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Malawi Teaching Adventure

Malawi Teaching Adventure

Awaken your creativity and initiative as you earn your Frontier TEFL certificate on this teaching project in Malawi – inspire the local children and come away with amazing memories.

Prices from $1,395

Experience the "warm heart of Africa" when you visit Malawi, a country of benevolent, friendly people, vast expanses of sun drenched wildlife reserves and Rift Valley lakes and plains, including the eponymous Lake Malawi, with its abundance of tiny tropical fish and silky sanded beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. Integrate yourself into the community that you work with and inspire the minds of the children, whilst acquiring a wealth of teaching experience and new skills. Communities lack resources for schools and teachers and without outside help, standards of education will remain critically low; with your commitment, children will receive the learning experience they crave and deserve. Visit Malawi for a rewarding and challenging adventure and return with memories that will last a lifetime.


  • Be a teacher, mentor & friend to the children
  • Experience the "warm heart of Africa"
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Malawi
Activities Teach English
Extracurricular activities
Marking pupils' work
Preparing homework
Create lesson plans
Transport Airport pickup and transfer to project
Accommodation Homestay



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Free Frontier TEFL certificate
In-country Food
Airport pick-up and transfer to project
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Malawi education system has been consistently affected by economic difficulties and is generally very substandard. As a resulr of the structure of society, girls in particular often lack access to an adequate education. In addition, only 5% of secondary school aged children currently attend school and 60% of all Malawi's children cannot afford to go to school at all as a result of the combined or isolated effects of a range of factors. Although there has been a constant steady increase in access, this has had severe implications for the quality and infrastructure of education, which has largely declined. In addition to this, increased access has been limited to more developed areas, with those living in semi rural and rural communities still lacking basic access. This project is crucial as it involves working with schools in Malawi that offer education to those who can least afford it, including those who live in heavily deprived areas or in regions in which schools are under resourced and overcrowded.


Your work schedule will engage you fully with your pupils and awaken your creativity and initiative. You will benefit in terms of your personal experience by working with these fantastic children and teenagers. Professionally you will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Volunteers could teach at primary or secondary school, with there being less availablity if you want to teach pre primary children. You will be directly involved with marking pupils' work, preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans. As well as this you may also have the opportunity to help with a range of extracurricular activities which will vary extensively depending on your personal skills and interests, whether it is helping direct a school play, organising a choir or helping select a sports team. Whatever you are interested in feel free to take the initiative and get the kids involved and whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.


You will be collected upon arrival at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe by a friendly Frontier representative before being transferred to the project site. Once you have arrived you will be given time to settle in and aclimatise in this friendly, vibrant community. Please be aware that volunteers will be responsible for arranging their own return transfer back to the airport at the end of their placement.  This can be done either by private taxi (circa $240) or by public transport (circa $55). Please take these additional costs into account when planning your project.


Throughout the duration of your stay you will be living in shared dormitory style accommodation at the volunteer house on the shores of Lake Malwi. Based in a small local village the accommodation will be basic but of course clean and comfortable.


Two meals a day are included in you project fee, breakfast and dinner. These will be simple meals with local produce such as rice and beans, some meat and vegetables, breads and drinks. The cooking is communal, so that some meals will be prepared for you and some you will help prepare, giving you the opportunity to exercise your culinary skills! 

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All other activities can be organised by local providers at an additional cost; please arrange these in-country and support the local economy.

Example activities include:

  • Boat cruises on the magnificent lake
  • Scuba diving
  • Wildlife watching and lake fishing: not to be missed
  • Bird viewing
  • Tracking wild animals
  • Meeting indigenous tribal communities and discovering their remote and distinct culture
  • Sports such as mountain biking and hang-gliding or canoe safaris

If you time your trip right, you may also be able to combine your expedition with the "Lake of Stars", a famous music festival in this most striking of settings. Extra activities may require travel around the country and the hiring of a guide, so please ensure that you bring extra funds to cover this.


2 weeks $1,395

4 weeks $2,245

Extra week $545


Monthly, please arrive on the first Monday


2 weeks and longer


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • Free Frontier TEFL certificate


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to project
  • Project orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Lilongwe (LLW)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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