Your volunteering mission on The Malawi Teaching and Community Upliftment project is to contribute to child development and the community through assistant teaching in a rural primary school which lacks the sufficient resources, funds and teachers. Teach pupils on how to preserve and protect the wildlife of Malawi as well as educating them on HIV/AIDS.
Teaching And Community Upliftment Mangochi District, Malawi
The introduction of free primary education in Malawi has seen a large increase in the number of pupils going to primary school, but this increase in access to education has also brought major infrastructure problems and a large decline in the quality of education. There are a number of rural schools that are seriously under-funded and do not have the resources or sufficient teachers for the huge number of children that attend each school. At each of the schools there is a ratio of between 100 and 150 students to each permanent teacher.
As a result, many of the children do not fit into the classrooms and have to sit on the floors to receive instruction from just one teacher. They do not receive any vital one-on-one attention and those with learning difficulties often get left behind and may even find themselves years below their fellow classmates.
Most children start formal education at primary school from the age of six. There are often mixed ages in each grade and it is not uncommon for secondary school age children to attend primary schools, as they may have started schooling late, or have been held back a year.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Mangochi District, Malawi
What will I be doing?
Making a meaningful difference to the communities and their children through education, HIV/AIDS awareness and wildlife conservation and protection in the rural communities of Malawi.
- Assist in a rural community primary school
- Work with disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children
- Educate pupils and the community at large on HIV and AIDS
- Help to uplift the community through education, health care, building projects and sports coaching
- Teach additional lessons for those children struggling to learn
- Raise awareness and understanding of wildlife and conservation in Malawi
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This fee facilitates funding for items such medical supplies, building materials, equipment, etc. Project fees are also used to buy vehicles / equipment for the project, and for developing new housing for volunteers to provide for the expansion of the project.
- All airport transfers Lilongwe International Airport upon arrival and departure on set dates (outside these dates there will be a fee of USD175)
- Comprehensive orientation program.
- All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay.
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house.
- Assistance in your projects by various Project Managers and Coordinators.
- 24 field support and contact in the case of an emergency.
The cost excludes:
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement, which must include cover for repatriation
- All transport by air or bus to Malawi
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- E-mail / Internet and telephone calls
- Soft drinks, wines and spirits
- All visas for border crossings
- Any excursions over-and-above your planned itinerary in Malawi
You will be involved with to different degrees depending on your experience and project needs at the time.
On your first full day, you will be given a comprehensive orientation by one of the project co-ordinators. The orientation will include:
- An introduction to Malawian culture and values
- Basic local language lessons
- Your health and safety whilst in Malawi
- Workplace ethics
- Money and transportation in Malawi
- An introduction to the area, the teaching project and the staff
- Local food and practices
- Places to visit in your free time
- Excursion to the local town
Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on participant's health
- We have found in the past that the more you as a volunteer put in to your involvement, the more you will get out. If you are coming to assist teachers, we suggest that you have some lesson plans or ideas, bring or make charts, maps, pictures of body parts etc and take initiative with the children. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to educate them, to entertain them and to love them…
- During the school holidays volunteers will assist teachers in the community projects and will be involved in holiday classes and activities for the children with the aim of keeping them off the streets. You can work at the local orphanage and educate the children, assist with building projects or extra curricular activities in the library, coach sports and teach art and music.
- Though the project might be slightly less ‘structured’ than during school term, there will be NO shortage of amazing, rewarding and exciting work to do with the local kids and in the local communities. You should be prepared to work hard to think up ways to entice the children to come into school and you should expect to be creative and motivated to implement your own ideas with the children each day. The school holiday dates for 2010 are as follows: *Mid April - early May *Late July - late August *Mid November - mid January
- If you wish to spend some of your free time getting involved with other community projects, you can volunteer at the local tree nursery or assist with local community building work. Please speak to your project coordinator if you would like to get more involved.
- Please also understand that our projects are continuously evolving, being improved, and adapting to the needs of the local communities that we are involved with, so involvement areas do change from time to time. Rest assured your work will be necessary, rewarding and exciting. We invite you to be more than a tourist…