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Yes. HOPAC was founded in 1994 as a school for children of missionaries but has evolved into a Christian international school whose student population is almost evenly divided between:
-Children of missionaries and full-time Christian service workers
-Children of expats working in the non-profit and for-profit sector
-Children of Tanzanians working in the for-profit and public sectors
There are over 350 students from over 30 countries at HOPAC. While the majority of the students are Christian, students of Hindu and Muslim faith are also represented in the student body.
Currently, we have teachers from the U.S., the U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, Canada, India, Cameroon, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
The Ministry of Education in Tanzania requires that expatriate teachers applying for a teaching license for the first time:
● have a Bachelor degree in education or in the subject to be taught,
● have 3 years of teaching experience (however they do not specify if this experience has to be post-degree)
In addition to the above governmental requirements, HOPAC requires that its teachers are committed Christians in agreement with HOPAC’s faith statement and are fluent in English, which is the language of instruction at HOPAC.
The U.K. National Curriculum (NC) framework is used as the basis for the Programme of Study for Key Stage 3. This builds on the NC foundation taught at the Primary School.
|Key Stage 1||Years R – 2||Grades K – 1|
|Key Stage 2||Years 3 – 6||Grades 2 – 5|
|Key Stage 3||Years 7 – 9||Grades 6 – 8|
|Key Stage 4||Years 10 & 11||Grades 9 & 10|
|Key Stage 5||Years 12 & 13||Grades 11 & 12|
For those not familiar with the NC framework, www.aolfhe.gov.uk provides more information.
For senior school (Grades 9-12), we use the Cambridge International programme of study for IGCSE and A level coursework.
All levels are supplemented by various coursework – such as PE, life skills, IT – that is adapted to our local context and developed internally.
HOPAC is accredited by Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and by Middle States Association. It is also a member of Christian Schools International and the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). HOPAC is a licensed University of Cambridge International Examinations Centre.
HOPAC does expect teaching staff to be supported spiritually and financially through a mission organization or home church. This provides a ‘safety net’ of prayer, encouragement and financial support from the teacher’s home country that HOPAC cannot provide. Some of the missions that are either here working in Dar or that a HOPAC staff member are with are:
● African Inland Mission (AIM)
● Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE)
● Christian Missions to Many Lands (CMML)
● Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM)
● Danish Lutheran Mission
● Elim Pentecostal Church UK
● New Tribes Mission
● Pioneers UK
● Teach Beyond (US, Canada, and UK)
● Wycliffe Bible Translators
● Young Life
If you have a mission or church that you would like to partner with to come teach at HOPAC, please contact us, as we are always looking to expand our mission partnerships.
If you come from a country where joining a mission agency is not a viable option, we can work with you on some of the different aspects where an agency would assist. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions on how this “missionary” concept applies to your situation.
If you are coming with a mission agency…
HOPAC provides teachers with a monthly living allowance which is sufficient to cover housing. So some support raising is required. If you are being sent through a mission organization, they will have their own rules and guidelines for how much support you will need to raise and you need to discuss this with them.
Allowance amounts from HOPAC are as follows:
Single Teacher $500 per month
Married couple with no children, only 1 teaches $800 per month
Married couple with no children, both teach $900 per month
Family with children, only one teaches $900 +$100 per child per month
Family with children and both teach
$1000 +$100 per child per month
In addition to this monthly living allowance, HOPAC provides children of teachers with tuition discounts, prorated on the amount of time the parent serves at HOPAC. For full-time expatriate staff, a 100% discount is given.
To give you a rough idea of costs, here is what a single volunteer teacher will/may need money for:
*SETUP COSTS: Money to initially set up household upon arrival. How much depends on what type of housing you are in and whether it is furnished or not, what you bring with you and whether or not you are sharing. Single teachers often choose to share compound housing very near the school.
*MONTHLY COSTS: Rent, food, utilities, salaries for guards/workers, local transport, etc
*MISSION OVERHEAD FEES: For those coming from a sending mission, a certain amount of support raised goes towards mission overhead costs
*INSURANCE: Insurance might be an extra cost if not provided by the sending mission or church
*TRAVEL/EXTRAS: Money for extracurricular activities and travel during breaks
If you are a Tanzanian teacher…
HOPAC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This will be discussed during your application procedure.
