Those volunteering in Zambia to teach will often be assisting local teachers in delivering various subjects. Among these are mathematics, science, geography, social sciences, history, business studies, art, music, as well as English.
Whilst experience in teaching and education will certainly be advantageous, it is not a prerequisite for these programs, as a volunteers level of involvement within the classroom can be tailored to suit their own skills and interests. Volunteers who have a strong willingness to share and an ability to be proactive will make a valuable addition to any classroom.
We currently work with three schools in Livingstone where the students come from very difficult economic circumstances. Most of the schools receive little to no government funding so are very poorly resourced. One of the community schools has over 200 pupils and only 3 classrooms. Support from volunteers is extremely important and can make a huge difference to the students and teachers who welcome the help.
The teaching takes place in nursery, primary and secondary schools where volunteers initially either shadow or teach under the supervision of a local teacher. Once acquainted with the school and the curriculum, volunteers in Zambia get the chance of teaching independently.