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Help develop the local town of Livingstone (a stone's throw from the magnificent Victoria Falls) with innovative and self-sustaining structures while beautifying the community. This project is unlike others as you will be participating in helping to create safe and sound structures for the community through ecological and self-sustaining methods. Work with your fellow volunteers, staff and local community members to determine what builds are necessary and then help design and execute these builds. You might help refurbish an old playground, paint a classroom, build a chicken coop or compost bin. You may also help with smaller items such as a lovely park bench. Either way, you will be helping the community and leaving your legacy in the town of Livingstone, near Victoria Falls!

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As a Build-It volunteer, you will:

  • Help reduce waste in order to clean up Livingstone
  • Build enviromentaly sustainable structures for local communities
  • Immerse yourself in local Zambian culture
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers on the program
  • Enjoy opportunities to visit the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe on exciting optional excursions
  • Visit the majestic Victoria Falls - also known as “the smoke that thunders” - and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities that Livingstone has to offer
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Building & Development Community & Conservation
Destination Destination
Zambia
Priced From Priced From
£ 712| € 926| US$ 1303| AU$ 1566|
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Priced From
£ 712| € 926| US$ 1303| AU$ 1566|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 1394 GBP 777 EUR 1004 AUD 1492
3 weeks USD 1770 GBP 986 EUR 1275 AUD 1893
4 weeks USD 2145 GBP 1195 EUR 1545 AUD 2295
5 weeks USD 2713 GBP 1512 EUR 1954 AUD 2903
6 weeks USD 3067 GBP 1709 EUR 2209 AUD 3282
7 weeks USD 3421 GBP 2464 EUR 2271 AUD 3661
8 weeks USD 3775 GBP 2103 EUR 2719 AUD 4039
9 weeks USD 4129 GBP 2300 EUR 2974 AUD 4418
10 weeks USD 4483 GBP 2498 EUR 3229 AUD 4797
11 weeks USD 4837 GBP 2695 EUR 3484 AUD 5175
12 weeks USD 5191 GBP 2892 EUR 3739 AUD 5554

Project Start Dates

You may join the project every Monday following the official launch on Monday, January 18, 2016. 

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

Build projects

BUILD PROJECTS

Volunteers will spend some of their afternoons helping the local community through various traditional building projects and builds with Eco-Bricks.  Through fundraising back home with friends and family, volunteers can come to Livingstone ready to work alongside engineers who will help build approved and structurally sound buildings and structures.  You will be able to assist in the build of a project that has been requested by the community, which may include compost bins, water storage, benches and flower beds, chicken coops, pump houses and classrooms.  You will assist in hard but rewarding work, by helping with mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls, painting, or refurbishing existing structures.

Farming

FARMING

We aim to help communities set up sustainable farming programs and provide assistance in preparing the land and maintaining the crops. African Impact has assisted three farms in the acquisition of land, tools and seeds. Volunteers assist by helping to prepare the land, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. Recently, our staff and volunteers worked hand in hand with Linda Farm for the disabled to build an Eco-Brick compost bin and Eco-Brick chicken run for additional income generation.  There are plans for many more exciting projects at the farm including an Eco-Brick poultry house and much needed ablution blocks!

SWAP SHOPS

One of the most valuable investments one can make is through making an Eco-Brick.  A centralized Swap Shop will be set up and used for community members to exchange their Eco-Brick for a donated item.  The Eco-Brick will act as currency and will be exchanged for numerous items including clothing, towels, linens and other household items. Along with the flagship Shop in town, Mobile Swap Shops will also be part of the Swap Shop experience.  Volunteers will take donated items to rural communities where people will be able to exchange their eco-bricks for things.  By having an established location in town as well as “on the go” services, we will be able to maximize our reach.  

 

EDUCATION

The Ministry of Education is thrilled to be supporting us in our effort to work with local schools and communities where we will hold workshops that will educate people on what, why and how to Eco-Brick.  We will provide hands-on demonstrations and follow through on progress.

LITTER CLEAN-UPS

One of the ways to help beautify and gain free building materials is simple – litter picks.  In conjunction with Livingstone City Council and communities of Livingstone, volunteers will participate in community litter picks where you get to bond with the community as you work side by side to clean up the area removing waste that would otherwise be burned or buried as well as gather materials for Eco-Bricking.  

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

GET INVOLVED IN GROUP ACTIVITIES

During your stay at your “home” in Livingstone, the Livingstone Backpackers, you have the opportunity to play volleyball with the locals, explore the variety of restaurants and bars in town, have a “movie under the stars night”, and braai with your group of new friends.

