Teaching English in Zambia

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Where wildlife looms large and wild sunsets

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.

Zambia has created the world’s largest man-made lake. The lake covers nearly 6,000 square kilometers and sits along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Lake Kariba supports tourism, commercial fishing, and provides electricity to Zambia and Zimbabwe through hydro-power. This artificial lake is home to a number of species including game fish, Nile crocodiles, and hippopotami. There are several islands on the lake, which make for a picturesque getaway. You can stay at one of the island lodges or safari camps and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia is bustling with markets, lively bars and restaurants, and parks. On Sundays, you can head to the Crafts Market to find local artworks and crafts. Or visit Kabwat Cultural Village, a historical trade centre with thatched roof huts. Make sure to try the local restaurant and sample some traditional ifisashi–greens in peanut sauce. Zambia’s newest national park,  Lusaka National Park,  is located just 30 kilometers outside the city centre. Here you can find more than 1000 species, including the white rhino, blue wildebeest, and giraffes.

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. Between August and January you can swim in the naturally formed rock pools. Sit in Devil’s Pool on Livingstone Island for an up-close-and-personal view of the falls edge.

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
    None for volunteer placements, otherwise BA/BS/BEd required
  • Typical Contract Length
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    August – May, year-round for volunteer placements
  • Visa Info
    Work permit or a business visa if volunteering
  • Typical Students
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency
    5 500 – 6 500 ZMW (450 – 550 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
    15 000 – 25 000 ZMW (1 200 – 2 000 GBP)

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