Zambia – Livingstone Healthcare and Community Outreach

Make an impact on the lives of Zambians as you volunteer in a variety of its outreach projects. From working at a local clinic, to supporting its adult literacy clubs, this project will allow you to experience the many opportunities to positively enhance the lives of people living in poverty.


Program Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in traditional Zambian life as you assist in providing home-based care to the community
  • Gain healthcare experience by observing patients being treated by local practitioners
  • Participate in vital community education to encourage healthy lifestyle choices through workshops and health education talks
  • Live only 7km away from Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • For the adrenaline junkies, the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls offer endless adventure activities, such as helicopter rides, white water rafting and bungee jumping off the famous bridge!


Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum 10 day commitment):

Arrival Day, Monday: Arrive at Livingstone International Airport (LVI). You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your accommodation in Livingstone. Take some time to rest and meet the other volunteers.

Day 1 – 4, Tuesday to Friday: Start your Zambian immersion as you offer home-based care in a rural community. Volunteers have the mornings dedicated to the healthcare volunteer program which could include home-based care or working in a clinic depending on the needs of the community. In the afternoons throughout the week you will participate in community projects with the kids such as art club, eco club, reading club, girl empowerment, and more.

Days 5-6, Saturday-Sunday: Your weekend is free for you to release some energy as you take advantage of Zambia’s adrenaline filled activities such as bungee jumping and white water rafting.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow a similar schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having Saturday-Sunday off. Use your weekends to take day trips to Victoria Falls, go on boat cruises on the Zambezi River or take a safari through the Chobe National Park. For volunteers staying 10 days the departures will be on a Wednesday. For volunteers staying 2 weeks or more, departures are on Mondays.


Location icon Location of the Project: Livingstone, Zambia

Project length Project length: Min 10 days – Max 12 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Livingstone International Airport (LVI)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  Medical support, community outreach, work with the elderly, work with children

Age Age:  18-70

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: Volunteers staying 30 days or less will need to apply for a business visa upon arrival to Zambia – documentation will be provided to apply easily upon arrival. Volunteers staying longer than 30 days will need to apply for a “temporary employment permit.” This costs approximately $300 – $400 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: Shared rooms in a volunteer house

Food Food: Three meals per day (excluding weekends)

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

Orientation Orientation: All necessary training and introductions 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 (approx. $50 USD), travel health insurance, weekend meals, personal expenses

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 mission trip 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.


Volunteers will spend their mornings at one of the multiple healthcare projects listed below:

Clinic assistance: The clinics in the area suffer from serious shortages of staff, so the nurses greatly appreciate any assistance volunteers can provide to decrease their workload and ensure more efficient and effective treatment of patients. You may be volunteering at clinics with outpatient services, HIV and TB services, maternity services, and pharmacies. Your duties here may include:

  • Filing patient records
  • Observing patient care and seeing how healthcare services function in Zambia


Home-based care: The bed-ridden and immobile patients of Livingstone are visited at home for their treatments. Most of these patients suffer from long-term, debilitating diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, or malaria. Volunteers will accompany local caregivers to provide treatment. Here you may be required to:

  • Provide comfort, care, and advice
  • Inform patients about the importance of hygiene, nutrition, diet, and adhering to medication regiment


HIV education and health talks: Health education is the first step in preventing disease and promoting healthy choices and lifestyles. With the help of local staff, volunteers will facilitate community courses to deliver important healthcare information. The syllabus topics include:

  • HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Basic hygiene
  • Importance of healthy living (diet and exercise)


Elderly home: This elderly home is poorly funded by the government and the residents often have no family or caretakers to look after them. Here, you will have a wide variety of roles including:

  • Providing the residents with a friendly face and opportunity to socialize
  • Conducting health talks on personal hygiene and health
  • Encouraging mobility for those residents in need


HIV education in prisons: The inmate population is one that is at high-risk and extremely vulnerable for contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS. Here, you will have the opportunity to partake in the following:

  • Spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it
  • Educate inmates about how cope once infected
  • Addressing the stigma of HIV/AIDS


Please note that this specific project is only available to volunteers who are selected by the on-site project managers. Eligibility will be based on criteria such as past medical experience, ability to communicate well with others in English, maturity, and age.

After your morning medical tasks, you will have the option to participate in other community 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.


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Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available at the complex however it’s slow in the area. Staff will assist volunteers to purchase a local SIM card with a data package for a small fee.

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry services are available for about $4 USD per load

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers 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.

Food icon Food: Three 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!


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • High school diploma is required for all volunteers staying longer than 4 weeks
  • 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

Not Included: 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 River
  • Bungee jumping and gorge swings over the Batoka Gorge
  • Helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls
  • 2 night boat cruise along the Zambezi River


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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