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Bernhard Nordcamp Center

After School Teaching

Windhoek, Namibia show on map

Volunteers are welcome to teach English or maths, be tutors for individual students or small groups, coach sports, help to prepare lunch and play games with children.

Our Teaching Activities For The Local Children

The Bernhard Nordkamp Centre's after school classes are geared toward helping pupils in grades 1 to 7 in English and Maths. The teachers follow the Namibian curriculum and textbooks are provided for every child.  The  Bernhard Nordkamp Centre is looking for permanent teachers and volunteers that like to teach English and Maths for two hours every afternoon, Monday to Thursday. 

Active or retired teachers or adults with good Maths and English skills and experience in leading groups of children and following a curriculum guide are most welcome. Colleges or Universities that offer a degree in Early Childhood or Primary School Education could find this an ideal internship opportunity. The director  MaryBeth Gallagher, can act as site supervisor or advisor if that is required for students who receive credit for their commitment in Namibia.

There are 205 children participating in the programme, enrolled in local public schools, grades 1 to 10. They go to school in the morning and then come to the centre for lunch and after school classes in English (reading and writing) and Maths. They are taught by local Namibian teachers as well as International Volunteers.

The success of the programme has been overwhelmingly positive. Children who were receiving marks in the 20’s and 30’s are now getting 70’s and 80’s. The grade 7 learners in our programme are getting accepted into some of the country’s top schools.

All the materials for the programme have come from international donations as well as local Namibian businesses. Each year the children receive school uniforms and stationery from funds donated through international charity organizations.

Our Freetime Activities For The Local Children

The BNC objectives are to provide children with a balanced programme of activities which will meet their individual needs, but above all, will equip them to be positive, well educated and contributing adult members of society. To achieve this, the Centre provides a formal learning programme as well as opportunities for sporting and cultural activities. There is a youth choir, soccer, tennis, ping-pong, basketball, swimming, yoga and chess.

Our Mission

The BNC’s primary mission is to facilitate education as a means of combating the very eroding effects of poverty. That is the most solid foundation for developing healthy, positive and enthusiastic children firmly rooted in participation in quality education.

Typical day

The educational focus of our program means that you will be expected to teach either a class or remedial teaching with slower learners.  Volunteers who have fitted in best with us have prior teaching experience and are usually flexible and committed to helping the children. 

Volunteers are needed at The BNC Centre from 1.30 am until 5.00 pm (we usually don’t get away until closer to 5.30 pm) five days a week.  The after school program begins with lunch at 2.00pm and you will be asked to teach from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.  Volunteers are also needed on Saturdays to help with the morning tutoring or the reading program.  During summer we visit the local swimming pool on Sundays.

Free-time activities

In their free time volunteers can enjoy the culture in Windhoek's City Centre and travel outside the city to see the amazing Namibian wildlife and the gorgeous scenery. Weekend trips can be made to the desert and the coastal regions.


Program 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
Education Requirements
English and Maths at High School level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Teaching, tutoring, counselling, coaching
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 13:30 - 17:30

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What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
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If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.
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