TEACHING THE DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN SOLWEZI, ZAMBIA
OVC constitute the most vulnerable members of the society because they lack basic needs such as food, health care, shelter and education. In addition they are stigmatized, thus exposing them to further abuse and exploitation. At the community and family level there is increased stress on the extended families as they try to care for these children while an increasing number of elderly and young children are forced to become household heads. It is worse in the poor rural settlement and urban slums where children have no relatives to take care of them when the parents are ill or die. HIV/AIDS has negatively affected the population especially agricultural production of most communities, with dwindling food resources that lead to OVC getting inadequate nutrition and are often malnourished leading to frequent illness and stunted growth.
About Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development
Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development (CCCYD) is a Non-profit, Non-political and Nonreligious Organizations which was established to help Orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and Youths improve their standards of Living. We aim to improve health and educational opportunities for the less privileged Women, youth and children in our communities through projects which rely on the support of volunteers from around the world. Our work supports the principles of the UN Global Compact and aims to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal No.4 Our vision is to become the driving force in education, health, and safety for the impoverished children in Zambia.
The volunteer program is based in Solwezi District, North-western Province of Zambia about 600km from Lusaka the Capital City of Zambia. Zambia has tourist Capital City in the Southern part of Zambia where volunteers can decide to visit and watch the Victoria Falls and different animals in the Safaris. The Livingstone tourist capital is about 500km from Lusaka.
What can you expect
Friendly people to make you feel at home. The CCCYD Volunteer team is well organized and each member has experience in working with volunteers. Volunteers are given a weekly schedule of their teaching times and activities. Volunteers will have a meeting each day with a team member to plan for the next day’s activities and to make lesson plans for teaching. CCCYD has many teaching resources on site to help with your lesson planning. If you have experience in teaching, the Volunteer CCCYD team is always eager to hear your ideas. If you have no experience in teaching, the Volunteer CCCYD team will show you how to write a lesson plan. You are always accompanied by a team member in the classroom; you are never left alone to teach a class!
The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house. At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member. You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. You return to the volunteer house for lunch around 11 am. Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm. This time is your free time to do whatever you like. At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm. Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm. In the evening your time is free. Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.
The volunteer's weekly work schedule is approximately 5 hours per day from Monday to Thursday and 3 hours on Friday.
Visit the Kifubwa Monument and other different Cultural Centres in other parts of the Country. You will be greeted by our pupils with cultural dances at Fortune School of Excellence in Solwezi. You will also visit some traditional chiefs to experience loyal greetings. This is a beautiful program most volunteers love to experience. We will also help volunteers visit the local supper markets for access to local food stuffs.
You need to be at least 18 years old for solo application, or if you are accompanied by your parents.
Available for all professions and skills. Some experience in the education sector would be excellent, but not required. Passion in providing educational support to children.
You need to speak English (basic level).
No restrictions. Global citizens from all over the world are welcome.
Work hours will be around 30 per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Services by the organization
Fees are used to provide food, accommodation, local transportation, volunteer and cultural activities for you, and for the program sustainability, management, and support.
You will stay at the volunteer's house (s) or hotel rooms nearby the volunteer houses depending on the room availability. At the volunteer house, shared bedrooms of 4 volunteers per room (single beds, same gender). In the Hotel, shared bedrooms of 3 volunteers per room (single beds, same gender). At the volunteer house, the toilet and shower is outside.
Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. Your pickup/leave will be made by the NGO car or taxi at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Solwezi.
Food & Meals
Your Program Fee covers 3 meals per day during the week (from Monday to Friday), and breakfast on Saturday morning, other meals should be covered by you.
We expect all the volunteers to eat at the volunteer houses during the weekdays. Hence, those who stay in hotel rooms will walk to the volunteer houses to eat.
In every volunteer house, we have a cook and a cleaner to serve volunteers. Volunteers will mostly eat the Vietnamese cuisines, but sometimes the cook can serve some western food. The cook can serve all the diets including vegetarian food. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. Remember that you should be open to trying new foods and be flexible with your eating habits and we will do our best to see that you are well taken care of.
2 days per week of sightseeing, cultural activities, and coexistence with nature. Volunteers will have activities during the day, which will last around 6 hours.
Training & Development
You will receive training on arrival (1 day). Our local coordinator/staff will give you an orientation and will accompany you to your program. You will be introduced to the site director and discuss your role in the project.
Wi-Fi is available for volunteers in the accommodation site, but there is no WI-FI to the locations of volunteering. You can also buy a local SIM card with data for a mobile phone to keep connected.
Digital badges are intelligent certification logos that provide an effective means of communicating and promoting your accreditations via digital and online mediums. Each digital badge contains pre-validated metadata that can be used to verify your certification status.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Book your flight to arrive at Solwezi Airport (SLI) in Solwezi, Zambia.
Visa requirements can vary from nationality to nationality. You will need a passport issued by your country of citizenship as well as a Volunteer visa* issued by the country to which you will be traveling. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of return to your home country.
Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. You should ideally arrange an appointment with your travel clinic at least four to six weeks before travel. In case you have pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is strongly recommended.