Due to Zambia’s rapidly growing population and shortage of teachers, locals have informally developed ‘community schools’ to serve the need for education. These schools commonly offer free admission to students, many of whom are orphaned or living with elderly family members who can’t afford school fees. As a result, they’ve become hugely popular and often have up to 60 students per teacher.
When you volunteer as a teacher, you’ll help in all aspects of schooling, easing the pressure on local staff and improving the quality of education they can provide. You’ll assist local teachers, peer teach with other volunteers or provide personal attention as tutors for students who need extra help.
Your role is primarily to teach English, however there are also opportunities to teach other subjects such as math and science. You can also help to supervise during exam time, and assist with extracurricular activities including sports, music, dance, art, gardening and nutrition programs.
If you are someone who is an aspiring teacher or have a genuine passion for education and helping out wherever possible, this is a great project for you. There is great demand for teachers and support staff in Zambia, so you may find yourself working full days, in many capacities at your placement.
As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.Apply now