I was a computer/IT lecturer at the University of Bukoba in Bukoba, Tanzania from 2001 to 2003. My duties were to design course modules, enhance the quality of teaching, and increase interdisciplinary research capacities. I needed to learn basic Swahili. I received training and support through Voluntary Service Overseas Canada, a volunteer organization.
Swahili, or Kiswahili, is the national language of Tanzania. It is the world's twelfth language and the most widely spoken language in sub-Saharan Africa. I studied Swahili for two months in fall 1994 and again in VSO training. If you are learning Swahili, see my Swahili grammar and vocabulary quiz programs.