Nonprofit Education Internship in Malawi

Help train local teachers, and develop and run afterschool programs

If you’re training to be a teacher, studying education or pedagogy, or if you’re a teaching professional looking for a way to use your skills in a purposeful way, this teaching internship in Malawi might be an excellent opportunity for you. Based in a welcoming community on the banks of Lake Malawi, you’ll join a primary school that was founded to address the lack of quality education in the area. You’ll be an essential part of a small but dedicated team of educators, passionate about providing an excellent learning environment for over 200 children.

Depending on your skills and experience, you’ll teach classes, help offer training for local teachers, and develop and run afterschool programs. You also have the opportunity to help raise awareness for the school through newsletter, social media, and fundraising campaigns. It’s a great opportunity to get some teaching experience, develop your skills in the education field, and to help provide quality education to children who otherwise would not have access to it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Practical teaching experience in a primary school
  • An understanding of the education needs in a rural African setting
  • Experience in developing extracurricular activities and youth clubs
  • If desired, experience in digital communications and fundraising
  • International work experience


You’ll be part of a primary school that was set up to address the lack of quality education in this rural part of Malawi. The school teaches over 220 children from broad socio-economic backgrounds; for every paid space at the school, a sponsored space is offered to a child from a family that struggles financially. Classes are kept small for Malawian standards; around 30 children are in a class, as opposed to double – or even triple, which is common. Kids are also offered a free nutritious meal on a daily basis.

Through a combination of British and Malawian curricula, the school aims to produce students who are independent thinkers and fluent English speakers. This will enhance their chance of getting a good job later in life, which will hopefully help lift their families out of poverty.


As a teaching intern on this program, you’ll be part of a team of eleven teachers, and you’ll be able to gain practical experience in standing in front of a class. Your exact work will be tailored depending on your knowledge and experience, so that you’ll gain the type of experience that you’re looking for, and you’ll be able to use your skills effectively. You’ll be supervised by the co-founder of the school, who has over a decade of teaching experience.

What you’ll do

Depending on your skills, your tasks will include;

  • Teaching lessons in different subjects
  • Developing and hosting after school activities and clubs
  • Helping provide teacher training to local teachers
  • Helping develop the curriculum
  • Working alongside four local nurseries that the school supports, and assisting them with their early childhood development programs
  • Assisting with online communications and fundraising activities for the school

To apply for this education internship in Malawi, you need to:

  • Be a student in the educational field or an education professional
  • Ideally have some practical teaching experience
  • Have a strong passion for providing high quality education
  • Have flexible attitude and an openness to working in a culturally diverse setting
  • Be strong communicator


During your internship, you’ll be lucky enough to stay at a lodge in the northern town of Nkhata Bay. Located on the banks of Lake Malawi, with views of palm trees and green-blue water, this lodge has an idyllic location and a relaxed vibe. You’ll enjoy a private beach, beautiful gardens, a beach bar, and several communal spaces. The rooms are comfortable dormitories, although there are options of upgrading to single chalets, too. The lodge is a hub for people who are volunteering their time at different community and environmental projects in the area, so you can expect to share this gorgeous space with like-minded people.


Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

2 months USD 1,757
3 months USD 2,099
4 months USD 2,440
5 months USD 2,782
6 months USD 3,123

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation (shared)
  • Two meals a day during the first month. After the first month you can decide to book the meal package for the other months as well.
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Flights to Malawi
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals after the first month: you can prepare your own meals or opt to book the meal package for two meals a day for the following months.
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Airport transfer to Nkhata Bay (approximately 400 km)
  • In case of late arrival: extra night in accommodation in Lilongwe
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Education NGO
Education, Teaching, Curriculum Development
Min. 2 months
From USD 1,757
  • Gain practical teaching experience
  • Contribute to providing high quality education in a community that needs it
  • Help develop after school clubs
  • Live and work in a beautiful part of Malawi
  • Be part of a larger community of interns and volunteers from around the world
2 MONTHS USD 1,757
3 MONTHS USD 2,099
4 MONTHS USD 2,440

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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