Kindergarten Teaching

Xai Xai - Mozambique

Only 300€ per week!

Take the opportunity to work in local kindergartens around the Xai Xai district and teach children basic English in a fun, informal way!

With many kindergartens in the Xai Xai area, you have the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. This is a great place to learn more about Mozambican culture as well as giving something back to the community. You will work together with the local staff to take care of the children, teach English and organize activities.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

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Program Description

The children that come to these kindergartens are 3-6 years of age and there are approximately 20 children per class. During your time here, you will primarily teach english, mathematics, and life skills whether it be through songs, games, colouring and drawing exercises as well as giving them an opportunity to learn about other cultures. You will also be assisting local teachers in tasks and activities which are a part of the school schedule.

By giving local children an opportunity to be with you, they can practice their english vocabulary and pronunciation developing their confidence and speaking skills. These skills will prepare them for primary school and their future. You will also have the chance to arrange activities for kids that do not have the opportunity to go to kindergarten, which can be held in community centers.

A truly unforgettable and life-changing experience will be gained through an authentic taste of Mozambican culture from daily interaction with locals and children at the kindergarten.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give the children more chances at conversing in English        
  • Learn about the local culture of  Mozambique
  • Provide you with insight into a different education system
  • Provide you with teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working at the kindergarten
  • Lunch break
  • Working at the kindergarten
  • Preparing activities for the next day
  • Evaluation
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Intermediate

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing for the school – i.e. covering the knees and shoulders.

Location

You will be staying in a local village located just outside Xai Xai, the capital of the Gaza Province. Being less than an hour away from downtown Xai Xai, you’ll have access to many local shops, banks, grocery stores, cafes as well as surrounding beaches and towns including Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.

About the Accommodation

You may be staying in our program center or in a local homestay. The accommodation is shared and may accommodate anywhere from  4-8 people per room and shared bathrooms.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Your rooms will be cleaned daily by staff but please try to clean up after yourself, and help play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. Please note that accommodation location may be changed if conditions require it.

Food Arrangements

Meals are inspired by the local cuisine which is rich in fish, cassava, nuts, paozinho, spices, seasoning, maize, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, fruits, and sugarcane. We provide 3 meals during weekdays (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) on the weekend at the program center.

Facilities

Local transport modes include buses, minibuses and taxis which can take you to around the local area and out to surrounding towns. Banks and ATMs with VISA and MasterCard are available. Our center has access to nearby ATMs, restaurants and local shops which are within walking distance.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Some places to visit nearby are:

Xai Xai Beach

30 – 60 minutes away from our center or homestay. Many water sport activities are available in Xai Xai and surrounding beaches, these beaches are also a great place to relax.

Wenela Tidal Pool

2 kilometres south of Xai Xai which has a natural tunnel and blow hole linking the pool to the Indian Ocean, or maybe you may go snorkelling along the coral reef which runs parallel to the Praia Do Xai-Xai beach.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Mozambique

Population: 28 million

Capital: Maputo

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Metical (MZN)

Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Country Information

Mozambique is a country with a 1,000km long coastline adjacent to the Indian Ocean in Southeastern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

In 1500, the Portuguese established posts up and down the coast, starting with present day Ilha de Mozambique, where the Portuguese operated spice and slave routes from Mozambique up until 1891.

Following the end of World War 1, Portuguese investment in commercial, industrial, agricultural, educational, transportation, and health care infrastructure for the indigenous population started providing for better social and economic possibilities. This continued up to the country’s independence in 1975. The country is generally a low-lying plateau broken up by 25 rivers flowing into the Indian Ocean. The largest is the Zambezi, which provides access to central Africa. Mountain chains in the country’s interior form the backbone of the country.

Climate

Almost all of Mozambique falls within the tropics resulting in a warm, mostly tropical climate along the coast and higher temperature and rainfall in the interior. Evenings are rarely cold, except for a few nights in June and July and the rainfall isn't too high. In summer, temperatures and humidity can soar with temperatures being typically higher in the north, around Pemba and the Zambezi. The mountainous regions generally remain cool throughout the year.

Mozambique has two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on altitude. There is an average of 590 mm (23.2 in) of precipitation annually with cyclones being common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo are from 13-14°C (55.4-75.2°F) in July to 22-31°C (71.6-87.8°F) in February.

Culture

The culture of Mozambique is rich with the arts, cuisine, and entertainment and is derived from its history of Bantu, Swahili, and Portuguese rule. The main ethnic groups in Mozambique are Makua, Tonga, Makonde, Shangaan, Shona, Sena, and Ndau.

Local dances and rituals vary from tribe to tribe and include singing, music, and the wearing of carved wooden masks. These dances are usually intricate, highly developed traditions throughout the history of Mozambique.

Many groups believe in an all-powerful God and practice traditional animist beliefs, where the spirits of ancestors can affect the lives of the living. The Ujamaa are totem-type carvings which illustrate lifelike faces of people and various figures. These sculptures are usually referred to as “family trees” because they tell stories of many generations.

Mozambique has a mixture of religions. Around a third of Mozambicans are Christian, a quarter are Muslims, mainly in the northern regions. Other religious groups include Buddhists (mostly Mahayana and Chinese), and Hindus (virtually Indian and Pakistani) which are also important.

Gastronomy

Mozambican cuisine is rich and varied, including flavourful spicy stews eaten with rice or steamed cornmeal dough, fish is also a key part of the national diet and can be incorporated into a number of dishes, fresh, smoked or dried. Like its African neighbors, Mozambique is also blessed with a wide variety of fruits, including citrus, bananas, mangoes and coconuts.

Staples and crops include cassava, cashew nuts, and pãozinho. The use of spices and seasonings such as bay leaves, chili peppers, fresh coriander, garlic, onions, paprika, red sweet peppers, and wine were introduced by the Portuguese, as were maize, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and sugarcane.

Transportation

Buses

Buses are the cheapest mode of transport in Mozambique but regular services only operate between major towns. In rural areas, people negotiate rides and fares on passenger trucks (chapa-cems) or regular trucks (camions). You should also ensure that you have all your travel documents which are in order as the authorities conduct regular and strict checks for documentation.

Taxi

Taxis can be found in many Mozambique cities as well as in the capital, Maputo, but are rare in rural areas. Don’t expect a comfortable ride, as vehicle maintenance here isn’t a priority. It’s best to ask around for a reliable radio-taxi firm rather than flagging down a cab on the street or getting one from a stand. Women traveling alone should avoid taxis.

Car

If you are planning to rent a vehicle, a roadworthy 4WD is recommended. An International Driving Permit is necessary, traffic drives on the left of the road and insurance is recommended. There is a fairly extensive network of gas stations along the major routes though not in the reserves and game parks. Driving after dark outside of the cities can be dangerous as carjackings and highway robberies are common. Stray cattle and vehicles without headlamps along with poorly maintained road networks are the other hazard on country roads outside of main cities

Plane

Domestic air services operate internal flights between the main centres of Maputo and Beira, but flight schedules are erratic and delays are common. The air service connects Maputo with Malawi, Inhambane, Beira, Quelimane, Tete, Lichinga, Nampula and Pemba. Air-taxi services are also available, and are the safest means of transport outside the main cities.

Train

The civil war disrupted the train network in Mozambique and now many parts of the country are not connected by train services. Trains that still operate run from Beira, Tete, Nacala and go to Nampula and Lichinga. Trains from Maputo connect Goba and Ressano Garcia, these travel further down the line to the Zimbabwean border. Most of the trains that run in Mozambique have three classes, but have a very small number of sleeper, dining and air-conditioned cars. Advance bookings are recommended, particularly for the sleeper section.

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