Swaziland Teaching

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1. In Brief

Visit Swaziland – a tiny South African kingdom that is a unique haven where an ancient monarchy rules a land of amiable people with bountiful and striking national parks and rich, complex and diverse ecosystems. Delve into the intriguing culture here with its witch doctors, tribal dances and fascinating festivals.

Swaziland is known for its special mystique created by the traditional way of life and the extreme friendliness of its people. Enjoy the experience of this remarkable country that lies at the heart of southern Africa whilst you enrich the lives of children here by teaching within a marginalised and deprived community.

Teaching in any context is extremely rewarding – by bringing your passion and enthusiasm to those who lack the resources that most in the west take for granted you will experience the enjoyment of a rewarding challenge that will contribute to a community in need.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become a coach, mentor & friend to disadvantaged children
  • Explore intriguing & spectacular Swaziland
  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Swaziland
Activities Teach English
Mark pupils' work
Prepare homework
Construct lesson plans
Extracurricular activities
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Traditional Swazi beehive huts

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Food
Accommodation
Local orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Swaziland's education system was severely affected in the 1980s by economic difficulties and the literacy and school attendance rate has since plunged. As a result of the structure of society here girls in particular often lack access to an adequate education. In addition, only 5% of secondary school age children currently attend school and 60% of all Swazi children cannot afford to go to school at all as a result of the effects of one or more of a range of factors. These include unemployment, HIV/AIDS (about 40% of Swaziland's population is HIV positive and by 2010 there were approximately 200,000 orphaned children in the kingdom) and the repercussions of severe and repetitive drought.

This project is crucial as it involves working with schools in Swaziland that offer education to those that can least afford it including those who exist in a heavily deprived semi rural area where schools are under resourced and overcrowded.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will cover a comprehensive, varied and enjoyable teaching programme which will engage you fully with your pupils and will encourage your own creativity and initiative. You will benefit in terms of your personal experience by shadowing a teacher at the school which will enable you to develop your teaching techniques. You will be involved with activities such as marking your pupils' work and constructing an inspiring teaching strategy including preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans. As well as this you will have the opportunity to help with lots of extra curricular activities which will vary according to your particular skills and interests - whether it is helping direct a play, organising a choir or helping select a sports team. Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these under privileged children, whilst enhancing your own personal skills and experience significantly.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected upon arrival at King Mswati International Airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout the duration of your stay you will be living in a rural village setting in traditional Swazi beehive huts. Your accommodation will be basic but of course clean and comfortable.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, as most volunteers are away from the accommodation at lunchtime at their projects. There are plenty of places for you to buy food in the local villages and this is an excellent way to experience true local street cuisine. Vegetarians are most welcome and other dietary requirements can be catered for; please advise us in advance of your arrival.

4. The reviews

The most rewarding thing  | 6 Apr 2017
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Some of the best kids you’ll ever meet!  |
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you may wish simply to relax and soak up the staggering natural beauty and bewitching culture of this charming destination. However, if you would like to explore further afield and embrace more energetic activities, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Try white water rafting down dramatic tumbling rivers, mountain biking through rugged terrain, where you can spot some of the 280 species of exotic birds that thrive here, or horse ride along winding forest trails as impala dart ahead of you. Otherwise you may wish to enjoy more conventional sporting activities such as golf, tennis and squash as you soak up the intense southern African sunshine. You may also wish to experience one of the tribal festivals that are a key aspect of life here – the "reed dance" festival occurs in August or September and the intriguing Inewala ceremony in late December or early January. Ask your friendly local staff to help you negotiate prices for activities with local providers; which will help support the local economy. It may also be possible to arrange long weekends and expeditions in further flung destinations such as beautiful Mozambique and the famous Kruger National Park.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,045

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • Free FrontierTEFLcertificate

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): King Mswati International Airport (SHO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

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 .

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
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.

8. How to apply

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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