The most effective way to create positive, long-term change in a society is through the power of teaching and education. Being a volunteer teacher is one of the best ways to contribute towards this change and immerse yourself in a side of Africa few travellers get to experience.
Africa is a place of unparalleled beauty and experiences, but also a place where millions of people are restricted by inadequate access to education, poor education systems, and a plethora of cultural and societal norms that keep them from progressing and living the lives they deserve.
From the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to the lively townships of South Africa, the teaching volunteer opportunities in Africa are abundant and the potential for growth extraordinary.
Our projects are designed to support the wider goals of the community.
This ensures the work volunteers do has the greatest possible impact and addresses issues relevant to that area.
Although there are a number of contributing factors when it comes to the poor standard of education and low literacy rates in Africa, a drastic shortage of qualified teachers is a major cause.
A typical public classroom in many African countries has 1 teacher for more than 40 students
The poor standard of education and lack of teachers also means more kids are likely to fall behind and eventually drop out.
More than 50% of the worlds out of school kids live in sub-Saharan Africa
While each volunteer program has a varying focus, as a volunteer teacher you will work towards UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education by offering vital support to local teachers.
You will get involved with teaching kids and teaching adults at rural schools and community classes.
The work you do enhances the quality of education and provides opportunities for education that are otherwise unavailable but that have the potential to transform lives and entire communities.
It’s no secret that volunteering abroad will change your life, but volunteering on a teaching abroad program in Africa will change your life in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.
It is a completely immersive experience that takes you into the heart of the local community and lets you become a part of it in a way that is authentic and unforgettable.
You will get to live alongside locals and learn more about the country and its unique traditions from the people who live there. These same people will become dear friends, inspire you in extraordinary ways, and embed themselves in your heart and memory forever.
Teaching abroad is a life-changing experience, not just for the people you teach but for you too.
The work you do will depend on the project you choose.
Three of the biggest focus areas on our teaching programs are supporting local teachers at schools, facilitating after school clubs, and hosting adult education classes.
Volunteer assistance at schools means children are able to access one-to-one attention they otherwise would not receive. This is extremely important for identifying children who are falling behind in their education and providing the support they so desperately require.
After school programs, including art, math, sports, and reading clubs, are also a large part of a volunteer teacher’s role. These initiatives help keep children away from the dangers associated with the vulnerable after-school hours, including gang culture and substance abuse.
Free community classes empower adults within the community by teaching them English, which better equips them to find jobs. Our Maasai Literacy Program in East Africa offers a particularly unique opportunity to learn about one of Africa’s most fascinating tribes.
You may also get involved in providing educational games and activities at daycare centers and hosting community workshops that address various social issues or help locals develop vital life skills.
We currently offer teaching programs in these African countries: