English Teacher & Development Worker


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International volunteering opportunity in Mozambique for 3-Months.

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    Call for volunteers to take part in a 3-month volunteering project, ‘Friends of Quelimane’, in Mozambique, Africa

    International Voluntary Service are looking for volunteers to help our partner organisations with the delivery of English language learning activities in Quelimane, Mozambique for a minimum of 3-months starting ASAP from January 2019. Preferably, volunteers will be trained teachers with a TEFL/TESOL qualification as a minimum, and have some experience of teaching and working with children and young adults. The role requires a native level of English, and some knowledge of Portuguese would be an advantage. The programmes are delivered to participants of fewer opportunities, for example in orphanages or detention centres. Funding options are available for this placement (for UK Nationals), which means your travel expenses and accommodation etc. could be provided – please contact us for further details.

    About Friends of Quelimane

    Friends of Quelimane is a project with the main objective of helping people from Quelimane to learn English or improve their English language skills. We believed this is important given the geographical and cultural isolation of Zambezia. Being able to speak good English would allow the locals to have access to more and better-paid jobs, also outside of the country; would improve access to information, and in general will contribute to feeling more connected with the rest of the world. IVS’ volunteers will play a crucial and pioneering role in this sense, offering to a large and different public the opportunity of learning from a native speaker. The project has been conceived by the local partners together with IVS and it aims at addressing the needs of a variety of organisations, most of them (Casa Familia, Casa Esperança, Aldeia da Paz and Cadeia Civil) providing assistance to people with fewer opportunities. Thus, in a broader perspective, this project would have a great social impact.

    Quelimane is the capital of the Province of Zambezia, one of the poorest in Mozambique. With a population of about 250,000 people. Quelimane is rather quiet and safe. The weather is particularly humid, a feature which makes feeling the heat even more: the average temperature is approximately 25 °C, with about 1346 mm of annual precipitation, concentrated mainly during the rainy season, which normally runs from November to April.

    The idea of this project was born by the desire of offering the local community concrete chances to learn English with a native speaker as a teacher. In fact, considering that English-speaking countries surround Mozambique, acquiring a good level of English would open more opportunities to the local youth.

    Project details:

    Location: Mozambique, Africa
    Duration: 3 months
    Start/Finish: January 2019, can be repeated throughout the year
    Program: Long-Term Volunteering (Part-Funded)

    The main tasks of the volunteers are the following:

    The project includes a variety of activities, to be implemented in different institutions, as follows:

    Parlamento Juvenil – The organisation’s focus is to involve local youth is policy making and lobbying. They also promote youth involvement in cultural activities. The volunteers will provide English classes to PJ’s members. Each volunteer is expected to give a 2-hour class twice a week at different times through the day (e.g. one in the morning and the other in the afternoon) to allow a wider participation.

    Ponto de Encontro (Progetto Mozambico Onlus) – This is an educational/cultural centre, equipped with a library, a library for children, and an IT room. It offers courses of English language (basic level), French language, and IT. This organisation already hosts international volunteers for short-term placements. here classes of basic English are already offered, but this project is going to complement the current courses with an intermediate course and perhaps (depending on the demand) an advanced one as well. In addition, the volunteers will be involved in organising, coordinating, and implementing other activities, such as theatre in English language, debates in English language. This will widely depend on the volunteer’s skills and interests.

    Casa Familia (Cooperativa Ceramica de Quelimane) – A male orphanage hosting an average of 25 young people aged 10-19. This organisation already hosts international volunteers for short-term placements. The volunteers will deliver English classes (basic level) to children/teenagers with fewer opportunities, with a 1-hour class twice a week after school, and a 2-hour class in the weekend.

    Casa Esperança – A male orphanage hosting an average of 25 young people aged 8-18. The volunteers will give English classes (basic level) to children/teenagers with fewer opportunities, with a 1-hour class twice a week after school and a 2-hour class in the weekend.

