If you would like to volunteer for free in Livingstone, Zambia, see one of these great projects.
It has come to the point where googling “volunteering in (fill in the country)” only produces a list of expensive programs, costing up to $2000 USD a week. We have heard many travelers complain about having to pay to volunteer, especially when the large sums of money don’t appear to go to the cause. It’s our hope that this guide to Zambian volunteer opportunities will be used by those who wish to give of time and talents, without depleating the Zambian kwatcha in their wallets.
1. Nakatindi Primary School:
A growing community with over 5,000 impoverished people sends their children to the free gradeschool nearby. Pre-school through seventh grade attend The Nakatindi Primary School and teachers are always looking for assistance since class sizes reach up to 45 children per teacher. If you plan on teaching, bring extra pencils, sharpeners, paper and any other teaching aids you wish to use, as materials and supplies are limited. Even if you just wish to read to the students for an hour a day, you may arrange brief visits with the school, too. Remember, some of the students still can not read, so reading to them is key. The school currently has an extensive amount of English books from which to choose, or you can bring some of your own to donate to their collection. Are you looking for a building project? Nakatindi School is currently in need of help building their kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Contact: Rosie Kopakopa, Administration, Phone: 0968092751
OR Choongo Lewis, Headmaster, Phone: 0977344710
Location: 12 km outside of Livingstone, accessible by taxi.
2. Youth Community Training Center:
This organization was formed to provide underprivileged youth with a trade skill to equip them for success. The vulnerable students are aged 15-25 and come from the streets, the sex trade industry, cross-border trading, and other unpleasant ways of life. Carpentry, masonry, welding, tailoring, catering and computers are a few areas that are taught at the YCTC. Not sure how to help? Check out this list to find your niche.
- Will you be going back to the USA after your trip? Offer to take a package of pre-sold items back, and post mark them from your homestate, saving the YCTC money on shipping. If there is nothing pre-sold, you may wish to take orders from family and friends back home, making your own craft sale to raise money for the YCTC.
- Are you able to teach a trade? You may wish to volunteer as a guest teacher if you have something to teach these students!
- Are you planning on buying crafts or furniture in Africa? Let the center make these special items for you. 100% of proceeds go to the YCTC.
- Hosting an event in Livingstone? Let the YCTC cater it, giving the culinary students real-life experience.
- Want to donate money? Sponsor a youth for one year by setting up a scholarship through the office. Costs per student are K736,000 or $150 USD. Some youths can not afford this schooling fee and end up back on the streets.
- Ask where they could use your talents when you visit the center or stop into Olga’s Restaurant to learn more about their NGO, which helps the YCTC.
Contact: Ms. Bwalya, Phone: 0977884568 or 0977143943
Location: 5 km from the city center. Libuyu, next to Maria Assumpter Basic School.
3. Sports Volunteering:
Build confidence and teach communications skills by playing sports with children and teenagers at a community center. Whether its soccer, netball or volleyball, the ports fans will love to have you participate. Weekly games are played around 5 pm, weather permitting.
Contact: Amit, the owner of Café Zambezi hosts weekly games at Bharat Sports Camp. Phone: +260 978978578
Location: About 4 km from the city center, accessible by taxi or ride share from Amit.
4. Orphanage Help:
Visit the Lubasi Children’s Home to play with the orphans of Livingstone. Jollyboy’s, the main backpacker of Livingstone, has a free shuttle departing at 3 pm on Sundays. Sign up at the front desk ahead of time. Want to volunteer on another day? Just call Jollyboy’s and they will help arrange your stay, give you directions, and answer any questions you may have.
Contact: JollyBoys Hostel, 34 Kanyata Rd. Phone: +260 213 (32 4229), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Skype: backpackzambia, Located in Livingstone City Center, across from Spar Grocery Store, behind the museum, off of Mosi-O-Tunya Rd.
Location: Shuttle leaves from JollyBoys Hostel.
5. Crocodile Farm:
The Gwembe Crocodile Farm may have opening for animal volunteers when you are in town. Visit their site to see more info on this!
Contact: Email- email@example.com
Location: Only a few km. from Victoria Falls!