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.

THIS PROJECT IS OPEN OVER CHRISTMAS 2018 BUT MAY LOOK SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT!

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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

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’, 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 a Livingstone volunteer, you will be fully immersed in the rural community every day. Your mornings are focused on building and environmental work whilst in the afternoons you will join in a variety of development projects that help uplift the community including After School Care, Reading Club, Adult Literacy Class, Life Skills workshops and more!  This gives you a well-rounded experience, exposes you to all parts of the community and is ultimately what makes being a Livingstone community volunteer so unique.

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, lounge, BBQ and bar area.  Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk away from Livingstone’s town center, which has many stores and a great selection of cafes and restaurants.  You won’t want to leave your “new home” as the staff will become your new family!

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
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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.

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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.

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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

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