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.