The Build-It Project – Victoria Falls, Zambia

Outstanding Volunteer Project 2017

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!

 

Winner of GoAbroad’s Innovative New Program Award 2017 and Outstanding Volunteer Project in the Global Youth Travel Awards 2017

GoAbroad New Program Award 2017

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

  • 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

Volunteer Reviews

“Great experience which I would recommend to friends and family. The co coordinators and project managers were excellent and always available to answer any questions. I look forward to going on more projects with African impact.” Fiona, Ireland

“Excellent members of staff and well organised and safe projects. A real variety of projects available, I was very grateful that I was able to sample a bit of everything during my stay making it a really dynamic experience.” Benjamin, UK

Dates & Rates

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
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.

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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