Namibia is where sand dunes are mountains
If you’re after spectacular landscapes and awe-inspiring natural beauty rather than bright lights and big cities then Namibia may be your destination of choice. Namibia is one of the least densely populated places in the world, thanks to the sprawling Namib Desert which occupies most of the country. The Namib is considered to be the oldest desert in the world and its sand dunes are the highest and are the iconic symbol of Namibia.
Namibia is a huge country with lots to offer. Lush and traditional in the north and with vast open spaces in the south, there are many reasons tourists visit the area: the dunes of Soussusvlei, the seaside town of Swakopmund, safari in the salt pans of Etosha National Park, the Quiver Tree Forest, the Fish River Canyon and, to top it all off, 300 days of sunshine every year.
Once a German colony, Namibia became independent from South Africa in 1990. English is the official language but Namibia is definitely a multilingual country, speaking also German, Afrikaans and local languages Oshiwambo, Nama, Kavango and Otijherero. Traditional culture is alive and well in Namibia, with Afrikaans culture as well as tribal culture peacefully co-existing together.
There are numerous volunteering opportunities available in Namibia, though you are likely to be placed in a rural area where you will be the only foreigner. Volunteers teach English, but also Maths and Science and possibly other subjects as well. The cost of living in Namibia is relatively high because almost everything has to be imported but if you are volunteering you are usually given a monthly stipend as well as accommodation.
It is also possible to find a position in one of the International Schools, but these positions often require Namibian permanent residency because schools prefer to hire locals rather than foreigners as a result of the high unemployment rate in Namibia. There are a few language schools where it is possible to find openings.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|BA/BS required||1 month – 12 months||year round||permanent resident preferred||children, teenagers||NAD 8 500 – 10 500 (500 – 600 GBP)||NAD 15 000 – 25 000 (900 – 1 500 GBP)|