01/02/2023 - 28/02/2023

12:00 am - 10:00 pm


Our Moon’s applications are open for our 2023/2024 Young Leaders programme and we are looking for Zambia’s next changemakers! Listen here to Tamali tell you about why you should apply!

We are inviting applications from recent Grade 12 leavers (either 2022 or 2021) who have strong academic grades, come from financially-disadvantaged households and want to make a difference in society. We want students with varied academic interests. Mostly, we want students who yearn to learn, have an open mind and are passionate about making a difference in the world.


Our Moon is a small education NGO registered as a charity in the UK by the Charity Commission and an international NGO in Zambia by the Ministry of Community Development. We unleash the potential in Zambia’s young people so that they leave us with the skills, knowledge and dispositions to contribute to positive social change in the country.


We run a full time programme which incorporates academic development, volunteering, physical and emotional health and university and careers guidance. Typically, the first year is a period of 9 months full time on our residential site in a rural area of Chibombo District. The second year consists of internships, projects and continued learning before, hopefully, heading off to university. Students then become our alumni and continue to receive support and guidance from Our Moon for as long as it is needed.

The academic component of our course covers four main subjects:

* Identity and Expression – a philosophy class which aims for our students to develop self-awareness, their ability to self-reflect and determine the path you wish to follow

* Develop higher English skills through critical reading and intensive writing.

* Develop further maths skills

* Become IT literate in Microsoft Office products, Python and other products.

The main outputs are a 4000 word fully referenced research essay on a global issue as witnessed in the Zambia context, SATs and the development of simple apps and videos.

Students on the programme will be involved in daily community service on our site including agricultural projects and tutoring of local young children.

In addition, students are involved in sessions to look after their physical and mental health.

Before leaving our site, students will have received detailed guidance on their university applications. They will continue making applications during their second year.


Our Moon is run by Justin Mushitu in Zambia and his team which includes tutors for the volunteering programme, English, maths and IT. In addition, he has a chef who cooks healthy and varied meals for everyone. It is an important part of our programme that all Our Moon staff and students are treated with respect and that each person has time to develop new skills.

Helen Leale-Green, the UK based CEO, is responsible for the careers and university guidance part of the programme which operates both online and on site.


Our Moon acquired some land from the Chief in 2019. It is in a beautiful area of Zambia and is blessed with wonderful large skies. All the students who have visited us on both long- and short-term programmes say that it is very conducive to study here.

We have built numerous structures and started developing the land. Building work is still ongoing when funding allows.

We have installed a few solar panels and have a bore hole with a solar pump. We have a generator that provides back-up power supply on rainy days. We are, therefore, self-sufficient in terms of water and electricity, but at the same time. However, the system isn’t extensive and has to be used careful.


  • 1 February 2023 – open applications
  • 28 February 2023 – Applications close at midnight in Zambia
  • 14-24 March – Long listed applicants will be invited to Our Moon for our four day selection programme (in two groups of eight)
  • 27 March – Results of applications announced
  • 1 April – Final eight students come to Chibombo


All applicants are expected to have achieved a high academic standard. We would typically expect students to have gained between 6-8 points from six out of eight subjects in their Grade 12 ECZ exams. There is a little leeway for a student with a very strong application in other areas.

We expect all students to be from low-income families who would not be able to afford our programme or to go to university within Zambia without full financial support. We run an ethical programme and any student found to be lying about their financial situation will be asked to leave the programme with immediate effect.

All students will be asked to withdraw from any local university applications they have made until they complete our programme as the workload on our programme does not allow for students to leave our site to process applications.

We expect selected students who have attended other university preparation programmes will be asked to disclose this and withdraw from all other programmes.

Students will need to provide a recommendation from a teacher who can vouch for their academic success, commitment and drive, and write about any extra-curricular activities that have been done (this can include acknowledgement of significant help the student provides within the home).

Students will also need to provide transcripts of each terms’ results from grades 10-12.



For information about how to complete the application form, please click this link


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