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Building a training centre for orphans in Rufunsa
Rufunsa          August 17 - August 31, 2014

Volunteer project: Rufunsa was originally part of the South Luangwa Game Reserve. Sadly there are very few animals in the area due to illegal game hunting and poaching. It is located 170 km east of Lusaka.
The community is very small and yet has many orphans. Many parents have been killed by HIV or malaria, other could not get proper health care. The community came together and founded an orphanage. It is run by members of the community and it has gotten some funds from the Government. International volunteer groups have been helping in the orphanage since 2008 and to date a chicken run has been constructed as well as a hostel for the orphans. Last year, the community and volunteers constructed a workshop for rearing chickens.

The volunteers this year will help build a workshop that will house a Tailoring Training Centre for the orphaned children in Rufunsa. The international group of volunteers will work in close cooperation with the local community.
The international volunteers together with local youth, will also take part in an awareness campaign on Youth Reproductive Health.

Leisure time: Rufunsa is in a rural area and while it may be lacking in leisure activities, it is surrounded by beautiful hills that are easy to climb and are good for picnics.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in traditionally made huts at the campsite. There are adequate sanitation facilities. Volunteers are required to bring their own sleeping bag and mat.

Arrival and orientation: There is an orientation for the volunteers on the first day of the project. Therefore, the participants are expected to arrive at the project site the day before.

Location: Rufunsa

Age range: 19 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.




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Zambia is located in the Southern part of Africa. It is a landlocked country, surrounded by 8 countries. In the North Zambia shares borders with Democratic Republic of Congo, in the South: Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, in the East: Malawi and Tanzania and in the West: Angola.
The country is rich with a diverse culture, which is shaped by 73 tribes that have a unique ethnic background spread evenly across the vast land. Zambia has 9 provinces whose capital city is Lusaka. The population stands at 10.8 Million people countrywide. Over 60% of the population is under 25 years old.