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.
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.
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!
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