ZAMBIA: Education, Medical Support & Building


Adventure Overview:

  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • 6 weeks
  • 2 months

Join this well deserving project and provide teaching assistance in under-resourced schools, and make a positive impact on the lives of underprivileged children. In the afternoons volunteers assist with a wide range of Community Upliftement Programmes, such as building initiatives, adult literacy clubs, afterschool programmes, and helping out in Maramba Old People’s Home. We invite volunteers to join this team in making a mark in this spirited community.

This is a great project to join particularly if you have never been to Africa before and are a little unsure of what to expect from this amazing continent. Through this project you will get to see a wide range of community innitiatives that have had a great impact already, and enjoy life in this relaxed and peaceful country.


Teaching volunteers’ spend their time providing much needed assistance within the educational establishments of Livingstone. You do not need to be qualified for our Teaching Project; you just need the desire to impact! Teaching Assistants - As a teaching volunteer you will spend your mornings in one of six of our community schools that cater to orphaned and vulnerable children. You will be assigned a class and cooperating teacher to focus your efforts and get to know the individual needs of the students. While the teacher is in front of the classroom, teaching a class, it is extremely valuable to have a teaching assistant who can go around and help individual children with their assignments. Since classes are usually very large, the pupils do not often get this individual attention they need.

The extra help volunteers provide has the potential to make a lasting difference by identifying students who are falling behind and giving additional support. Group Work - A volunteer may find in class that there are a group of children who struggle to keep up with the rest of the class. Volunteers will take groups of children out of the class to go through the class work at a slower rate with greater repetition to enhance learning.

Once students start to fall behind, it can be a difficult trend to stop as there are minimal structures in place at the schools to help struggling students. Early intervention is therefore key. Marking Tests and Assignments - Teachers at Livingstone schools give a great amount of tests and assignments to their pupils, so there is always a lot of marking to do. Many of the teachers in the community schools are volunteers themselves who dedicate long hours to schools for minimal pay so the opportunity to relieve their workload and focus more on academic instruction is important. It may not even be a test that needs marking but homework or simple class exercises. This is an important role of the teaching volunteer but it is mixed it up with other teaching assistance methods so as not to become tedious. Revision Classes - Since the pace in class is fast, and individual attention low, children often fall behind. By repeating subjects in revision classes, these children might have a better chance of keeping up during their regular classes. Should you feel comfortable you can teach your own class using the in depth lesson plans. This is a fantastic opportunity to offer the students a fresh perspective and increase their intellectual curiosity.


Volunteers will spend their afternoons helping the local community through various afternoon programmes. You will rotate between the following community projects:

Building and Construction Projects:

Many schools in the Livingstone area have limited classrooms available, and as a result most children do not receive the full day of class that they need. The project has an inititive to build as many classrooms as they are able too, with the help of volunteers, and guidance from professional builders and members of the community. Hard but rewarding work, Volunteers will help with mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls, and painting, or refurbishing existing classrooms.

Home Based Care/Farming

Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with home based care programems, run for those who are too ill or cannot afford to go to a clinic or hospital. The patients generally have HIV (and various afflictions due to a low immune system), TB or malaria, to name a few. The Home Based Care community members rely on government issued medical supplies, which are scarce, and donations.  Some members are however running sustainable development projects to fund this noble initiative.

We are aiming to help all communities in setting up sustainable farming programmer, and provide assistance maintaining the crops. The project assists with required processes such as the acquisition of land, tools and seeds. Volunteers assist by helping to prepare the land, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. With each new planting season, the local committees become more self-sufficient, and are able to purchase more of their own seeds, allowing new farms to be developed.

Reading Club:

Afterschool reading clubs are run and volunteers assist with the literacy and reading skills of the children. As a volunteer, you will help give the students the extra support that they need, including teaching them phonics, spelling, pronunciation and general reading and comprehension skills. Literacy in English completes the children’s education, and improves their chances of securing a job later on in life.

Art Club:

During this afternoon session you have a chance to nurture the kids’ creativity! Volunteers will plan their own art club using suggested lesson plans, their initiative and creative ideas. Some great lesson plans include anti-drug campaigns, Christmas/Easter crafts, masks, finger painting, or paper mache – lots of fun for everyone!

Adult Literacy Club:

Help the young adults of the community improve their literacy rate and chances of employment, all the while getting a unique insight into a different culture, and making friends! A favorite activity amongst volunteers, there is a structured syllabus with beginner / intermediate / advanced classes, lesson plans and tests provided and a certificate is issued to students upon successful completion.  The course aims to improve understanding of written and oral English as well as mathematics. These skills make people more employable in a country where the employment rate is only around 50%.

Maramba Old People’s Home (MOPH)

Elderly homes are not common in Zambia, and Africa in general, because culturally elders in a community stay with and are cared for by their family. People arrive at MOPH, therefore, from far and wide, destitute and typically without anyone to look after or visit them. Volunteers assist the understaffed facility with daily tasks such as cleaning and serving food and also engage the residents in games, reading, physical activities, etc.  The project is a great way to provide stimulation and improve the living conditions for the residents.

Study Group

This programe facilitates Grade 9 pupils from various schools throughout Livingstone for a structured study group led by volunteers. The programme seeks to help the underprivileged children gain a greater grasp on subjects taught in class, as well as tackle subjects that are missed during the curriculum. The children are eager to revise and learn and very rewarding to assist.

Afterschool Clubs

Kids here have to grow up really quickly as they are expected to help out with numbers of chores at home and older siblings help to look after the younger ones in typically large families. Volunteers run structured playtimes with children at pre-selected locations, taking along balls, jump ropes, colouring books and crayons, and spend the afternoon interacting and having fun with the kids. This time allows them an opportunity just to be kids; to play games, be carefree and expend some of their boundless energy.

