Stepping Stones International Primary School is based on a belief in the diverse talents of each child and expect hard work, kindness, and excellence from them in return. Stepping Stones provides rigorous academic training and culturally responsive programming. At the school children from disadvantaged circumstances learn alongside more economically privileged peers, international volunteers, and talented Malawian teachers. Children, families, teachers, and staff will share an expectation that after eight years of primary school all students will advance to the top secondary schools, be versed in principles of solidarity, community, and voice, and be prepared to be engaged citizens. The curriculum reflects principles of a holistic education: art, sport, music, drama, agriculture, field trips, community visitors, etc., which are a regular part of school routine.
The student body at Stepping Stones is half fee paying and half non-fee paying students. In other words, for every fee paying or sponsored child, a spot opens up for a child who cannot afford fees and would not have the opportunity otherwise. The free places are based on need, results, and family background, which are selected with the help of local chiefs.
Section 2: Responsibilities
- If you are a qualified teacher:
- Take a significant role by offering trainings to our local teachers and by supporting progressive education.
- Prepare lessons and support their deliveries.
- Setting improvement plans for learners with difficulties.
- Take responsibility of a class for a specific subject.
- Assist teachers in preparing lesson and teaching students.
- Help learners with English literacy and reading.
- Help with specific lessons in different subjects as Maths, Science, Arts, Geography, Language, Physical education, Life skills or Agriculture.
- Teach small groups of learners with difficulties.
- Pass on any of your unique talents to the next Malawi generation of leaders.
Put in place any artistic projects (drama, songs, dance, music, paint, etc.). You can use our hall and stage!
Improving our impressive library by adding and categorizing more books.
Improving our library environment with your creativity or any of your ideas.
We are feeding an impressive number of students with daily nutritious food. You can help us to improve and diversify our meals, or support our kitchen staff.
Enhance our school ground with permaculture, gardening, landscaping, playground, sport ground, etc.
We are in need to improve different communication tools. Whatever it’s with posters, handouts, social media, website.
Help promotion by taking pictures of our school or our students.
There is always a need to support the headmaster with various administration tasks
After knock-off, as you will be back at Butterfly, you can organize daily youth club activities with local children, using our dedicated room, playground and materials.
There other more manual tasks are constantly required like repairing, painting, building and more.
Section 3: Qualifications
Experience in working with children is beneficial but not crucial as even volunteers without experience can still spend time with the children to practice English skills and introduce new games, help with general maintenance etc.
Stepping Stones International Primary School is based on a belief in the diverse talents of each child and expect hard work, kindness, and excellence from them in return. Stepping Stones provides rigorous academic training…
Butterfly Space is a registered UK charity and non-profit lodge/organisation based in Nkhata Bay in the North of Malawi, supporting and running a number of community projects in the local area. We have hosted volunteers for 12 years who have helped us build and develop our projects to what they are today. Our ethos is to provide and encourage ethical volunteering and internships to respectfully work with and educate our community but also learn from our community too.
Volunteers have the option to stay at our small independent non profit community-based lodge with lush grounds on the shores of Lake Malawi. The lodge is the hub that has helped support projects both on the grounds and around the local area in Nkhata Bay.
We are working on a range of projects which are diverse, and all ongoing thanks to the support of both our community and volunteers. The projects range from educational, environmental, social and health and we have built and developed nursery and primary schools, an IT and information centre, community radio station, a disability centre and run HIV nutrition and support groups, women's groups and permaculture projects in 22 schools and counting! We are looking to branch out and find volunteers and interns to join us with developing and progressing these projects further, while having the opportunity to stay within a vibrant community to experience the beautiful nature of the Malawian culture in lake side accommodation.
We are seeking adaptable, confident people with initiative and commitment to take the projects to the next level, bring new fresh ideas and inspiration and continue to strive to make the projects sustainable and beneficial to the environment and people involved. The interns and volunteers in turn will receive support from the managers and the community throughout and gain valuable experience both culturally and professionally.
The non-profit lodge offers all of the amenities necessary to make all volunteers as comfortable as possible during their stay and is charged at the lowest rate possible to provide an affordable opportunity while still supporting jobs and the day to day running of the lodge.
Please take a look at our website for the full list of projects, and feel free to come with your own new ideas!
Butterfly Space is a registered UK charity and non-profit lodge/organisation based in Nkhata Bay in the North of Malawi, supporting and running a number of community projects in…