 

GO ON SAFARI

Livingstone, Zambia is safari country. Here, you can spot a whole lot of wildlife, do rhino bushwalks and get up close and personal on an elephant-back safari.

EXPERIENCE VIC FALLS & ZAMBEZI ADVENTURES

Livingstone is your ticket to adventure. Take advantage of your proximity to the great and mighty Victoria Falls as well as the other adventures the Zambezi has to offer. 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.

ENJOY CULTURAL TOURS & MARKETS

Although you will be spending time in the community you will also be able to embark on a cultural tour to a local African village, giving you further insight into another way of life. You can also shop at some of the many markets and stock up on locally hand-made goods for your loved ones back home.

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Victoria falls zimbabwe safari partners

About the Destination

Livingstone, Zambia is a beautiful, rural town that many call “the real Africa.”  Just a stone’s throw away from one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls - Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure sports, wildlife and the great outdoors.  Whether you bungee jump, swim in the 'Devil’s Pool', feed some crocodiles, white water raft down the mighty Zambezi or just enjoy a breath-taking sunset, you will experience things that only Livingstone can offer!  Don’t worry, you will certainly not miss out on wildlife. There are many national parks where you can observe lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephant and giraffes and often, we spot some of these animals along the road on our way to project!

As Livingstone volunteer, you will be fully immersed in the rural community every day. Your mornings are focused on the project you select - medical, sports, teaching, environment, gender empowerment or building.  What makes being a Livingstone community volunteer so unique and different than any other project is that you are able to experience so many different activities because every afternoon is different.  You will join in a variety of activities that help uplift the community including After School Club, Reading Club, Math Club, Art Club, Maramba Old People’s Home, Linda Farm, Adult Literacy Club, Life Skills workshops and more!  This gives you a well-rounded experience and exposes you to all parts of the community.  

You’ll be staying in a private volunteer house within the popular and welcoming Livingstone Backpackers.  You will have access to a lovely swimming pool, hot tub, lounge and bar area and if that wasn’t enough, a full climbing wall as well!  Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk away from Livingstone's town center, which has many stores and a great selection of bars and restaurants.  You won’t want to leave your “new home” as the staff will become your new family!  

 Come join us in this special place that will fill your heart with compassion and love.  We look forward to welcoming you!

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Project Brochure

Quarter 3 Achievements and Statistics

July - September Newsletter!

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The Build-It Project - Victoria Falls, Zambia

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

Help develop the local town of Livingstone (a stone's throw from the magnificent Victoria Falls) with innovative and self-sustaining structures while beautifying the community. This project is unlike others as you will be participating in helping to create safe and sound structures for the community through ecological and self-sustaining methods. Work with your fellow volunteers, staff and local community members to determine what builds are necessary and then help design and execute these builds. You might help refurbish an old playground, paint a classroom, build a chicken coop or compost bin. You may also help with smaller items such as a lovely park bench. Either way, you will be helping the community and leaving your legacy in the town of Livingstone, near Victoria Falls!

Build1 copythumb

As a Build-It volunteer, you will:

  • Help reduce waste in order to clean up Livingstone
  • Build enviromentaly sustainable structures for local communities
  • Immerse yourself in local Zambian culture
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers on the program
  • Enjoy opportunities to visit the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe on exciting optional excursions
  • Visit the majestic Victoria Falls - also known as “the smoke that thunders” - and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities that Livingstone has to offer
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Building & Development Community & Conservation
Destination Destination
Zambia
Priced From Priced From
£ 712| € 926| US$ 1303| AU$ 1566|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 712| € 926| US$ 1303| AU$ 1566|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 1394 GBP 777 EUR 1004 AUD 1492
3 weeks USD 1770 GBP 986 EUR 1275 AUD 1893
4 weeks USD 2145 GBP 1195 EUR 1545 AUD 2295
5 weeks USD 2713 GBP 1512 EUR 1954 AUD 2903
6 weeks USD 3067 GBP 1709 EUR 2209 AUD 3282
7 weeks USD 3421 GBP 2464 EUR 2271 AUD 3661
8 weeks USD 3775 GBP 2103 EUR 2719 AUD 4039
9 weeks USD 4129 GBP 2300 EUR 2974 AUD 4418
10 weeks USD 4483 GBP 2498 EUR 3229 AUD 4797
11 weeks USD 4837 GBP 2695 EUR 3484 AUD 5175
12 weeks USD 5191 GBP 2892 EUR 3739 AUD 5554

Project Start Dates

You may join the project every Monday following the official launch on Monday, January 18, 2016. 

