Discover the real Zambia by volunteering in the amazing town of Livingstone on this 2 week expedition. A stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls, this project offers the opportunity to not only make a lasting impact in the local community, but to immerse yourself in the rich cultural and wildlife heritage of this incredible part of Africa. Walking Rhino Safaris and Village Tours are just some of the adventures awaiting our intrepid volunteers. So join us in Zambia and make a real difference through our Eco Build, Sports and After-School programs while experiencing Africa as very few visitors ever do.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Help us create Eco-Build projects – a new environmentally conscious approach to building with plastic bottles and litter
- Bring sports and games to children with hands-on games, creative arts and team sports
- Help keep children off the streets by providing a safe and supportive environment at after-school clubs
- Enjoy your evenings in vibrant Livingstone with its mix of bars, coffee shops and restaurants
- Don’t forget, this is the adventure capital of Africa with high adrenalin white-water rafting, gorge swings, bungee jumps and famous Victoria Falls just down the road
- Go on a walking safari in Mosi O Tunya National Park where you will get up close and personal with the endangered white rhino
- Be invited by Chief Makuni to his village, home to the Leya people, where a member of the village will take you around and show you how huts are built and decorated while you meet local residents
- Go on a cycle tour to visit local villages – just watch out for wandering elephants!
Livingstone, Zambia is a beautiful, rural town just a stone’s throw away from one of the Seven 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 ‘Devil’s Pool’, feed some crocodiles, whitewater raft down the Zambezi or just enjoy a breath-taking sunset, you will experience things that only Livingstone can offer.
As a volunteer, you will be fully immersed in the community every day but will be based 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.
Aside from being the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa, Livingstone is also an amazing place to spot wildlife, as 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. Whether you’re volunteering abroad to gain work experience during your gap year, looking to take a career break or just want a new challenge, Livingstone is the place to be.
Work & Impacts
ARRIVAL DAY: Monday
Our staff will be waiting eagerly to receive you at Livingstone Airport when you arrive. We’ll transport you to Livingstone Backpackers, the volunteer accommodation, where you will be inducted to prepare for your volunteering experience the following day. After a day of settling in, we’ll have a team meeting so you can meet all your fellow volunteers. That night, we’ll host an ever-romantic movie night under the Zambian starry night.
Day 2: Tuesday
Your first volunteer opportunity will take place at Mwandi Community School. Our Sports Coordinators will lead you and your fellow volunteers as you facilitate and partake in sporting activities with the school children. The second volunteer opportunity of the day will be at a community project. You’ll be a part of various clubs that grow the talents of the community’s youth. This may be an arts and crafts club, a mathematics club, or a reading club.
Day 3: Wednesday
You’ll spend your morning at another sports project which takes place at Linda Community School. Your afternoon will be spent at a community club once again, be it arts and crafts club, mathematics club, or reading club. Our evening activities feature a special treat – sundowners on the vast Zambezi River. This body of water is home to hippos, crocodiles, and other wildlife. Enjoying its splendor in the gentle light of sunset is an enviable way to end your day.
Day 4: Thursday
Get ready for some hands-on work! Our Project Coordinator will take you to one of our Eco-Brick building sites. Eco-Bricks are innovative ‘building bricks’ made out of waste material that would otherwise pollute environments. We’ll all work together to build the facilities the community needs – whether that a kitchen, a classroom, or water storage infrastructure. If you still have some extra zest left in you that afternoon, you can join a bicycle tour through Livingstone. Experience the local communities by peddle.
Day 5: Friday
This morning we’ll visit Linda Community School once again. This time, to teach girls how to farm so that they are equipped to provide for themselves. Our afternoon activities are designed to immerse you in Zambian culture. Over 70 languages are spoken in the country, each with its own distinct culture. You’ll enjoy local cuisine and a dance show, as well a Q&A session to answer all of your burning questions.
Day 6: Saturday
You’ll have the weekend free to enjoy the very best of Livingstone and the surrounds. Make the most of the streaming sunshine and expanding nature by going river rafting, enjoying a meal at Elephant Café, or taking the plunge (literally) and bungee jumping. You may choose to spend this time resting up as well for the busy week ahead. Either way, there’s something for everyone.
