Trip Details

Take part in the Pre-School Care project and work in the local kindergartens for the less fortunate. Based in Monze, Zambia, you will be engaging with the local kindergartens and become a valued part of the local community.The parents who use these kindergartens have to work hard to make their living, and even then still struggle financially. These kindergartens for the less fortunate provide an accessible way for the families to relieve some of that pressure.

You will get the opportunity to learn about Zambian culture in a way no regular guide book or tour package can provide, through working together with the local staff you will engage with the local community and help to engage, educate and inspire the next generation. You will spend your time on this program organising daily activities, games and lessons as well as teaching English to the children. A typical day on the program might also involve teaching the children life skills, supervising their play time, helping to feed, wash and care for them and assist in keeping the kindergarten organised and clean.

The children who you will be working with are aged between 3 to 6 years old, they come to the kindergarten during the day for basic daycare as well as lessons and activities before being picked up by their parents in the afternoon.Through the project you will gain new skills and memories that will last a lifetime, this life-changing experience will bring you closer to the Zambian community and help you to understand the unique and vibrant culture of the local people.

You are invited to bring along any materials that you think might help with your lessons, or simply engage the children such as games, colouring pencils and things to help teach the children about your own country and culture. Although experience in the kindergarten or early childcare field would be advantageous, it is certainly not essential to take part in this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you an authentic and rewarding experience in child-care
  • Provide assistance to the local child care program

Trip Itinerary

You can expect to work weekdays from Monday to Friday on the Pre-School care project. The schedules and activities are fluid and may change at any time, depending on the needs of the local program. You will start the day with breakfast and then head to your placement kindergarten shortly after. Mornings will be spent teaching English or other lessons, followed by feeding of the children. During the children’s nap time you will leave the kindergarten to eat lunch. On your return it is bathing and feeding time, followed by another teaching session. In the afternoons you will generally be organising activities and playing games with the children, before heading back to your accommodation for dinner and free time.

A typical day on this program might be:

Breakfast
Teaching
Feeding
Sleeping time for the children / Lunch time for you (outside the kindergarten)
Bathing and feeding time
Teaching
Activities and playing games
Dinner

Trip Accommodation

Monze is a small town (population 30,000) in the Southern Province of Zambia. The town is named after Chief Monze, widely acknowledged as the spiritual leader of the district’s Tonga people. It is a small farming town, with many of the locals involved in the agricultural industry.

Though small, it has basic necessities and services easily within reach, including bustling markets where you can buy anything – from local fruits and veggies, to delicious dishes and vibrant African fabrics known locally as “chenge”. Its people are quite open and friendly to foreigners, even though it’s tourism industry is not very developed, don’t be surprised if every single person you cross greets you and tries to converse with you! It may seem simpler than busier cities, but you will feel warm and at home in this small town!

Our centre is located in Monze, the southern province of Zambia, which is about four hours from the capital, Lusaka. You will stay in a dorm-style center with other participants. Each house accommodates 12 people with rooms shared between 4-8 people (separate genders) and western-style toilets.

Food Arrangements
The staple food of Monze is Nhima (corn flour) but you will find rice for example in some restaurants that offer international foods. For this program you will find yourself dining on healthy local Zambian foods like nhima, potato, bread, meat, fish, lots of vegetable, nuts and eggs and sometimes rice and spaghetti.

Three meals on weekdays, two meals served on weekends.

Facilities
Since our centre is located in the Monze township, there are local shops, restaurants, ATMs and a Mini-Mart within walking distance from the accommodation.

There are many transport options available including taxis, vans, buses which depart every hour to the capital of Lusaka and other towns south of Zambia, including Livingstone.

Trip Country Info

Zambia

Capital: Lusaka
Language: English, Bemba, Nyanja
Currency: Kwacha (ZMW)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Zambia is a huge country, shaped interestingly like a butterfly. It is home of the glorious Victorian Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Proud of its African heritage, it has had its political struggles. The people rose to gain independence from Britain in 1964, and it only became a multi-party democracy in 1991.

Many Zambians rely on traditional farming and for these people daily life can be a struggle, particularly when crops fail or illnesses spread. But is also has a strong mining industry, and its football team is fondly known as the “Copper Bullets” due to its heavy mining of this particular mineral.

Though English is its official language, it is a country full of up to 72 local dialects and/or languages, with Bemba being the most prevalent.

Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, was originally planned to hold a mere 200,000 people, today, Lusaka has a population of roughly 1.5 million.  English is the official language. However, Zambia is home to many different groups, speaking more than 72 local languages/ dialects. Bemba is the most widely-spoken, spoken by more than two million Zambians in Lusaka and across the Copperbelt.

As in many countries, sport is hugely important. Football is the main passion and Zambians were euphoric when their team won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. The win was significant and moving because of a tragedy which occurred in 1993.

Traditional arts and crafts, such as wood carving, basket-weaving and pottery, are valued. But these crafts are under threat because of migration away from rural areas and the arrival of modern manufactured goods. National museums and craft organisations in Zambia aim to promote craftwork to keep traditional skills alive.

Look no further than here for the chance to experience something that you will never forget.

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa