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Transform the lives of children and adults through education while caring for rescued chimpanzees at one of the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuaries, once called ‘the most wonderful place on earth” by Jane Goodall.

Chimp looks moody
  • Slot in to the day-to-day running of one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world!
  • Interact with chimpanzees on a personal level while out on ‘bush walks’
  • Invent fun behavioural enrichment activities and create individual care plans for specific chimpanzees 
  • Capture data on chimpanzee interaction and behaviour
  • Provide teaching assistance in the local community, offering students living in remote Africa a fresh perspective on education 
  • Experience life in the African bush, living in a very rustic - yet beautiful - setting in the heart of the Africa
  • Work alongside local Zambians, immersing yourself in true Zambian culture 
  • Enjoy sundowners, canoeing, picnics, barbeques, and some amazing stargazing on the banks of the Kafue River!
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Combo Projects Community & Conservation Teaching & Education Animal Care & Veterinary
Destination Destination
Zambia
Priced From Priced From
£ 1102| € 1427| US$ 1947| AU$ 2360|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1102| € 1427| US$ 1947| AU$ 2360|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 1947 GBP 1102 EUR 1427 AUD 2360
4 weeks USD 2995 GBP 1695 EUR 2195 AUD 3630
6 weeks USD 4283 GBP 2424 EUR 3139 AUD 5191
8 weeks USD 5271 GBP 2983 EUR 3863 AUD 6389
10 weeks USD 6260 GBP 3543 EUR 4588 AUD 7587
12 weeks USD 7248 GBP 4102 EUR 5312 AUD 8785

Please note that there is still availability for 2016. One of our Destination Managers will be happy to supply this year’s prices on enquiry.

Project Start Dates

2017: January 16 & 30 | February 13 & 27 | March 13 & 27 | April 10 & 24 | May 8 & 22 |

June 5 & 19 | July 3, 17 & 31 | August 14 & 28 | September 11 & 25 | October 9 & 23 | November 6 & 20 | December 4 (2 weeks only)

THIS PROJECT CLOSES FROM 18 DEC 2017– 15 JAN 2018

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Voluntary teaching

Teaching Assistance

Make a lasting difference on teachers and students by providing extra attention to children who are falling behind and assist with marking tests, assignments and homework. You’ll also get the chance to help run extra-curricular activities including a holiday club for children during school breaks. Last, but certainly not least, volunteers can also assist our Adult Literacy Program; an initiative that helps the local staff of Chimfunshi improve their English language skills - a must for furthering their career

Adult literacy program

Adult Literacy Program

The Adult Literacy Club (ALC) works with adults in the community to help improve their English. The ALC program has a planned syllabus with three different levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The twice-weekly lessons help participants to improve their understanding of written and spoken English, as well as, teach them valuable everyday skills such as math and finance. Learning these skills will help increase the job opportunities for participants.

Holiday club

Holiday Club

During school vacation time (April, August, December) your volunteer work will include assisting to plan and run a holiday club. You will integrate fun activities with educational themes such as the importance of a healthy lifestyle, conservation, geography, English & maths. Holiday Club offers students valuable time to catch up on their learning, study new topics and provides a safe environment to spend their holiday breaks.

Walks on the wild side

Walks on the Wild Side

Each week you will have the unique opportunity to walk along side human’s closest relative. Chimfunshi is one of the only places in the world where you can take part in bush walks with chimpanzees - a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with chimpanzees on a very personal level in their natural habitat! 

 

 

Behavioural enrichment

Behavioural Enrichment

An important part of your work will be creating behavioural enrichment activities that provide extra stimulation for the chimpanzees. These activities are essential to keeping the chimpanzees physically and mentally active, the more creative you are the better! You will also assist in collecting data that better helps the sanctuary care for their chimps. 

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

The lapa

The Lapa

The living/dining area is under a thatched lapa where we eat our meals and also where we have regular movies nights with popcorn. There is also a fire pit where we share stories and toast marshmallows.

