Satisfy Your Swahili Language Goals

With small class sizes (instructor ratio under 5:1), our teachers tailor their instruction to meet your specific Swahili learning goals.

Beautiful Iringa, Tanzania

You will be studying Swahili and learning the culture near Iringa, a small city in the heart of Tanzania.

Scenic Accommodation at Rivervalley Campsite

Rivervalley Campsite is located 11km outside of Iringa, Tanzania. All Swahili instruction takes place at the campsite.

Engage in Cross-Cultural Learning

Iringa Swahili School offers cross-cultural learning opportunities to enrich your worldview. This is especially useful for missionaries and humanitarian workers.

Wildlife and Leisure

You will have many opportunities to view the picturesque landscape and exotic wildlife found nowhere else than in Africa.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Message from the Director

At Iringa Swahili School, we believe that by helping others learn Swahili, we are enriching the society and contributing to the nation of Tanzania and the continent of Africa.

ISS has assisted over 1,800 students of different ages and backgrounds. Small classrooms and varied teaching styles allow students to form valuable relationships with their instructors. Our staff is passionate about their culture and give students the opportunity to learn traditions and customs. Field trips allow students to visit historically significant sights and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Tanzania. 

If you are working for an international organization, you are a university student or if you’re thinking about moving your family to East Africa. We welcome you to stay at Rivervalley Campsite, where our partners will take care of your accommodations. ISS will immerse you in Tanzania’s rich culture. And if you desire, Warthog Adventures will grant you the opportunity to visit some of Tanzania's world-class national parks.

Let us help you, your family and your organization to be most effective by knowing and understanding the language and culture of Swahili.

Ismael Diwani
School Director

Swahili Courses


Programs
Length: 2 weeks to 4 months

ISS offers an intensive Swahili training program that is tailored to the needs of each and every student. The curriculum ranges from 2 weeks to 4 months long. Students are immediately encouraged to start speaking from the first day as instructors provide a solid foundation in phonics, grammar, and vocabulary for them. The school operates on a rotating schedule so that students can learn from a range of teaching styles.

Photo Credit: Naphtali Kate
Classrooms
Ratio remains a maximum of 1:5, so that students can have as much one-on-one time with teachers as possible. Class is in session Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is an opportunity to have a “tea break” at 10:30 a.m.







Culture
Traditional cooking day
Photo Credit: Naphtali Kate
ISS offers well-rounded courses, which includes non-traditional learning through field trips and tours. These trips provide cultural context to lessons and put students’ conversation and comprehension to practice.
  • Museums
  • Special Visitors
  • Traditional style cooking days
  • Dancing and Singing
  • Homestays




Homestays
Sitting in a cheif's seat
Homestays allow students to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. ISS encourages students to participate in homestays throughout their language study. Most students choose to do the homestays at the end of the program, but some do it in-between.

Benefits of Homestays:
  • Allows the student to practice language ability
  • Allows the student to know what they need to practice more on
  • Gives cultural context to the learning
  • Allow students to make valuable relationships, which will be necessary for working in Tanzania

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Food & Lodging

Iringa Swahili School partners with Rivervalley Campsite to offer all-inclusive affordable lodging outside of town. Guests will be fed three times a day, buffet style. Cottages are equipped with beds, chairs and desks for studying. When student's aren't studying, there's a wide variety of activities on and around the campsite.
  • Hiking 
  • Rapids and Waterfalls
  • Fishing
  • Zipline
  • Swimming
  • Horseback Riding
  • Volleyball
  • Children's Playground
  • Soccer 
For more information on pricing and booking visit their website or email them at infoiringa@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Culture


Iringa Swahili School offers well-rounded courses, which includes non-traditional learning through field trips and tours. These trips provide cultural context to lessons and put students’ conversation and comprehension to practice.
  • Museums
  • Special visitors (such as Maasai, Wahehe, other tribes)
  • Traditional style cooking days
  • Traditional dancing and singing
  • Homestays 
Historical Sites
  • Isimila Stone Age Site. About 15 km from town towards Mafinga, this is one of the most interesting stone age sites in East Africa.
  • At Kalenga Cultural Museum, you can see Chief Mkwawa’s skull which was returned by the Germans after many decades. Learn about the cultural history of the local tribe.
Homestays
Homestays allow students to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. Iringa Swahili School encourages students to participate in homestays throughout their language study. Most students choose to do the homestays at the end of the program, but some do it in-between.

Benefits of Homestays:
  • Allows the student to practice language ability
  • Allows the student to know what they need to practice more on
  • Gives cultural context to the learning
  • Allow students to make valuable relationships, which will be necessary for working in Tanzania