Previous research has proven a strong link between a good preschool education and the performance at primary school. Furthermore, learning basic English at a young age is very important when preparing children for the lessons that are taught in English at primary schools in Malawi. However, most teachers that run the groups don’t speak very well English themselves. This is why we are in great need of your help!
Volunteer tasks will vary from:
- Teaching basic English, including the alphabet, counting, days of the week, shapes and songs
- Serving porridge to malnourished children daily as part of a feeding program
- Recording children’s weight to monitor their improvement
- Teaching the children all the benefits of good health and hygiene (e.g. washing hands, brushing teeth)
Mornings will be spent assisting in the nursery. In the afternoons there are various extra-curricular community projects volunteers will assist with.
Library Workshops : 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.
Sports : During the sports activities volunteers will get the opportunity to coach a variety of sports, including football, netball, volleyball and rounders. There are also other activities we organise, such as ball games, skipping or parachute games and obstacle races, which the children love!
As a volunteer on 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.
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.
In the mornings volunteers will assist teachers with the curriculum subjects, including English, Maths and Sciences. Most days you 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 will have the opportunity to plan and run extra curricular classes (Library Workshops, Wildlife & Environment Club, Sports).
Teaching & Sport Project
As a volunteer on our teaching project, you will be supporting the teachers by assisting them. Furthermore, you will run various sports sessions and activities.
In the mornings volunteers will assist teachers with the curriculum subjects. 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 and 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!