Kariba South Primary School and The School Club Zambia
The School Club Zambia (SCZ) is an organisation that assists Zambia’s community schools in becoming self sustainable. They identify at risk schools that show initiative and willingness to employ a self sustainability model and work with the school to create a relevant financial model which will generate the resources needed to provide their pupils with a quality education and sustainable livelihood opportunities. SCZ do not "hand out" charity but instead work hand in hand with their partner schools, providing technical support on integrating school businesses into the curriculum alongside practical business development mentoring; networking opportunities and seed funding for community schools to start or scale up their own school-run businesses. SCZ handle volunteer enquiries and placements on behalf of their partner schools
Current projects: SCZ is currently working with five rural and vulnerable schools in Zambia. Kariba South Primary is one of these schools and like many other rural Zambian schools, they are greatly stretched in terms of resources. However, they have a headmistress with her sights set on improving the conditions at the school and hundreds of children that are more than willing to muck in. With the help of SCZ they have come a long way in the past few years. 2013 has seen the successful creation of a vegetable garden at the school which is maintained by the children and provides food and income for the school. Kariba South is working hard to make the most of their resources and are interested in the assistance of qualified volunteers to help them in their task to improve the standard of education available in their community.
Current Volunteer opportunities and requirements for each position (eg time commitment, skills needed etc):
- Extra-curricular English teaching at Kariba South Primary School: relevant qualifications and experience teaching English as a foreign language as well as experience of working with children. In order to promote continuity, the school can only accept volunteers willing to commit to a minimum of three months. This would be a part time position (average 4 hours per day) and can be combined with any of the following activities.
- Sports Coaching.
- Assisting with Kariba South’s income generating tailoring enterprise.
- Assisting with Kariba South’s income generating Organic Garden.
- Volunteering with The School Club Zambia (Zambian Charity). This option requires knowledge and experience of working with a charity/NGO as well as fundraising and administration.
Kariba South Primary School is ideally located, only minutes walking distance from accommodation at Kariba Bush Club. Travel to and from major cities such as Lusaka and Livingstone will involve taking public transportation which means a local van or pick-up truck to the main road, which will take anything up to 6 hours (or a taxi if you are feeling flush, 3 hours) and then a bus from the main road to Livingstone (2.5 hours) or Lusaka (3.5 hours).
Volunteers will stay at Kariba Bush Club, which, while I hate the cliche, really is a little oasis! After driving for hours through the dusty dry landscape it's rather strange to arrive at the Bush Club, where ostriches roam free through the lush lawns and monkeys chase each other through among the trees. Kariba Bush Club is perched on the shores of Lake Kariba and its thatch bar provides the perfect viewing spot for a sundowner. The lodge provides vital employment for the small town and is a five minute walk from the school, and believe us, in the height of the hot season you will want nothing more than to cool off in the pool after a long day at the school.
- Camping and dorms (up to 4 beds max) to self catering chalets available
- Self catering
- Swimming Pool & Volley Ball Court
- Small shop where you can buy necessities (tea, soap etc)
- Market nearby for fish and vegetables
TEV members receive a 20% discount on the usual price, and so pay 21 usd per night for dormitory accommodation with self catering.
- Game viewing and walks on Kariba Bush Clubs private island on the lake (elephant, antelope, hippo, croc and fish eagle all abound)
- Canoe safaris
- Sunset & dinner cruises
- Visiting the crocodile farm (also run by the lodge, again providing employment for the area with croc skins sold to the fashion industry)
This is a bit of a trek!
- Fly into Lusaka and stay at Kalulu Backpackers
- Buy a bus ticket for Livingstone the day you arrive for the next morning
- Take the bus as far as Choma
- From Choma either take a local minibus (this can take anything from 3 to six hours) to Siansowa or arrange a taxi (80 usd) through Kariba Bush Club.
Learn about sustainabiltiy from Kariba Souths Head Teacher
Click here to read our blog on Kariba South Primary School
A volunteer teacher carries out lessons in the shade of a tree
Lakeside accommodation at Kariba Bush Club
Location of Kariba Bush Club and Kariba South Primary School