Teaching Programmes

Volunteer in Africa on one of our amazing programmes!

Meet dedicated teachers and inspirational children. Combine literacy teaching with conservation education and sports coaching on one of our teaching and education programmes.

Teaching abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and community of rural and impoverished schools. Influence the future of African children as you improve their chances of a good education.

Volunteers will meet dedicated, hard-working teachers and inspirational children who are desperate to learn. Literacy programmes revolve around teaching English to children who may struggle with exam questions because of a lack of primary education. Volunteers will also teach children about the importance of wildlife conservation and how to help protect the environment.

Rural African schools are often understaffed, under-resourced and overcrowded and children commonly receive little or no individual attention. Outside the major cities, there is a lack of qualified teachers and in many rural schools, school-leavers or partially qualified teaching staff teach classes of children only slightly younger than themselves. Volunteer teaching abroad can be very beneficial for schools, both to help teachers in lesson planning and give children extra support outside of class.

However, teaching volunteers who come to assist on our teaching programmes are not replacements for teachers and neither are they there just to relieve the teachers’ workload. Everyone in the first world is lucky enough to have been to school (although it may not have felt lucky at the time!); volunteer enthusiasm and overseas school experience can be a big motivation for local teachers who can learn new ideas to excite children and improve their learning.

Have a look at our Community Teaching and Literacy Volunteer Programmes below:

Sandra T Sweden Saving animals Submitted by Sandra T | 23rd February 2016 I had an absolutely wonderful time on the project and I got to feel that I actually helped out, and I have gained a lot of good experience. Everything from knowledge about animal behavior, anti-poaching, tracking and conservation, to ...
James G UK We chose this programme because it allowed us to bring our four children aged 8-12, enabling us to volunteer as a family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage with plenty of space and a lovely garden and the food was great - roast beef and yorkshire pudding was a highlight for me! On the old maps of...
Rachel M New Zealand Cattle rounding, baby counting and and rhino proofing! I enrolled in the equine programme and was so excited when I found out I would be riding alongside Judy Travers. She has been a bit of a hero of mine for a while now, and her passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and the surrounding community is...
Erika W UK So many special moments! Where to start! Amy and I arrived late in the evening in the pitch black. Mike and two other volunteers, Steve and Bryan, stayed up to welcome us – everyone else was in bed! In the morning we woke up early to a strange banging noise, looked out the window and saw t...
Bill Sparks Family Volunteer Hard to believe that not so long ago, we were huddled up in our sleeping bags at base camp watching the incredible star show that is the Namibian sky during the night! Enjoying this view while trying to digest the previous 9 days of our time spent building an Elephant-proof garden fence, sharing...

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Teaching & Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
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A great combination of community work and conservation. Volunteer in Zimbabwe, teach English to rural children and experience daily life on a Big 5 game reserve in one of Zimbabwe s most incredible wi...
Teaching & Literacy, Victoria Falls Location: Zimbabwe
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As a teaching volunteer on this rural school literacy programme you provide much-needed teaching assistance to under-resourced schools in Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls. Support teac...

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