Community Centre is looking for volunteers to help us to get to the next level in Katete, Zambia



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  • Description


    We are a non-profit community-based organisation in Katete. Our mission is to fight poverty through better education, health and entrepreneurship; helping people to help themselves while maintaining their traditional values.

    We provide early childhood playgroups, secondary education in the community school, English lessons and classes in agriculture, computers and business for adults. We promote better health through HIV/Aids testing and counselling, health workshops and training.
    Currently we have 75 people working for us. Our aim is to become self sufficient so we run income generating activities (IGAs) for staff and villagers to learn practical skills whilst developing an independent source of income for them and us.

    We also run a lodge and restaurant on the premises which can cater for up to 40 guests. We offer a number of culture safaris and other activities, providing an an authentic ethical travel experience as all income from our visitors and tourism goes straight back into the community!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have the chance to work in a vibrant grassroots community centre run for and by the people of Katete. You will get the chance to make friends with our amazing staff members while working with them and learning from them how to work in harmony with nature, traditions and many new challenges we face daily!

    You will be invited to participate in our weekly management meetings, in which you will have an overview of all the different departments inside and how they develop. We also have a group of manager trainees, who meet once a week to learn about leadership, organizing, accounting, and the many ins and outs of being in charge of a community centre. They are youths from the different departments who reached grade twelve of secondary school and who’s families were unable to support them through higher education. With the support of volunteers and guest speakers, Elke has been training them about management and the sustainability of the project. These young minds represent the future of the Community Centre.

    The Eastern Province of Zambia, and in particular Katete district is one of the most traditional and poor areas of the world, with extreme levels of unemployment. The community works closely with 53 surrounding villages to teach them the 19 steps out of poverty. However, it is very hard to develop isolated villages with conservative life-styles... so we learn a lot from them too, as they do know about happiness inside their extended families and how to live in very basic conditions.

  • Help


    Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help with our income generating activities, so experience in sewing, dressmaking, crafts or carpentry would be valuable.

    We are looking for people that can help with fundraising ideas, writing funding proposals and help with the marketing of our lodge.

    Assistance with updating and maintaining our website and social media would also be of great use.

    We grow our own organic food here and train the local villages to have bag gardens and use permaculture techniques. Therefore, any volunteer with knowledge or experience in this field is warmly welcome to give us seminars or workshops on new approaches and ideas, as well as helping us in the field and gardens!

    Since the lodge represents the main source of income for the Community Center and we cannot afford to pay for your bills, we ask volunteers for a contribution of $5 per day to cover the costs of accommodation.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Chichewa, Chewa, Nyanja: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in the lodge at the community centre. Rooms are simple twin or double rooms, most with en-suite bucket bath and toilet.

    Volunteers are welcome to join the Crew for their simple lunch during week days at 13:00. This meal is usually soya and maize porridge or beans. For breakfast and dinner, volunteers must provide for their own food and drinks. You are welcome to use our restaurant kitchen or order food made by our chefs!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Katete is a quiet town so you will experience life in a small rural town as many people in Zambia live. There are activities and places to visit nearby and in the surrounding area.

    You can go on a cultural safari to Kachipu village and watch a traditional girls’ initiation dancing ceremony in Chinamwali. Depending on availability Gule wamkulu, the Nyau ghost dance is sometimes also performed in nearby villages, and recognized by UN Heritage. When dancing, the men are believed to be spirits with magical powers and no longer mortals. It is an intriguing and invigorating insight into local culture and tradition.

    You can also explore by yourself and take a bike ride to the town market or hike up Mphangwe Mountain.

    Or fancy a Safari, you could take a weekend trip to South Luangwa National Park (6 hours), the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa!

    It takes around 7 hours to get to us from Lusaka and we are on route from Lilongwe to Lusaka.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    $5 per day to help with food costs

Host ref number: 529775354632