Teaching & Community Work in Malawi

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Teaching & Community Work in Malawi

Duration: from 3 months to 9 months
Countries: Malawi
Placements in Malawi consist first and foremost of teaching roles, but are very flexible and there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved with community projects.

Teaching & Community Work in Malawi

Malawi - “The Warm Heart of Africa” - is a beautiful country bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. Mount Mulanje and Lake Malawi attract tourists, however, slow economic growth means that almost half the population live below the poverty line - so volunteers provide an invaluable service.

If you are interested in really contributing to a community through teaching, then Malawi is for you. In schools you will help students to improve their English skills as well as taking charge of classes teaching core subjects. Some placements involve an element of community outreach work, as you could also teach at a school attached to an orphanage or work with children with disabilities after your core teaching hours end.

Roles Explained

Teaching placements in Malawi are either at undertaken at schools or within institutions that support the community. The official language in Malawi is English, however many students speak little or no English on starting school.

Volunteers teach a range of subjects such as English, maths, history, geography, drama and sport with limited resources and teaching aids. There is generally a curriculum to follow, from which lesson plans can be developed. Students appreciate the value of education and are very dedicated. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Community-focused teaching placements are within schools attached to orphanages, or for children with hearing impairments or severe disabilities as well as at a local hospital. In addition to teaching a range of subjects, volunteers assist within the institutions and provide extra support and assistance as required.

Programme overview

Minimum age: 18
Departs: Jan or Aug

Accommodation and Food

Placements provide either some basic food supplies or a small allowance, but volunteers will need to supplement this to make their diet more varied. A good variety of food is available in most places most of the year. Rice, beans and maize meal, known as nsima, are the staple food and seasonal fruit and vegetables and eggs are excellent and very cheap. In most placements it is necessary to boil or treat the water. Bottled water is available and some volunteers have found water purification tablets useful. You will either live in a teachers’ house on the school campus, or with a local family. The accommodation is often very basic with minimal furniture and cooking equipment. Not all accommodation will have electricity and running water, but most will. It is the real deal! - Grass roots volunteering at its best and where you can make a real difference!

Interested in this; ready to enquire?

Apply now by clicking the button below and filling out the application form on gapyear.com. Lattitude Global Volunteering should then be in touch shortly to help with your enquiry.


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Someone ready to take on a challenging yet hugely rewarding role in communities that really benefit from volunteers’ help. Teaching projects range between primary and secondary schools and Community projects involve working with deaf children, those with serious physical difficulties and orphans.

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User Comments:

”I am so happy here, I really don’t want to leave - it doesn’t help that all the teachers say “Jenny, you only have a few weeks left!!” I’ll really miss it here but I am still very excited about travelling which should also be amazing.”

~ by Jenny Luckett


In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all pre-departure support and offer guidance
Pre-departure briefing
Airport pickup
Accommodation & food
In-country orientation
In-country support
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About Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that specialises in overseas volunteering placements. Since 1972, Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer in over 17 countries around the world, where they’ve had the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, outdoor sports, community projects and teaching and for 3 to 12 months. 

We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that really needs their skills and where they can have the most benefit as part of a larger, ongoing programme. No qualifications or previous experience are required.


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