School Teacher Supporter in Local Area

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founded in 2019
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High­lights

Express your creativity and feel free to find new ways of conveying educational material
Make use of your English skills and develop them even further
Explore the malawian way of living and discover new places all around Malawi
Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa. Share this unique experience with people from around the world as passionate about their work as you are
Educate the youth in the English language and convey its importance.
Experience the rural Malawian way of life and it's laid back, friendly atmosphere while teaching children! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
We offer placements among all classes of the Malawian education system, these are:
  • Primary School
  • Junior High School
  • Secondary School
Most volunteers will take placements in Primary and Junior High Schools which are based together therefore adding an extra level of flexibility to meet everyones needs. Secondary is usually reserved for qualified individuals as once students have completed this level they are university ready.

Within the schools the basic subjects are taught regularly such as English, Maths, Science, Local Language, Religious, Sports & Moral Education. Computing is taught with the best will however usually this is from a text book as most schools don't have access to a computer or laptop. Creative arts and music again are absolutely adored by the children however due to lack of materials these are mostly read and taught from textbooks.

Why This Placement?
Schools in Malawi not only need your help to cope with the growing size of classes, lack of a 'subsitute' teacher process but also to bring a fresh approach to lessons which are traditionally very dictation focused. Practicals are not experienced until secondary school and throughout primary schools there is a distinct lack of supplies especially for anything creative arts focused which is adored by the children.
We aim to improve the standard of education in our area by not only providing additional resources of staffing to seriously understaffed and deprived communities, introduction of new and fresh ideas to lessons and their planning but also supplying additional learning materials and books otherwise unavailable.

You should not come expecting for the school to be at a stand still until a volunteer arrives, we are here to enhance and assist not to replace teaching staff. Education is an important factor of Malawian life where families circumstances allow them to pursue this so more often than not teachers will be present in their classrooms. Volunteers usually agree to a mix of teaching various classes with their teachers or headmaster. 

When you are not directly teaching or if this is not where you wish to help, you can be focusing as a teaching assistant/support role helping children that are struggling to keep up and on a one on one basis. The teaching style in our rural area is often dictation focused so it's easy for children that struggle with english to be left behind.

How Do I Get To The Placement?
Budget an additional 2 to 3 USD per day for transport costs.
We work with a number of schools within the local community and slightly further out.
Volunteers will usually take taxis back and forth to their placement site. It is very easy to take shared taxis in town and they are very reasonably priced. Most of our schools will require volunteers to pay transport between 2 and 3 USD a day. The more remote village schools are usually located down tracks and therefore cost a little bit more to reach. Our team will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where to find taxis etc. Volunteers are usually able to head off into the town after school easily to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home and the ease of taxis offer a really flexible experience for the volunteers.

What Will I Be Doing?
Depending on the school that you select after your introduction and what you will feel comfortable with, you may be paired up with a teacher to primarily start supporting as a teaching assistant or you may be given a class yourself depending on your experience and confidence. Although the thought of your own class may seem overwhelming at first, the sheer enthusiasm and eagerness to learn of children will be a strong push to spur you on the way. Where you feel that your teacher is a 'really good example' and you don't think you can bring anything to help, this is simply not the case. As we're sure you're aware even in developed countries there are teaching assistants and learning support departments to be able to offer an extra hand to those children that struggle especially in Ghana where it can be extremely difficuly for children to learn advanced topics in English which is their second language and a lot of them are not comfortable in using it constantly.

For the younger children basic reading, writing and creative arts lessons are usually required whereas for the older children we advise not only developing the previous skills but breathing new ideas and life into their textbooks. We have a wide range of teaching books and lesson plans within the store room of the volunteer house and we advise volunteers to make use of their free evening and weekend time to plan the following days lessons. 

A good example we seen so far Mercy Mkandawire is 14 years old, she has never been at any school, efforts have/were been made to enrol her at Chibanja primary but the school infrastructures are not disability friendly. 

She joined our classes and she happens to be the most improved learner with passion to learn. 
Support the initiative we have the passion but without resources.
Bravo to our volunteer teachers for the good work.

Who Will I Be Working With?
If the number permits we aim to group volunteers together at a particular school or project. You will work closely with a teacher and report to the Headteacher should you have any issues. A member of our team will also spend a portion of their day at the project to assist in anyway and offer any guidance should it be needed. Most volunteers strike up a strong bond with the teachers and are treat as another member of staff as if you were always there. It is not uncommon to be invited round their homes for dinner at an early stage as a way of saying thank you.

What Do We Expect From The Volunteers?
A teaching qualification or experience is not compulsory for this placement, your level of experience and confidence will gauge what level of students would best suit and will be discussed between the team and yourself on your first day introduction. The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathetic and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most of our your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs whilst also bringing your own to the table.

We expect volunteers to visit their placements Monday - Friday, exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc but we hope for the children and yourselves to get the most of your placement this is kept to a minimum.

What Can You Expect From Us?
We will be on hand any time of any day to support you in your placement and trip as a whole. There will always be someone you can speak to or get a hold of should you want to discuss anything or require any guidance, from organising after school clubs to changing your placement. Our team living in the volunteer house will also be able to offer advice regarding travel plans and the local area so you will soon feel at home.

