Go Volunteer Africa is providing adventure combined with unique volunteering in Zambia work for people taking a gap year, career break, retirement or time out from education or just a mini-holiday throughout the year.
Go Volunteer Africa offers many exciting volunteering in Zambia experiences, mini-escapes and summer vacations, rural community insights and cultural immersion programs. The volunteer in Zambia program places volunteers in a variety of projects including teaching, childcare, conservation, construction, healthcare or sports coaching. Our focus is to deliver an enriching and adventurous Zambia holiday for people who also are dedicated to promoting ethical tourism principles.
Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in south-central Africa (although some sources consider it part of East Africa). Its neighbors are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country.
Zambia, in southern Africa, is a country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint.
Why Volunteer in Zambia?
Zambia is one of the poorest countries you can volunteer in Africa and the life expectancy of people is really low – the average person lives to just 51 years. One million people live in the capital Lusaka which is where most our volunteer programs in Zambia are located with another 3 million living in other urban areas.
In Zambia, 60 percent of people live below the poverty line and 42 percent are classified as extremely poor. Poverty rates are highest for female-headed households, with extreme poverty levels of more than 60 percent in rural areas and 15 percent in urban areas.
The effects of poverty are seen in children’s development. Around 15 percent of children in Zambia are underweight, and 40 percent are stunted. Poverty is worst in rural Zambia, where 83 percent of people live below the poverty line.
Zambia’s isolation limits access to markets and technical training or skills, which hurts the economy and contributes to poverty. Food insecurity is high, as more than 350,000 people in the country do not have access to a regular food supply.
Due to high food prices coupled with extreme poverty, families spend 64 percent of their income on basic food needs. High rates of HIV play a role in exacerbating poverty in Zambia. Approximately 14.3 percent of adults in the country have HIV and 1.5 million children are orphaned as a result of the disease.
Poor healthcare coupled with disease and hunger have led to life expectancy in Zambia of just 37.5 years, the fourth-lowest in the world. While still low, Zambia’s ranking on the Human Development Index has increased significantly, from 167 to 141 out of 188 in the span of a year.
Assistance is needed all year round, we will ask you donate a minimum of 2 weeks but there are other shorter and longer term opportunities available. There are short and long term placements available from 1 week and over, we recommend staying at least 2 weeks so you can make a bigger impact.
Go Volunteer Africa provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer placements in Zambia. Volunteering in Zambia with Go Volunteer Africa is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need. Go Volunteer Africa programs are the perfect way to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference in deserving communities in Africa.
***You might also be based in Livingstone where several projects with disadvantaged communities are operated. Wildlife programs are located in places like the spectacular Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Volunteering in Zambia will provide you with a life changing experience, once you see the smiles and feel the warmth of local people you will not want to leave.***
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