, (in both academic and vocational studies), interns will have many options to choose from. Interns can also be involved in extra curricular activities, such as debates, competitions, drama and art productions.

Academic Background

  • An academic background in education (adult or primary), computer science, or teaching English as a foreign/second language


  • Computer skills and/or experience with art instruction are helpful. Ability to design and implement lesson plans is also important.

Other Requirements

  • Instruction at the school is in both English and Swahili. Interns will be able to teach in English but some familiarity with Swahili is helpful. Interns may be able to take Swahili lessons at the Centre.
  • Interns should be flexible and able to work independently. Patience and a good sense of humor are also important.
  • Zanzibar is a predominately Muslim society. Men are required to wear long pants and women to cover their legs and shoulders. Long skirts or trousers are acceptable for women with either long sleeved blouses or shawls

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • Host Site Program Fee: none
  • International Travel: $1,900
  • Visa Fees: $100
  • Recommended Immunizations: $440*

*Expenses vary based on individual medical history and insurance coverage.

 Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: $400* ($100/wk)
  • Food: $300 ($75/wk)
  • Local Transportation: $75 ($18.75wk)
  • Recreation: $100 ($25/wk)
  • Personal Expenses: $50 ($12.50/wk)

*Rent will vary depending on accommodation arrangements.

Interns are responsible for arranging their own apartment housing, with guidance from the Universal Study Centre. Interns should expect that housing will be modest.

Learn more about working at the  Universal Study Centre (also called Ruscentre) and life in Zanzibar by reading through 2013 intern Maggie Anderson Millar’s informative blog.


Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25

Fall: April 15

Winter: September 1

Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- An academic background in education (adult or primary), computer science, or teaching English as a foreign/second language