If you are an expatriate teacher, but not coming through a mission agency…
Expat teachers (not supported through a mission) still come to HOPAC as volunteers, legally. This means that HOPAC will support you through a monthly allowance, similar to that of staff coming through a mission agency. But we will work with you on other benefits to ensure that basic needs are met.
HOPAC is located on a former coconut plantation overlooking the Indian Ocean, in Kunduchi in the northern part of the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Houses tend to have medium to large sized gardens/yards. A variety of vegetables can be purchased at small dukas (small market stalls), sometimes within walking distance of the school and teacher housing. A mall and several good-sized grocery stores are within 5 km of the school. City centre is 15km from HOPAC.
Locating and securing housing is the responsibility of your sending mission, although the school helps where possible or needed. Many new HOPAC teachers do live in housing close by the school.
Be sure to find out from your mission what types of appliances and furnishings will be in your house/flat as “furnished” can mean a wide variety of things and “unfurnished” can mean that there are no appliances whatsoever.
Having a worker help with cleaning and/or cooking is your decision (and that of your housemates if you have them) to make but is very normal in Dar and affordable. Having security guards at your home is very standard and recommended to deter petty theft.
From a cultural/geographical standpoint:
● Because the average daily temperature in Dar is 30 degrees C/86 degrees F with high humidity, cotton tends to be the most comfortable as it ‘breathes’ better than polyester
● The Tanzanian culture is fairly conservative with regards to dress for women so that means no skirts above the knee, shorts are best left for athletics or lounging around at home and no clothing that reveals your tummy area.
● In some parts of town there is a strong Muslim influence/population and there bare shoulders are best avoided.
● There are 2 rainy seasons…the short rains in October and the long rains in March/April. You will want to either bring an umbrella or plan on getting one once here.
From a professional standpoint, acceptable attire at school consists of:
● Skirts and dresses to the knee or longer
● Loose trousers (but not jeans)
● Covered shoulders (no spaghetti straps or tank tops)
● No tops that are revealing when you bend over in class
● For men, shorts and jeans are not acceptable at school, and collared shirts are expected
● Sandals are very welcome
● There is no smoking on campus. Furthermore, because smoking is seriously frowned upon in the Tanzanian culture, HOPAC strongly discourages its teachers from smoking elsewhere.
● Alcohol: several sending missions have policies on alcohol and HOPAC defers to those policies. In absence of a mission policy, HOPAC discourages anything but moderate, discreet use.
● Male/female relations: Public displays of affection are inappropriate in Tanzanian culture (although you can often see members of the same sex walking hand in hand), as is a single woman entertaining a single man alone in her home.
Letters and parcels: Teachers can send and receive mail via the HOPAC post office box. To send letters from here pass them onto a member of our operations team.
You will be set up with a HOPAC email address. You will be given a work laptop/computer and will have access to the internet although we ask that you do not download large files or use Skype / social media during the school day.
Most teachers buy themselves mobile phones as soon as they arrive or bring a phone with them that is unlocked. You can register and buy sim cards easily and prepaid airtime can be purchased at shops all over Dar. Many of our staff use Skype or Facetime to stay in touch with home
You would need to see your travel health advisor for a list of recommended immunizations and vaccinations. Be sure to do this a month or two in advance as some vaccinations have to be given in a series and spaced out over several weeks.
You will definitely need a Yellow Fever vaccination and should be able to present the certificate at the airport.
You have several options available for local transport:
● Your own two feet – although everything is not within walking distance
● Public transport via ‘dala dala’s’ (local buses) – this is an inexpensive mode of transport for getting around town during the daytime although some drivers are not always cautious in their style of driving. Traveling on the local-type dala dalas at night or for long distances is not as safe. Larger, nicer buses are available for long distance travel within Tanzania and to neighboring countries.
● Purchase a vehicle – if you are here long term, you might want to consider buying your own vehicle. Be prepared to pay higher prices than you might at home because of import duties that are added into the sales cost. There is a quite a gap in price between fairly new second-hand vehicles (US$10,000-15,000) and older second-hand vehicles (US$6000-10,000) which, while cheaper, may have maintenance issues.
NOTE: If you do plan to drive while in Tanzania, you should get an international drivers’ license in your home country and bring that with you. Alternatively, it is not difficult to get a Tanzanian driving license.