Day 7: Sunday
This is the second day where you get to choose the itinerary! Have a lie in (we won’t judge) and get ready for another day of exploring. Head to the town center to try out some of the local eats or walk on over to one of those famous African markets to buy trinkets for your loved ones. You may also choose to head on over to Victoria Falls on this day – don’t forget to bring your camera along (and a comfortable pair of shoes).
Day 8: Monday
Its back to the rise and grind. In the morning, our volunteers will visit a local school and assist local teachers in education outreaches. Some of the work you’ll do includes grading papers or providing one-on-one attention to the children who need it most. After the final bell rings, we’ll run an afterschool program. You’ll facilitate activities for all the children who have extra energy after the busy day that are designed to further their development while they simply have fun.
Day 9: Tuesday
We’ll return to Mwandi Community School for another sports session. The children are sure to be awaiting eagerly on the sports field to throw some balls and engage in team strategy (you’ll have to remind yourself not to get too competitive). That afternoon, we’ll wind down and get in touch with our creative sides by running and Arts and Crafts Club. Art is a great form of expression, while craft allows the development of finer motor skills.
Day 10: Wednesday
We’ll start the day off with one of our volunteer-favorites; the Rhino Walk. You’ll walk through the bush to see this endangered member of the Big 5 in its natural habitat. You’re likely to see plenty of other wildlife, too, even some buffalos or elephants. In the afternoon, we’ll take part in our local Health Sciences outreach. At this Health Club, we hold workshops on a variety of health-related topics that are tailored to the Livingstone context.
Day 11: Thursday
We’ll start the day off with a tour which will take you to the surrounding villages that pepper the Zambian countryside. We’ll cook and enjoy Zambian dishes under the keen instruction of local ladies for an unforgettable lunch. After having our eyes and stomachs well-fed, we’ll head to Linda Community School where we’ll teach rugby to the schoolgirls. Prepare to have your expectations blown out of the water as these indominable girls score try after try.
Day 12: Friday
Today marks your final day of volunteering! We will visit Libuyu Community school for a final sports session with local schoolchildren. In the afternoon, we’ll all get in touch with our most logical selves as we teach a mathematics class. These aspiring mathematicians are sharp enough to challenge your own skillset, so we’ll all be sure to brush-up in preparation.
Day 13 & 14: Saturday & Sunday
Once again you have the weekend free to check all the activities off your list before you board your plane home. You may choose to enjoy local sites like Victoria Falls (this Natural Wonder of the World is an absolute must-see) or wind-down in one of Livingstone’s local restaurants. You may also choose to venture over to Chobe National Park in neighboring Botswana for a phenomenal safari experience.
DEPARTURE DAY: Monday
Alas, departure day has come. As sad as it is, these two weeks will draw to a close. We hope to see you soon for another adventure. Until then, Shalapo, and Pitani Bwino.
The Finer Details
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 14-nights’ accommodation at the African Impact wing of Livingstone Backpackers
- 3 Meals a day (weekdays only)
- Walking safari, village tours, and cycle tour
- Volunteer project fee, which covers all training and resources needed to make an impact
- All transport and transfers
- 24-hour support throughout from our staff team on the ground (while volunteering) and our Destination Specialists
- Airfare to and from Livingstone
- Medical and travel insurance
- Any additional activities/excursions
- Souvenirs, snacks, soft drinks or gifts
Why do an expedition with us?
We believe that when you travel, there should be no compromises. Even if you are limited on time you should be able to explore while still doing some good in the world. This is what we do. In fact, we are the experts in Africa. We create volunteer travel experiences that change lives (and not just your own).
Named the Top Volunteer Abroad Organization in 2017, we are expanding our extremely popular Expedition Programs that take you #BeyondVolunteering. They are not your average tourist holidays; they are the ultimate way to see, do and achieve as much as possible in a short space of time. Join our team of passionate staff on the ground for a week or two of volunteering with local communities or wildlife, with a whole host of adventure activities thrown in for good measure. We think they are the ultimate way to discover some of Africa’s most iconic destinations.