Imagine what it would be like attend school in a language that was not your native tongue? Malawian students face this challenge starting at around age 14 when they begin secondary school. English is used exclusively in secondary schools in order to prepare students for the workforce. Unfortunately, many students at this point have low proficiency in English, which can make it difficult to succeed academically in any subject. We invite you to make a difference in these students’ lives by serving as a Secondary School English Teacher with the Peace Corps in Malawi.
As a High School English Teacher, you will strengthen your students’ command of the English language through classes that incorporate innovative techniques and interactive facilitation. You will challenge your students not to simply memorize information, but to think critically and creatively. You will share these innovative teaching practices with your fellow teachers in order to foster a student-centered learning environment in the entire school. After class, you will support clubs and implement extracurricular initiatives such as creating a school library or promoting parent-teacher collaboration. And, you will promote the love of reading not only in your school, but also in the home, community, and with your village leaders. High School English Teachers in Malawi will have numerous opportunities to engage and empower girls in academic achievement, goal setting, HIV prevention, and gender norms through dynamic clubs and camps.
In Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, your work will not come without unique challenges. Rural secondary schools often have very few resources. You may over 100 students in your classes, but only one textbook. Students themselves face many obstacles to completing their education, such as: long distances to school, poverty, teen pregnancy, HIV, and malaria.
The training you receive from Peace Corps combined with your unique experiences, expertise, and the relationships you build in your community will aid you in being flexible and creative when approaching your work as a Secondary School English Teacher. Be prepared to commit yourself to two years of challenging yet highly rewarding work, and take part in the unique experience of developing the next generation of leaders in Malawi. And, remember, you will never conduct your work alone. The friendliness of its people has given Malawi the title of the “Warm Heart of Africa.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check