Eco-Building Project, Zambia - African Impact

Eco-Building Project, Zambia

Outstanding Volunteer Project 2017

African Impact’s Eco Building project in Livingstone (a stone’s throw from the magnificent Victoria Falls) is a world-first and has won multiple awards for innovation and excellence. By using plastic bottles and discarded rubbish to create bricks, you are able to build vital structures while cleaning and beautifying the community.

This project is suited to people who love getting their hands dirty, relish being outdoors, and are passionate about the environment.

GoAbroad New Program Award 2017

AS A BUILD-IT VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Help reduce waste and the impact of plastic in the tourist town of Livingstone by creating innovative eco-bricks
  • Get your hands dirty building much-needed environmentally-sustainable structures for local communities
  • Work closely with rural Zambian communities to empower and rehabilitate those living with disabilities and in extreme poverty
  • Live and work near one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the majestic Victoria Falls and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities that Livingstone has to offer
  • Enjoy opportunities to visit the neighboring countries of Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe on exciting optional excursions

Volunteer Reviews

“Had a fantastic time on the Eco Building Project in Zambia. Was really impressed by African Impact and their work in Livingstone. Loved how there was such an emphasis on community involvement and sustainability. Great diversity in day to day work and a fantastic place to volunteer in. Would absolutely recommend the organisation and the location.” – Benjamin Wells, UK

“My time in Livingstone with African Impact was incredible. I worked as part of the building project. I’ve especially enjoyed this project as you directly see the physical impact you’re making/creating.” – Caitlin Csabanko, Australia

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
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

Why AI Africa Specialists
We live and breathe all things Africa

Akabangilile, kaumine ipulu. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.

Why AI With you all the way
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.

Why AI Measurable Impacts
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.

WHy AI Reviewed and Awarded
We knock it out of the park

But don’t just take it from us, read over 2000 reviews from our past volunteers and check out our awards.

Why AI Leading the Way
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.

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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