TEFL Teaching Internship In Zambia

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Engage in Meaningful Educational Lessons with Young Kids

This is one of our legacy projects, being one of the first volunteering projects we ever established back in 2006! In Livingstone, you’ll become an integral part of a vibrant community, collaborating with dedicated local teachers in rural primary schools overflowing with eager learners who crave your support. Provide individualised attention to each child, nurturing their academic growth and igniting their potential to achieve their dreams.

TEFL practicum hours allow you to gain invaluable experience developing practical teaching skills while immersing yourself in a diverse and enriching cultural environment, broadening your horizons and fostering personal growth. Witness firsthand the transformative power of education as you see the lasting impact your efforts have on these young minds, shaping their futures and building a brighter tomorrow for the entire community.

Please note: This program is only available to those who have booked their online TEFL course through African Impact, or those who have completed the 150 required academic hours for their 170-hour online TEFL course.

Project Highlights

  • Directly support a local teacher by providing classroom assistance in rural primary schools.
  • Complete the final requirement to become qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), undertaking 38 hours of practical teaching across two weeks (longer stays are possible).
  • Share your skills with the local teachers to enhance their knowledge.
  • Tick one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World off your bucket list, Victoria Falls.
  • Live and work in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa, where you can bungee-jump, go white-water-rafting or take to the skies on a microlight flight.

Quick Facts

Livingstone, Zambia 

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport 

Specific Start Dates

2 weeks

Impact: Teaching

From $1345 per week

Project Destination

Zambia is an adrenaline-pumping adventure woven with the soul of a friendly, vibrant town. Picture this: your heart thumps against your ribs as you bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, the misty spray of Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the Smoke that Thunders,” swirling beneath you. Or you can take a dip in the legendary Devil’s Pool, perched precariously at the edge of the falls. But adventure isn’t all that awaits, Livingstone’s heart beats with the rhythm of a rich culture and history. Our favourite part, enjoying dinner overlooking the Zambezi river and taking in the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever seen.

ACCOMODATION

You will be staying in a comfortable, private house located within the vibrant Victoria Falls Backpackers. Volunteers will have access to all the facilities, including a spacious dining area, bar, swimming pool, and even a rock-climbing wall! ​

The Backpackers is conveniently located a short 5-minute walk away from the town centre of Livingstone, where you’ll find grocery stores, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Bedrooms sleep 4-8 people, with bunk beds in each room and there are shared bathrooms with hot water showers.

At the Backpackers, you will receive 3 meals a day cooked by local chefs and they are a combination of international and local flavours. For breakfast you can expect cereal and toast, along with a cooked option such as eggs or pancakes. Lunch could be a wrap, pizza or sandwich paired with a fresh crispy salad. For dinner you might have a pasta dish or an authentic stew!

To keep in touch with family and friends back home, Victoria Falls Backpackers has complimentary WiFi for you to use during your stay. You can also purchase a SIM card with data bundles if you wish.

Weather in Livingstone tends to be stable and sunny from August until late October when the “monsoon” rains start to hit. Either side of this time, the weather is very pleasant. The climate is tropical or subtropical depending on altitude, with a hot, humid, and rainy season from mid-November to March and a dry season from April to mid-November. October is typically the hottest month of the year.

Participant Requirements

AGE

Our minimum age for this project is 17 years of age. Please note that Parental Consent is required before arrival for those aged 17. We can also accept volunteers 15 years of age if travelling with a parent, but other adult companions need to be discussed ahead of time.

To travel to Africa, many people are required to obtain a visa either upon entry to the relevant country or beforehand. Please note different countries require different passport validity periods.

But don’t panic, our Journey Team will help direct you and answer your questions during our Pre-departure process.

Project Impact Areas

ASSISTING LOCAL TEACHERS

Your mornings will be filled with purpose as you step into a primary school nestled within Livingstone’s rural communities. Partnering with a dedicated local teacher, you’ll become an integral part of their vibrant classroom. Consistency is key here, allowing you to forge meaningful connections with the children, uncovering their unique strengths and areas for growth. Your gentle guidance empowers you to offer tailor-made support, nurturing each student’s individual potential.