The flood plains

The Flood Plains

There is a flood plain nearby where volunteers play cricket, volleyball and soccer with the local children. It’s also a great place to enjoy a sundowner, barbeque, and some top quality stargazing!

Visits to local villages

Visits to Local Villages

The closest town to Chimfunshi is Chingola, approx. 2 hours away, has a delicious Indian restaurant we visit each week and we also travel there to purchase their own personal items plus any snacks or drinks. Every 3rd week our volunteers travel with our team to the town of Kitwe, where they have the opportunity to browse and buy curios/souvenirs at the markets again indulge in some yummy local cuisine. Muchinshi is the closest village, a 45 minute drive, where volunteers have will have the opportunity to mix with the locals and immerse themselves in Zambian culture!

Victoria falls and zambezi adventures

Victoria Falls and Livingstone

If you would like to travel onto Livingstone to combine our Lions, Conservation & Community Project, our Elephant Research & Conservation Project or to see the world famous Victoria Falls – one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World after your placement, we can help you arrange it. Just speak to your Destination Manager.  

It's your ticket to adventure, Zambezi boat cruises, river safaris, river fishing safaris and canoe trips are all ways in which you can encounter these great waters. You can also ride quad bike trails or view the scenery from the air in a microlight or helicopter.

 

Canoe trips  safaris

Canoe Trips & Safaris

During the dry season (May – November), you can canoe and fish on the Kafue river and we regulary take trips up the river to have picnics and a siesta on the banks of the river. 

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About Chimfunshi

About chimfunshi

About the Destination

Zambia is one of the last true wildernesses left in Africa, teeming with incredible National Parks, like Kafue and South Luangwa. Chimfunshi is based right next to the Kafue River – a beautifully remote location! In this rural setting, this project offers you a totally unfiltered, authentic African experience. You’ll stay in a rustic cottage set in beautiful gardens amongst the wilderness.

The cottage is basic but comfortable and boasts a tiny carbon footprint, with solar paneling and locally grown firewood. It has two twin rooms and an 8 bed dorm, with a large verandah where you can read a book, catch up with emails or friends back home or just relax in a hammock after a hard days work with the chimps!

The living/dining area is under a thatched lapa where we gather for meals, enjoy movie nights, play cards, etc. There is also a fire pit where we share stories and toast marshmallows. 

The nearest town is Chingola where you will have the chance to do some souvenir shopping, catch up with Wi-Fi and absorb the local culture. 

This part of Africa allows us to offer one of the best volunteer opportunities in Africa, and whether you’re on a gap year, career break or enjoying your retirement you’ll find a true purpose working with chimpanzees in Zambia.

If you would like to travel onto Livingstone to combine our Lions, Conservation & Community Project, our Elephant Research & Conservation Project or to see the world famous Victoria Falls – one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World after your placement, we can help you arrange it. Just speak to your Destination Manager.  

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sabrine Jesperson, Denmark

After two weeks as a volunteer at Chimfunshi I have experienced more than I could ever imagine. At Chimfunshi they manage to capture every possible activity into a short amount of time so that the volunteers don’t miss out on anything. It is therefore impossible to describe all the amazing work I have already been a part off. However I will say that I have joined a group of amazing people who have devoted their life to making a safe and secure environment for the chimpanzees.

Every day we join the keepers with food preparation, enclosure cleaning, boundary patrol, Behaviour Enrichment, infrastructure improvements and so much more all in the benefit of these incredible animals. When we do Behaviour Enrichment, we enrich the real clever chimpanzees, it is clear that our work is making a difference for the chimpanzees at Chimfunshi.

As a volunteer I have also enjoyed the experience of meeting other volunteers from all over the world. With so many people gathered at one place there is never a boring moment. The evenings at Chimfunshi are filled with fun, games and a few drinks now and then. One of my particularly favourite evenings is going out to the flood plain to watch the stars, which cannot be compared to any other place in the world or when we all gather for movie nights and of course there is always popcorn.

