Volunteering in Zambia
Zambia is a country known for its incredible wildlife and striking landscapes. None more famous or impressive than the mighty Victoria Falls. To the local people this massive sheet of falling water (the world’s largest in terms of length x width) is known as Mosi-oa-Tunyahis or “the smoke that thunders”. Livingstone sits on the banks of the Zambezi River and is the perfect location for adventurous individuals who want to blend highly-impactful volunteering projects with some of the most extreme adventure activities you’ll find on Earth!
Fast Facts on Zambia
Capital City: Lusaka
- Harare is located in the northeast part of the country
Currency: Zambian kwacha
- Find your currency’s exchange rate here
Languages: English is the official language
- Bemba and Nyanja are local languages that are also prevalent, especially in the Copperbelt
Population (2016 estimate): 16 million
- About the same as Zimbabwe
Size: 290,587 square miles or 752,618 square kilometers
- Almost double the size of Zimbabwe
2018 Global Peace Index Ranking: 48 out of 163 nations (High)
- For comparison: USA (121 – Medium), Canada (6 – Very High), United Kingdom (57 – High)
Our NGO partner in Victoria Falls has nearly a decade of experience hosting volunteers in Zimbabwe and as of January 2019, have expanded their operations to include projects across the border in Zambia. Their primary goal is to promote the development of the Livingstone community. Their projects support local children through volunteer-supported activities and sustainable development initiatives. The non-political, non-religious organization believes that the inequalities between the world’s rich and the poor are perpetrated by lack of understanding and appreciation of human diversity, the power of sharing knowledge and helping one another. It is for this reason that they seek to engage people from all walks of life to offer their expertise, skills and passion in making the world a better place for all.
It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteering in Zambia at a school is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
The Children’s Home Volunteering in Zambia project supports displaced and vulnerable children in Livingstone. The children that reside in the children’s home are in the custody of the Ministry of Social Welfare as a result of death in the family or other challenges. The children are given a proper home, while also learning important social skills, responsibilities, and hygiene. Volunteers on this project play a critical role in providing compassion, friendship, and support.
Children’s Meals Program
The vulnerable children’s meal program in Zambia began in 2015 with approximately 250 underprivileged children receiving meals on Mondays. Since then, as a result of local and international supporters, it has grown into nearly 2,000 children being provided 2 meals per day, Mondays through Fridays. That’s a lot of hungry kids, so volunteer support is always needed!
Included: Shared room in volunteer hostel • Local transportation for project activities • 24/7 local support • Dedicated field officer at project • Airport pick-up & return
NOT Included: Meals • Flights • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For project duration not listed, please Contact Us.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Volunteers participating in all projects in Zambia have the opportunity to pre-book various exciting activities. Victoria Falls is the perfect place to check off lots of items on your adventure bucket list! Click the buttons below for more information.
The climate of Zambia is considered sub-tropical and is characterized by two main season: dry and wet. Located in the southwest, Livingstone experiences the following climate norms:
Dry Season: May to October
Wet Season: November to April
Temperatures vary throughout the year but are generally tolerable highs and lows.
Hottest Month: October | average highs of 93° F (34° C)
Coolest Month: July | average lows hovering around 44° F (7° C)
Special Considerations | Volunteering in Zambia
Please keep in mind that Zambia is a developing country. That means that infrastructure, amenities, and sustenance will likely differ from what you’re accustomed to.
The borehole well tap water at the volunteer hostel is drinkable, however, bottled water or a camping-style water filter may be considered if you’re concerned about the quality of the water.
When volunteering in Zambia, travelers are all housed in a self-catered volunteer hostel. Meals are not included in the cost of your placement. You will be responsible for cooking and/or buying your own food. Essential cooking tools and utensils are provided.
Victoria Falls is packed full of incredible opportunities for adventure. The famous Devil’s Pool, bungee jumping, canyon swing, whitewater rafting, and safaris are all available (depending on season). Keep in mind, that all of these activities carry with them significant potential for risk, so participating in them is solely at the discretion of the volunteer.
All activities are optional as some/all may incur added costs to the volunteer. You can join in on the fun, do your own exploring, or just relax at the volunteer house.
Activities in Victoria Falls can be pre-booked through GOAT Volunteers; visit the links in the Trip Add-Ons drop-down menu above!
For additional information, please visit our Resources page.