Teach English in Malawi

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Kirsten Colquhoun
January 4, 2024

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Introduction
Teaching opportunities
Teaching requirements
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How to begin teaching in Malawi

Known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi is friendly and welcoming. It is an agricultural country and heavily dependent on foreign aid so there is a large expat community with foreigners coming to work as diplomats, NGO workers, and government officials.

Malawi held its first democratic elections in 1994 and, since then, there have been marked improvements in healthcare, education, and environmental conditions.

But Malawi is so much more than its economic situation. Though a landlocked country, Malawi is able to offer its visitors numerous golden-sand beaches and exciting watersports, all thanks to the famous Lake Malawi.

Not a traditional game park destination, Malawi is focusing more on its conservation efforts and the newly-rehabilitated Majete Wildlife Reserve is where you want to go to see the Big Five in their natural habitat, safe from poachers.

Or, if you’re looking to really get away from it all, you can spend a couple of days in a traditional Malawian-style hut in Lilongwe and enjoy bucket showers, candlelight, and a complete social media detox.

Lake Malawi is overall the 8th largest lake in the world and the 3rd largest in the whole of Africa. David Livingstone is reported to have discovered Lake Malawi over 150 years ago. It is also known as Calendar Lake because it’s 52 miles in breadth and roughly 365 miles north to south. It’s fed by 14 perennial rivers and has a depth that is the second deepest in Africa.

Malawi’s biggest export around the world is tobacco. It’s the country’s largest source of income and as a result, the country’s economic state is very dependent on its resources. Its other popular resource is tea, and Malawi is the second largest producer of tea around the world after Kenya.

Malawi is home to one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world: Liwonde National Park. A popular destination for safaris, the fauna includes the endangered black rhinoceros, elephants, several species of birds, and big cats like lions and cheetahs.

If you like beer a famous Danish brand has a huge operation there. The story reportedly goes that on visiting Malawi for their independence celebrations in 1966, a Danish Foreign Minister wasn’t impressed by the standard of beer in Malawi. In discussions with the-then President Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda he suggested opening a Carlsberg brewery in the country. Two years later the Carlsberg factory was opened, making Malawi the only other place Carlsberg is brewed away from Denmark.

Teaching opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available in Malawi, especially in rural primary schools. Teachers here will teach not only English but other subjects such as Maths, Science, Art or Sports. You could be a teacher, a teaching assistant, or an activity leader.

Class sizes can be very large (300 – 400 pupils) as primary education is free and this has resulted in a strain on resources. There are usually opportunities to get involved in health and conservation programs as well.

It is possible to find a job in urban Lilongwe but the rural areas are where teachers are needed the most. However, this is where the schools are likely to be under-resourced and underfunded so bring some materials and loads of creativity.

Teaching requirements in Malawi

Malawi is a country in Southeastern Africa that requires a BA/BS degree for teaching positions with typical contracts lasting between 3-12 months. The peak hiring season is from May to August and a work permit is required to obtain a visa. Typical students are children and the average monthly cost of living ranges from 350,000 to 450,000 MYWK. The average monthly salary for teaching positions ranges from 350,000 to 700,000 MYWK.

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How to begin teaching in Malawi

Known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi is friendly and welcoming. It is an agricultural country and heavily dependent on foreign aid so there is a large expat community with foreigners coming to work as diplomats, NGO workers, and government officials.

Malawi held its first democratic elections in 1994 and, since then, there have been marked improvements in healthcare, education, and environmental conditions.

But Malawi is so much more than its economic situation. Though a landlocked country, Malawi is able to offer its visitors numerous golden-sand beaches and exciting watersports, all thanks to the famous Lake Malawi.

Not a traditional game park destination, Malawi is focusing more on its conservation efforts and the newly-rehabilitated Majete Wildlife Reserve is where you want to go to see the Big Five in their natural habitat, safe from poachers.

Or, if you’re looking to really get away from it all, you can spend a couple of days in a traditional Malawian-style hut in Lilongwe and enjoy bucket showers, candlelight, and a complete social media detox.

Lake Malawi is overall the 8th largest lake in the world and the 3rd largest in the whole of Africa. David Livingstone is reported to have discovered Lake Malawi over 150 years ago. It is also known as Calendar Lake because it’s 52 miles in breadth and roughly 365 miles north to south. It’s fed by 14 perennial rivers and has a depth that is the second deepest in Africa.

Malawi’s biggest export around the world is tobacco. It’s the country’s largest source of income and as a result, the country’s economic state is very dependent on its resources. Its other popular resource is tea, and Malawi is the second largest producer of tea around the world after Kenya.

Malawi is home to one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world: Liwonde National Park. A popular destination for safaris, the fauna includes the endangered black rhinoceros, elephants, several species of birds, and big cats like lions and cheetahs.

If you like beer a famous Danish brand has a huge operation there. The story reportedly goes that on visiting Malawi for their independence celebrations in 1966, a Danish Foreign Minister wasn’t impressed by the standard of beer in Malawi. In discussions with the-then President Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda he suggested opening a Carlsberg brewery in the country. Two years later the Carlsberg factory was opened, making Malawi the only other place Carlsberg is brewed away from Denmark.

Teaching opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available in Malawi, especially in rural primary schools. Teachers here will teach not only English but other subjects such as Maths, Science, Art or Sports. You could be a teacher, a teaching assistant, or an activity leader.

Class sizes can be very large (300 – 400 pupils) as primary education is free and this has resulted in a strain on resources. There are usually opportunities to get involved in health and conservation programs as well.

It is possible to find a job in urban Lilongwe but the rural areas are where teachers are needed the most. However, this is where the schools are likely to be under-resourced and underfunded so bring some materials and loads of creativity.

Teaching requirements in Malawi

Malawi is a country in Southeastern Africa that requires a BA/BS degree for teaching positions with typical contracts lasting between 3-12 months. The peak hiring season is from May to August and a work permit is required to obtain a visa. Typical students are children and the average monthly cost of living ranges from 350,000 to 450,000 MYWK. The average monthly salary for teaching positions ranges from 350,000 to 700,000 MYWK.

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Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world? Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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