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.
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.
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.
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.