Namibia Summer

Bridge the digital divide in a nation committed towards its future

Departure: Early June 2018

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

Volunteer Commitment: $4,990

Our Summer Program in Namibia

10 Weeks (June – August) |
Host Family or Teacher Housing
Teach Computer Literacy
In 2006, the Ministry of Education developed its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education Initiative, and WorldTeach was a 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 for you to contribute to nationally-driven educational reforms by addressing “digital divide” issues at the most grassroots level through teaching.

In addition to teaching basic computer skills to students and teachers, volunteers’ teach classes in a range of subjects, taught in English.

Country Overview

“Contrasting, beautiful Namibia,” sings the Namibian national anthem. Namibia is indeed a land of contrasts and beauty, both natural and cultural. The environment ranges from the densely populated, palm-dotted plain of Ovamboland to the arid hills of the central highlands, and from the lush forest savanna of the Kavango and Zambezi to the dunes that roll the length of Namibia’s cold desert coast. Among its diverse population are pastoralists, subsistence farmers, and a growing urban middle class. Namibia boasts eleven national languages, of which most Namibians speak two or three. Although English is Namibia’s official language, it is the first language of very few Namibians.
For all its diversity, a spirit of cooperation characterizes Namibia. Today, just a relatively short time since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia stands out as country marked with remarkable progress and promise. This atmosphere of cooperation has allowed Namibia to concentrate its resources on basic needs, and education has been a top priority, garnering over 20 percent of the government budget annually.

Your Role

Placements span all grade levels, from elementary to high school. You will be working with both students and teachers who would otherwise receive little quality English language and ICT instruction. Depending upon the needs of the school, past volunteers have taught a variety of subjects in addition to ICT. Your close living proximity to the school allows you to get to know your learners outside of the classroom, whether it will be helping to organize a library, starting a soccer club, or teaching them to dance. Share your talents and skills with your Namibian community!

Placement & Housing

Your life outside the classroom is with a local host family or on school grounds with other Namibian teachers who will quickly become your in-country family. In either case, you have your own room and could possibly expect to bulk up those arm muscles as you carry water from the spigot, depending on your placement. While you live within walking distance of your school, it’s common for placements to be a few hours outside of a larger town. Living in rural Africa doesn’t mean you’ll be at a loss for things to do, as you can play soccer with your students, mingle at the market, and figure out ways to adapt your life to the resources available to you in the village.

Finances

Your contribution to the Namibia Summer program of $4,990 goes towards:
  • Housing
  • Comprehensive orientation, mid-service, and end of service training conferences
  • Planned excursions during program
  • 24-hour in-country field staff support
  • Pre-departure preparation and visa assistance if necessary
  • Supplemental overseas travel medical insurance
  • Alumni services and networking

Participants are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their program expenses. Please refer to our fundraising page for more information about fundraising possibilities.

Requirements

Volunteers in the Namibia Summer program must:

 

  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 74
  • Be flexible, open-minded, and patient
  • Have a genuine interest in teaching