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

Build projects

BUILD PROJECTS

Volunteers will spend some of their afternoons helping the local community through various traditional building projects and builds with Eco-Bricks.  Through fundraising back home with friends and family, volunteers can come to Livingstone ready to work alongside engineers who will help build approved and structurally sound buildings and structures.  You will be able to assist in the build of a project that has been requested by the community, which may include compost bins, water storage, benches and flower beds, chicken coops, pump houses and classrooms.  You will assist in hard but rewarding work, by helping with mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls, painting, or refurbishing existing structures.

Farming

FARMING

We aim to help communities set up sustainable farming programs and provide assistance in preparing the land and maintaining the crops. African Impact has assisted three farms in the acquisition of land, tools and seeds. Volunteers assist by helping to prepare the land, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. Recently, our staff and volunteers worked hand in hand with Linda Farm for the disabled to build an Eco-Brick compost bin and Eco-Brick chicken run for additional income generation.  There are plans for many more exciting projects at the farm including an Eco-Brick poultry house and much needed ablution blocks!

SWAP SHOPS

One of the most valuable investments one can make is through making an Eco-Brick.  A centralized Swap Shop will be set up and used for community members to exchange their Eco-Brick for a donated item.  The Eco-Brick will act as currency and will be exchanged for numerous items including clothing, towels, linens and other household items. Along with the flagship Shop in town, Mobile Swap Shops will also be part of the Swap Shop experience.  Volunteers will take donated items to rural communities where people will be able to exchange their eco-bricks for things.  By having an established location in town as well as “on the go” services, we will be able to maximize our reach.  

 

EDUCATION

The Ministry of Education is thrilled to be supporting us in our effort to work with local schools and communities where we will hold workshops that will educate people on what, why and how to Eco-Brick.  We will provide hands-on demonstrations and follow through on progress.

LITTER CLEAN-UPS

One of the ways to help beautify and gain free building materials is simple – litter picks.  In conjunction with Livingstone City Council and communities of Livingstone, volunteers will participate in community litter picks where you get to bond with the community as you work side by side to clean up the area removing waste that would otherwise be burned or buried as well as gather materials for Eco-Bricking.  

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

GET INVOLVED IN GROUP ACTIVITIES

During your stay at your “home” in Livingstone, the Livingstone Backpackers, you have the opportunity to play volleyball with the locals, explore the variety of restaurants and bars in town, have a “movie under the stars night”, and braai with your group of new friends.

 

GO ON SAFARI

Livingstone, Zambia is safari country. Here, you can spot a whole lot of wildlife, do rhino bushwalks and get up close and personal on an elephant-back safari.

EXPERIENCE VIC FALLS & ZAMBEZI ADVENTURES

Livingstone is your ticket to adventure. Take advantage of your proximity to the great and mighty Victoria Falls as well as the other adventures the Zambezi has to offer. 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.

ENJOY CULTURAL TOURS & MARKETS

Although you will be spending time in the community you will also be able to embark on a cultural tour to a local African village, giving you further insight into another way of life. You can also shop at some of the many markets and stock up on locally hand-made goods for your loved ones back home.

Back to Top
Victoria falls zimbabwe safari partners

About the Destination

Livingstone, Zambia is a beautiful, rural town that many call “the real Africa.”  Just a stone’s throw away from one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls - Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure sports, wildlife and the great outdoors.  Whether you bungee jump, swim in the 'Devil’s Pool', feed some crocodiles, white water raft down the mighty Zambezi or just enjoy a breath-taking sunset, you will experience things that only Livingstone can offer!  Don’t worry, you will certainly not miss out on wildlife. There are many national parks where you can observe lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephant and giraffes and often, we spot some of these animals along the road on our way to project!

As Livingstone volunteer, you will be fully immersed in the rural community every day. Your mornings are focused on the project you select - medical, sports, teaching, environment, gender empowerment or building.  What makes being a Livingstone community volunteer so unique and different than any other project is that you are able to experience so many different activities because every afternoon is different.  You will join in a variety of activities that help uplift the community including After School Club, Reading Club, Math Club, Art Club, Maramba Old People’s Home, Linda Farm, Adult Literacy Club, Life Skills workshops and more!  This gives you a well-rounded experience and exposes you to all parts of the community.  

You’ll be staying in a private volunteer house within the popular and welcoming Livingstone Backpackers.  You will have access to a lovely swimming pool, hot tub, lounge and bar area and if that wasn’t enough, a full climbing wall as well!  Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk away from Livingstone's town center, which has many stores and a great selection of bars and restaurants.  You won’t want to leave your “new home” as the staff will become your new family!  

 Come join us in this special place that will fill your heart with compassion and love.  We look forward to welcoming you!

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Back to Top

Brochures

Project Brochure

Quarter 3 Achievements and Statistics

July - September Newsletter!

Meet the People

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