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Zambia - Livingstone Community Teaching

Volunteer in the sunny town of Livingstone, Zambia, only a few kilometers from the beautiful Victoria Falls. Volunteers are placed with a teacher in one of six under-served schools within the community to assist with the flow of the classroom and provide the students with invaluable individual attention that they would not otherwise receive.



$1,250

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectLivingstone, Zambia
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportLivingstone International Airport
Volunteer WorkTutoring and assitance in classrooms, HIV/AIDS education
Number of ParticipantsUp to 20 international participants
Age17 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationLodge rooms for 4-8 people
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersPickup on arrival day and drop-off on end date
Transportation All daily transfers between accommodations and project site
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

What's Not Included

Flights, travel health insurance, personal expenses, and visa
 

Location

Livingstone is located in the Southern Province of Zambia, just moments away from the legendary Victoria Falls. The town has become a popular tourist destination for those eager to see the beauty and grandeur of the water falls, as well as spectacular wildlife, and a rich and extensive history and culture. Livingstone boasts numerous attractions such as safaris, museums, historical buildings, and outdoor activities to get your heart pumping such as bungee jumping and white water rafting.

 

About the Project

In choosing this project, volunteers will be making a commitment to work with some of the most impoverished communities in the area, with the end goal of improving both the educational levels of the students as well as stressing the importance and value of a good education.

Volunteers at this project will be working in one of the schools in the area. These schools educate extremely underserved populations of children, including orphans and especially vulnerable kids. 

Important Note: From December 9th, 2013 through January 12, 2014, this project will be running a Christmas special and will be combining with the Livingstone Sports and Community project to provide a fun and educational holiday season for the Livingstone community. 

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

The community is in need of a wide variety of assistance, and therefore, your volunteer work will be extremely dynamic and changing throughout your experience. Your roles may fall under any one of the following initiatives:

Teaching assistance: you will be assigned to a class in one of Livingstone's six community schools for orphaned and at-risk youth. You will be working with the classroom teacher to identify how to better reach individual students. Your work will give children the opportunity for one-on-one attention in the classroom, one that does not present itself often in the schools' big classes, and can make a lasting impact on children who would otherwise be falling behind. 

Group work: you will remove a small group of children who are struggling from class and will work with them in a smaller and slower-pace environment with more individual attention. 

Marking tests and assignments: you will assist the teachers to decrease their workload by grading and marking the children's assignments and tests. 

Revision classes: you will lead small groups through a repetition of a previous lesson to make sure nobody has fallen behind and to secure that each child has multiple opportunities and settings in which to learn the information. 

In addition to your teaching work, you will participate in a number of other after-school initiatives. These include building, painting, and refurbishing schools and clinics in the area; reading, art, and adult literacy clubs; and farming.  

 

Important Dates 

Please see below the dates of Zambian school terms for 2014. As we work within local communities our projects are affected by these dates; local partners take time off to spend with their families on public holidays and our school/education-based programmes are structured slightly differently during the school holidays and 2 weeks proceeding holidays whilst examinations are in progress. Some of our projects may be put on hold whilst the kids are on leave, but there is no shortage of important and rewarding community work to be done here.
 
School terms 2014:
  • First term - Opens Monday 13 Jan - Closes Friday 11 April
  • Second Term - Opens Monday 12 May - Closes Friday 8 August
  • Third term - Opens Monday 8 September - Closes Friday 5 December

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: the accommodations are approximately a five minute walk from the town center and are located in a securely fenced complex. On the complex is the volunteer house, a TV lounge, a swimming pool, a large garden area, a rock climbing wall, and a resource center with a dining room and bar. The volunteer house is very comfortable and consists of dorm rooms that sleep up to eight volunteers. Each room has a lockable safe for your valuables, and is staffed with a cook and cleaning service. All bedding is provided, however volunteers may want to bring a sleeping bag for the winter months (June-September) or for camping trips. Volunteers are required to bring their own towels and mosquito nets.

Food: volunteers will receive three daily meals. Breakfast is on a serve-yourself basis and usually consists of cereals, toast, coffee, and tea. Lunch and dinner are full meals prepared for you by the staff cook. Weekends you will need to prepare your own food. 

Internet: WIFI available for a small fee

Laundry: services available for a small fee (about $4/load)

 

Travel Highlights

During time off, there are many exciting activities in which volunteers can partake. The Zambezi River offers canoeing and white water rafting as well as the option for a sunset dinner cruise. The area also boasts exhilarating activities like bungee jumping and gorge swings.  Also, no trip to the region would be complete without visiting Victoria Falls which can be admired from the ground as well as from the sky through helicopter tours.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Min age 17
  • Basic English
  • Good physical fitness
  • Motivation to work with children
  • Full travel and medical insurance
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
  • Police background check

 

Important Notes

Please note that for participation in this program, you must obtain a business visa to Zambia. This can be done ahead of time through your local Zambian consulate or upon arrival at the airport. The cost of this visa will be around $50 for single entry and $80 for multiple entries. It is the sole responsibility of the volunteer to arrange the correct visa and cover any associated fees. 

Also please note that proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required upon entry to Zambia. Consult with your doctor regarding any other recommended immunizations.  

 

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