Swahili Study Abroad Program

Maasai International Challenge Africa (MICA) offer 1-Week Swahili Courses in Tanzania, let them explain more information about the language courses...

MAMBO-Poa! Hello! And HABARI – Nzuri! How are you – Fine! All Swahili Study Abroad students get a free volunteer placement in Tanzania. Before commencing your project in Tanzania we have set up a one week Intensive Swahili Course, which will run for the week prior to commencing your Project as shown on Ecotourism.

The cost of the 1-Week Swahili Course is $100.00 if you’re doing any volunteer project with us. If you're not doing a project with, you can still join this course - Price: $400.00 per week - includes food (excl. lunch) and accommodation.

Swahili Program Structure

Classes are offered at three levels of Swahili learning, basic, intermediate, and advanced. Students get a proficiency test to determine the level at which they should start. In addition to college Swahili, we offer special programs for Children, Senior Citizens, Business people, Theologians, and High School Students. Our programs are currently offered from March 10 to November 26. But classes can be offered to student groups of 3 or more at any other time of the year. Classes are quite intense and are offered for 3-4 hours a day, five days a week.

Study Abroad Certificate

The course will run from 8am- 6pm with breaks throughout the day. At the end of the course, volunteers will get a certificate of their achievements. At the end of the program you will be granted a certificate showing the total number of hours you attended lessons, the level of learning you attained, and your scores. The evaluation scale for the MICATZ Swahili Language Study Abroad Certificate is the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

If you are serious about learning the Swahili Language - including college level Swahili - this program is for you. We charge you an affordable fee, which ensures we put quality resources into the program. With our Tanzania Swahili Study Abroad Program you are guaranteed quality and great return for your money

Included in the Swahili Language Course

* A text book entitled English Communication Skills and Grammar Communication Skills. This book is written by the Education Centre and is very helpful in covering the basics of learning Swahili. You'll be given the book on your arrival for the course.
* An introduction to Swahili, including the history of the language and about Swahili in general
* Speaking, written, reading and listening skills - both practical and theoretical

The course has a high element of interaction between students and the teacher and will contain lessons on vocabulary, grammar, and language culture such as slang, etc. The course is comprised of an introduction to Swahili, during the first day, whereby the volunteer will learn about the history of Swahili as well as how it is changing in modern times.

The course will then cover the 4 areas of language - learning, speaking, listening, writing and reading. Each day you will have the opportunity to practice each of these elements while interacting with the other students and the teacher throughout the course. The course will also contain content related to your specific placement eg., care language or language and words used in schools, hospitals, and in local homes. You do not need to bring any equipment with you, other than a pen. There is a blackboard in each classroom and you will receive an exercise book for all your written work, and a course text book on your arrival.

Program Location

You will study in a modest language school in the centre of the town, Arusha: "Arusha is the safari capital of East Africa; a bustling, vibrant town with the streets filled with 4X4 game viewing vehicles crises-crossing the potholed roads. Maasai warriors in full regalia stroll the streets, mingling with tourists in crisp khaki, fresh off the plane." The Language skills you acquire from the course will also be useful on your weekend trips around Tanzania, and during your travels after your placement - if you decide you want to explore more of Africa, as many of our volunteers do!


$100.00 per week - MICATZ Volunteer
$400.00 per week - Non-MICATZ Volunteer

Prices include:

* Food & accommodation while on your project
* One T-shirt, if required for your project
* All support and backup during your programme

More Information

Please e-mail info@oneworld365.org or view our Study Abroad section.