Why we need your support
Whilst the schools we work with are government-run schools, they are severely underfunded. The buildings are old and tired, there are rarely enough desks for the number of students, and there is a significant lack of learning materials. The schools are heavily overcrowded and are struggling to accommodate the number of students that attend.
In fact, the schools are so overrun that they must have two sittings, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, which would be unheard of in the UK! In worst cases, there can be up to 175 children in one lesson, with only two teachers, and the children must learn sitting on the classroom floor; clearly not a conducive learning environment. Volunteers are desperately needed to help improve the quality of education delivered, through the creation of an enhanced learning environment.
Construction and renovation assistance
Building volunteers help at our partner projects to assist us in delivering our goals, which focus on working towards a point where the schools can provide a full day’s education to their students every day. Building and renovation work typically ranges from painting and decorating to assisting with the moulding of bricks, which are used to construct new school facilities. All the work that we organise is requested by the schools, so our building programme only ever meets an existing need.
Volunteers do not need any form of previous experience as all work is led by a local builder, who will lead volunteers in how to carry out the work. Any specialist building work is reserved for those with qualifications, so volunteers need not worry about being out of their depth. Volunteers need only be fit and healthy enough to carry out typical activities such as painting, cement-mixing, plastering and carrying moderately heavy items.
Funding is provided by African Adventures and African Adventures Foundation, and the building work will be organised and communicated prior to departure.
Your volunteering day
- Volunteers will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am before being taken to their allocated project at around 8:30am to start their day’s volunteering. (It can be very hot in Zanzibar, so it is important that volunteers keep well-hydrated and work at a steady pace.)
- Depending on the allocated construction work, a typical morning session might include cementing bricks for a new classroom, painting existing classrooms, or screeding classroom walls and floors. It is important to note that there is not always the required funding or equipment for construction work to take place; in these instances, we appreciate volunteers’ understanding and flexibility to get involved with other essential tasks such as helping with teaching.
- At around 10:30am, volunteers can stop for morning break with the children, when they take time to have a snack and play games.
- After 30 minutes, lessons will recommence and volunteers will continue their building work for another hour or so.
- At around 12:30pm, volunteers are brought a cooked meal at the project by our team; well-deserved after the morning’s work.
- In the afternoon, volunteers continue with their building and renovation activities until the time the school closes at around 3:00pm, at which point they will be picked up and taken back to the accommodation for some downtime.
- During the afternoon, some volunteers may like to visit the craft market or explore Stone Town.
- Dinner is served around 7:00pm, after which volunteers can either spend some time with their peers or just relax with a book and reflect on their volunteering experience.