Put your passion for sports, fitness, wellness, and nutrition to great use as you educate and train school students in the rural villages of Livingstone. Physical education does not form part of the school curriculum in Zambia, and with limited resources, and a lack of skilled coaches, your input is vital to ensure these children stay active and learn to enjoy exercise. Physical education improves self-confidence, teamwork, mental and physical health, as well as helps develop life skills, that would otherwise be lacking.
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 .
With physical education lacking from the Zambian curriculum, it is an unfamiliar concept to most community schools, but with your support as volunteers, we can help change attitudes on health, fitness, and nutrition. The children absolutely love these lessons so please bring your passion and energy in abundance as you track student progress and witness their growth.
You’ll volunteer once a week at five different schools, running physical education classes, teaching the students new games and designing new lessons to educate students both in a theoretical and practical sense, allowing for more in-depth training and skill development.. The physical education classes we run will also allow you to use your initiative and creativity to relate your sessions to an aspect of health, such as nutrition, or even an upcoming event such as the Olympics or the World Cup. Should you have expertise in a specific sport, you can teach an entire lesson focused on it.
Join us on a vital 2-hour session every Wednesday afternoon where you and your fellow volunteers will educate children aged 10-13 at a local community school on a variety of health topics. Cover important subjects in an interactive way to ensure learning is fun and relevant with tangible improvements in knowledge as you deliver these sessions to a group of approximately 20. In the past, we have covered subjects such as fire prevention, wound dressing, hygiene, a healthy diet, and exercise, but we welcome your suggestions for new topics.
Working with various local sports organizations, provincial and district ministries for sports, and other NGOs, you will have the opportunity to coach sporting teams as well as to teach new drills to the coaches. African Impact has a strong partnership with the TAG Rugby Trust, which means you will coach large groups of enthusiastic children in an exciting new sport. With the opportunity to utilize your skills in the development of local coaches, you can help further increase the sustainability of this project. Furthermore, as a sports coach, you will have the opportunity to coach football, volleyball, basketball, netball, rugby, or any other sport you would like to introduce to the children during afterschool clubs, community sports days, and holiday clubs. The African Impact Sports Project also supports the government fun run and awareness days.
Your schedule is set for you by your Project Manager; however, if you have any particular interests or skills you would like to use, we would love to try and accommodate them! The children at the schools are always keen to learn new activities – particularly if they come from overseas!! We can set up a class for you to teach netball, yoga, athletics, cricket, Aussie rules, baseball, or whatever your interest is. Equipment is very difficult to come by so please keep that in mind, if you are able to acquire donated sporting equipment, the community will greatly appreciate it.
During school vacation time volunteers run “holiday clubs.” Holiday club is extremely important as it offers students valuable time to catch up on learning missed due to the Zambian “Hot Seating” system. Not only does it give young people a safe environment to spend their summer holidays, it is also a lot of fun whilst providing an effective educational tool. You’ll work closely with our teaching volunteers to teach lessons for the first half of the morning and then engage the students in recreational activities and teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle. For self-starters, holiday club is a fantastic way to direct instruction for a few weeks and leave your mark on the students.
“Overall, it was a great experience. I loved meeting and becoming friends with other volunteers who were all different ages and from different countries. Our coordinators were fun and approachable, and you could tell they were passionate about the different projects. Livingstone was awesome because I could ask to be on different projects, and they were very flexible and accommodating. The kids in the sport program were so quick at learning and a lot of fun to be around every day. I was able to make up my own activities and was trusted to run sessions with over 40 kids! Highly recommended!”
“Volunteering with African Impact in Livingstone has been an incredible experience. Upon arrival, I could not have imagined that I would train with the Zambian national rugby team, walk with rhinos and zip-line across the falls before my stay was complete. The hands-on nature of the projects is a great way to engage with the local community and also develop useful skills for the future. On the sports project, we quickly became familiar with some useful phrases in nyanja (much to the amusement of the children) and days out like the village tour allowed us to experience the village way of life ad taste the local delicacies. In short, we have met some incredible people in an incredible place, and we have had an incredible time.”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Manager will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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