This program has given me so much, and I strongly recommend it to everyone. I will leave this place knowing that I have made an impact on something worth supporting. Joining this amazing group of hard working people at Chimfunshi has indeed been a life experience, which I will never forget.

I am so glad I decided to join this programme if I hadn't I'd have missed an amazing experience.

Helen, Sweden

My time here has been an experience that made my life richer and I hope the work I have done have made a difference to the chimps. I have enjoyed the lifestyle that is so different from home and the people here are so friendly and always have a smile on their face. I will have this time in my heart forever.

Madi Shiller-Chan, Australia

My time here at Chimfunshi has been such a memorable experience, being constantly surrounded by Chimpanzees and such a vibrant community has been absolutely amazing. By having this combination of rewarding hard-work and animal research has just made this volunteer program greatly ideal for me.  When I was first introduced to Chimfunshi society and Zambian countryside, I was greeted by enthusiastically waving children; this kindness and friendliness remained throughout my entire stay at Chimfunshi.  As I personally want to become a Zoologist later on in life, being able to be involved in various Chimpanzee rehabilitation activities was so beneficial for me.  What I loved so much about this program was that there were challenging moments, such as farming in the African sun, or teaching children with nearly no knowledge of the English language, yet these challenges always proved such a high reward, each time I felt so privileged and proud to be benefiting such an amazing community and such amazing animals.

Thank you so much African Impact for making these brilliant experiences possible.

Anna Roberts, UK

It's been great to have such a varied experience as a volunteer. As well as working with the chimpanzees, there's also the opportunity to get involved with the rest of the community here and I've really enjoyed playing with the kids on the floodplain and learning the local language Bemba. Last week I ran an arts and crafts session at the local school where the kids made puppets, and it was so lovely to see how excited they all were about it. It's really great to experience living out in the bush, and plenty of opportunity to explore on days off, be it cycling around the site, or canoeing down the Kafue River (with thankfully no hippo or crocodile sightings as yet!) The only bad thing I can say about my time here is that it is flying past and will be over so soon, but I will remember it forever.

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Community Teaching and Chimpanzee Conservation Project

Northern Zambia

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Transform the lives of children and adults through education while caring for rescued chimpanzees at one of the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuaries, once called ‘the most wonderful place on earth” by Jane Goodall.

Chimp looks moody
  • Slot in to the day-to-day running of one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world!
  • Interact with chimpanzees on a personal level while out on ‘bush walks’
  • Invent fun behavioural enrichment activities and create individual care plans for specific chimpanzees 
  • Capture data on chimpanzee interaction and behaviour
  • Provide teaching assistance in the local community, offering students living in remote Africa a fresh perspective on education 
  • Experience life in the African bush, living in a very rustic - yet beautiful - setting in the heart of the Africa
  • Work alongside local Zambians, immersing yourself in true Zambian culture 
  • Enjoy sundowners, canoeing, picnics, barbeques, and some amazing stargazing on the banks of the Kafue River!
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Combo Projects Community & Conservation Teaching & Education Animal Care & Veterinary
Destination Destination
Zambia
Priced From Priced From
£ 1102| € 1427| US$ 1947| AU$ 2360|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1102| € 1427| US$ 1947| AU$ 2360|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 1947 GBP 1102 EUR 1427 AUD 2360
4 weeks USD 2995 GBP 1695 EUR 2195 AUD 3630
6 weeks USD 4283 GBP 2424 EUR 3139 AUD 5191
8 weeks USD 5271 GBP 2983 EUR 3863 AUD 6389
10 weeks USD 6260 GBP 3543 EUR 4588 AUD 7587
12 weeks USD 7248 GBP 4102 EUR 5312 AUD 8785

Please note that there is still availability for 2016. One of our Destination Managers will be happy to supply this year’s prices on enquiry.

