Zambia – Christmas in Victoria Falls

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Spread Christmas cheer through caroling, gift giving and participating in other holiday-themed volunteer activities for those less fortunate. By teaching local children how to make holiday cards and giving gifts to the elderly, volunteers can have a fulfilling volunteer experience in the spirit of the holidays.

In addition to these holiday-specific tasks, volunteers will also be running a special program for students to engage in fun, educational activities from sports activities to art lessons, performing science experiments and more. These students are in need of extra attention and our volunteers play a large role in their academic lives outside of the normal school schedule.


Location icon Location of the Project: Livingstone, Zambia

Project length Project length: Min 2 weeks – Max 5 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  Child care, teaching, sports coaching, building

Age Age:  Min age 18 (Volunteers aged 16 & 17 may apply with parental consent)

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 12 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: 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. You must be at least 21 years old to be eligible for this visa.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Volunteers will sleep in same-gender, shared rooms

Food Food: 3 meals per weekday are included

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days

Orientation Orientation: All necessary project introductions and information will be provided upon arrival.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, weekend meals, personal expenses.

This project takes place in Livingstone, Zambia. It is located a stone’s throw away from the magnificent, thundering waters of one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders – Victoria Falls – and only 10 kilometers north of the majestic Zambezi River. The small town of Livingstone was named after the British explorer, David Livingstone, who named the great falls after Queen Victoria of Britain.

Today, Livingstone is a popular destination for tourists who wish to visit the Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. Livingstone is also renowned for countless attractions including African safaris, museums, historical buildings and a wide range of outdoor activities for the adventurous traveler.


As a volunteer on this project you will be participating in a variety of activities and tasks. Volunteers will work in a primary care school and will also be involved in reading, art, adult literacy, math and sports clubs within the local community. There will also be additional, holiday-oriented tasks. This gives volunteers the opportunity to make a positive impact on the local Zambian community in the spirit of the holidays!

The weeks leading up to Christmas will involve both “regular” volunteer work- working with children in the primary care school – as well as preparation for the holiday festivities. Volunteers will help to arrange gifts and on Christmas day, will be visiting a home for the elderly as well as a Pediatrics ward, delivering gifts to spread Christmas joy.

Some of your tasks may include:

  • Leading school clubs (math, reading, art, sports)
  • Eco-building
  • Sustainable farming
  • Holiday decoration and Christmas card making
  • Caroling and gift delivery


A typical day: Volunteers will begin their day volunteering with children in the primary care school, and will then select which afternoon club they would like to join. They can also choose to volunteer at an eco-friendly building or sustainable farming project.

Internet icon Internet: Internet cafes are available in town, and Wifi is available at the base for a fee

Laundry icon Laundry: There is a weekly laundry service available

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers will be staying in shared, spacious safari tents in Fuller Forest with up to five other people. The accommodations are located on the edge of the Zambezi River, and the tents are a short walking distance from the showers and washrooms. There is a volunteer lounge as well with views of the 1500-hectare forest and Zambezi National Park.

Food icon Food: Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day. The food is of good quality and nutritious, but should you wish, you can purchase extra items in town at one of the supermarkets.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Basic level of English
  • Police clearance

Volunteers will have some weekends off to explore the area and go on 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 cruises on the Zambezi River
  • 2-night safari in Chobe National Park
  • White water rafting on the Zambezi River
  • Bungee jumping and gorge swings over the Batoka Gorge
  • Helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls
  • 2-night boat cruise along the Zambezi River

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