Help as a volunteer - join the Book Bus crew

Join the Book Bus crew

Book Bus Volunteers are the backbone of our child literacy scheme, they inspire the children to engage with books through assisted reading, creative arts and plain old fun and games. If you enjoy working with children and can make the magic of a story leap off the page of a book then read on to see how the Book Bus can take you on the most rewarding journey of your life.

Each of our destinations offers its own unique attractions and whether you join us for 14 days or up to 3 months, your participation will transform a child's life, and your own, for ever. Get in contact with us to find out more. ​Email or phone us for a chat at 0208 099 9280.

Volunteer with the Book Bus..


How the Book Bus helps children read

Volunteering in Zambia
Literacy plays a crucial role in developing people, communities and economies so developing literacy skills at school is essential for children.

However the educational reality for many children in sub-Saharan Africa is challenging. Whilst there are more children in school than ever before many are not learning basic skills such as reading. Class sizes can exceed 80 pupils per teacher, books are scarce and very few schools have any kind of library facilities.

Where curriculum books exist it is not uncommon to have one text book between 80 children. Learning by rote is the norm and as a result children do not develop literacy, numeracy and creative thinking skills.

The Book Bus works in primary schools to help improve child literacy in Malawi and Zambia. Working together with teachers we introduce children to the joy of reading by providing relevant, engaging books and other literacy materials that inspire them to read.

Volunteering in Malawi and Zambia

You can support our reading schemes in Malawi and Zambia by joining us as a volunteer reading assistant. Our reading assistants play an important role in helping the children to engage with books that are fun, educational and stimulating. Since 2008 over 20,000 children have benefitted from our reading schemes in Malawi and Zambia. If you like reading and enjoy working with children then why not join us on the Book Bus? The children at our partner schools in Livingstone, South Luangwa and Lake Malawi are waiting for you, and Book Bus Charlie & Book Bus George in Zambia and Book Bus Matilda in Malawi are ready to take you there.

You can help get the children of Malawi and Zambia reading.

Ecuador - Puerto Lopez

Volunteer in Ecuador

The Book Bus in Ecuador needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to join our teams in Puerto Lopez on the mainland. You will be working to improve child literacy and to make books more available to the local communities. Ecuador is a fascinating South American country and during the project you will experience life in some of the world’s most dramatic natural settings.


UK - Volunteering with the Book Bus

UK fundraisers and supporters of the Book Bus

London office placements

The Book Bus relies on the support of volunteers to help run the charity's office in London. Volunteer roles range from research, marketing and fundraising to graphic design, writing blog articles and even local event management. The opportunities are wide and varied and volunteers often find themselves involved in projects that encompass several of the above roles. Book Bus volunteers come from all walks of life and spread across many generations.  If you have particular skills or experience that you feel could support the work of our small team then please send us a copy of your CV to or let us know which of the volunteer roles listed below you are interested in and why. Please also let us know your availability.

Available positions

- Office volunteer (helping out with general office and admin duties)
- Social Media Volunteer (helping with marketing and social media)
- Fundraising volunteer (helping with research and fundraising)
Education and outreach volunteer (creating lesson plans, activities and building contacts for our UK schools programme)