Trip Details

On this project, you’ll get the unique opportunity to meet the local Malawian children as a community teacher in rural Malawi. Through informal lessons, dance, song and play, you will help children who are not able to attend school, expand their minds and learn about other languages and culture.

The rural village leaders here would like to have community programs in the local village hall, to provide education for those who cannot attend school for reasons like time, distance or family commitments. Many of these children are quite young, requiring activities and attention that will keep them stimulated. It is through these activities that you will help to give these children language skills that will significantly help them in later life.

The children here are so eager to engage and meet new people, and you’ll get to help expand their English first-hand through games, group activities and conversations. Some of the activities you will be involved in will include basic English lessons, songs, and singing, and playing fun and educational games. You may also lead the children in activities like handicrafts, sports, writing, drawing, and colouring. This opportunity is perfect if you love teaching and being with children, you’ll get the opportunity to really integrate with the children as well as the local community, and know you are really making a difference.

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist in the education of Malawian children.
  • Give the village children more chances at conversing in English
  • Provide you with insight into a different education system
  • Provide you with teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!

Trip Itinerary

Some of the other teaching options are available in traditional classroom settings where you can assist the staff with the lessons outlined, as well as incorporating some of your own learning exercises on the topics. You will be helping to teach basic English, exchange songs, take part in singing, and playing educational games. You may also lead the children through activities like handicrafts, sports, drawing, colouring, writing and more!

Be prepared to work for 4-5 hours a day on this program, teaching, leading groups, creating lesson plans and content for the classes. A lot of the children here are quite young and require attention and activities to keep them stimulated and assist their growth.

Your volunteer teaching duties will operate Monday through to Friday, where you will spend roughly five hours teaching, with a lunch break in between. After your teaching shift, you will have time to prepare the lesson for the next day. A typical day on this community teaching program might be:

  • Breakfast at the Centre
  • Join the teachers meeting to plan for the day
  • Lead Teaching a class
  • Lunch with the children
  • Play sports, games or do activities with the children
  • Before dinner, you will have some time to prepare lessons or activities for the following day
  • Back to the centre for dinner, where you’ll be able to meet, greet, and share with other participants who’ve also been out in various placements

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Mangochi is coastal town sited between Lakes Malawi and Malombe. Previously called Fort Johnston during colonial times, it is known as a lake town with a lot of water and fishing activities. Although a small township with a population of 50,000, necessities are nearby to assist you during your stay. It is also full of culture and history and it’s always interesting to walk through the small town.

Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated in our centre. It is quite basic and you will share your room with other participants. There are shared western style, flushable toilets.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Lockable rooms

Food Arrangements
Malawian food will served mainly, along with some European food. You can expect meat, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, rice spaghetti and more.

Three meals are included on weekdays while only two meals are served on weekends.

Facilities
There are many modes of local transport such as taxis, vans, buses which depart every 30 minutes to downtown Mangochi.

There are ATM’s & Western Union transfer facilities in Mangochi downtown which is about 20-30 minutes by driving from the centre.

Next to our centre there are many local shops nearby which only take about a 5-10 minute walk.

Trip Country Info

Malawi

Population:16 million
Capital:Lilongwe
Language:Chewa
Currency:Kwacha (ZMK)
Time zone:CAT (UTC +2)

Known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. It was settled by migrating Bantu groups in the 10th century and was later colonized by the British in 1891. In 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, this ended in 1963. Nyasaland became an independent country a year later under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic and gained its independence.

Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.It is a country that welcomes all who wish to experience the incomparable combination of environment, wildlife & culture in one of Africa’s most beautiful and diverse countries.

Malawi has the well deserved reputation as being one of the friendliest countries in Africa.  It is a densely populated, landlocked country, with almost a third of its territory taken up by the stunning Lake Malawi, a sight  you do not want to miss in this lifetime.  The huge freshwater lake is lined with excellent heavenly beaches and filled with colourful fish as well as the occasional hippo and crocodile.  There are some amazing wildlife parks for those interested in safari, as well as several hiking destinations that include Mulanje mountain and the Zomba plateau.

The Malawian people are, without doubt, its greatest asset: friendly and welcoming to a fault. Every visitor is met with a smile and the warmth of the welcome is genuine and long-lasting. With a population of a little more than 14 million, Malawi is one of the more densely peopled countries of this part of Africa.  Most of the population is rural, living largely in fascinating traditional villages.  Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.

 

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Modest Clothing
Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa