Location: Guinjata Bay, Mozambique 

Responsibility: Running our swimming program: a program run in conjunction with Love The Oceans (LTO), a marine conservation charity about to head into our 6th year of operation in Mozambique, Yay! We are after international swim instructors that will help to teach swimming to over 200 children in two weeks. Before the two-week program commences, you will also be responsible for training one or two of our advanced students as swim teachers. Our Community Outreach Manager is already an STA teacher, and 6 of our advanced students are Aquatic Helpers – it’ll be 2 of these you’ll be training as teachers. 

Required Dates: 1st August – 31st August 2022

Compensation: This Venture Leader Swimming Teacher position will not receive monetary compensation; however, we have sponsorship for a variety of costs/activities, e.g. accommodation, meals and a contribution towards flight/visa costs. Please see full details below. 

Necessary Skills: 

We will only accept applications from people who meet the following criteria: 

  • STA Swimming Teacher 
  • STA Aquatic Tutor (able to train others as swim teachers) 
  • Full, valid driver’s licence 
  • Physically fit and able with a positive attitude 

We would also like to see (but not a requirement) people who also have: 

  • Experience working in a pressured environment 
  • The ability to work independently and take initiative 
  • Experience in a third world country/remote region 
  • Confident public speaker 
  • An interest in marine conservation 

The type of person we are looking for: 

We need awesome people who have a strong passion for swimming, have experience teaching children, and understand the importance of teaching a lifesaving skill like swimming in a remote region where over 90% of the population cannot swim. You will be adept at separating the personal from the professional as you will be in charge of the welfare of a group of residential volunteers. 

In addition to your general awesomeness, you will be smart, able to keep your cool in high-pressure situations and be a friendly, approachable sort. You will be dealing with 4-18-year-old students who are local Mozambique children, and international swim teacher volunteers who will span a range of nationalities and ages. We’re not going to lie, you will be on the go a lot of the time, in a stunning but also remote beach location in Mozambique. 

Most days you’ll be working from when you wake up to when you go to sleep so someone with great energy levels and a super positive attitude is essential. If this sounds like you, we can’t wait to hear from you! 

What we expect you to do: 

You will be joining our Venture Leaders and Field Specialists that have already been part of Love The Oceans in previous years. However, these staff members will be running our other specialist and research programs, focusing on marine conservation rather than swimming. You will be Venture Leader of the Swimming specialist program, and you will be responsible for ensuring our children’s and volunteers’ safety, keeping them motivated and overseeing the delivery of the program to provide a complete intensive workshop. You will be sharing accommodation with our staff, and Senior Management will be on the ground at all times to help out where needed. 

You will spend the first two weeks of your stay without any international volunteers to take care of, but working with our Community Outreach Manager to train 2 of our advanced students as STA Swim Teachers with the STA Unregulated courses. After two weeks, your international swimming teachers will arrive, the winter school holidays will start, and your job will be to liaise with the Community Outreach Manager to organize teaching schedules, lesson numbers, and logistics for our intensive two-week swimming workshops, as well as look after the international volunteers and the swimming students. 

Within these areas, your key responsibilities will be: 

  • Training: Support the delivery of program training materials, including lectures and practicals 
  • Program Running: Running the day to day activities and ensuring people are in the right place at the right time with the required equipment as determined by the group schedule/s 
  • LTO Representation: you will be responsible for ensuring LTO is represented to our community and stakeholders positively and professionally at all times and following LTO ethics, values and behaviours 
  • Health and Safety: Monitoring the adherence of all program participants to LTO’s Code of Conduct, and ensuring adherence to Health & Safety, raising issues/concerns to Senior Management) 

How you will be compensated: 

You will not receive monetary compensation; however, LTO will sponsor the following costs/activities: 

  • Reimbursement to the maximum amount of £800.00 (GBP) to contribute towards flights and/or visas 
  • Shared accommodation is provided for the duration of the stay 
  • An allowance for Breakfast & Lunch and a cooked evening meal is provided for the length of stay 
  • All transport as required by the program 
  • A discounted rate for Personal/leisure scuba dives on your account 
  • Transportation from local Inhambane airport/bus station (Mozambique) to LTO base camp 

WHAT LTO DOES NOT COVER: You are physically and financially responsible for securing your dive, medical and travel insurance before arrival to Mozambique. Copies of these must be submitted to LTO Management pre-departure. You are also physically and financially responsible for getting the right jabs and securing malaria medication as recommended by LTO. Please visit your local GP/Travel Clinic to discuss your requirements. 

How to apply: 

2022 will be the 8th year volunteers from across the globe will join Love The Oceans in Mozambique and in addition to the formal training you will receive upon arrival, we have some excellent returning staff that you will be joining who will help show you the ropes. If you fulfil all the criteria above, then we definitely can’t wait to hear from you! Please apply below telling us about why you think you’re an excellent fit for the role by 31st May 2022