Cultural learnings

Our volunteers are unique and since we need them to become a part of a big world, we are going to provide them with different cultural learning activities.

Most of your learning will take place through everyday interactions with community workers. However, we do some classroom based learning of Swahili, cultural orientation, translation/interpretation, and briefing on Tanzania to foreigners and visitors. Language learning is essential to make more of their stay by being able to communicate and interact with people of Tanzania. Visitors with Afrishare are required to do this intensive program and the cost is included in the program costs. Since we work with community workers and community based organizations all the program costs goes into the community. Following are the cultural learning services provided by Afrishare:

Swahili course

Beginner :

At the end of this course students will speak survival Swahili using simple vocabulary in different situations, e.g. introducing oneself, asking and answering simple questions, taking and giving simple messages to get food and services, etc.

Intermediate :

At the end of this course students will be able to comprehend written and spoken Swahili, e.g. reading and discussing short articles from newspapers and books, using basic functional vocabulary at work or as a tourist, and acquiring some idiomatic expressions.

Advanced :

This course is for those who have Intermediate Swahili and would like to refresh and improve. The objective is to enable trainees to have a working comprehension of political, economic, religious, and other issues of general interest and be able to express their thoughts on political, social, religious and economic issues, including in unfamiliar situations. Graduates will be able to support opinions and hypotheses, talk about abstract topics and read Swahili fictional books. With the help of experienced Swahili and Cross-culture trainers, Swahili work books, language games, language community contact assignments, you will learn right from the start the words and phrases in everyday use.

Orientation Sessions:

General information on a number of issues about Tanzania so as to make foreigners aware of what's going on in their new environment. The sessions cover a variety of topics including politics, economic and social issues, law, business matters, environmental, and gender issues, etc. The introduction part of cultural orientation includes:

Maasai culture

The Maasai are emblematic of Africa for a reason, more so Tanzania and Kenya where they have now settled despite their long history of nomadic travels. The tribe can be distinguished by their colorful fashions of the ‘shuka’ (the robes worn across the shoulder often in red, purple, blue and orange) and the beaded jewellery that adorn both the men and women’s ears, wrists, ankles, crowns and necks.Their villages are still made from traditional materials of cow manure and wood and the fences woven as a protective perimeter to each village.
During your programme, you’ll explore the surrounding areas of the Maasai Savannah, learn their culture and history.

Cooking lessons

Learn different cooking style and recipes from our professional cooks and chefs local flavored food, African cooking which you can enjoy making when you return home.