Zambia, Teach Orphans

Company : Budget Volunteering
Activity: Community Volunteer Projects
Country: Zambia
Location : Livingstone, Zambia
Duration: 1 week to 1 year
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Work in a school for orphans and extremely poor children. There are facilities for some orphans to be permanently housed on the premises, while the other children attend the school each day, returning home after classes.

WORK DESCRIPTION 
You will normally assist the teachers with informal teaching to start with, but depending on your ability, you may be given complete control of a particular class or group. You will receive a lot of help and support from the teachers and staff at the schools to help you prepare for your lessons and settle you into your role.

You will generally be asked to help out with any age groups. You are, in fact, very likely to be in popular demand everywhere - in and out of the classroom. The school is quite small and incredibly basic - you will feel part of the family immediately!

The school needs as much support from volunteers as possible. Generally you will be helping with conversational English, although if you have a specific subject that you would like to help with, then you will more than likely be able to do so with guidance from the teachers.

If you enjoy sports, you'll also be able to help out during the Games periods. The facilities are poor, but football and volleyball have quite a following. Some sports coaching takes place throughout the day, but most is after 3pm for an hour or two.

There is also a need for help with administration sometimes, such as helping to mark books etc.

If you have some know-how, some initiative and lots of enthusiasm, you can also get involved with teaching Drama, Music, Dance or Arts and Crafts lessons. If you enjoy being creative, then you can share your talents and enthusiasm at the various schools we work with.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
Teaching is not available during school holidays, so please take the above school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

Dates for the 2014 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 13th January – 11th April
  • Term 2: 12th May – 8th August
  • Term 3: 8th September – 5th December

Dates for the 2015 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 12th January – 10th April
  • Term 2: 11th May – 7th August
  • Term 3: 7th September – 4th December

ACCOMMODATION

You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

You'll share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.

FOOD:
Food and drink is not provided on this placement. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities that you vcan use to prepare your meals. There is a dining room at the hostel where you can also buy meals that they prepare in-house. Many of the participants eat out on local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At time of writing, facilities at the hostel include;

  • a swimming pool
  • recreation room with TV,
  • internet cafe with internet access,
  • a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored and
  • access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking centre, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking centre!

Start Dates

All year round - subject to term times

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for one week. You may be able to participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive an information pack about your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a BVOL programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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