Teach in a school that is quite small and very basic, but makes you feel part of the family immediately! The school has approximately 57 boys and 68 girls between the ages of 6 and 18, some of whom are orphans.
You’ll normally assist the teachers with informal teaching to start with, but, depending on your ability, you may be given complete control of a particular class or group. You’ll receive a lot of help and support from the teachers and staff at the schools to help you prepare for your lessons and settle you into your role as assistant teacher. You can teach English or any other subjects, as well as assisting with sports during games periods.
The schools we work with are private but very poor schools. They can be both secondary and primary and you will generally be asked to help out with any age groups. The children’s ages range from 6 to 18, in Grades 1 to 7. You can teach the children conversational English as well as other academic subjects. The Centre also has a class of nursery children from ages 3 to 6 years. You will be able to teach a specific subject of your choice if you wish to, such as Mathematics or Science.
If you have some know-how, some initiative and lots of enthusiasm, you can also get involved with teaching Drama, Music, Dance or Arts and Crafts lessons. If you enjoy being creative, then you can share your talents and enthusiasm at the various schools we work with. Teaching Arts subjects is an excellent way of engaging children’s imaginations and encourages them to communicate with few constraints. What’s more, it is very satisfying to watch their confidence grow as they learn and develop new skills.
At some of our schools in our other destinations, volunteers and pupils together have produced plays and concerts, and performances have been put on in the evenings for parents, students and visitors. Because the schools are poor, the volunteers and children have had to be very creative in putting together costumes and sets – but all productions have been a resounding success! Volunteers have found that producing short plays written by the children that address local social issues has been a successful means in educating the children on issues such as AIDS awareness, cultural relationships, peer pressures, and bullying. It gives the children an informal forum and a means of sharing their concerns and learning to deal with issues.
If you enjoy Sports, you can also help out during the Games periods which the schools have. The facilities are poor, but football and volleyball have quite a following. Some sports coaching takes place throughout the day, but most is after 3pm for an hour or two.
The school also sometimes need help with administration (e.g. marking books). As this is part of a Teachers role, you may also be asked to help with this at some point.
The schools themselves are quite small and incredibly basic – you will feel part of the family immediately! School sizes range from 100 to 150 pupils. This means that class sizes are also fairly small and very manageable, normally ranging from 20 to 30 pupils, although occasionally you may have smaller classes.
You’ll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged. You’ll share a room with other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.
Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.
FOOD: Food and drink is not provided on this placement. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities that you vcan use to prepare your meals. There is a dining room at the hostel where you can also buy meals that they prepare in-house. Many of the participants eat out on local dishes for a real Zambian experience! At time of writing, facilities at the hostel include;
- a swimming pool
- recreation room with TV,
- internet cafe with internet access,
- a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored and access to telephones.
The hostel also has an in-house booking centre, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking centre!
Start Dates – All year round – you choose your start and finish dates! Teaching is not available during school holidays.
Duration – From 1 week to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements – Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you’re teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing African culture first-hand.
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!