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Embarking on a Gap Year journey through Namibia unveils a profound opportunity to delve into a land brimming with history and cultural richness. As the sun sets over the dunes of the Namib Desert, you cannot help but feel a deep reverence for this resilient land, a sentiment that sets the stage for a journey of self-discovery, cultural immersion, and unparalleled exploration.

Namibian culture is diverse and there are many ethnic groups, from the historically persecuted San Bushmen, to the Hereros and Ovambos, each with their own separate traditions and languages. The majority of the white population is of German or Afrikaans descent, many of whom are farmers and who still own the bulk of the agricultural land. There are, therefore, fantastic opportunities to learn about many cultures and become immersed in different ways of life.

Project Trust Volunteers are based in north-west Namibia, living in a small school village community consisting of the school, hostel, farm shop and farm houses. The rural setting allows Volunteers to delve into the life of the school and develop strong relationships with the teachers, farm workers and other members of the community.

The capital, Windhoek, is a developed city, showing influences in growth and development from Nama, Herero, German, Afrikaans and British cultures. The Lonely Planet guide describes Windhoek as a ‘slice of green in the desert.’ Western influences are prominent in this city with its modern buildings and a large numbers of tourists passing through. Snippets of history can be seen throughout, with German castles and the neo-Gothic ‘Christuskirche’ church, one of Windhoek’s best-recognised landmarks.

Teaching Nursery

Students attending Nursery can be aged from 2-5 years old. You will support the delivery of fun and educational activities.

You will teach students aged 6-14 English as well as other subjects that suit your strengths and knowledge.

At the school where our Volunteers are placed, the pupils board in a hostel on the school campus. Volunteers can therefore make a significant contribution to extra-curricular activities, as well as helping with learning support and homework. Core subjects such as Maths, Science and English are taught by Namibian teachers, and Volunteers will often be given opportunities to work in a supporting role. Volunteers will be fully responsible for teaching non-core subjects such as Art, Physical Education, IT and sometimes Music.

When on holiday, Volunteers have opportunities to travel to the Zambezi Valley, Victoria Falls, Botswana and across southern Africa. The Namib Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world and its sand dunes, created by the strong onshore winds, are some of the highest on Earth. Fish River Canyon is amongst the biggest in the world, and Etosha Pan is one of the great game parks of Africa. There are opportunities to go sandboarding in Swakopmund, visit the eerie ghost town of Kolmanskop and to see the 6,000 year old Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein.