School in Zambia invites young women to apply for year of service
Banani international school in Zambia is offering year of service opportunities to Bahá’í women aged 18-28. The school has provided the following information.
Banani is a private, non-profit school for girls established by the Bahá’í community of Zambia in 1993. The vision of the school is “bringing together academic and moral excellence in the context of service to society.”
Those who apply to serve as volunteers need to meet these requirements:
18-28 years old
Trained children’s class teacher and junior youth animator
Fluent in English
Willing to support the rules and help the students in keeping them
Happy to assist with other service opportunities in Primary and Secondary Schools
Bahá’í in good standing
Financially self-sufficient for travel to and from Banani
The distinguishing feature of Banani is the character development component carried out by the volunteers from different parts of the world. Banani school uses a Bahá’í-inspired curriculum, offering children’s classes, the junior youth spiritual empowerment program and study of Ruhi materials with the students and staff members.
Aside from assisting with character development programme, the volunteers also assist as supervisors in the school library and computer lab, and other services needed like accompanying groups of youth during their educational field trips and sports activities.
Volunteers are required to live in the dormitory (in their own rooms) and act as assistants to the matron and as older sisters to the students. This is the main purpose of their service as it is through this close interaction with the students in the dorms, and at other times, that they can demonstrate to the mostly non-Bahá’í students what it means to be a Bahá’í, assist them with any problems and act as a “big sister”.
Volunteers have free access to e-mail while in campus and will be given a nominal allowance. Accommodation and meals are provided by the school.
If you are thinking about applying for this service opportunity, please contact the New Zealand Bahá’í National Office first, for advice on your next steps.
You can see the school’s website at bananischool.org