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TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

ZAMBIA

TEACH ORPHANS AND EXTREMELY POOR CHILDREN IN AN ORPHANAGE IN LIVINGSTONE IN ZAMBIA

Work with children ranging from 6 to 18, in Grades 1 to 7. You can teach the children conversational English as well as other academic subjects. If you have an interest in Sports, you can utilise that as well. A worthwhile, enjoyable placement.

The Center also has a class of nursery children from the ages of 3 to 6 years.

'I know that I would not have felt comfortable making a trip like this on my own. Travellers Worldwide was a good guide to enable me to see a part of the world I likely would not have seen without help and enabled me to meet people that I would not have met otherwise. The experience is one that will stay with me forever.'  Ross Horowitz

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration Minimum stay is 1 week, up to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications required, just lots of enthusiasm.
Price/b> Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
All accommodation
Transfer to and from your project
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visa, Food, return transfer to the airport
Who can do this Project?/span> All projects are open to all nationalities.
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged 18 +
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Zambia or Africa, short breaks, or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the Zambian culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Teach Orphans in Zamba

Teach Orphans in Zamba

WORK CONTENT:
Teach in a mixed school that is quite small and very basic, but makes you feel part of the family immediately! The school has approximately 57 boys and 68 girls between the ages of 6 and 18.

You'll normally assist the teachers with informal teaching to start with, but, depending on your ability, you may be given complete control of a particular class or group. You can teach English or any other subjects, as well as assisting with sports during games periods.You will receive a lot of help and support from the teachers and staff at the schools to help you prepare for your lessons and settle you into your role.

Most of the children are very shy to speak English and it’s in this area that the help of our volunteers is needed – to give the children to confidence to speak the language. They ask for your support to help push the children’s’ education forward, and to help improve teaching techniques for the existing teachers, where possible.

The children and teachers that we work with in Zambia are are fantastic - you will be greeted with huge smiles and a very warm welcome. Usually the children don't want to let you go and may even resort to clinging on to your legs to stop you from leaving. You are sure to enjoy every minute of your teaching experience! The kids are so keen to learn and were without a doubt the best part of the trip! My time in Zambia was perfect. Joseph Sladen

You will generally be asked to help out with any age groups. You are, in fact, very likely to be in popular demand everywhere - in and out of the classroom.

In addition, if you enjoy sports, you will be glad to know that sports are also a very popular subject for the children and they would love for you to help out with the game periods which the schools have. The facilities are poor, but football and volleyball have quite a following. Some sports coaching takes place throughout the day, but most is after 3pm for an hour or two.

They also sometimes need help with administration (e.g. marking books). As this is part of a Teachers role please be aware that you may also be asked to help with this at some point.

'All is well. We arrived safely, if not tired, and were met at the airport. We visited the school yesterday and had our first full day of teaching today. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful. The students are eager to learn and we hope that we are able to help in some way during our short time here.'  Heather Kuta

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:

Dates for the 2017 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 16 January – 13 April
  • Term 2: 15 May – 11 August
  • Term 3: 11 September – 8 December

Teaching is not available during school vacations, so if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the above school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a vacation falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

TEACHING ARTS, DRAMA, MUSIC AND OTHER SUBJECTS

If you have some know-how, some initiative and lots of enthusiasm, you can also get involved with teaching Drama, Music, Dance or Arts and Crafts lessons. If you enjoy being creative, then you can share your talents and enthusiasm at the various schools we work with.

Teaching Arts subjects is an excellent way of engaging children’s imaginations and encourages them to communicate with few constraints. What’s more, it is very satisfying to watch their confidence grow as they learn and develop new skills.

At some of our schools in our other destinations, volunteers and pupils together have produced plays and concerts, and performances have been put on in the evenings for parents, students and visitors. Because the schools are poor, the volunteers and children have had to be very creative in putting together costumes and sets – but all productions have been a resounding success!

Volunteers have found that producing short plays written by the children that address local social issues has been a successful means in educating the children on issues such as AIDS awareness, cultural relationships, peer pressures, and bullying. It gives the children an informal forum and a means of sharing their concerns and learning to deal with issues.

You can either teach one or more of these subjects for the whole of your placement, or you can combine some or all of these subjects with teaching conversational English.

If you have skills or knowledge in an area not listed above, please email or call us (+44 (0)1903 502595) for more details – we will certainly be able to find a way to utilise your talents, ensuring a fulfilling placement for both yourself and your students.

Teach Orphans in Zamba

Teaching in the Orphanage, children signing my T-shirt!

Teach Orphans in Zamba

Teach Orphans in Zamba

ACCOMMODATION:

You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

You will be required to share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender. Food and drink is not provided on this placement. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities for you to use or you can pay for meals at the hostel if you wish. Even better still why not try out some local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At the time of writing, facilities at the hostel include; a swimming pool, recreation room with TV, internet cafe with internet access, a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored and access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking center, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking center!

Many guests comment on the quality of the Hostel staff. They are their greatest asset and many have worked for them for over four years and some have been there since the Hostel opened. Staff turnover is very low and a family atmosphere has been created that adds tremendously to their guests' enjoyment.

The Hostel is also involved in a number of community projects. Recently they raised over US $2,000 for a local school. They sponsor a local youth football team, the police regatta team, local fund raising events and an annual day out for orphaned children on World tourism Day. They also sponsor Independence day celebrations.

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other volunteers and tourists.

 





Travellers support of a poor school in Zambia - making a difference!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by our in-country Organiser who will pick you up at the airport and take you to the accommodation, where you'll be introduced to everyone.He will show you the nearby facilities such as banks, pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc. You will be made to feel very welcome by all.

Your adventure has begun :-)

 

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

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Any project in Zambia can also be combined with any of our other projects in Zambia - thus turbo-boosting your adventure and enjoyment! We would also recommend this combined with any of our children-related projects in South Africa


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION
All our projects take place in Livingstone town, a quaint but lively area very close to Victoria Falls. You'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in the multitude of activities that surround the Falls, from white-water rafting and canoeing on the magnificent Zambezi River to bungy-jumping or game spotting in the Reserve.

LIVINGSTONE
Livingstone is a fun town where tourists come for adventure, sports and an adrenalin kick. It's very close to the awesome Victoria Falls and the powerful Zambezi River. Water sports are everywhere!

Livingstone is the capital of the Southern Province and is situated just north of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zimbabwe. It is a major tourist center serving visitors to the Falls, but the main streets of this colonial town, Mosi-oa-Tunya, are lined with classic colonial buildings, with Victorian tin roofed houses and wooden verandas.

The spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone, and the area surrounding the Falls and Livingstone town have given it the name of ‘adrenaline capital of the world’.

Local attractions include not only the impressive Victoria Falls, but also Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, located adjacent to Victoria Falls, and Livingstone Game Park. Livingstone Museum has displays of historical African artefacts and memorabilia related to Scottish missionary David Livingstone and his exploration of the region in the 1850s.

THINGS YOU CAN DO - ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Zambia encompasses everything magnificent about Africa - wildlife, birds, safaris, lakes, rivers, culture and adventure sports!

White water rafting is a must! If you are keen for the ultimate thrill then a multi-day trip along the Zambezi is it! The Zambezi provides the best rafting trip on the planet! You'll crash through some of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world. Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride along a route carved over millenia by the Great Zambezi.

Bungee Jumping for the very brave: The highest commercial bridge jump in the world in the most spectacular setting over the Zambezi River! This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s an indescribable feeling that will probably change your life !

And more: You can do riverboarding, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, walking safaris, elephant back safaris, fishing, flights over Victoria Falls, quadbiking, golf and scuba diving. This is a real adventure playground!

The terrain is mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains, and the flora in Zambia is amongst the best in the world. The great Zambezi River also forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe, making Zambia one of the most beautiful countries to visit.

Along the southern border of the country stretches Lake Kariba, the largest man made lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. It is about 280kms long and 40kms across at its widest point.

"It is an unbelievable experience to go down the river on a boat and watch a herd of elephant bathing in the shallows and throwing water in their with their trunks while they keep a wary eye on you to ensure you don't get too close to their babies - it's an experience you never forget. I never have!"

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

 

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