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.
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.