As a TEFL student in Livingstone, you will contribute towards community development initiatives by providing opportunities, support, and one-on-one attention that otherwise wouldn’t exist for the communities we work with. By applying for the online TEFL course and undertaking your practicum and teaching internship with us, you’ll teach young children as they start their education journey, work with teenagers who are transitioning into the next stage of their lives, and help adults wanting to improve their employability by enhancing their knowledge of the English language. These TEFL practicum hours also allow you to gain first-hand teaching experience with real students in an actual classroom setting.
Please note: This program is only available to those who have booked their online TEFL course through African Impact, or those who have completed the 150 required academic hours for their 170-hour online TEFL course.
Many schools in rural areas of Zambia suffer from a serious shortage of classrooms, educational resources, and formally trained teachers. This has led to a ‘hot-seating’ system, where children are not able to attend school full time and can often only come in for either the morning or afternoon session. This, coupled with the harsh reality of poverty and parents’ inability to pay school fees, means many children do not complete their primary education.
However, children in Zambia are extremely eager to learn and local teachers need all the help they can get in the classroom to ensure that each child in their care receives the quality education they deserve. This TEFL practicum program supports local teachers in primary schools and provides a host of additional educational activities for rural village children that contributes to brighter futures for them and their families.
You’ll be staying in a private African Impact house within the popular and welcoming Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia. You will have access to a lovely swimming pool, lounge, BBQ, and bar area. Your accommodation is a 5-minute walk away from Livingstone’s town centre and just a stone’s throw away from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. The region is known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Africa’, so prepare for a lot of fun in your downtime.
You will spend your mornings at a primary school in one of Livingstone’s rural communities, supporting a local teacher in their classroom. During your stay, you will remain with the same class so that you can get to know the children, identify problem areas, and provide individual support to the students. You are also there to share your skills with the local teacher so that they are better able to educate the children in their care. Through general classroom assistance, you will improve the learning experience for all.
In overcrowded classrooms, it is very easy for students to fall behind, especially when there is normally only one teacher to – on average – every 50 students. Volunteers, therefore, provide an essential role in identifying those struggling students and providing one-to-one attention that they would otherwise not receive. This will involve taking individuals, or groups of children, outside of the classroom and repeating the lesson at a slower rate with greater repetition to enhance learning and retention. It is an extremely rewarding way to contribute to a student’s education and future.
After-school programs help a great deal in the development of children, in their motor skills, reading, literacy, and creative development. Part of your volunteer work will include teaching children the alphabet, phonics, spelling, pronunciation, and general reading and comprehension skills. You will also conduct and develop outdoor games and art projects and just have some fun interacting with the kids.
Improving adult literacy subsequently improves the chances of employment. If you would like to, you will get a unique volunteer opportunity to gain first-hand insight into a different culture – and to make new friends from the community – by facilitating structured lesson plans and tests in our adult literacy course. A certificate is issued to students upon successful completion of the course, and they are really invested in their ongoing education
“My experience in this program was undeniably the greatest thing I have done in my life! The people I met were amazing, kind, helpful, and allowed me to have an unforgettable experience in Zambia. You immediately feel like part of the family when you start, and it only gets better the longer you stay!”
I had such a great time here. The experience was so much better than I ever expected. I’ve made a lot of good friends and had an awesome time. I'm going to miss all the days I spent here, and if I have the chance I would definitely come back.
“Very good experience overall. A lot of assistance pre-departure and on field. Even if you stay only for a short period you can feel this organization is really making an impact in the local community.”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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