Volunteering

Mulemi Community School welcomes individuals or small groups who would like to help on the project.

Volunteer Activities

  • Block-making. We need thousands of blocks to build the new Pre-School classroom.
  • Various other practical jobs, such as painting, collecting sand for building, and filling the water tank at the school site, depending on specific needs at the time.
  • Assisting with games and creative activities at school. We can’t offer teaching opportunities, because the Ministry of Education in Zambia has a policy of teaching schoolchildren in their mother tongue, which is Tonga in our area.

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Daily Fee

For 2014, the fee paid by the volunteer is US$35 per day. This covers the following costs:

  • Accommodation on Bovu Island, Jungle Junction’s beautiful island camp in the Zambezi, which is a short walk from the school. You’ll stay in either a fisherman’s hut or a tent, depending on availability. All bedding and mosquito nets are provided.
  • Three meals a day, freshly prepared in the homely kitchen on Bovu Island.
  • Transport between the town of Livingstone and Bovu Island, at the start and end of your time on the project.
  • Occasional leisure activities, courtesy of Jungle Junction, such as a sunset cruise in a makoro (a dug-out canoe).

 

Making Donations to the Project

This is a grass-roots project which is continually seeking funds to purchase building materials and keep the school running. Therefore, if you’d like to come and volunteer, it would be of enormous help if you could bring funds with you – or send a donation ahead of your visit. Then, we can buy plenty of materials to help you get on with the job.

Click here for details of how to donate.

Please ask Evelyn for any other information which could support your fund-raising efforts: mulemi.school@gmail.com

Background information about the project is provided here.

When to Visit

We don’t have a regular programme, because the development of the school depends on many factors, such as funding, availability of workers from the community, seasonal activities in the village, and so on.

When the first rains come in November, it’s farming time, and all other activities are put aside for some months: the oxen are hooked up to the ploughs, and from dawn to dusk we hear farmers cracking their whips as the beasts trudge up and down the fields, cutting deep furrows into previously parched earth. After that, men, women and children are fully occupied in sowing seeds and weeding throughout the rainy season. From March to May, it’s harvest time: maize cobs are cut off and sun-dried on hand-woven mats as soon as the rains are over. The fishermen then wait for the flood-waters of the Zambezi to begin to subside, at which time they begin the annual fishing festival that runs through June and July.

So, the best time for volunteering is during the dry months of July to October, when the villagers are ready to repair and build new houses…and classrooms!

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