Help provide introductory education for young learners before they start primary school. Take part in our pre-school feeding project.
In Malawi formal education begins in Primary School at age 6. Before this there is little access to early learner education. Formal pre-schools are usually limited to cities, leaving children in rural areas at a disadvantage. Transitioning from home life to full time education at 6 years old can be particularly challenging when children have not experienced education beforehand. We are supporting rural pre-schools where parents have joined together to try to provide an early education for their children. These schools are run by local volunteers and are significantly disadvantaged compared to formal pre-schools as they commonly have no access to teaching resources, toys, financial support or even a suitable building to congregate in.
The first nursery school we supported in the village in which our projects are based was initially run by one volunteer and had 100 children attending it. We are now helping by offering support from our volunteers which has made this number far more manageable. We have provided a colourful learning space and structured learning activities, which allow children to get used to an educational environment and give them a head start before primary school. Support from volunteers has significantly improved this rural nursery school and with your support we can ensure this continues into the future.
As a pre-school volunteer you will assist in providing teaching sessions at pre-school in the mornings and extra-curricular activity clubs with primary school children in the afternoons. In the morning sessions you will teach basics such as days of the week, shapes, the alphabet, beginners English and keep the children entertained through games. Part of each session will be spent serving porridge to the 50-100 children in attendance and making sure each child has had enough food. The remainder of the session will be spent teaching dental hygiene and helping children to brush their teeth.
You will spend your afternoons at the local primary school leading extra-curricular clubs including sports, crafts, wildlife or extra English sessions. Those that are interested may also have the opportunity to take part in I.T education sessions.
Our project based in a stunning beach side location, with the volunteer cottage overlooking Lake Malawi. Safari destinations and mountainous areas are within easy reach just a few hours from our project location. 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 relaxing at the beach, kayaking to a remote island, diving, horse riding, hiking or wildlife watching. There are historic sights that can be visited. You can of course spend your weekends at the volunteer cottage, immersing yourself in the local community, getting to know the culture, watching traditional dancing, walking to nearby villages or going to school sports tournaments.
If you arrive 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.
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.
Our accommodation is a shared volunteer cottage overlooking Lake Malawi. The cottage has large shared rooms and you will typically be sharing with one or two other people although this may vary. The rooms are either en-suite or have a large shared bathroom for each room. The bathrooms have western flush style toilets and standard showers. The showers may be cold but this is often refreshing and welcome at the end of a hot days volunteering.
We provide three meals per day and are able to cater to most dietary requirements. Breakfast typically consists of pancakes or eggs, toast and tea or coffee. Lunch consists of sandwiches or pasta and a hot main meal is prepared 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.