Project Start Dates

2017: January 16 & 30 | February 13 & 27 | March 13 & 27 | April 10 & 24 | May 8 & 22 |

June 5 & 19 | July 3, 17 & 31 | August 14 & 28 | September 11 & 25 | October 9 & 23 | November 6 & 20 | December 4 (2 weeks only)

THIS PROJECT CLOSES FROM 18 DEC 2017– 15 JAN 2018

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Voluntary teaching

Teaching Assistance

Make a lasting difference on teachers and students by providing extra attention to children who are falling behind and assist with marking tests, assignments and homework. You’ll also get the chance to help run extra-curricular activities including a holiday club for children during school breaks. Last, but certainly not least, volunteers can also assist our Adult Literacy Program; an initiative that helps the local staff of Chimfunshi improve their English language skills - a must for furthering their career

Adult literacy program

Adult Literacy Program

The Adult Literacy Club (ALC) works with adults in the community to help improve their English. The ALC program has a planned syllabus with three different levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The twice-weekly lessons help participants to improve their understanding of written and spoken English, as well as, teach them valuable everyday skills such as math and finance. Learning these skills will help increase the job opportunities for participants.

Holiday club

Holiday Club

During school vacation time (April, August, December) your volunteer work will include assisting to plan and run a holiday club. You will integrate fun activities with educational themes such as the importance of a healthy lifestyle, conservation, geography, English & maths. Holiday Club offers students valuable time to catch up on their learning, study new topics and provides a safe environment to spend their holiday breaks.

Walks on the wild side

Walks on the Wild Side

Each week you will have the unique opportunity to walk along side human’s closest relative. Chimfunshi is one of the only places in the world where you can take part in bush walks with chimpanzees - a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with chimpanzees on a very personal level in their natural habitat! 

 

 

Behavioural enrichment

Behavioural Enrichment

An important part of your work will be creating behavioural enrichment activities that provide extra stimulation for the chimpanzees. These activities are essential to keeping the chimpanzees physically and mentally active, the more creative you are the better! You will also assist in collecting data that better helps the sanctuary care for their chimps. 

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

The lapa

The Lapa

The living/dining area is under a thatched lapa where we eat our meals and also where we have regular movies nights with popcorn. There is also a fire pit where we share stories and toast marshmallows.

The flood plains

The Flood Plains

There is a flood plain nearby where volunteers play cricket, volleyball and soccer with the local children. It’s also a great place to enjoy a sundowner, barbeque, and some top quality stargazing!

Visits to local villages

Visits to Local Villages

The closest town to Chimfunshi is Chingola, approx. 2 hours away, has a delicious Indian restaurant we visit each week and we also travel there to purchase their own personal items plus any snacks or drinks. Every 3rd week our volunteers travel with our team to the town of Kitwe, where they have the opportunity to browse and buy curios/souvenirs at the markets again indulge in some yummy local cuisine. Muchinshi is the closest village, a 45 minute drive, where volunteers have will have the opportunity to mix with the locals and immerse themselves in Zambian culture!

Victoria falls and zambezi adventures

Victoria Falls and Livingstone

If you would like to travel onto Livingstone to combine our Lions, Conservation & Community Project, our Elephant Research & Conservation Project or to see the world famous Victoria Falls – one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World after your placement, we can help you arrange it. Just speak to your Destination Manager.  

It's your ticket to adventure, Zambezi boat cruises, river safaris, river fishing safaris and canoe trips are all ways in which you can encounter these great waters. You can also ride quad bike trails or view the scenery from the air in a microlight or helicopter.

 

Canoe trips  safaris

Canoe Trips & Safaris

During the dry season (May – November), you can canoe and fish on the Kafue river and we regulary take trips up the river to have picnics and a siesta on the banks of the river. 

Back to Top

About Chimfunshi

About chimfunshi

About the Destination

Zambia is one of the last true wildernesses left in Africa, teeming with incredible National Parks, like Kafue and South Luangwa. Chimfunshi is based right next to the Kafue River – a beautifully remote location! In this rural setting, this project offers you a totally unfiltered, authentic African experience. You’ll stay in a rustic cottage set in beautiful gardens amongst the wilderness.

