Teaching in Malawi

Teaching in Malawi

Teaching in Malawi

Trip Details:

Operator:   SAVE Volunteering
Price From: 865 EUR
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50
Fitness Needs:  Light Impact
Program duration: 4 weeks

About this program

Malawi is well-known as one of the world’s poorest countries. More than half of the population lives well below the poverty line, and preschool care is practically non-existent. The impact of this on the children under 6 is crucial, as they often have no form of education before the age of 6. 

Volunteers on this program are required to act as a support to teachers, as well as to improve the level of education and English for the teachers. Learning English at a younger age will help to prepare the children for the lessons they will learn in primary schools. 

As a volunteer on this program, you will be required to have a TEFL degree, as your expertise is needed to help the teachers gain more knowledge of the language, in order to continue providing the children with a better understanding. 

A few of the highlights you can look forward to on this program are:

  • Help improve the education of children who are eager for lessons and better education
  • Work with disadvantaged, vulnerable and orphaned children
  • Teaching the teachers and students computer skills
  • Operate afternoon activities, arts & crafts, clubs, drama lessons, and wildlife clubs


While on this volunteer project, the duties for a volunteer may vary. The pre-school groups support between 50 and 100 children and are run by only a few local volunteer teachers. 

Volunteers act as a support to the teachers and must have a TEFL degree to participate in the program. 

In the mornings, volunteers help the teachers with curriculum subjects. Teaching generally finishes between 11 and 12, when you'll have lunch as this is the hottest part of the day. 

Afternoons consist of planning and running extra-curricular activites and classes. Some of these classes include:

Library Workshops - The library workshops give kids a chance to work on creative projects including arts and crafts, as well as reading. Volunteers help with the activities and also help provide assistance with English and Math. 

Wildlife & Environment Club - Volunteers help with educating kids about conservation, the environment, and the importance of saving wildlife in Malawi

IT Lessons - IT Lessons will primarily be taught to teachers and then introduced to the students when the teachers have a basic knowledge. 

Drama, Music, Arts & Crafts - Volunteers can take initiative and introduce these lessons however they wish. 

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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