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Vacancies added –  15th feb 2021
  • English Literature Teacher IGCSE and IB Diploma 

  • Head of Department Theory of Knowledge

Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa.

Over its nearly 55 year history, Waterford straddles two distinct but complimentary identities. Established at the height of apartheid racism and injustice, the school rose phoenix like as a beacon of hope heralding a future of peace and diversity in this conflict ridden region. Its prophetic identity was enhanced by our acceptance as the  4th United World College in the world based on the philosophy of German educationist Kurt Hahn, UWC follows a mission of deliberate diversity aiming as its mission states to “make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”. As it navigates the vagaries of international development the college remains true to its founding vision, a school committed to the achievement of the UWC mission producing graduates who will play a significant role in the African Renaissance due to the high quality education that has been and is the hallmark of this great institution.

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Waterford Kamhlaba is a United World College with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and for producing well-rounded students committed to making a difference.

We passionately believe that all young people must be given access to an education of the highest standard to enable them to realise their potential. Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA is proud to deliver that opportunity to disadvantaged yet talented African students through its Scholarship Programme.
Waterford highly values its socio-economic and cultural diversity. In 1967, His Majesty King Sobhuza II, Ingwenyama of eSwatini, granted Waterford the title “Kamhlaba”, eloquently describing Waterford’s culturally rich and diverse community:

How to Apply


  • Knowledge and appreciation of Waterford Kamhlaba’s legacy and the UWC movement ethos and value system.
  • Willing to engage and participate in co-curricular activities such as sports and community service.
  • Self motivated and able to work independently.
  • An understanding of modern practices of pastoral care in a residential learning institute.
  • Bachelor’s Degree majoring in relevant fields preferred, a Master’s degree would be an added advantage.
  • At least 3 years teaching experience, IB related would be an added advantage.
  • Professional teaching qualification e.g. PGCE if the candidate doesn’t have one, willingness to obtain qualification within the first contract is required.
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people at the College.
Enquiries and applications (together with an abbreviated CV) should be emailed to the College.
Please do not attach any supporting documents.
Email vacancies@waterford.sz
CC roger@leopardfish.com

Please mention www.leopardfish.com in your application

Teacher Benefits
  • Regionally competitive salary (depending on qualification and experience)
  • Accommodation with on-campus meals for teacher and dependents if recruited from outside of Eswatini
  • Pastoral care allowance
  • Subsidized high school education for dependants
School Facilities The campus has exceptional sports, arts and learning facilities. From the newly renovated Multi-Purpose Hall and rock-climbing wall, to the Richard and Sheila Attenborough Fine Arts Center and the Creative Center for Dramatic Learning (CCLD) with its Amphitheatre, to the Energy Hub and permaculture gardens, there is a space to help facilitate the growth of all our students. Waterford is also home to an incredible blend of indigenous flora and fauna. Hiking trails up the school’s peak provide an incredible view of eSwatini’s picturesque landscape. And if all of that isn’t enough, Waterford has a bus service that allows students to shop and socialise in the capital city, Mbabane, twice a week.
The Waterford community is highly influenced by the social, historical and cultural context of eSwatini. The ‘one world’ (‘Kamhlaba’) that exists at the top of this Swazi mountain is that of international integration within a Swazi setting. Students are encouraged to explore and enjoy the country and its culture and, as a result, many Waterford alumni (both Swazi and otherwise) return here after university to work or settle.
Principal Stephen Lowry
Curriculum IGCSE and IB Diploma

  Waterford School was opened on a mountainside at the edge of Mbabane in 1963, after founding headmaster Michael Stern spent 6 years teaching in South Africa, first at an all black school (St. Peter’s, which was closed in 1956) then at an all white school (St. Martin’s, on the same site as St. Peter’s, where he was the founding headmaster), under the Apartheid Regime. Michael Stern came to South Africa to teach in 1955 after responding to an article written by Father (later Archbishop) Trevor Huddleston called, “And the Church Sleeps On” but he became increasingly dissatisfied and frustrated with the pervasive environment of racial intolerance. In 1961, after several years of St. Martin’s work camps in the then British Protectorate of Swaziland, and after it was clear that Michael could not teach and live his ideals in South Africa, he committed himself to the idea of a multiracial school in Swaziland. Waterford was established in clear and expressed opposition to the South African Apartheid regime and its laws of racial segregation.

