Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs from volunteers. If you still can’t find the answer, please email for further help.

Who volunteers with the Book Bus?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, from 18 years over 70. We also welcome families with children What they all share is a love of books, experience of working with children (that might be your own!), an open mind, a team spirit and a willingness to help make a difference.

We welcome volunteers from around the world to add to the rich mix of knowledge and skills we can share with local communities. From teachers, librarians and students to office workers, artists and authors: they have all been welcomed on board the Book Bus.

How long can I volunteer for?

You are welcome to volunteer from 2 weeks up to 4 weeks during 2019. Volunteers travel to Zambia on Business visas which offers volunteers an opportunity to stay in Zambia for up to 4 weeks only.

Why do volunteers need DBS checks?

As the Book Bus works with children it’s essential that all volunteers are checked via a fully enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). It searches criminal history to identify any convictions, both spent and unspent, cautions, warnings and reprimands.

Once your application to join the Book Bus has been accepted, we will send you details of how to apply for a DBS.

What is the Book Bus Child Protection Policy?

We always work with children within a school or community group setting. We acknowledge our responsibilities towards children and ensure we work within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Our guidelines aim to protect both children and our volunteers. Find out more about our child protection policy.

What’s the climate like?

The climate for July to September is cool and dry. Daytime temperatures can rise to 25°C with night time temperature dropping to a chilly 2 – 4°C.

How do I apply for a volunteering place?

Download our application form and either:

  • print it out, complete the form and post it to us
  • or fill the form in (using Adobe Acrobat) and email it back to us.

We’ll let you know if you have been accepted within 2 working days. We’ll then send you more information on the next steps to get you ready for your Book Bus experience.

Note: If you fill out the form using Adobe Acrobat, please don’t forget to save all changes before emailing it back to us.

Note: If you fill out the form using Adobe Acrobat, please don’t forget to save all changes before emailing it back to us.

Responsible Travel

Our projects are built from the grassroots and we ensure that projects are wanted and needed by the local community. The Book Bus is founded on the principles of Responsible Travel and we are working towards ensuring that all of our projects are sustainable.

More questions?

Call us on 0208 099 9280
Tweet @thebookbus

How to apply:

Fill out the online application form to apply now:

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Want to know more? Please call us 0208 099 9280 or email us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.