With a love for volunteering, and a zest for travel, Mark & Bridgette have found their perfect honeymoon destination- Teaching English in Zambia, Africa.
The aim of the Teaching project is to provide assistance to local schools in Zambia who are in need of volunteer support. Due to Zambia’s rapidly growing population and shortage of government funding and teachers, local communities have informally developed ‘community schools’ to serve the need for education. A number of these schools offer reduced fees or free admission to students in need, many of whom are orphaned or living with elderly family members, who cannot afford school fees. Some community schools eventually become ‘government schools’ which receive some limited government funding, however these schools continue to struggle, as student numbers increase annually. As these schools depend heavily on the involvement of local volunteers, the ratio of students to teachers can be as high as 60 students to 1 teacher.
As teaching volunteers in Zambia, Mark & Bridgette will work in community or government schools, or community centers alongside local teachers. The project is heavily focused on teaching English, however there are also opportunities to teach a range of other subjects, such as Math and Science. They will also assist with extracurricular activities, including sports, music, dance, and art.