Become a trustee supporting an award-winning school in Malawi

Trustee visit to Ganet's Adventure School, Malawi

Trustee visit to Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi

We are looking for new UK trustees to join us as to continue to give the school in Malawi the support it needs to keep growing and giving its learners the best possible start in life. 

This is a chance to use your skills to make a direct impact in response to needs on the ground in Malawi. We develop strategies and roll out programmes hand in hand with the school. As part of a small, agile organisation we welcome new ideas, and you will be able to get projects up and running fast. You will provide strategic input, practical support and advice to the charity and to Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi.

Role profile

This is an unpaid role.

About us

Ganet’s Adventure School Fund (GASF) is an innovative UK based charitable Trust run 100% by volunteers, dedicated to supporting Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi. We currently have five trustees and a network of volunteers and supporters.

Ganet’s Adventure School was founded in 2004 by its energetic director, Gertrude Banda, in a village in northern Malawi, who continues to run the school today. It provides primary schooling in classes of under 40 in an area where government primary school class sizes are often 100 or more. It also provides pre-schooling which is not available elsewhere in the area.

The school is regulated by the Malawi ministry of education but receives no government funding. The school works hard to be self sustaining and to innovate, and in recognition of this it won a 2012 Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education from Teach a Man to Fish. Its funding comes from GASF and from school fees, which are set at around at less than an eighth of the level of other non-government primary schools, to make it accessible to as many children as possible. Orphans, children with only one parent present in the family and disabled children are educated for free.

GASF supports the school through fundraising, advice and fostering international partnerships with organisations and individual volunteers. We consistently punch above our weight, and have collaborated with and enjoyed the support of organisations including Google Squared, LBiDigitas and Yahoo as well as charitable trusts and foundations and school partnerships.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide strategic advice to the charity in the UK and the school in Malawi
  • To be an active board member
  • Along with other trustees, ensure the charity complies with its governing document and its legal obligations
  • Participate in fundraising projects
  • Help to communicate the charity’s work and foster new partnerships
  • Work with volunteers and stakeholders in the UK and Malawi
  • Initiate and run projects and initiatives for the charity
  • There is scope for trustees to specialise in specific areas, including overseeing operations, governance, fundraising, legal and volunteer management.

Essential knowledge/skills

  • Willingness to be hands on in projects you’re involved in
  • A positive approach
  • Enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated

Desirable knowledge/skills

  • Knowledge of Malawi or Africa
  • Entrepreneurial and innovation expertise
  • Experience working in the education, not for profit or charity sectors
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising experience
  • Working with volunteers
  • Management experience

Location

UK-based. Trustees work from home or their own offices, we don’t have our own premises. Other trustees live in London, Cambridge and Glasgow.

Time commitment

We suggest setting aside a minimum of 1 day per month, you are free to split this up around your other commitments. In addition you will need to keep in touch online and be available for a minimum of 3 trustee evening meetings a year plus up to 3 operational meetings, these can be via Skype. One of the trustee meetings is a day-long weekend away day in London which all trustees must attend.

In order to best understand the needs of the learners and to build strong relationships with the school’s director, trustees are encouraged to visit the school in Malawi (though this is not a requirement). Some funds are available for this purpose.

Recruitment process

  • Send in CV and a short letter on why you would like to get involved to info@ganetsadventureschool.org
  • One of the trustees will then arrange to meet up with you or call you
  • The next stage would be to speak to all of the trustees, from where you will be notified about whether your application is successful
  • Trustees are normally elected for two years initially