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Information Pack
  • Accommodation: Volunteers in this project enjoy a very comfortable accommodation base that is more akin to a holiday resort! You reside at a secure complex, a 5-minute walk away from Livingstone town centre. This accommodation features a dining area, bar, swimming pool, large garden, and even a rock-climbing wall! You will share your room with other volunteers and there is plenty of space to relax.
  • Food: Project Meals (during the week): You will be provided with three meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis and consists of cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner are full meals, and will be cooked for you by the chef at your volunteer house. Note: You will need to cater your own meals at weekends. Weekends are usually good times for tourist activities and exploring the surrounding area, so it’s a great opportunity to try out some of the local cuisine and nearby restaurants. Please note that while we do our very best to provide you with varied and interesting meals, due to the nature of our rural location food will generally be quite simple but still nutritious. We ask that you are not overly fussy and ungrateful with what is provided for you. Please let us know before you depart for Africa of any food allergies or specific requirements!
  • Training: All volunteers setting out on an adventure with us receive pre-departure training to help you prepare for the experience ahead. This training covers all the areas you need to think about before you pack your bags. It gives you time to focus and prioritise, and provides you with the knowledge and information you need in order to have a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. On arrival at your project you will also receive orientation training which will help you to better understand the local culture and support you as you find your way around this new country. On your return we will also support you as you readapt to life back home. We encourage you to keep in contact with us and consider opportunities for you to stay connected to the work you have been part of with Agapé. In addition to all of this training you will also receive a comprehensive welcome pack full of useful information on your project, the country and the culture, as well as detailed safety and communication lists.
  • Support: Agapé Adventures respects that each person is unique, and thus has different needs, and we endeavour to meet those genuine needs as effectively as we can. All volunteers are supported by Agapé every step of the way. You will be allocated a line manager to assist you in the day to day aspects of your adventure and staff at Agapé’s main base who will be available 24/7 for any out of hours emergencies. All staff involved in supporting you, work together to provide coordinated, personal and professional support throughout your adventure. 
  • Adventure Package: There are a huge number of optional activities and trips that are available to you, at additional cost, whilst on your placement. Here are just a few ideas: • Dinner/Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River: USD 35.00 – 45.00 • 2 nights on an Island paradise in the Zambezi, inclusive of several activities & meals: USD 125 • 2 nights staying onboard a boat cruising along the Zambezi River: USD 180 • 2 nights on safari in Chobe National Park: USD 200 • The world’s most exciting white water rafting on the Zambezi River. USD 150 half day. • Bungee jumping and gorge swings over the Batoka Gorge which the water cascades into below the Falls US$105 – US$ 125. • Helicopter Ride over the Falls: USD 150 for 15mins. • Microlight Flight over the Falls: USD 120 for 15mins. • Lion Walk and Encounter: USD 95 • Elephant back safaris. USD 120 • Canoeing Safaris on the Zambezi River above the Falls with experienced guides. • Game drives in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or neighbouring Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
  • Airport Collection & Drop Off:  Fly into Livingstone International Airpiort where your Project Manager will meet you on arrival. Most volunteers connect in Johannesburg, South Africa, and fly onto LIvingstone from there.

What Isn't Included

  • Adventure Package
  • Stipend
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance

What will I do?:

A day in the life of a Volunteer…

Please note that with the needs of the projects constantly changing, the below is given as a guideline only, and we ask that you remain flexible:

7.30am - 8.15am: It’s rise and shine, and time for breakfast.   The volunteers also spend some time preparing for the projects, ensuring they   have everything they need for the day ahead.

8.40am: Off to work. The volunteer arrives at their   assigned school and class. After saying hello to all the children, it’s time   to get down to some work. The children usually have half hour lessons, social   studies, maths, science, English, and why not join in on their local language  lesson and learn some Nyanja yourself?!

12 - 1.30pm: Back to the volunteer house for a lunch break

12.30 - 2pm: Planning Session – You are given this time to prepare for your afternoon or other projects, this may mean designing and   making posters, researching lessons, writing quiz’s or tests or simply  gathering supplies.

2-4.30pm: Head off to your afternoon Community Upliftment Project - This may be building, helping   out in Maramba Old People’s Home, or an afterschool club.

4.30pm:  You will arrive back to the house for some free time after your project followed by dinner. Your evening is free, some nights why not treat yourself to a meal out, or simply sit enjoy a drink in front of the TV or sitting near the pool, chatting to your fellow volunteers and/or planning for projects the next day.

The Local Area

If you’re out to experience the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia is that diamond in the rough. The country boasts some of the continent’s best wildlife parks, and shares (with Zimbabwe) some of the region’s major highlights: Victoria Falls in Southwestern Zambia, Lake Kariba as well as Lower Zambezi National Park in Southeastern Zambia. It is also an angler’s dream, as fishermen hail from all over the world to try their luck on the mighty Zambezi River with the hopes of landing a toothy tigerfish or the rare, giant vundu. Avid birders also flock to Zambia to glimpse its fabulous diversity of birds, most notably Chaplin’s barbets.

For independent travellers Zambia can be a challenge: distances between major towns and attractions are large, and getting around by car or public transport takes time and patience. But for many, this challenge is part of Zambia’s appeal. Save Lusaka and Livingstone, this is the ‘real’ Africa, so rare among the increasingly developed and Westernised parts of the region.

So if you like your travel easy and your wilderness neatly bundled into a homogenised and Westernised version of ‘Africa’, then much of Zambia may not appeal. But if you enjoy a raw edge and an Africa with few tourists, Zambia is the place you’re looking for.

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