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Zambia - Livingstone Sports and Community Development

Come experience life in Livingstone, Zambia while teaching the importance of sports and physical activity to the community. Coach soccer or netball, teach the schools' physical education curriculum, or contribute your individual skills in your own way to impact the community and have fun with the children!



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectLivingstone, Zambia
Project LengthMin 2 weeks – Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportLivingstone International Airport
Volunteer WorkWork with children, sports coaching, community development
Number of Participants10 international volunteers
Age17 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationLodge rooms for 4-8 people
Food3 meals a day (excluding weekends)
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure day
Transportation 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
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, weekend meals, and entry visa (approximately $50 USD).
* Please note that volunteers staying longer than 30 days will need to apply for a "temporary employment permit." This costs approximately $250 USD to be paid upon arrival in Zambia.


Travel to Zambia and experience firsthand the authentic African culture and eye-opening lifestyle of native Zambians. Zambia is Africa's most urbanized country, with a huge percentage of the population localized in just a few urban centers scattered throughout the country. These densely packed regions often suffer from extreme poverty, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, and illiteracy. 

This project takes place in Livingstone, a town located in the Southern Province of Zambia and directly next to the famous Victoria Falls. Livingstone has a history of economic instability due to its proximity to the Zimbabwean border and restrictive regulations on trade in the past. However, Livingstone is now slowly emerging as a lively town with modern restaurants, shopping, hotels, and theaters. 


About the Project

The goal of this project is to promote the importance of physical activity among the Livingstone community, where you will find children with a passion for sports despite the limited access to resources and trainers. Physical education is an invaluable tool for educating others in all aspects of health, including HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition and hygiene, while also encouraging skills such as teamwork, focus, and dedication. 
Come help us work toward our initiatives in Livingstone, while making a lasting impression on the children and community you are there to help. Bring your love for sports and inspire the children to set goals, work hard, and have fun!


Volunteer Work and Contribution

This project consists of the following possible morning activities:
Physical education in schools: Here you will spend your mornings in schools throughout the community teaching physical education to students. You will be provided with a curriculum book for lesson planning and will be teaching both practical and theoretical skills of physical education. You will be encouraged to use your creative side in planning and leading fun and educational games and activities for the children during their designated physical education time. 
Training teams: The Livingstone community organizes several all-boys community soccer and rugby teams that enable boys of all ages, whether or not they are in school, to feel part of a team. As a volunteer, you will help the coaches run practices and games and will contribute any skills and experience you have to the training teams, both on and off the field. 
Keep in mind that although your schedule is determined by one of the above projects, our volunteer coordinators are always flexible and appreciate volunteers who come with their own unique experiences and skill sets. If you have something else in mind you would like to work towards, let us know and we will do our best to provide you with tasks that will be meaningful and relevant for you, as well as exciting for the kids. 
After your morning sports activities, you will have the option to participate in other community development projects throughout the area. These include:
  • Building and construction projects: You will be building classrooms for childhood education initiatives.
  • Farming: Help the community work towards self-sufficiency by working on a sustainable farming initiative. 
  • Reading club: Help children after school with reading and literacy. 
  • Art club: Plan your own arts-and-crafts projects to nurture creativity. 
  • Adult literacy club: Help young adults in the community improve their literacy and ultimately find employment. 
  • Senior living home: Assist the staff in providing care for people without families to look after them. 
  • Afterschool clubs: Play with preschool-aged children after school.

A typical day: After breakfast, your work day begins at 7:45 am at one of the morning projects. After a one-hour lunch break at 11:15 am, you will take part in one of the afternoon community projects until 5:00 pm, when you will be taken back to the volunteer house for dinner. Evenings and weekends are free and can be spent as you wish.


Important Dates 

As we work within local communities, our projects are affected by the school terms. Local partners take time off to spend with their families on public holidays and our school/education-based programs are structured slightly differently during the school and exam holidays. 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:
Term 1 - 12 January - 10 April
Term 2 - 11 May - 7 August
Term 3 - 7 September - 4 December

Living Arrangements

AccommodationsVolunteers will sleep in same-sex, shared rooms (for 6-8 people) in a large, comfortable, and secure volunteer complex located just a 5 minute walk from Livingstone's town center. Bed linens are provided (but please bring your own towel), a lockable cupboard is available in each room to store your valuables (please bring your own padlock), and a daily cleaning service is included as well. The complex provides great social opportunities with other volunteers as it can house up to 87 people total and contains a dining area, bar, T.V. lounge, resource center, swimming pool, large garden, and a rock climbing wall. 

Food3 meals a day are provided during the work week. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis and includes cereals, toasts, coffee, and tea. Lunch and dinner are full meals prepared by the staff cook. Meals are not provided on the weekends, so this is a great time to go out and explore the local restaurants and cuisine!

Internet: WIFI available at the complex for a small fee

Laundry: Service provided for about $4 per load


Travel Highlights

Volunteers will get weekends off to explore the area and go on additional trips. Although these are not included in your program fee, our staff would be happy to help you arrange exciting excursions for this time. In the past, volunteers have enjoyed:

  • Dinner/sunset cruise on the Zambezi River 
  • 2 night safari in Chobe National Park 
  • White water rafting on the Zambezi Rive
  • Bungee jumping and gorge swings over the Batoka Gorge 
  • Helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls 
  • 2 night boat cruise along the Zambezi River


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 17
  • Police background check
  • Immunizations (proof of Yellow Fever vaccination required for travel into Zambia. Consult your local travel clinic for any other recommendations)
  • Proof of medical qualifications if wanting to work in maternity wards
  • Strong desire to help others
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Basic English


Important Notes

For this program, volunteers are required to purchase a business visa to Zambia upon arrival. For a single entry, it will cost about $50 USD, and for multiple entry, about $80 USD. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to arrange for and cover the costs of the appropriate visa. 

Volunteers travelling to Zambia for over 30 days will need to apply for a Temporary Employment Permit, which costs approximately $250 USD.

Zambia has recently begun to require proof of vaccination for Yellow Fever upon arrival per recommendation of the World Health Organization.  Consult your doctor to arrange this and to discuss any other immunization recommendations. 

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