The cottage is basic but comfortable and boasts a tiny carbon footprint, with solar paneling and locally grown firewood. It has two twin rooms and an 8 bed dorm, with a large verandah where you can read a book, catch up with emails or friends back home or just relax in a hammock after a hard days work with the chimps!

The living/dining area is under a thatched lapa where we gather for meals, enjoy movie nights, play cards, etc. There is also a fire pit where we share stories and toast marshmallows. 

The nearest town is Chingola where you will have the chance to do some souvenir shopping, catch up with Wi-Fi and absorb the local culture. 

This part of Africa allows us to offer one of the best volunteer opportunities in Africa, and whether you’re on a gap year, career break or enjoying your retirement you’ll find a true purpose working with chimpanzees in Zambia.

If you would like to travel onto Livingstone to combine our Lions, Conservation & Community Project, our Elephant Research & Conservation Project or to see the world famous Victoria Falls – one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World after your placement, we can help you arrange it. Just speak to your Destination Manager.  

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sabrine Jesperson, Denmark

After two weeks as a volunteer at Chimfunshi I have experienced more than I could ever imagine. At Chimfunshi they manage to capture every possible activity into a short amount of time so that the volunteers don’t miss out on anything. It is therefore impossible to describe all the amazing work I have already been a part off. However I will say that I have joined a group of amazing people who have devoted their life to making a safe and secure environment for the chimpanzees.

Every day we join the keepers with food preparation, enclosure cleaning, boundary patrol, Behaviour Enrichment, infrastructure improvements and so much more all in the benefit of these incredible animals. When we do Behaviour Enrichment, we enrich the real clever chimpanzees, it is clear that our work is making a difference for the chimpanzees at Chimfunshi.

As a volunteer I have also enjoyed the experience of meeting other volunteers from all over the world. With so many people gathered at one place there is never a boring moment. The evenings at Chimfunshi are filled with fun, games and a few drinks now and then. One of my particularly favourite evenings is going out to the flood plain to watch the stars, which cannot be compared to any other place in the world or when we all gather for movie nights and of course there is always popcorn.

This program has given me so much, and I strongly recommend it to everyone. I will leave this place knowing that I have made an impact on something worth supporting. Joining this amazing group of hard working people at Chimfunshi has indeed been a life experience, which I will never forget.

I am so glad I decided to join this programme if I hadn't I'd have missed an amazing experience.

Helen, Sweden

My time here has been an experience that made my life richer and I hope the work I have done have made a difference to the chimps. I have enjoyed the lifestyle that is so different from home and the people here are so friendly and always have a smile on their face. I will have this time in my heart forever.

Madi Shiller-Chan, Australia

My time here at Chimfunshi has been such a memorable experience, being constantly surrounded by Chimpanzees and such a vibrant community has been absolutely amazing. By having this combination of rewarding hard-work and animal research has just made this volunteer program greatly ideal for me.  When I was first introduced to Chimfunshi society and Zambian countryside, I was greeted by enthusiastically waving children; this kindness and friendliness remained throughout my entire stay at Chimfunshi.  As I personally want to become a Zoologist later on in life, being able to be involved in various Chimpanzee rehabilitation activities was so beneficial for me.  What I loved so much about this program was that there were challenging moments, such as farming in the African sun, or teaching children with nearly no knowledge of the English language, yet these challenges always proved such a high reward, each time I felt so privileged and proud to be benefiting such an amazing community and such amazing animals.

Thank you so much African Impact for making these brilliant experiences possible.

Anna Roberts, UK

It's been great to have such a varied experience as a volunteer. As well as working with the chimpanzees, there's also the opportunity to get involved with the rest of the community here and I've really enjoyed playing with the kids on the floodplain and learning the local language Bemba. Last week I ran an arts and crafts session at the local school where the kids made puppets, and it was so lovely to see how excited they all were about it. It's really great to experience living out in the bush, and plenty of opportunity to explore on days off, be it cycling around the site, or canoeing down the Kafue River (with thankfully no hippo or crocodile sightings as yet!) The only bad thing I can say about my time here is that it is flying past and will be over so soon, but I will remember it forever.

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