Charity seeks volunteer for African children's centre

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A UK charity, which set up the first children’s centre in Malawi, is looking for an experienced early years professional.

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The children's centre in Chilomoni is based on the Sure Start model and was set up by UK volunteers in 2012

The Krizevac Project currently provides daycare for 120 children at its children’s centre and works with many more as part of its outreach programme, which includes playgroups, parenting groups, health clinics, and support for young carers.

The children's centre was set up in 2012 and is based on the Sure Start model.

The nine-month voluntary position, which would last for a minimum of nine months, would include all expenses, with flights, lodging and meals provided by the charity.

The job would involve working as a childcare trainer with a team of ten other UK volunteers. Previous volunteers include an EYP lecturer and a KS1 teacher and childcare worker.

Enlarge Image krizevacGeorge Furnival, the Krizevac Project’s UK co-ordinator, said, ‘We’re looking for an experienced professional with sound knowledge of an educational environment, but not necessarily someone who has delivered childcare training before. It would be ideal for someone looking for an adventure or a change in their life. We provide a lot of support and guidance but it is also a role for someone who can really take the lead and make decisions.'

The volunteer would deliver the centre’s existing programme to a group of 30 students, which will include staff from other pre-school settings in the township as part of the charity’s bid to deliver training free of charge to the local community.

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Ms Furnival said, 'It’s a very busy and happy environment at the centre; there’s always lots of singing and lots of noise and lots of play going on. There is a team of ten volunteers from the UK here who are an amazing bunch. They work really hard but have an amazing time together, going off for the weekend to explore Africa at Victoria Falls or on an elephant safari, and they build up great relationships with our Malawian team too. It’s such a unique project and it is amazing to be a part of it.’

Childcare professionals interested in applying should contact George Furnival on 07525540155 or email george.furnival@krizevac.org. For more information on the project visit www.krizevac.org