English Teaching Volunteer in Zimbabwe
If you love teaching and being with children, experiencing Zimbabwe as a community teacher is something you will really enjoy! English is a language used for communication worldwide, so by helping to teach these children you are giving them an invaluable skill that broadens their opportunities. Meet a new generation of eager students ready to learn.
Teaching in local schools in the Rusape township will not only help the students broaden their minds, it will also be a fulfilling experience for you! Friendly school teachers will provide guidance and lesson plans for you based on their curriculum, but you will also have the chance to take part in informal group activities involving games, all with the goal of improving the local children’s English.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the English level of the youth of Zimbabwe and widen their cultural interactions
- Provide you with teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!
- Assist the school staff with extra hands
Each day during this project will run along the same sort of course. You will start with breakfast at 08:00 before heading to classes at 09:00 where you’ll teach English and arrange other activities, like music, singing lessons, games, arts & crafts, sports, conversations exercises and grammar exercises.
At 12:00 you have lunch and some time to relax,and then at 13:30 you will begin teaching classes again. At 16:00 you will take time to prepare lessons and activities for the next day alongside the local coordinator.
At 18:00 you will finish your day for dinner and then you will be free to spend the evening relaxing and exploring the local area.
Saturday & Sunday:
During their free time, volunteers will be able to experience the local area. The weekends provide the perfect time to see the sights and taxis are available to take you to see the landmarks. The locals and support staff will be available and can give advice and guidance on the best experiences for you.
(Schedule: During the evening time volunteers are free, no program activities are scheduled unless mentioned otherwise)
Please note:This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on the needs of the project, local (weather) conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
You will be staying on the outskirts of Rusape. Specifically, in Cheneke Village, Tandi located in the Manicaland province. Being only 30 minutes away from downtown Rusape, you will have access to local shops and other things that you may visit in your spare time. You may also take the opportunity to visit historic and natural sites such as Victoria Falls and surrounding reserves around the country.
About the Accommodation
You will be staying at our program centre which accommodates around 20 people.
All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Your rooms will be cleaned daily by staff but please try to clean up after yourself and help play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
Meals are basic and healthy, inspired by the local cuisine consists of staples such as rice, cornmeal for preparing ‘sadza’ or ‘bota’ (porridge), spinach, chomolia, spring greens, beans, chicken, goat, mutton, and beef.
Three meals on weekdays and Two meals on weekends
Since our centre is located just 30 minutes out of Rusape, there are many restaurants, ATMs, shopping malls and services that you can easily access at the main township in your free time.
Sights & Surroundings
Some places you may want to visit in your spare time:
Otherwise known as Uka uka ähläm “the Smoke that Thunders”, Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest waterfall in the world having a continuous sheet of falling water spanning 1,700 meters across and 108 meters down. The notorious Devil’s Pool is found here but please be warned that, whilst beautiful, this location can be dangerous if you are not careful, so visit at your own risk.
Zimbabwe is known for its numerous national parks scattered around the country, some of the more well known ones being Matobo, Mana Pool, and Hwange National Parks. These parks give you an opportunity to see native wildlife including giraffes and rhinos, visit sites of ancient paintings, and take in the beautiful natural landscape dotted with unique rock formations.
Trip Country Info
Language: English, Shona, Ndebele
Currency: United States Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), Botswana Pula (BWP), Pound Sterling (GBP), Renminbi (CNY), Indian Rupee (INR), South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique.
From the late 1800’s, the British had control over the territory they named Rhodesia in honour of Rhodes. Southern Rhodesia would later become Zimbabwe while northern Rhodesia became Zambia. Many forts were set up and guarded by British armed police, one of the forts known as Fort Salisbury is now known as Harare. With settling of Europeans taking place, the British took control over labour, precious metals and other natural resources in the area.
Zimbabwe gained full independence from Britain in 1980 when Robert Mugabe became prime minister.
Zimbabwe has a tropical climate with arid areas in the south, extreme heat in the Zambezi valley, and cool temperatures with highest rainfall in the Eastern Highlands. Temperatures at higher altitudes vary from 12o in winter to 24o in summer. Temperatures are usually higher in lower altitude areas reaching up to 38o during summer in lowland valleys.
Rainfall increases towards the east due to location of high plains with southern areas receiving limited rainfall. The rain season is from November to March while the cool, dry season stretches from May to August.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Criminal Background Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance