Book Bus

Wanted! Book Worms with adventurous spirit to join our literacy outreach projects in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador

Book Bus CharityYou can transform a child’s life, and your own, by joining the Book Bus crew
If you enjoy working with children and are addicted to books then read on to see how the Book Bus can take you to a world beyond your own. We welcome aboard individuals, friends and couples of all ages and, with previous volunteers' backgrounds ranging from teacher to banker to plumber to journalist, there's never a dull moment on the Bus. Each of our destinations offers its own unique attractions in addition to the Book Bus project

Improving children's lives, one book at a time.
Reading isn’t just one of life’s great pleasures, it is an essential life skill; it improves literacy, develops a positive attitude towards learning and is crucial to the academic and social development of young people. Despite the importance of literacy, large class sizes and lack of resources mean there are few reading opportunities for many children in developing countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador

With class sizes in these countries of up to 150 pupils per teacher it is difficult for school staff to spend enough time with each child. The Book Bus supports schools by providing mobile library facilities and volunteer story-tellers to help children become confident and literate readers for life.

Working mainly with rural schools, our volunteer crew divide huge classes into small groups and inspire the children to read by personalizing the reading experience through story-telling, individual interpretation and creative arts. This simple and effective support is sustained by provision of books and resources to each school library.

Find out more on each of our projects below:

Book Bus Victoria Falls, Zambia

This was our original project established in 2008. We have warm and wonderful relationships with the local schools and you will be welcomed with open arms!

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Book Bus Blantyre, Malawi

The Book Bus in Malawi visits schools near the old capital, Blantyre in the south of the country. Just being in Malawi is a pleasure, let alone getting to know the enthusiastic pupils.

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Book Bus Expeditions

We are able to accommodate groups (given notice!).  Book Bus has the capability to accommodate private groups such as School Expeditions, Girl Guides and Scouts who would like to experience working on such a worthwhile, weel-established project.

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Book Bus Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

The gateway to Ecuador is the capital, Quito. Puerto Lopez is not far away on the Pacific coast where the relaxed atmosphere makes this seaside project a real pleasure. It combines well with time spent at our language school in Quito.

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Book Bus Zambia – Luangwa Valley

Big Game country! Right on the edge of the renowned South Luangwa National Park. These rural villages are home to the people who work in the park but the schools and schoolchildren are often overlooked.

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Book Bus Galapagos

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is on everyone’s “Bucket List”: giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and a host of other tame and spectacular species. The wildlife is the star of the Galapagos show but what about the people? Combines well with time spent at our language school in Quito.

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