Volunteer Teachers in Malawi

Please note that the primary and secondary schools are government-run institutions, and volunteers will not able to change or influence the way in which the Malawian staff work at these centres, whereas the pre-schools are wholly run by RIPPLE Africa.

BRIEF SUMMARY

Who

Placement Length

Projects

How To Apply

FURTHER INFORMATION
Who
Qualified volunteer teachers or volunteer trainee teachers of any subject at any level, although we will also consider applicants who have been educated to degree level. It is important to have a genuine interest in making a worthwhile contribution and the ability to live in a rural environment while establishing a solid relationship with the local community. Enthusiasm for working with young people is also essential.

  • Alie, a volunteer teacher, teaching maths at Mwaya Primary School
    Alie, a volunteer teacher, teaching maths at Mwaya Primary School
  • Matt, a volunteer teacher, holding an afternoon tutorial at Mwaya Beach
    Matt, a volunteer teacher, holding an afternoon tutorial at Mwaya Beach

Placement Length

Any duration of stay is possible, although we encourage at least four weeks.

Programme Coordination

It is very important to maintain consistency and continuity in relationships, projects and work already underway. For this reason, you will be introduced to the relevant teachers in the local schools by a member of our staff. We have an Education Volunteer Coordinator whose role is to assist you to find where you can be most useful and ensure continuity with the work that volunteers do. Education volunteers will also work with our Education Coordinator and our Pre-schools Coordinator depending on their role.

  • Kirsten painted a large map of Africa on the wall of one of the classrooms at Mwaya Primary School when she was a volunteer teacher
    Kirsten painted a large map of Africa on the wall of one of the classrooms at Mwaya Primary School when she was a volunteer teacher
  • Cheryl thoroughly enjoyed her volunteer teaching experience with RIPPLE Africa
    Cheryl thoroughly enjoyed her volunteer teaching experience with RIPPLE Africa

Term Dates

There are three school terms during the year for both primary and secondary schools. The academic year starts in September which is similar to the academic year in Europe. Term dates can vary slightly but are roughly:

If your placement period includes one or more of the term breaks, please be aware that there will be little work to do at the schools, although volunteers can and do organise additional clubs and classes for the holiday periods.

Projects

Secondary Schools

  • The exam results achieved by the students at Kapanda Secondary School have been above the national average for community day secondary schools
    The exam results achieved by the students at Kapanda Secondary School have been above the national average for community day secondary schools

RIPPLE Africa has built and supports Kapanda Community Day Secondary School, and is looking for overseas volunteers to get involved at secondary level. Key facts about the school are:

These are the areas that volunteers can help with:

Please note that volunteers are not there to replace or take the jobs of Malawian teachers and give lessons themselves, but they are there to assist the current teachers and students.

If you are interested in becoming a teaching volunteer at the secondary school, please read the section about Kapanda Secondary School in the document called Information for Teaching Volunteers for more details.

Mwaya Primary School and Other Local Primary Schools

  • Class sizes at primary school can reach up to 150 pupils
    Class sizes at primary school can reach up to 150 pupils

Primary schools in Malawi are free and open to all. As secondary education is highly competitive and relatively expensive, this is often the only education rural Malawians receive.

Mwaya Primary School is the closest to Mwaya Beach, and the key facts are:

These are the areas that volunteers can help with:

There are also opportunities to help at five other local primary schools, namely, Mazembe, Matete, Chiomba, Kachere, and Kasando. These schools are further from Mwaya Beach than Mwaya Primary School, but they can be reached on a bicycle quite easily. As with Mwaya Primary School, there are a high number of students and only a few government teachers. RIPPLE Africa pays for Malawian trainee teachers at these schools as well as at Mwaya Primary School.

If you are interested in becoming a teaching volunteer at any of the primary schools, please read the section about Primary Schools in the document called Information for Teaching Volunteers for more details.

Pre-Schools

  • Volunteer teachers can be very helpful in the pre-schools
    Volunteer teachers can be very helpful in the pre-schools

RIPPLE Africa runs eight local pre-schools and is looking for overseas volunteers who want to get involved at the pre-school level. Key facts about the pre-schools are:

These are the areas that volunteers can help with:

Many volunteers love working with the pre-schools because the children are so happy, love attending school, and simply make it a delight to volunteer!

If you are interested in becoming a teaching volunteer at any of the pre-schools, please read the section about Pre-schools in the document called Information for Teaching Volunteers for more details.

How to Apply

To find out how to apply to become a teaching volunteer with RIPPLE Africa, please go to the Application Process page, or complete the Enquiry Form.

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