School kids from the village play during a break. A volunteering trip like this, teaching during a gap year, costs around 8000 dollars.
Playing with kids after class. The volunteers make the curriculum for the english classes themselves. New volunteers arrive as often as every to weeks.
Day care center for orphans.
Teaching volunteers are usually young and inexperienced, doing a gap year or just visiting for as short as two weeks. The total amount a volunteer pays to be teaching for a month, including plane tickets and insurances, could cover an educated teachers salary for about four to five years in Malawi.
The "Party Dala-Dala" take volunteers on a trip around town on a friday night. Stopping for drinks at different bars along they way.
Zanzibar is a mostly muslim community and drinking is frowned upon. There is a local liquor store in Nungwi Beach where you can get a drink before the monthly full moon party.
Usually a local girl gets the water for the volunteers.
A volunteer is the main attraction at a day care center. Volunteers who come in for just a couple of weeks compete with dedicated, educated teachers for the children's attention.
Back inside the gated community, where volunteers and hotel guests stay, after an excursions to the village outside.
Gated communities offer a bit of luxury in between the weeks.
Garden in a volunteer compound including a private stretch of the beach. The volunteers have a private chef that prepares all the meals for them. Drinks and food are all included in the price of 1450 dollars for a 4 week program.
The volunteers make the curriculum for the english classes themselves. New volunteers arrive as often as every to weeks.
Volunteers on an excursion in the village to buy cigarettes and cookies makes a buzz among the children.
Children are "allowed" to touch the hands of a volunteer. "We and Them" mentality is widespread in the business and could rather increase than decrease gaps between volunteers and locals.
Doogles Bar in Blantyre is a common spot for volunteers in the region.
Cape Maclear in Malawi draws volunteers from all over the country over the weekends.
Locals are not allowed inside the volunteer compound, only the maid and guards, from the local community can walk freely inside the compound.
Taking pictures of the children you're working with is standard procedure.