With only 3 permanent members of staff at STEKA, our volunteers play a huge role in the running of STEKA home!
Our volunteers have a number of different roles in the house – from running tutoring sessions, teaching in the nursery school and organising games and craft activities to attending parents evening! We are always keen for new members to join our volunteering team and use their skills to assist us – whether this be by volunteering in the home itself, facilitating fundraising or helping with web design, we would love to hear from you!
Currently STEKA is home to two volunteers working with educational charity Project Trust and welcomes Wenafwi Mwase, who visits daily to assist the children both in the nursery school and those who need additional support in the home. Our social media and website is run by a volunteer and there are a number of volunteers accross the world who are doing their best to assist us with fundraising!
Here are some of our previous volunteer’s experiences with STEKA:
My name is Juliet and I volunteered at STEKA for 8 months with Project Trust in 2015. I am currently going into my 3rd year of university at Edinburgh Napier where I am studying Social Sciences. I have always been interested in international development and charity work so Project Trust seemed like the perfect opportunity after leaving high school. I had been in Malawi 4 months before I started working at STEKA, previously working in an orphanage in the Nsanje District of Malawi. Along with two fellow PT volunteers, I taught a large nursery class in the morning that consisted of STEKA kids and children from the local community. In the afternoons we would play with the younger members of STEKA and then would provide homework help to the older children as they returned from school. Every child had a different story, different abilities and a different personality. Most people volunteer because they want to give something back, but in reality you benefit just as much as the local communities you’re helping. My time at STEKA has helped me become more of an understanding, patient, confident and empathetic person. Volunteering in the busy home of STEKA, I was placed in an unfamiliar environment that quickly became home. This experience will always stick with me, the time and dedication Godknows and Helen put into that place is admirable. STEKA is a fantastic organisation that I urge anyone to help grow, whether it’s through donations, fundraising or volunteering.
I’m Rowan and I volunteered at STEKA from September 2013 to August 2014. I got involved through the Scottish charity Project Trust and spent the year working to set up STEKA nursery. In the mornings I taught nursery and in the afternoons I played with the older kids and helped them with schoolwork. I gained so much from my time at STEKA, from overcoming a lot of my social anxieties and growing in confidence to gaining an appreciation of life in the developing world. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I completely loved it. Everyone at STEKA will always hold a special place in my heart; it’s the kind of place you can never say goodbye to, once you’ve visited you know you will have to come back!
My name is Wenafwi and I’ve been volunteering at STEKA since January 2017. I have always wanted to volunteer and work with children. In the morning I teach some of the STEKA kids that need extra support with school work. In the afternoon I help with homework and play with all the younger STEKA kids. Volunteering at STEKA has not only helped me grow as a person but has also given me a different perspective of life. As much as I have taught the children to read and write, they have also taught me patience. Volunteering at STEKA is a life changing experience. I urge everyone to consider being a part of the STEKA family whether through volunteering, donating or raising funds.
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