What Should I Bring?
Regarding your placement we advise bringing plenty of school materials, arts & crafts items and some ideas from teaching resource websites. These will prove invaluable throughout your placement as there is a lack of materials able to purchase in the local area. Basic pens, pencils and cheap paper are available as well as moderate priced photocopying should you wish to bring activity sheets.

What Happens During School Holidays?
During school holidays if a volunteers placement falls within these dates then we will organise a holiday school. Usually in a remote village where the children are more than willing to join in, these days usually are more focused to arts and sports from lunchtime onwards.

The school holidays usually fall three times a year; few weeks around easter, few weeks around August and a few weeks during December.

Typical day

  • 07:30am - Volunteer transport leaves the volunteer house to project sites
  • 08:00am - School starts
  • 10:30am - 11:00am - Morning Break
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm - Lunch Break
  • 03:00pm - School closes
  • 03:30pm - Return to volunteer house
  • 03:30pm onwards - Free time
  • Please note this an example of a schedule. Times vary on different schools and term time. After school, volunteers are free to go shopping in the local markets, return to the volunteer house or visit the local swimming pools.

Free-time activities

Karonga is located close to the northern shores of the lake, where you can go swimming, kayaking, and relax in your free time. You can also go on a cruise on the lake. We have a museum in town that shows some findings of prehistoric humans, a dinosaur and information about Malawian history and culture. For those who wish to explore another part of Malawi, you can visit Livingstonia, and go hiking in the beautiful scenery of the Nyika Plateau. You can visit different mines in the area if you are interested in mining. It is also possible to travel to Nkhata Bay for a weekend and go scuba diving in the lake there. The Vwaza Wildlife Reserve and National Park are both easily accessible from Rumphi - wildlife viewing can be done from a game viewing vehicle or on a bushwalk for the more adventurous.

Alternatively, you can stay in Karonga where you can experience village life and culture, enjoy Malawian music, dance and learn some traditional cooking. Volunteers must arrange extra activities themselves and cover the cost of travel, food and accommodation.

Also, if volunteers are interested we can go for a photo trip around and you will always find something new and different to explore.
Volunteers can fill their free time by watching TV ,reading a book, going for swimming , doing exercises at a local gym.

Climbing
Concert/
Music
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Math, English, science and sports at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Relevant work experience
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Helping Your Community Forum

The Helping Your Community Forum (HYCF) fees are calculated as follows.

A one time application fee which includes , Pre-departure support, Preparation, handbooks, Orientation day and Project support

Program fees to stay at HYCF House (including Break fast, Lunch and dinner) from Monday to Friday

Important Note; To keep it transparent we do not add any donation to our program fees (which are entirely used for your preparation , Supervision and Accommodation) but encourage you to raise some funds among your family and friends prior to your arrival or once you have arrived in Malawi. Any small or big amount is highly appreciated and you are entirely free to decide on how you want to utilize your donation within the project. By doing so you will see how much of a difference donations can make and  its a great feeling to see this first hand. We understand volunteering as a holistic approach of helping each other and learning from one another and while you will do amazing daily work as a volunteer we want you to also understand that no project can entirely survive if it was  not for financial support as well.

Airport Pickup at Lilongwe International Airport

Air port pick up is included in the costs. Volunteers can be picked up at any day and night time. Possible Arrival Airport is Lilongwe International Kamuzu Airport.



Accommodation

Volunteers will be hosted by the Chief Executive Officer in their family home. This is a great opportunity to experience the unique culture of Malawi and to interact and make friends with a local family. You will have your own room and private space for sleeping or relaxing, the house is self contained with single bed,. we will do our best to ensure that you are comfortable and well looked after during your stay.

We have a house with 5 rooms its a fenced house and  security is tight, we have dogs, Nice vegetation,Easy access to town. We stay near the lake Malawi.Good comfortable rooms, We provide good meals.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirement before arriving. Vegetarian, Vegan and other diets can be catered for. If volunteers require any other  snacks beside the three main meals these can easily be purchased in the local market.

There is also a kitchen with fridge for our Volunteers, an oven, bathrooms, a common room equipped with comfortable sofas, numerous tables and benches out side.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Food(Break fast, Lunch and Dinner) is prepared by the family from Monday to Sunday at the HYCF house. The break fast includes tea/coffee, white bread, Chips, Rice, Porridge, and cake for break fast. For lunch and dinner we generraly eat rice or Nsima (a local dish made from maze flour) with some vegetables, beans, meat or fish. Some times fruits or salad will also be served. This is a staple food and hope you will learn to love it!!!

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malawi.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Malawi provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Malawi you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malawi.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteers start to work after one or two days upon arrival. We first give time to volunteers to relax after a long flight we understand they get extremely tired.

Details on arrival.
I come and welcome volunteers at the Lilongwe International Airport. From Lilongwe we can get a bus to Karonga, which is usually an overnight journey. 

If coming from Tanzania, you will need to cross the border and take either a bus or local shared car to Karonga. One of HYCF members can meet you at the bus station or we can provide you with the location of our office where you can meet us upon arrival in Karonga.We are always available via phone and Whatsapp for any queries.

The following day we begin orientation meeting and planning ahead.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$600
5 weeks
$750
6 weeks
$900
7 weeks
$1,050
8 weeks (max. stay)
$1,200
Average fees
$150 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Helping Your Community Forum will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Helping Your Community Forum during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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School Teacher Supporter in Local Area

Experience the rural Malawian way of life and it's laid back, friendly atmosphere while teaching children!

$150/week

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