Namibia Summer Program Profile
In 2006, the Ministry of Education developed its ICT in Education Initiative, and WorldTeach was founding member of the Steering Committee tasked with designing its implementation plan. Since that time, over 300 WorldTeach Namibia summer volunteers have been integral in actual implementation of the Initiative's goals, working with both teachers and students to improve computer literacy as well as promoting ICTs for more effective teaching. The WorldTeach Namibia summer program is an exciting opportunity to contribute to nationally-driven educational reforms by addressing "digital divide" issues at the most grassroots level.
An Introduction to Namibia
You will arrive in Windhoek, Namibia, and your first week in-country will be filled with Orientation sessions and group excursions around the capital. Your time in the Khomas region allows you to see the dynamic nature of this African nation, as the populated capital is inherently different than your very rural placement site. Along with your fellow volunteers, you will learn the basics of the Oshiwambo language, attend teacher training sessions, and participate in numerous cultural sessions. Orientation is both a time to introduce you to the country and to bond with the other volunteers. They can be an understanding support throughout your summer, and you will have a chance to swap experiences at both the Mid Service and End of Service conferences. By the end of Orientation, with an encompassing overview of Namibia and teaching in your pocket, you will be ready to make the transition to your placement site and commence your summer of service.
Volunteer Role: Teaching and Living in Namibia
As a WorldTeach volunteer, you will work in a dual capacity in rural Namibian classrooms by providing students with English language instruction while working to close the digital divide prevalent in schools. WorldTeach works directly with the Namibian Department of Education as part of their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiative, where you will find yourself working with both teachers and students to increase their computer literacy. By working with students in English, it quickly becomes an additional component of your role as a teacher, as you are working with kids that would otherwise receive little to no English language instruction. Depending upon the needs of the school, past volunteers have taught English classes in addition to ICT.
You will live with a local host family, or on school grounds with other Namibian teachers who will quickly become your family in-country. You will have your own room in both the homestead and on the school grounds, and you can expect to bulk up those arm muscles as you carry water from the spicket in back. While you will live within walking distance of your school, it’s common for placements to be a few hours outside of a larger town. You will be living in rural Africa, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be at a loss for things to do. Living so close to the school will allow you to get to know your learners outside of the classroom, which has been remarked by several WorldTeach alumni as being one of the most meaningful ways to increase your cultural competency and learn about your surroundings. You may choose to help organize a library, start a soccer club, or let your learners teach you how to dance. This will likely be met by giggles at first, but a great sense of humor will aid you throughout your summer experience.
A Chance to Explore Namibia
Upon completion of your volunteer service, you will be provided with nearly a week of time to explore this beautiful country with your cohort. The group will begin in the Kunene region in the north. In Opuwo, you will be able to meet members of the still relatively untouched Himba tribe, followed by Epupa Falls. With the rest of the volunteers, you will continue to travel south to Etosha National Park, home to the Big Five game animals. The group will end in the large coastal town of Swakopmund, a town of German origins in the Namib desert. Here you will be able to go dune sledding and sand surfing, or relax on the beach. The group will participate in the End of Service conference in Swakopmund, allowing all of you to reflect on your summer of service in Africa followed by explorations through multiple regions of Namibia.
The cost of the Namibia Summer program is $3,990. This covers pre-departure information and preparation, supplemental overseas medical and emergency evacuation insurance, one week in-country orientation as well as a mid-service and end-of-service conference, a small stipend to cover teaching-related expenses, 24-hour field staff support, room and board, and alumni support.
Many volunteers are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their volunteer commitment. Please refer to our fundraising webpage for more information about fundraising possibilities.
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- Be a native or native-level English speaker
- Be between the ages of 18 and 74
- Be flexible, open-minded and patient
- Possess a desire to teach in