Michael Stern was not alone in his efforts to make Waterford a reality. His colleagues Gordon Milne, Deon Glover and Jim & Jean Richardson left St. Martin’s to join him in Swaziland. Gifts of service and skill were also made, the most famous being architect and parent Amancio (Pancho) Guedes, who offered to design the school for free, and Stanley Kaplan, a consultant engineer, whose combined efforts allowed the physical structures of campus to be built despite little funding.
Not only did a school need to be built, but the founders of WK wanted all students who qualified academically to be able to attend regardless of their ability to pay, making funds for bursaries a necessity. Early fundraisers were Christopher Newton Thompson, chairman of the school’s Executive Council, which later became the Southern African Trustees, and South African businessman Clive Menell, a friend of Michael Stern’s. In 1963, Michael Stern established the Waterford School Trust in London, with chairman Dr. Eric Abbott, Dean of Westminster. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Wolfson Foundation and the Anglo-American Corporation were early donors, with Harry Oppenheimer, Chairman of Anglo-American, funding the science laboratories (which are still used today). Friends of Waterford also established a ‘Fifty Club’ in Johannesburg, for those who were willing to give £50 for the initial costs. All of these efforts allowed what seemed a crazy idea discussed over a campfire to become a reality.
Despite the school’s early successes, many local and international observers deemed this diversity as ‘sick’ and ‘unnatural’. To those who supported racially segregated education, and society, Waterford was a threat to their convictions. During the early days, this animosity was displayed through slashed car tyres, increased tension with neighboring schools and the taunting of white students, who, as Tony Hatton put it, were learning “at a young age that racial prejudice produces a special sort of viciousness towards those of the same colour but different mind.”   Over the next couple of years, the school grew exponentially, and with it, support for it’s ethos and mission. In 1967, King Sobhuza II Ngwenyama of Swaziland granted Waterford School the name Kamhlaba “Wherever you are in the world, the earth does not distinguish who you are. You live in it whatever your colour, whatever your religion, whatever your race. You live in it and it does not try to ostracise you or show any difference as to what you are. And this is the meaning of Kamhlaba.” And from then on the school was known as Waterford Kamhlaba.
During the same time of Waterford’s founding, another movement in education was beginning in the UK, United World College movement (UWC). At a time when the Cold War was at its height, the aim of UWC was to bring together young people from different nations to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. And in 1981, the two movements came together when Waterford Kamhlaba joined the UWC movement, becoming Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa (UWCSA).  

Expats moving to Swaziland will experience some exceptionally beautiful scenery. Despite its size, the tiny kingdom, which was recently renamed eSwatini by its monarch, King Mswati III, comprises an impressive array of landscapes, including mountains to the west, grassy savannah in the centre and rainforest to the north. The administrative capital, Mbabane, has a temperate climate and is a small city of just more than 75,000 people. It also rates as a relatively cheap city for expats to live in, although some costs – most notably petrol and telecommunications – are comparatively high.
Swaziland’s free-trade policies and good road and rail links to major centres in South Africa, its main trading partner, make it a highly investment-friendly economy. The language of business in Swaziland is English, and, similarly to South Africa, cities retain a certain colonial character due to decades of British rule.
The vast majority of Swazi people rely on subsistence farming on Swazi National Land. Foreign investment in Swaziland is largely connected to high-value crops such as sugar, fruit and forestry. Most of the wealth in the country is in the hands of non-African expats involved in these industries. The textile industry is also growing, partly due to strong diplomatic ties with Asia, most notably Taiwan.
Swaziland is one of the world’s last absolute monarchies, a political system that critics say has hampered its growth economically. Opposition parties are banned, and although the occasional riot or protest does occur, life in Swaziland is, for the most part, a peaceful one for expats.
The country has beautiful scenery and excellent wildlife reserves, thanks to its progressive environmental laws. As British and American expats won’t need a South African visa for short visits, weekend trips to the vibrant, urban jungle of Johannesburg or the laid-back, balmy beaches of Durban are a five-hour drive or short flight away.
The country has some severe socio-economic problems. In addition to being a malaria zone, the country has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world. Many Swazis live in dire poverty and the healthcare system leaves much to be desired. Hospitals often face chronic shortages of basic medicines and supplies. There are a few good private clinics and hospitals in the capital, most notably Mbabane Clinic, but most expats choose to go over the border to South Africa for complex procedures and emergencies. It is essential that expats have comprehensive private medical insurance.
Expats moving to Swaziland will find a country brimming with unspoilt, natural beauty and will never be more than a few hours away from the luxuries of modern life. However, the widespread poverty and the prevalence of crime in the country create unique challenges for foreigners, and should not be underestimated.


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