The Book Bus at work

How the Book Bus works

A Book Bus mobile library in Africa

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, India and Ecuador.

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, assisted reading practice and creative arts. This simple and effective support is sustained by provision of books and resources to each school library.

Each Book Bus and its volunteer crew supports a cluster of five schools for up to three months. We make weekly visits to these schools working with up to 800 children from the cluster. The project finishes with an end of term party and opening of the new school library.

We organise Teacher Support Workshops at each project site to assess school literacy levels and to determine which books and activities are most appropriate for the children. Teachers from UK often volunteer to join these workshops and work alongside their local colleagues.

The Book Bus will work with clusters of five schools at each of the following project sites in 2013;

South Luangwa Valley
Meheba UNHCR Refuge settlement

Shire Valley

Puerto Lopez

Mandore, Rajasthan

Volunteer on the Book Bus

How Can I Volunteer?
Whether you are a natural born volunteer or just want a holiday with a difference you can join the Book Bus as a volunteer and participate directly in the work that we do. It’s the dedicated work of our volunteers that makes the biggest difference to the children who we work with.
Find out more about Book Bus volunteering here.


Donate to the Book bus

How Can I Donate?
The Book Bus is a charity funded entirely through voluntary donations. Our donors have helped over five thousand children improve their reading and writing skills since 2008. In 2013/14 we are raising funds for books, classroom resources and our magnificent Book Bus fleet, your contribution will help many more children benefit from these valuable resources. Donate to the Book Bus here.