Teachers teaching Teachers


Global Handprints believes that children all around the world should not only have access to education but that it should be an education in which the teaching competes at an international level. There is currently a great deal of information in the media about global citizenship, a curriculum to promote it and it’s importance in schools. There is an emphasis on making children aware of different cultures, countries and customs through the internet, pen pal links and Skype conversations.


Our Teachers teaching Teachers (TtT) project aims to bridge the skills gap that currently occurs between schools in the western world and developing countries. The project exposes teachers to new ideas, techniques and approaches enabling them to then bring these into the classroom. By developing teaching standards and strategies to match up with those being used across the world, children will benefit from a higher standard of teaching making them more likely to be able to compete as global citizens with their international peers in the business and education world.

“Education is neither eastern or western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.”

Malala Yousafzai.

Global Handprints believes that in order for children to truly become global citizens, they first need to be global learners, being taught by teachers who share skills and experience with their international colleagues

How Do The Placements Work?

Volunteer Teachers spend time working alongside locally trained teachers in rural schools running workshops, observing lessons, modeling methods and strategies and sharing their skills. Both teachers are encouraged to identify their teaching strengths as well as areas that need developing.

The TtT project enables volunteer teachers to undertake volunteer placements that make use of their specific experience and training, making a long lasting impact on what happens in the classroom.

A placement on the TtT project can be booked a stand alone trip or added on to one of our Volunteer Road Trips, depending on how much time you have to spare to discover this beautiful country!

Volunteering With A Difference

This is an exciting time for education with primary education being the focus of one of the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals. As these goals are being assessed and coming to an end, the Post 2015 Development Agenda will be taking over meaning that world leaders will continue to focus on education; improving access and standards across the world as part of their ‘ambitious, long-term agenda to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.’

As a qualified teacher who has worked in classrooms in the UK, Africa and India, Lottie has seen firsthand the huge differences in teaching methods and the impact these can have on the level of education that is achieved in classrooms. Coming from a teacher training background in the UK where we are lucky enough to have teaching standards, strategies and pedagogy continually assessed, reviewed and adapted, Lottie has benefited from a creative, hands on teaching approach. Her passion for this to be experienced in all classrooms drives this project and a partnership with the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal enables volunteer teachers to undertake placements in rural South African schools.

Global Handprints totally believes that there is a time and place for volunteer placements that do not require a certain skill or qualification (in fact our Volunteer Road Trips cater for just this market!) but we understand that many people want to put the qualifications and experience they have spent time gaining, to good use. Our TtT placements are different to those offered by other organisations. We run them alongside local schools and the Department of Education and have certain requirements for and expectations of our Volunteer Teachers who need to be fully qualified or on the process of qualifying. These placements are fun, hard work, rewarding and full of challenges! They are not for the faint hearted and are not to be considered as a ‘holiday’.


Due to the concept of this project, in order to take part, volunteers must be either a fully qualified teacher or in the process of completing teacher training. These placements are open to trainee teachers who are required to undertake an alternative placement during their training and we are more than happy to work with you and your University to complete any necessary paperwork and assessments.

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Programme Details

Location, Location, Location

We are currently launching the TtT project with placements in two areas within the uMkhanyakude District Municipality; Ubombo and Kosi Bay. Placement location will be dependent on the schools we are supporting at the time.

This uMkhanyakude District Municipality has been chosen because of it’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals. In their current IDP for 2015, they have addressed two of the goals and set their own targets that relate to them;

MDG Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education.
District Target 3: Ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys & girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

MDG Goal 3: Promote gender equality & Empower Women.
District Target 4: Eliminate gender disparity in Primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005 and in all levels of education by no later than 2015.

Across the District there has been a recent increase in access to education with some areas having 72% of their population accessing to schools. Although there are no significant differences in education levels of the male and female population in this municipality, their statistics show high levels of adult illiteracy in the district;

– More than 27% of the adult female population and 22% of the male population who have not received any form of schooling. These figures are significantly higher than the comparative provincial figures of 13% and 8% respectively.

– The proportion of the adult population in the district with tertiary education is less than half the comparative figure for the province (approximately 2.5% of the adult population compared to provincial figure of 5%) which rate amongst the lowest of the districts in the province.


In both Ubombo and Kosi Bay, Volunteer teachers will be based in backpacker hostels set amidst the local Zulu or Tsonga communities.

Accommodation included is on a twin or dorm basis depending on volunteer numbers. Global Handprints will provide continental breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners each week day that teachers are on placement. Volunteer Teachers will be responsible for organizing their own lunches and dinners at the weekends, whether that’s buying ingredients and cooking at the hostel or eating out.

Both placement locations are within easy reach of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight with the estuary running down one side of town and the Indian Ocean lapping the beach of the other side. They provide a great base to explore the area through a variety of activities; Hippo and Croc boat tours, Game Drives, snorkeling, tiger fishing, whale watching, hiking, spear fishing, kayaking and cultural evenings to name a few. We work alongside local tour operators and can organize tours and activities either prior to your departure or on your arrival.

In addition to providing independent placements, we are more than happy and excited to work alongside schools and universities from around the world to develop professional development placements that meet needs for their specific teachers. If this is something you think your school or university may be interested in, please feel free to contact us if this interests you.

Not only do Teachers taking part in the TtT project have an impact on the standards of teaching but this impact will also make a different to the next adult generation’s level of employment. Having been taught at a higher standard with teachers using more up to date strategies and methods, children will leave school with a higher literacy skills, making them not only more employable but also more able to compete with their international peers in the education and business worlds.

Not only do Teachers taking part in the TtT project have an impact on the standards of teaching but this impact will also make a different to the next adult generation’s level of employment. Having been taught at a higher standard with teachers using more up to date strategies and methods, children will leave school with a higher literacy skills, making them not only more employable but also more able to compete with their international peers in the education and business worlds.

Money Matters

How Much Is A Two Week Placement

Our two week TtT placement costs £1,00 | $1,940 USD | $2,450 CAD | R23,300 per person.

What Is Included?
  • Transport: From your arrival in Durban airport and back again 2 weeks later including daily transport to and from the placements.
  • 3 Meals Each Day: Excluding first and last day where only one meal is provided.
  • Bottled Water: During the day on placement / while travelling.
  • Placement Fees
  • Accommodation: Twin or dorm style.
What Isn't Included?
  • Visas
  • Passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks: Other than bottled water during the day
  • Curios / Souvenirs
  • Activity / Restaurant Tips
  • Activities outside of your placement
Do I Need A Visa?
Road Trippers are required to arrange their own South African Visa prior to departure and are responsible for applying for this, as well as a passport, with enough time for it to arrive prior to departure. Road Trippers will also need to check with their Doctor or GP to ensure they have had the most up to date travel vaccinations required.
Do I Need Insurance?
Global Handprints is responsible for ensuring your safety and wellbeing at all times however, you will need to purchase travel insurance from home. We will ask for your policy details prior to arrival and ask that you have the information on hand at all times while you’re with us.

Ready to Get Started?

Fill in the form below and we will send you an application form to complete (just so we know a little about you as well as giving you a chance to let us know about any dietary or medical requirements you may have) then schedule a call to chat about the placement.

Once your placement has been confirmed you will be sent payment information.

You can pay for your placement by credit card, PayPal or by direct bank transfer. Once we have received your payment, you will be sent a Welcome Pack with all sorts of useful info included.

At this stage your TtT placement booking will be confirmed and the refund policy kicks into place.

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