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ZAMBIA

TEACH ORPHANS AND EXTREMELY POOR CHILDREN IN LIVINGSTONE
Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in Zambia

Volunteer in a school for orphans and extremely poor children. There are facilities for some orphans to be permanently housed on the premises, while the other children attend the school each day, returning home after classes.

The school is located close to the Victoria Falls!

You can teach a variety of subjects, including English, Maths, Sports or any academic subjects. If you have skills or knowledge of Drama, Dance, Music or Arts & Crafts, you'll be able to teach these as well.


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
Duration From 1 week to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Meeting you at the nearest Airport and transfer to your accommodation
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Daily transport to and from your project (but we can arrange this for you)
  • Return transfer to the airport.

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WORK DESCRIPTION
You will 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 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.

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. The school is quite small and incredibly basic - you will feel part of the family immediately!

The school needs as much support from volunteers as possible. Generally you will be helping with conversational English, although if you have a specific subject that you would like to help with, then you will more than likely be able to do so with guidance from the teachers.

If you enjoy sports, you'll also be able to help out during the Games periods. 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.

There is also a need for help with administration sometimes, such as helping to mark books etc.

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.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
Teaching is not available during school holidays, so please take the above school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

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

"Thank you so much for organising everything in Zambia! I had an unbelievable time! It was such a wonderful school and the pupils were so friendly and willing to learn (as were the teachers). I made so many new friends and discovered that I really did enjoy doing this kind of thing! Livingstone was a great place to be as it had amazing character and was so close to Victoria Falls. It was an amazing experience and one which I will never forget, I'll be sure to pass on the word to people" Hamish Brown

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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'll share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.

FOOD:
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 that you vcan use to prepare your meals. There is a dining room at the hostel where you can also buy meals that they prepare in-house. Many of the participants eat out on local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At 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 centre, 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 centre!

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LOCATION | TRAVEL | SIGHTSEEING & EXPLORING:

ON YOUR ARRIVAL IN ZAMBIA:
You'll usually fly into Livingstone Airport where you'll be met by the Hostel's courtesy bus and taken to the Hostel. You may have a day or two to settle in before starting your project. Our Manager will meet up with you on the day after your arrival and give you an Induction / Orientation.

You'll then be taken to your project where you'll be introduced to the people you'll work with. You'll be shown how to get to and from your project by local transport and accompanied on your first trip to ensure that you're comfortable with the route and how to get there.

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!

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 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.

FUN AND ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES:
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!

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