Teach Underpriviileged Children in Zambia

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Country: Zambia,
Type: Teaching & Education, Working with children,

Teach underprivileged children in schools in Livingstone, very close to the awesome Victoria Falls! You can teach a variety of subjects, including English, Maths, Sports or any academic subjects, to children aged 2 and 16 years. Most of the children are very shy to speak English, so your help is important and needed. If you have skills or knowledge of Drama, Dance, Music or Arts & Crafts, you'll be able to teach these as well

You'll normally assist the teachers to start with, but, depending on your ability, you may be given complete control of a particular class or group. You'll 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 as teacher.

The schools we work with are private but very poor schools. They can be both secondary and primary and you will generally be asked to help out with any age groups. You will be able to teach a specific subject of your choice if you wish to, such as Mathematics or Science.

If you enjoy Sports, you can also help out during the Games periods which the schools have. The facilities are poor, but football and volleyball have quite a following.

The schools themselves are quite small and incredibly basic - you will feel part of the family immediately! School sizes range from 100 to 150 pupils. This means that class sizes are also fairly small and very manageable, normally ranging from 20 to 30 pupils, although occasionally you may have smaller classes.

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 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 2014 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 13th January – 11th April
  • Term 2: 12th May – 8th August
  • Term 3: 8th September – 5th December

Dates for the 2015 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 12th January – 10th April
  • Term 2: 11th May – 7th August
  • Term 3: 7th September – 4th December


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 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 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!

1 Week ​£665
2 Weeks £795
3 Weeks £925
4 Weeks £1,055
6 Weeks £1,315
8 Weeks £1,575
10Weeks £1,835
12Weeks £2,095
Extra Weeks £130

Start Dates
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!

From 1 week to 1 year, subject to visa 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
►Breakfast only 
►Meeting you at Livingstone Airport 
►Transfer to your accommodation 
►Transport to and from your project 
►Full pre-departure support 
►Local in-country team support and backup 
►24-hr emergency support.

What's not included
Flights, Insurance, Food (lunch and dinner), Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.


Contact Details



Caravelle House, Goring Road,


BN12 5HY

Telephone 1: 0207 193 6835 (From within the UK) or +44 (0) 207 193 6835 (From outside of the UK)

Website: http://budgetvolunteering.com/zambia/teach-liv.htm

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