English Teacher in a Local School English Teacher in a Local School Vilanculos, Mozambique kululeku
Teach English, get to know the African culture, the cordiality of the Mozambicans and accompany this beautiful country on the way to more education and freedom.

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Project Details

We are an NGO that uses donations, sponsorships and volunteers to empower the local community, facilitate education and alleviate the country's social ills.

Who we are

Kululeku, based in Germany and Mozambique, is an experiences NGO for volunteering in Mozambique and the only NGO in Vilanculos. We want to empower the local community and awaken our volunteers. We are passionate about our volunteers as they help build critical infrastructure, establish education, welfare services and become leaders in sustainable development before returning home. Kululeku is a matter of the heart for us.  The place of birth determines under which conditions we grow up. Through many trips to African countries, the founders of kululeku got to know and love the people. The Mozambicans are so gracious and friendly people that we decided to make our contribution here by establishing kululeku (freedom in Xitswa – the local language in Vilanculos) to at least minimize the prevailing poverty, the ailing education system and the injustices of the various classes. We are convinced that we are not alone with this attitude and there are many people who want to share their innate privilegesHelping starts on a small scale, but together we can achieve great things.

What we do / our vision

In addition to the development assistance provided by our volunteers, we collect donations through social crowdfunding and provide sponsorships for needy children and families, where every penny arrives. Thanks to African foundations and international companies, but above all thanks to our volunteers, we can support our partner school in several projects.  Our goal is not only to temporarily alleviate grievances, but to bring about long-term change. We are convinced that only with the education and empowerment of the population can we bring about the desired change and stop poverty.

Were do we work?

Unspoiled, undeveloped, and untamed, Mozambique is fast-emerging on the international tourism circuit with its wild beauty and exotic influences. Some 1,500 miles of rugged, creamy coastline are met by world-class coral reefs, primed for swimming, snorkeling, and sunset sailing. The endless wide tropical beaches of the mainland are breathtaking. The archipelagos of the southern Bazaruto and northern Quirimbas are dazzling dots of milky swirls, where beaches spill into progressively deepening shades of emerald. World-class snorkelling and diving is at the ready straight from the remote beaches, with humpback whales, dolphins, and nesting turtles proposing potential company. Bazaruto is the only underwater national park in Mozambique – untouched nature, kilometers of deserted beaches, intact sea life with prosperous coral gardens and extremely friendly local people. Vilanculos is a coastal town in the province Inhambane, known as Mozambique´s capital of watersports. With a population of nearly 40 000, the mainland of Bazaruto Archipelago is a rapidly growing town on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Vilanculo has an international airport with several regional destinations such as Johannesburg, Maputo, Durban or Swasiland. The archipelago offers many highlights – both under the water and above. The islands themselves are a mixture of tropical island, African savanna and Sahara: giant white sand dunes – remnants of the Limpodo river which was there millions of years ago. On the East side of the islands, Bazaruto offers spectacular beaches, whilst the West side blends with a tropical Caribbean atmosphere. If you are looking for a very special destination untouched by mass tourism, you have found what you are looking for right here on the coast of Mozambique. The islands are famous for their richness in sea life; intact coral reefs play home to many types of large sea creatures including manta rays, sharks, dolphins and an unbelievable number of tropical and subtropical species of fish.

Why the help is needed?

Almost half of the inhabitants live below the poverty line, 25% of the population is considered to be malnourished and Life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world at 55 years. According to UNICEF, there are 1.5 million orphans in Mozambique, the same amount suffer from the lack of water and food. Over 30% of children work in fields, markets or as beggars. Similarly, the situation of disabled and elderly people is precarious. The AIDS rate of adults is over 10%, which places Mozambique in 8th place of the worldwide HIV rank. Vilanculos is a coastal town on the world famous Bazaruto archipelago. The area is lined with forests of coconut palms, crystal clear waters and miles of sandy beaches. People call it "paradise". Vilanculos is still untouched by mass tourism and can be found in a growing coastal town. Vilanculos has about 40,000 inhabitants, most of them work in the fishing, on the market or on the field - there is no economy or industry in this area. Most roads are unpaved.

Is it safe to travel to Vilanculos? 

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we go out of our way to ensure our host location Vilanculos is safe. The program has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our German team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. 

The kululeku team have visited and participated in every program we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighborhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances. All employees are trained by us.

After your application we will have a detailed skype-call. Once you have paid your deposit, you receive a pdf-document, which contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve received it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you. There are no special health requiremets needed.

Who are we looking for?

Anyone who is interested in sustainable development aid and African culture is most welcome :) You should be open-minded to a new culture, able to adapt to society, have fun in dealing with people, and understand when things go slower or differently than in your home country. ,We expect our volunteers to be open-minded towards and confront equals to a foreign country whose culture and habits are all Mozambicans. Mozambique is a developing country in many areas, which makes it necessary to understand some of the circumstances, such as power outages, long waiting times, etc. Parts of the country are very poor, which sometimes asks you for money or work, or you want to sell something to you. You should treat people with respect and cordiality, be helpful, but also be able to show limits. Despite the many social ills - Mozambique is, in our opinion - one of the most peaceful and warmhearted countries in Africa. In addition, it should be understood that you treat the house as your own and the people you live and work with treat as you would like to be treated - with respect, dignity and decency. We have nothing against boisterous parties and barbecues, but it is very important that everyone knows his own limit and can take care of himself.

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Contact Person
Vanessa Thör
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Everything begins with education. Without education there is no functioning economy, without the economy there is no prosperity. Prosperity covers basic human needs, stimulates the economy, imports and exports, and strengthens the currency. As prosperity rises, medical costs, illness and mortality rates decrease. People get a perspective: the perspective that everyone is born with the same rights. 

The volunteers of Kululeku are working on sustainable development projects, which are intended to make a lasting difference by improving the infrastructure, developing the educational facilities, implementing fresh water systems and protecting endangered wild animals. We work closely with our host communities to make these changes sustainable.

Kululeku believes that sustainable community development is achieved from the bottom up. We therefore involve local members in our development projects to promote economic growth and sustainability through the Asset-Based Community Development Model, which is widely regarded as good practice for sustainable development.

So we have recently been able to repair an old well of one of our partner schoolsThis was a milestone for all future construction projects! Access to water now gives us the opportunity to build a proper school building and toilets. With the building we are now able to install alternative energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels on the roof of the school. That's why we now have access to electricity through well construction.The 600 students then have the opportunity to get access to computers. So far, access to the internet and dealing with common programs are completely lacking in rural areas and in school education. The children would be accustomed to dealing with PC’s early on and at a young age and be made familiar with the Internet and thus secure a future on the job market. Soon our own farm will be set up to grow fruit, vegetables and cereals in the schoolyard. On the one hand, the school children get something to eat, on the other hand, they learn to take responsibility and can apply what they have learned in their own garden. Kululeku is committed to providing education to those whose path has either been disrupted or denied so far, and to ensure that the school is perceived as a place of hope, fun and futureNot far away, Swiss investors are building a social nursing home, the first of its kind in Mozambique. Our volunteers help with the construction of this unique project. In addition, the construction of an orphanage is being planned. We are also committed to educating and fighting the spread of HIV. We refrain from investing funds in many projects at the same time.
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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