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Education and Rural Community Development Internship

Livingstone, Zambia

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minimum stay4 Weeks



Education & Youth Development

Put you knowledge into practice on an African internship as you help bring education to underprivileged communities and contribute to the conservation of Zambia’s wildlife, all while enjoying the unbeatable adventures Africa has to offer.

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Work as a community development intern and contribute to the education and welfare of the local Zambian communities on the outskirts of Livingstone, an area rife with poverty and hardships. With incredibly understaffed and under resourced educational facilities, African Impact, together with its partners at ALERT, aim to contribute to child development for children of all ages at a variety of institutions.

As an intern in Africa, especially in rural areas, your help will not only benefit the children and have a significant influence on their futures but you will assist the teachers with ideas, knowledge and skills development and also gain exposure to wildlife conservation and lion rehabilitation initiatives. Your primary task whilst on placement will be to assist the project team with their ongoing work in the neighboring communities.

You will spend much of your day (particularly your mornings) within a classroom assisting the local teacher with the class. This may involve marking exercise books, planning a lesson, hosting a lesson, supporting children who are struggling, or providing one-on-one guidance to those who need it.

You will also help with various community programs that may include conservation or health education. Work during your African internship may mean you get your hands dirty assisting in the garden helping to grow vegetables for the staff and their families or helping with community farming. In addition to these community projects, Livingstone is also home to the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) who, together with Lion Encounter operate a 4 stage lion rehabilitation program.

You will be based at the same accommodation as the Lion Project volunteers so you will get to meet and spend time with many people from across the globe with a whole range of interests. You will also have the chance to join the lion staff on a lion walk to meet the young cubs and learn about this initiative. You can expect days to be long, but you will also be able to end each day knowing that you have given something back to Africa; having made a difference to the people that you come into contact with.

project pricing
4 Weeks : USD 2092 GBP 1195 EUR 1166
6 Weeks: USD 2792 GBP 1595 EUR 1556
8 Weeks: USD 3544 GBP 2025 EUR 1975
10 Weeks : USD 4244 GBP 2425 EUR 2365
12 Weeks : USD 4944 GBP 2825 EUR 2755

Please note a longer placement may be possible - kindly send through an enquiry for more information.

project start date

This internship program begins each week on a Monday depending on availability.

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You will assist the teaching staff in lesson planning, producing teaching aids and providing pupils with more individual attention during lessons. Material support is given through maintenance and facility upgrades and the provision of teaching aids such as, books and stationary.

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Conservation Education

You will assist the conservation education program visiting local schools, or hosting school groups at the reserve to cultivate support for conservation through education. Each lesson may focus on a specific species or introduce different conservation methods.  Learning is achieved through a mixture of classroom-based talks as well as involving the children in smaller groups and practical activities such as visits to the lion program, or Victoria Falls themselves.  

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Community Projects

Further community projects you may be involved in include manual labour such as painting or building and will also include extra-curricular activities for the children such as reading clubs, arts and crafts clubs, and sports. 

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Health Education

The project facilitates a health and hygiene based learning course within the Maunga community. This gives you as a community development interns plenty of opportunity to put your skills, ideas and initiative to use in presenting a wide range of possible workshops.  Health topics from the importance of cleaning your teeth, to recognizing the symptoms of TB, the importance of nutrition and coping with the stigma of HIV are all included in the basic curriculum. 

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Lion Walks and Lion Project Activities

Spending time with the lions in the wild each day is an essential part of the cubs’ upbringing. They need to adapt to their natural environment, learn from it, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild. You will have the chance to take part in lion walks during your time on the community project.

Things to do with your spare time
Intern Activities

Evenings are a great time to socialise over dinner at the intern and volunteer base.  On some nights you can venture into Livingstone town to experience the night life or for a more relaxing evening sit under the starry African sky and listen to the sounds of the wild as it comes alive at night.                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Nearby Activities

As you will be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near to the magnificent Victoria Falls and Zambezi River you will be able to enjoy a multitude of exciting activities close by.  Besides enjoying the grand view of the falls, the sounds of thundering waters and feeling the mist on your skin, you can also enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or microlight flights over the falls.

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A spectacular location to see wildlife, you can go on a game drive, horseback safari or elephant ride through the nature reserve or view the animals by boat as you cruise down the Zambezi River.

About Livingstone
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Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the 'The Smoke Which Thunders', known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Your volunteer accommodation is located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park in Livingstone, Zambia away from the noise of traffic in the city.

The house is surrounded by woodland and grassland with plenty of birds, and animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, white rhino, warthog, sable, eland, buffalo, impala and other antelope. The accommodation is simple, with plenty hot and cold water, showers, and rooms shared between 3 and 4 volunteers. Unless your daily activities require you to take a packed meal, meals will be served at the house and are prepared by the on-site chefs.

Your work and travel in Africa promises to be an adventure of a life time. In such a beautiful location, with so much activity, the warmth of Africa’s people and wonder of its amazing wildlife, you couldn’t ask for a better way to ‘upgrade’ you CV.

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