Known for its sandy beaches and unspoilt islands spread through the vast Lake Malawi
Known as the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi is friendly and welcoming, if poor. 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 focussing 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.
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 programmes 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.
|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 degree required||3 months – 12 months||May - August||work permit||children||350 000 – 450 000 MWK (400 – 510 GBP)||350 000 – 700 000 MWK (400 – 800 GBP)|