Set in rural villages around Dedza and Zomba you will have the opportunity to assist at a local school to help improve English (reading, writing and spoken). You could help with maths or science too, as well as introducing art, drama, music and sports. You can work with your volunteer partner, or on your own. If you choose to spend some time in the classroom, class sizes vary but can be over 100 students. Alternatively you may prefer to work with children in small groups or on a one-to-one basis, focusing on those who might need that bit of extra help. Outside of this you will spend time planning for lessons and may have homework to mark!
For those who would like to do sports you can run PE lessons and arrange sports clubs. PE lessons may involve big classes and little equipment; they are a good test of you initiative and resourcefulness. In addition to working in the classroom, or on the sports’ field, volunteers make a big impact by running school clubs – these include debating, reading, French, modern dance, art, music or drama; volunteers have run talent shows, produced school newsletters and magazines or started a choir. Many volunteers choose to brighten up classrooms by painting them or decorating the walls with educational murals from the alphabet and numbers to world maps and the solar system - let your imagination run wild and leave your mark!
Each day you can spend time socialising in the staff room, usually over a cup of chai (sweet tea) or lunch. This is a great chance to get to know you fellow teachers and learn more about them. They will be keen to talk about where you are from, your family and life at home whilst you can practice your Chichewa (the language spoken in Malawi)!
Spare time is spent preparing your lessons with your volunteer partner, marking books, or with the other volunteers and your new friends (neighbours and teachers). We encourage volunteers to get to know the locals – the teachers could even invite you to dinner.
The more you put into community life and getting to know the locals, the more you will understand about this amazing country. You will have the opportunity to build skills and in particular skills that can be transferred to the workplace, for example thinking on your feet, dealing with pressure, problem-solving, overcoming challenges, independence, responsibility and many more.
At the end of your 12 weeks in the community you will have 4 weeks to explore more of Malawi and head into East Africa.
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