Join the African Impact team in the traditional African town of Livingstone, as you work towards the UN’s Global Goal of Gender Equality. Through African Impact’s initiative, The Girl Impact, you’ll support, educate and encourage adolescent girls as they become empowered young women in their community. Bring local boys and men to the forefront of the conservation as you encourage the gender equality movement and overcome male/female stereotypes.
Livingstone is a beautiful, rural town in southern Zambia just a stone’s throw away from the mighty Zambezi river and the border of Zimbabwe. It is a hub for visitors looking to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. Livingstone is the ultimate playground for adventure-seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, and lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you’d like to bungee jump, swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’, white water raft down the Zambezi, join a river safari or enjoy an African sunset, every experience in Livingstone is unique. The town itself is relaxed and friendly with an intriguing culture and history. Here, you’ll find arts and craft producers, museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, as well as delicious local food and laidback African lifestyle.
Volunteer in an intimate setting as you work with 2 separate girls’ groups and deliver educational workshops based around our six pillars of Girl Impact – education, self-confidence, health, early pregnancy, safety, and income generation. Help reduce the gender gap as you equip the girls with the tools to make educated decisions and go on to become empowered women. Also support the development of the mentorship program with our current girls as they guide future generations and create a sustainable initiative.
Provide support group sessions and deliver workshops in a personal environment to a dedicated group of local Zambian women. These sessions may include career and goal setting workshops, health talks, and lessons on safety. Challenge the Gender role stereotype and help these strong women become empowered within their communities.
Bridge the gender-based gap as you educate the local Zambian boys and young men. Be an integral part of shaping society’s beliefs and attitudes towards gender and help deliver workshops on self-confidence, respect, bullying, teamwork, healthy friendships, sex education, gender-based violence, and how to treat women. Provide outlets for boys to express themselves and encourage them to stand up for the girls in their communities.
We change attitudes on the issue of violence against girls and support girls who have been affected by violence. Working with organizations that specialize in education on gender-based violence, we host workshops and activities that are aimed at boys and girls on this important topic. We also host sessions for teachers so they can learn how to handle behavior including bullying and rape.
Empower girls through sport, which is still traditionally male-dominated and shift those gender stereotypes. Partner with the Tag Rugby Trust and facilitate sessions solely for girls to attend and work on developing not only sport-specific skills but also teamwork, discipline, co-operation, and personal goals. Add extra depth to these sessions with a health talk which may cover the food pyramid, the importance of staying hydrated, how to lead a healthy lifestyle, or the danger of consuming too much sugar.
“I have had the best month volunteering for African Impact on the Girl Impact project. The highlight has to be all the people I have met, people on projects, and the other volunteers. going into the schools and communities to talk about loads of interesting topics from HIV/AIDs to self-confidence means you learn a lot about Zambian culture and really get to know the pupils. I feel that the Girl Impact project is very important and is also so much fun, I had the best time at the women’s group as the ladies were so interesting and just hilarious. The projects generally are so organised, with clear timetables and transport so you don’t have to worry about anything. The house is so much fun and it is so easy to make friends with everyone so life when you’re not on project, is still exciting. Overall, I am so glad that I have volunteered here and would recommend it to anyone!”
“Working with women in Zambia was such a lovely experience. They were welcoming and friendly beyond anything you can ever imagine. The girls want to learn, and their English is unbelievable. The women at the women’s group are interested and want to make their lives for themselves and their families better. Being able to support their projects and their entrepreneurship was a fabulous opportunity. These projects make such a difference to the local community in supporting them to achieve more without doing it for them.”
“I was doing Girl Impact in Livingstone and it was amazing! Before I came here, I knew like almost nothing about Zambia but now I have experienced so much! I definitely would come back! So many thanks to everyone from the staff and to the other volunteers, you made my time amazing!”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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