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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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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: WiFi is available at the complex for small fee.
Laundry: Laundry services are available for about $4 USD per load
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: 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:
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:
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.