Elementary and Extra-Curricular Club Teacher

Help children to improve their English so they are able to progress through school. In Malawi all subjects are taught in English from fifth grade.

As a teaching volunteer you will play an invaluable role in assisting children in learning English. All primary schools in Malawi are required to teach in English from the fifth year onwards. This presents difficulties for many children and without a good understanding of the language, learning and progression through school in all subjects can be affected. In rural areas where there is a shortage of teachers and large class numbers, weaker students can often get left behind. 

As a teaching volunteer in Malawi you will be partnered with a local teacher. You will work together to teach students based on the curriculum laid out in teaching guides. In some subjects you will be assisting the local teacher, helping with checking students work. In large classes having an extra person to help means that weaker students will be able to have more one to one time and further assistance with work they are finding difficult. In subjects in which you are stronger, for example English, you will be asked to take the lead and teach the session. You will be supported in helping to plan for these and guidance can be given if needed from our project coordinators.

The school day starts early in Malawi, after breakfast at the volunteer cottage you will depart to your teaching placement at a school located a short distance from the volunteer cottage, ready to start teaching at 7:30am. You will spend the morning at the Primary school before returning to the volunteer cottage for a welcome break at the hottest part of the day. Lunch will be prepared for you and you will have several hours to relax and plan your sessions before departing for extra-curricular activity clubs in the afternoons.  

We run several afternoon extra-curricular activities at the primary school including wildlife club, arts and clubs, drama, sports and extra English. You will join other volunteers in planning activities that make learning fun. They will be different from the traditional teaching taught at school in the mornings and will allow children to develop in their own interest areas and to use materials they wouldn’t usually have access to.


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Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at TEFL / TESOL level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We welcome volunteers with experience in teaching, if you are not a qualified teacher we would ask you to undertake a short teaching course such as a weekend TEFL course to help to prepare you.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Naturally Africa Volunteers are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

The project is based in a stunning location by the beach, with the volunteer cottage overlooking Lake Malawi. There is something for everyone in Malawi, whether you have a love for wildlife, hiking, watersports or just relaxation on the beach, you will be able to do so at weekends. Safari destinations and mountainous areas are just a few hours from our project location, within easy reach and the project location is on a beautiful stretch of the lakeshore with many beaches to explore. Malawi has previously been in Lonely Planet's top 5 for best in travel destinations. It really does have something for everyone, with every budget. You may choose to spend your weekends kayaking to a remote island, relaxing at the beach, scuba diving, horse riding, hiking or wildlife watching. There are historic sights that can be visited. You can of course also spend your weekends at the volunteer cottage, immersing yourself in the local community, watching traditional dancing, getting to know the culture, walking to nearby villages or going to school sports tournaments.

Water Sports


What's included?
The programme fee includes your accommodation whilst at the project, three meals per day, transfers to and from Lilongwe International airport on set arrival and departure dates and 24/7 support from our onsite coordinators.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

When arriving on one of our set arrival dates you will be met at the airport by one of our coordinators and transferred to the cottage in the volunteer minibus, this is included in the programme fee. It is approximately a 3.5 hour journey from Lilongwe. If you book to arrive outside of the usual arrival and departure dates you will need to pay for a private transfer which we will be happy to arrange for you, the cost is usually around $175.


The accommodation provided is in a large shared volunteer cottage overlooking Lake Malawi. The cottage has shared rooms which you will typically be sharing with one or two other people although this can vary. All rooms either have an en-suite or have a large shared bathroom for each room. Bathrooms are equipped with western flush style toilets and standard showers. The showers may sometimes be cold but this is often refreshing and welcome at the end of a hot day of volunteering.

Food & Beverages

Three meals per day are provided and we are able to cater to most dietary requirements if notified in advance. Breakfast typically consists of eggs, pancakes or toast and tea or coffee. Lunch is usually sandwiches or pasta and a hot main meal is provided in the evenings. The cook at the cottage prepares food to a high standard but bear in mind that ingredients can be limited so there may not be a wide variety of choice on offer. Meals whilst on weekend excursions are not included.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Monkey Bay/Malawi between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Naturally Africa Volunteers will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Naturally Africa Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Malawi

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Malawi. Please check the visa regulations for Malawi.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Malawi and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Malawi.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malawi.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Kumuzu 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Malawi you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malawi.
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