Hi volunteers from all over the world!
My name is Silvia, I spent 4 weeks at Thandizani Trust school and I can say this experience really enriched me as a teacher and as a person! The great thing about volunteering here is that anyone who wants
to help is welcome to come and join the school, as there are so many things you can do beyond teaching! From my personal experience I can tell you that when I was here I also helped the workers in the construction of the new classrooms: I didn't have any experience
in that before coming, but they were all happy to teach me how to place bricks one over the other, and that's how I became a builder too! In the classes the children need to experience any sort of activity that can improve their education, knowledge of the
world and of themselves and help them to become a member of a school group, of their community and of a bigger society. Any kind of lessons or workshop you would like to experiment with them is very appreciated: it will make them happy and it will grow their
enthusiasm for learning something new! Personally, I took care of weekly art classes, drama workshop, teaching words in my mother language (Italian) and supporting the teachers with new topics or revisions. I also saw other volunteers succeding in yoga classes
(children love it!), sport tournaments and environmental, reading, sewing, sexual education programs! Also, you can come here with items you want to donate, and give them out to the kids as prices when they win a game, or even organize a big lottery for them! You
can feel free to come up with new ideas and discuss them with the teachers: inspiration and co-operation is what makes our world and our children move on and evolve! If you have a certain amount of money you want to give the school as a donation, you can talk
with the administration team and find out what are the main necessities, in order for you to put your personal effort in a specific project that will definitely hit the goal! You can always give your contribution in the feeding program or buy what the school
needs the most in that moment. With the help of my family and friends we funded the construction and the completion of a library that now children and teachers can use to easily find the books they want to read either for school or for leisure: this is the
motto that will make them all succeed "Today a reader, Tomorrow a leader!". Volunteers are very much cared for by children, teachers, administration staff, kitchen staff, community members and the director, so you will never feel lonely here: this will become
your Zambian family! Feel free to ask any question before you come (e-mail, whats app and facebook are the main communication channels you can use), so that you will know what to expect about your personal life and time at Thandizani Trust School. This is
very important for you to get ready to spend this time of your life excellently, focusing on both your needs and the children ones: don't forget that volunteering is for you to donate, but also to receive love and good vibes, so don't come unprepared and you
will love Zambia and Thandizani! The smiles and the joy of the children will stay in your heart forever: this is what I want to bring with me for life!