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!
What's not Included
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Term 1 - 12 January - 10 April
- Term 2 - 11 May - 7 August
- Term 3 - 7 September - 4 December
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age 18
- 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
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
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.