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Smaller units will be required rather than dorms and we will need full boarding and self boarding options. Security will need to be considered
They can make bricks locally, and there are people skilled in all the building trades – bricklayers, carpenters, roofers, electricians, etc, in the villages. They know the commonly used Malawian building methods well, but will not be familiar with anything more innovative.
Yes, and the Matron that will be on site will also need somewhere to stay.
Girls don’t have much free time. Boys sit around chatting and playing football. Chess, draughts and a local board game called Bawo are very popular. It’s a simple lifestyle. Smartphones are like gold. If you are attending secondary school you are already pretty serious about your education, so students will study a lot. Students will opt to stay at the school in holidays if they can to study.
tbc (soil test video)
Separate for boys and girls. They eat together but don’t share accommodation.
Same as UK
Small solar lights that last a few hours. These are relatively cheap and available there.
Yes. Soft wood is available. It is not aged though. Most buildings have metal bar windows and doors.
Yes from the nearest city an hour away.
TBC
Yes it is -11.63 south, 34.3 east – this is latitude/longitude, not grid ref, but that is what comes up on google maps.
Secondary kids but it can vary as they repeat years if they don’t pass. Average age is 14-18yrs.
Not necessarily a university spot. Once graduated, students will often need to find a sponsor to get enough funds for Uni.
Christianity, with around 10% muslim.
Everyone gets on and accepts each other
The ‘prize’ is the return flight from the UK to Malawi. Kev will meet you In Blantyre (point of arrival) and their accommodation will be provided from that point. They will stay over with Kev and then travel north with him (driving) to Chimbota. They will then stay as the guest at Phillip’s village or at http://www.mayokavillagebeachlodge.com/accommodation/. Accommodation costs will be covered.

The minimum length of stay on arrival at Chimbota should be 1 week, the maximum 2 weeks.
The Xmas break runs from around 7th December 2018 to 7th January 2019. The time will be spent developing the project whilst getting to know the community and school.
Initial submission 30th Sept. Presentation of submissions on or around that date to suit diaries. Judging panel make recommendations and send to Chimbota early October. Chimbota decide by end October. Winners announced by end October. Travel arrangements made.
People can contact Kev by email and can then arrange skypes as required.

chimbotaschool@gmail.com

Skype: kev troughton
Yes
With the winner, with a license to Chimbota
No. Winners would need to insure themselves as they would for any ‘holiday adventure’
To have the time of their lives!

Firstly, of course, there will be work on the design. Seeing the place first hand, and talking to people will inevitably lead to some re-thinking and re-drafting; hopefully only small.

There will be opportunities to meet and work with the students and teachers, the Board members and community.

Also, there will be plenty of time for socialising and activities at the Lake – swimming and watersports etc.

Accommodation may be split between some days at the lakeshore tourist lodge and some living with Phillip and his family in the village.

Once at Chimbota it will be foot, bike and hitching lifts on any passing vehicle. Any travel away from Chimbota is likely to be by bus.
Normal ‘backpacking’ rules of safety apply. Malawi and Chimbota are very safe communities.
Yes

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