If you’re looking for a teaching project in Africa that goes beyond the ordinary, then the Rural Teaching project in Zambia is exactly what you’re after. This is an immersive volunteer experience where you’ll be based in a Zambian village, getting a unique insight into African life while making a real difference in the education of children.
Volunteers are based in the village of Makumba, 40 miles from Livingstone. You’ll live as a member of the community, experiencing an authentic lifestyle and volunteering to support teachers in local schools.
You’ll assist local teachers in a school of around 200 students, who range in age from 4-18 years old. Aside from volunteers, international volunteers are rare in Makumba, so your perspective and English language skills are particularly valuable. You’ll be primarily helping with one-on-one tuition and occasionally leading lessons.
You can expect to assist in a variety of subjects including English, math, science, geography, history, art and physical education. Due to the high demand for support staff and teachers in Zambia, you can expect to be volunteering for full days on a variety of different tasks and subjects. You’ll also help with general duties in marking, helping with homework, playing games and supervising during breaks and exams.
As volunteers are supporting local teachers, 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-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
You’ll also get a unique cultural experience outside of your volunteer hours. You’ll stay in a homestay with a local family, living in a basic house with dirt floors, no electricity and an outdoor toilet. Your homestay will be based around three miles from the school, and you’ll need to walk there each day.
Volunteers can also expect to help out around the homestay with tasks such as the general running of the home, including cooking, cleaning gardening, molding bricks, milking cattle, collecting firewood, collecting water from the well, feeding chickens, collecting eggs and harvesting crops.
Please note that the Rural Teaching project has an extra one-off cost of US$200 (approximately £157) for the additional transport, supervision and logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.Apply now