Join the African Impact team at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, and work alongside local teachers in rural primary schools that are overwhelmed with children wanting to learn. This is an opportunity to give individual attention to children who really need it, gain some valuable teaching experience abroad and visit the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa with other international volunteers from around the world.
THIS PROJECT IS OPEN OVER CHRISTMAS 2018 BUT MAY LOOK SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT!
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Directly support a local teacher by providing classroom assistance in a rural primary school
- Change a child’s life who is falling behind in their education by providing one-to-one attention that they otherwise would not receive
- Spend each afternoon on a different community project. Choose from different activities, including helping children to read, getting creative at Art Club, or even trying your hand at a building project
- Tick one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World off your bucket list, Victoria Falls
- Live and work in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa, where you can bungee-jump, go white-water-rafting or take to the skies on a microlight flight
- See Africa’s most iconic wildlife on safari during your free time
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.
Each morning, you will work with one specific class, however throughout the week there is a wide range of community projects and involvement so volunteers get a taste of everything.
Fun & Travel
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, white water rafting 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.
For the adrenaline junkies, why not try the famous bungee jump or gorge swing?
Go on Safari
Livingstone, Zambia is safari country. Here, you can spot a whole lot of wildlife, do rhino bushwalks or even take a boat safari to spot elephants off the Zambezi River. You can also go on weekend outings to the world-famous Chobe National Park, which is across the border in Botswana.
Cultural Tours and 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.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at the lively Livingstone Backpackers, in a private section shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
Why volunteer with African Impact?
We live and breathe all things Africa
Akabangilile, kaumine ipulu. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.
We are with you all the way
Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.
We are about real, measurable change
Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.
We are leading the way
With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.
“I am now sure that I can imagine being a teacher because I loved working with the kids and I had such a great experience here for my first travel alone (I was quite scared about being alone for two month in a country that is so far away from home), but it was such an amazing experience! I’m even more motivated to travel and see the world. African Impact really made me feel more confident about my gap year and that is such a big help, thank you!”
Michelle Wiebach, Switzerland
“My experience at African Impact has changed my life. They provided me with the knowledge and skills to help make a difference in the amazing world and culture that I was able to experience. African Impact was very involved in my travels and my safety making me feel very comfortable and safe. Thank you African Impact for changing my life and providing me with the materials needed to help make a difference.”
Sara Steingraf, USA