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Volunteer opportunities in ZAMBIA

Construction of a youth training and creative arts center in Mfuwe
Mfuwe          June 9 - June 23, 2014

Volunteer project: The youth development and creative arts project was started in 2002 with the aim to create small scale employment among youths and address issues of HIV and AIDS in Mfuwe, Eastern Province. The project participants are involved in wood carving, weaving, cloth works and they also give art performances.

The project takes place in the famous South Luangwa National Park area. The park has all the big five and has a variety of unique plant and animal species that can be seen only in this part of Africa.

The international volunteer project this year will continue the construction of a workshop and training centre. This workshop will provide space for training young people from the community in carpentry, woodwork, ICT and metal work. It will also provide space for the locals to store and display their arts. Local professional builders will be involved in the construction phase, whom the volunteers will support.

Leisure time: The project is located near one of the biggest national parks and the volunteers can go for a visit there. They will also get the opportunity to learn how to make artistic souvenirs that they can take home with them.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in classrooms or locally made huts and there are adequate sanitation facilities available. 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, Monday. Therefore, the participants are expected to arrive at the project site the day before, Sunday.

Location: Mfuwe is located in the south Luangwa National Park area in the East of Zambia. It is about 685 km away from the capital city Lusaka and 100 km from the provincial capital Chipata. It is 25 kilometers from the park's main entrance. Mfuwe is one of the busiest destinations for tourists coming to Zambia and has one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Raising awareness for the preservation of the mighty Victoria Falls
Livingstone          July 28 - August 11, 2014

Volunteer project: Livingstone is the tourist capital of Zambia. It is home to the Victoria Falls, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. It is also a very historic city with many relics from a bygone era. It has a railway museum and the Livingstone museum is worth visiting. The Mosi-O-Tunya National Park is home to the endangered Black Rhino.

The Victoria Falls are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away. Below the falls, the river enters a narrow series of basaltic gorges. The
fragile ecosystem of the riverine rainforest within the waterfalls splash zone is also of particular interest.
In 2009, the Victoria Falls (shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe) celebrated its 20th anniversary after being declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The main aim of the international volunteer project is raising awareness of the importance of preserving and maintaining the World Heritage Site clean and sustainable and promoting a sense of responsibility among the small population living within the site and also among other local communities and the tourists.
The volunteers will implement activities at a local school. They will paint the classrooms of the school and give interactive lectures about the Victoria Falls and the importance of heritage protection to the students. Then, local students will be encouraged to help the volunteers in cleaning the area of the Victoria Falls by picking litter on the pathways and installing barriers along its edge. For local residents, the volunteers will organize a presentation about the World Heritage.
The project is organized in partnership with the National Heritage Conservation Commission and is hosted in the city of Livingstone.

Leisure time: Livingstone, famous as the tourist capital of the country, offers limitless possibilities for the free time. Some options are visiting places of interest, a boat cruise, game viewing and a guaranteed visit to the Victoria Falls every day.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in the local school, which they will support as part of the project. 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, Monday. Therefore, the participants are expected to arrive at the project site the day before, Sunday.

Location: Livingstone is 600 km away from Lusaka and is serviced by road and air. It has its own International airport. The city itself is ever alive and if you are staying within the city, eating and shopping places are all within walking distance.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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.