As a volunteer in our teaching project, you will be supporting the teachers by assisting them in one of the local primary schools. On occasion volunteers with teaching experience can be placed in one of the community secondary schools.
If you choose sports in the afternoon you will run various sports sessions and activities.
Volunteers contribute massively to improving the children’s’ education. You may also have the opportunity to teach adult education classes, which provide necessary skills development to rural communities. Furthermore, as part of our initiative to integrate IT to local schools and communities, you can help teachers develop and improve their computer skills.
On your first day at the project you will get a project briefing and a village tour, you start work on Wednesday.
In the mornings volunteers will assist teachers with the curriculum subjects, including English, math and sciences. Most days you start around 07.30 and will finish teaching in the morning between 11:00 and 12:00 and have a lunch break back at the volunteer house during the hottest part of the day.
In the afternoons volunteers have the opportunity to plan and run extracurricular classes that may vary between schools or to organise and run sports activities and coaching sessions, including sports like football, netball, volleyball and rounders.:
The library workshops we organise give the children the opportunity to do activities they would not usually have the chance to, such as art and crafts and reading. Volunteers will assist with these activities as well providing extra English and maths tuition.
Wildlife & Environment Club:
This entails educating the children about the environment, conservation and the importance of preserving the wildlife in Malawi.
These lessons will initially be taught to the teachers and introduces to the students as soon as the teachers have achieved basic knowledge (specific computer skills are not necessary for these lessons)
Drama, Music, Arts & Crafts:
These activities are open to be filled in however you would like, depending on your personal interests.
In the afternoons you will organise and run sports activities and coaching sessions, including sports like football, netball, volleyball and rounders.
Volunteers that are with us for a longer period of time will have the opportunity to organise sports matches or mini-tournaments for the children, or even with a neighbouring school or village teams.
Football & Netball:
In Malawi, football is the most popular sport for boys and netball is the most popular sport for girls. Existing teams in these sports usually meet every afternoon to train or play matches. As a volunteer your role will be to work alongside the local team coach or teacher (if there is one) and assist them with:
Warm ups and drills
Ball skills and game play
General fitness - speed, stamina, balance and coordination
Cool down and stretches
Basic nutritional and hygiene advice
The involvement of volunteers encourages more children to participate in sport and the training sessions. This is very important regarding their health and fitness, personal development, such as learning team skills, and involving them in a positive activity in their free time.
Additional sports that you may coach or get involved in include volleyball, cricket, or swimming. We try to encourage new sports, so if you have a particular sport in mind that you would like to coach feel free to let us know. However, we ask volunteers to be patient, as these sports are not played as commonly in Malawi.
Sports sessions are a lot of fun and can be very rewarding. Please keep in mind we only have basic sports equipment and due to the climate, conditions and everyday use the teams are always in need of new items, especially balls. If you would like to and are able to bring a football or sports equipment, it will be very much appreciated by us and the children!
You can be involved in the activities that interest you most. However, a certain amount of flexibility is required in order to maintain the continuity of the afterschool clubs and activities. Friday afternoons are free. Please specify if you are choosing the Teaching or Teaching and Sports Option when you book.