Q. How do I get to Burundi?
A. There are several options depending on the airline and the day you would like to travel. At present, there are direct flights to Bujumbura from Brussels and Addis Abbaba.
Q. What are the physical facilities where we would be working?
A. At present, our projects work in school surroundings. The Burundi English School is centrally located in a large residence and within walking distance of the Volunteer Residence.
Q. How do you teach English as a third language?
A. There are a variety of methods: Grammar-Translation Approach, Direct Approach, Reading Approach, Audiolingual Approach, Community Language Learning, The Silent Way, The Communicative Approach, Functional Notional Approach, Total Physical Response Approach, The Natural Approach. Descriptions of these methods can be found at http://moramodules.com/ALMMethods.htm
Q. How will we transport curricular materials? What are the airline baggage allotments?
A. Baggage limits vary among airlines and must be checked prior to each flight. In order to support the local businesses as much as possible our policy is to transport only that material that is not available or cannot be copied at the site.
Q. What are the living conditions like in Burundi and Tanzania? Where do you stay? What is the food like? Health care? Transportation to and from school?
A. Living conditions for foreigners are quite livable and volunteers can expect a decent bed, running cold water and a flush toilet. A house with a manservant is available in Burundi. Accommodations in Tanzania are usually in local hotels or guest houses. Bottled water or water that has been treated with Pristine should be used whenever you travel. Meals are nutritious but meager with many fresh fruits and vegetables. Additional foods to supplement the diet may be purchased downtown. There are doctors and dentists available. You may choose to walk to school (30 minutes), or arrange to be driven.
Q. What kind of relationships will we form with the Burundians and Tanzanians?
A. The Tanzanians and Burundians are genuine, warm-hearted people who greet you with a handshake every time you meet. The teachers and parents want the very best for their children and appreciate every effort you make.