Gonzaga Primary School – Teacher
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Year Founded: 2008
Population Served: Primary school-aged boys and girls from the surrounding neighborhood and a local orphanage.
Organization Description: Gonzaga Primary School is supported by the Sisters of the Company of Mary whose charism focuses on education, similarly to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The Society of Jesus in Eastern Africa was formally established in 1986, and opened Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam in 1995. Nearby Gonzaga Preparatory and Primary School was later opened by the Jesuits to serve children of the local neighborhood, especially from a nearby orphanage which had a partnership with the Loyola High School. The school opened with 200 students in 2008.
JV’s Role: JVs placed here serve as English teachers. Classroom sizes are large (about 35 students). The JVs have the opportunity to take on additional extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports, library and the school magazine.
How JVs Make an Impact: “It is beneficial to have native English teachers prepare our students for the national exams. The JVs offer different insights into the English language, and bring hearts ready to serve.”