Teaching English in Zambia

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Teaching English in Zambia

Where wildlife looms large and wild sunsets

A visit to Zambia isn’t complete without a trip to Vic Falls, the largest waterfall on the planet

One of the safest countries in the world, Zambia offers natural beauty on an unparalleled level. The home of Victoria Falls and the walking safari, Zambia is a must-visit destination for adventurers who love the great outdoors and getting close to nature. 

Walking safaris and bush-camping ensure that you can get up and close and personal to the wildlife here and you can even go canoeing on the Zambezi alongside crocodiles, elephants and hippos. The sheer size of Zambia means that it can take a while to travel between destinations but this also means that you are likely to experience every safari-goers dream and find yourself alone in a vast wilderness with nothing but the landscape and wildlife for company. 

And of course, no visit to Zambia would be complete without a trip to Vic Falls, the largest waterfall on the planet. Situated on the border with Zambia and Zimbabwe, Vic Falls is also known as ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. 

Teaching Opportunities
English is the official language of Zambia and it is used to conduct business and is the medium of instruction in schools, but Nyanja and Bemba are also widely spoken, as well as other indigenous languages. In fact, with more than 70 ethnic groups, a total of 73 languages are spoken in Zambia.

Though there are plenty of teaching positions available in Zambia, the majority of these are for teachers with a degree in Education. There is still a demand for EFL teachers but this is usually on a volunteer basis. Private schools usually offer housing and volunteer positions offer shared accommodation. Most positions, regardless of whether they are paid or volunteer, are in the capital Lusaka. 

 

Teaching Requirements

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
None for volunteer placements, otherwise BA/BS/BEd requiredvariable August – May, year-round for volunteer placements work permit or a business visa if volunteering children 5 500 – 6 500 ZMW (450 – 550 GBP) 15 000 – 25 000 ZMW (1 200 – 2 000 GBP)
None for volunteer placements, otherwise BA/BS/BEd required
August – May, year-round for volunteer placements
work permit or a business visa if volunteering
15 000 – 25 000 ZMW (1 200 – 2 000 GBP)

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