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

After-school programs offer fertile ground for nurturing children’s development, and you’ll play a vital role in the afternoons. It’s another chance to impart knowledge and support the kids that need some extra attention. You’ll be their guide, leading them through phonics journeys, unlocking the magic of reading, and orchestrating epic outdoor games.

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ADULT LITERACY

When teaching adult literacy, you’ll witness the transformative power of education firsthand. You’ll become an integral part of our English language program, crafting engaging lessons that cater to all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced speakers. Your passion and expertise will inspire and empower these individuals, bridging the language gap and opening doors to new opportunities.

Adult African women seated at desks in a classroom, listening attentively

On-the-ground Project Support

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FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL

A friendly face from our Base Team will be ready to meet you at the airport and drive you to our Volunteer Accommodation. Just look out for the African Impact sign!

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SAFETY

On arrival you’ll have a comprehensive induction to prepare you for project work, the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe!

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STAFF

24/7 support: Our base teams are on hand every day to make sure you have the most amazing and memorable time in Africa.

Program Experience

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SAFARI TIME

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offers a convenient safari where you can spot elephants, zebras and more, against beautiful backdrops of the Zambezi River. The real highlight of the park is the re-introduced white rhino, which you can track on foot – unforgettable experience! There’s also Chobe National Park across the border in Botswana, famed for its huge elephant population. An overnight safari to this National Park is a popular weekend activity that many past volunteers have enjoyed.

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VICTORIA FALLS

The mighty Zambezi River beckons with exhilarating activities: cruise its vast expanse, battle the rapids on a white-water rafting expedition, or explore hidden waterways on a tranquil canoe trip. Feeling truly adventurous? Take the plunge with a heart-stopping bungee jump or soar through the gorge on a thrilling swing – all within easy reach of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

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TOURS AND MARKETS

Livingstone has a rich culture and you can embark on a walking or cycling village tour to a local African village, giving you further insight into the traditional way of life. You can also shop at some of the many markets and stock up on locally hand-made goods for your loved ones back home or find interesting local foods to try.

PROJECT APPLICATION

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

After completing the below application form, one of our Destination Specialists will get in touch to discuss your volunteer experience and any questions you may have. When you are ready to book, we will send you a booking form after which a deposit will be required to secure your position.

STEP 1

Personal Information

STEP 2

When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?

(Optional)

Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ 
We’ll take it from there.

STEP 3

How long do you want to Volunteer or Intern for?

(Optional)

Select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

PRICE

From $1345 per week. Your weekly cost will reduce if you stay for longer than 2 weeks.

PROJECT FEE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All project related transport during your stay
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary

PROJECT FEE EXCLUDES

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

TEFL TEACHING INTERNSHIP IN ZAMBIA FAQ

What are the Requirements to register for a TEFL internship?

We’ve partnered with TEFL to directly provide the official online TEFL course to our interns before beginning their internship with us! We include the online course in your program fees with us, and you’ll receive access to the materials once we finalise your application. To join the online TEFL course, you must have a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED, fluent and proficient English skills, and an ability to complete a part-time university-level course and overseas practicum.

You’ll be welcomed into a supportive and collaborative environment. Our experienced program coordinators and local teachers will provide ongoing guidance, mentorship, and training throughout your placement. They’ll be readily available to answer your questions, address any challenges you may face, and ensure you have a fulfilling and enriching experience.

The TEFL online course consists of 150 hours of course readings, peer participation, essays, and tasks that’ll develop you into a confident and thriving English teacher! Taught by a highly qualified university professor in a class of no more than 20 students, course work will cover teaching methodology, lesson planning and proper classroom management. This course typically takes 11 weeks to complete, over a part-time schedule with about 10-15 hours of work each week. Once you’ve successfully passed the online course, you’ll be ready to take the next step and join us in Africa for your exciting teaching practicum!

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