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Student Opportunity Warwick in Africa

Warwick in Africa

Warwick in Africa is a transformative educational experience for all. By providing support to the teachers in our partner schools and contributing to genuine and sustainable change, the programme aims to provide young people in Africa with an enhanced learning experience from which they can build a positive and fulfilling future.

To date over 800 Warwick students have taken part in the Warwick in Africa programme. You can join this number by becoming a Volunteer Student Teacher.

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The opportunity: at a glance

Warwick in Africa offers students a 6 week school placement, during Warwick's summer recess, in our secondary partner schools in Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa teaching English or Maths.

This is a fully funded volunteering opportunity and comprehensive training is provided. Volunteers have a responsibility to raise £1,000 towards the programme.

Your role: in depth

Volunteer student teachers:

  • Provide assistance in the classroom with the teaching of Mathematics or English in secondary level schools in our partners school for 6 weeks during Warwick's summer break.
  • Bring energy and enthusiasm to the classroom in order to inspire learners to think differently about their education and their potential.
  • Observe and learn from your professional teaching colleagues whilst contributing your own ideas. You will be working in collaboration with local teachers to deliver classes using participatory teaching techniques.
  • Gain a whole host of new skills, including self-awareness, intercultural awareness, problem-solving and teamwork.
  • Build personal resilience and self-reliance.
  • Embrace a learning mindset - the cornerstone of effective volunteering. As a volunteer you should try to become aware of – and to challenge – assumptions and stereotypes, seeing every difficulty as a learning opportunity, and being open to new ideas and ways of doing things. Volunteers who cultivate this mindset will be more willing to take humble and mindful action and to listen and to adjust what they are doing accordingly.

Important Dates

Applications open: Monday 27 November 2023

Applications close: Sunday 10 December 2023

Placements: July - September 2024 (dates tbc)


Eligible students must:

  • Be currently registered on a University of Warwick degree course: undergraduate or postgraduate; any year of study.
  • Be confident to teach Maths or English up to A Level standard and have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in either Maths or English, depending on the subject you are applying to teach.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English.
Aryamoy teaching in a classroom

"Warwick in Africa has been a defining part of my time as a student at Warwick. I would recommend it to anyone considering being a part of the program, purely because of how life-changing and transformative it has been for me. From making lifelong friends, to meeting and being inspired by the most diverse group of learners and teachers, to growing as a person, it is a program I will forever be grateful for."

Aryamoy Mitra, Economics Undergraduate
Team Leader 2023, Makupula School, Kayamandi, South Africa

Volunteer Student Teacher 2022, Alexandra Secondary School, Alexandra, South Africa

Izzy teaching in a classroom

"I loved the experience, and it has motivated me to do more volunteering."

Izzy South, English Literature Undergraduate

Volunteer Student Teacher 2022,
Nsaba Islamic Junior High School, Ghana