    Aldeia da Paz – A female orphanage hosting up to 80 girls. The volunteer will give English classes (basic level) to children/teenagers with fewer opportunities, with a 1-hour class twice a week after school and a 2-hour class in the weekend.

    Through Parlamento Juvenil, volunteers may be required to assist in projects delivered in the local detention centre (Cadeia Civil – main detention centre in Quelimane, where some basic cultural activities are offered to the prisoners) and/or in local schools. The volunteer will be offered the opportunity to take part in a reintegration programme for detainees. This aims at equipping the inmates with useful skills as well as involving them in social and cultural activities to fight isolation.

    In all contexts, the volunteers are expected to be able to build and implement a coherent and progressive curriculum.

    Training during the project:

    A pre-departure briefing and orientation-upon-arrival will be organised with the volunteer. General on-the-job training will be provided, as well as learning about each organisations activities.

    The on-arrival training will provide the volunteers with information on: local culture (history of Mozambique, language, religion, habits, and traditions…); where it is safe to go and where not; how to ride a bike in Quelimane; useful contacts (police, hospital…); useful information (markets, restaurants, bars, churches, bus stops, sport centres…); the activities they are going to implement; the organisations where they are going to go; how their week is going to be structured.

    Parlamento Juvenil is going to organise a Portuguese course for the 2 volunteers, with 1-hour class four times a week for the length of their stay. The course will be provided by a member of PJ.

    Among the leisure activities proposed, there is the trip to Zalala beach, 45 km from the city of Quelimane. In October, there is an important music festival going on there. The volunteers will also have the chance to go to visit nearby Districts, such as Inhassonge, Nicoadala and Mocuba. The volunteers will be taught by Parlamento Juvenil’s membershow to cook some traditional dishes, such as xima, mucapata and matapa. They will also be introduced to local music and dances.

    Working hours and days:

    A typical day’s schedule is described as follows:

    Breakfast 7.30 – 8.30
    Morning Activities 9.00 – 11.00 English Class

    11.00 – 12.00 Portuguese Class

    Lunch 12.00 – 14.00
    Afternoon Activities 14.00 – 16.00 or 17.00 English Class

    18.00 – 19.00 English Class

    Dinner 19.00 onwards
    Evening Activities/Leisure Free time

    Accommodation, food and transport arrangements:

    A flat for volunteers is going to be rented prior to their arrival in Quelimane. It will be in a safe position with access on a road with illumination at night. Parlamento Juvenil will be responsible for finding suitable accommodation. The flat will have internet access, adequate sanitation facilities (with electricity and water), and close to supermarkets, local markets, hospitals, sports & leisure facilities etc.

    The volunteers will cook for themselves, having a lunch break long enough to allow them to go home and cook.

    The main mode of transportation in the town is by bicycle. There are also taxi bikes and small mini-buses to use around town.

    Funding options are available for this volunteering placement. Travel expenses (flights etc. to join the project), insurance and accommodation could be covered (within a set budget) – please contact us for further details.

    Volunteer requirements:


    • Aged over 18 years.
    • National of the United Kingdom.
    • All IVS volunteers will be vetted for relevant and unspent convictions as part of their application.
    • Strong motivation for helping other people.
    • Flexibility in organising own work according to the different needs encountered.
    • Capacity to adapt to a very different socio-cultural context.
    • Interest in discovering a new culture.
    • Native or fluent/high-level speaker of English.


    • Portuguese language skills would be an advantage.
    • Some experience as an English teacher (even better if with children/teenagers) is desirable.
    • Teacher Training or TEFL/TESOL Qualifications are desirable.
    • Some experience living and working abroad is desirable.

    For more information on this project, please download and read the Information Sheet here.

    How to apply:

    If you are interested in applying for this IVS vacancy, please send your CV and motivation letter to outgoing@ivsgb.org.

    Alternatively, get in touch with us using the form below, or call 0131 243 2745.

    We are looking to send a volunteer as soon as possible.