Volunteer in Zambia with Kaya, a wonderful country blessed with a unique fusion of ethnicities, traditions and customs due to the numerous tribes who live there. Although Zambia is a landlocked country, its vast flood plains, river valleys and tropical climate are bound to entice you and you will want to explore as much of this country as you possibly can.

    Volunteering in Zambia

    Kaya’s projects in Zambia that you can get involved with are varied; if you desire to work within the community then we offer a Teaching and community work project, or if you want to provide valuable healthcare advice and assistance, our health promotion and community volunteering could be ideal for you. For those interested in wildlife rescue, we have a Lion rehabilitation and release project.

    In Zambia there are high rates of HIV and the country lacks resources in both the education and healthcare fields, meaning that everyday life can be very difficult for the Zambian people.  Girls in particular struggle with access to education and often spend time supporting the family.  Our lion project is aimed at continuing efforts on this continent to protect the king of the beasts as well as leading research into long term preservation of this species.  Volunteering support is required to assist the projects in achieving their objectives.

    In your free time, visit the famous Zambezi river and Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. On the edge of the forest go along the path and be prepared for the almighty spray to soak you whilst you take in unbelievable vistas. Dare to swim in the devil’s pool at the edge of the sheer drop (only to be attempted in dry season!). Have a go at activities like rafting, abseiling and bungee jumping at the river. Visit the bustling Maramba market in Livingstone and if you are willing to try something completely wacky, caterpillars are a delicacy in Zambia sold in some markets and as a snack in certain restaurants!

    If you want to travel further afield after volunteering, Zambia is now a recommended safari destination and you are likely to see South Africa’s ‘Big 5’. South Luangwa National Park has the most concentrated wildlife populations in the world. Try something different and go on a ‘walking safari’ with a chance to see 60 different animal species. Visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary and Animal Orphanage near Chingola and spend time with these fascinating animals.

    Join us at Kaya and volunteer on a community or wildlife project in Zambia. Your hands-on volunteer work and support will make a valid contribution to the project’s long term goals.


    Here are some important facts about Zambia:

    • Population 15,066,266 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Bembe 33.4%, Nyanja 14.7%, Tonga 11.4%, Lozi 5.5%, Chewa 4.5%, Nsenga 2.9%, Tumbuka 2.5%, Lunda (North Western) 1.9%, Kaonde 1.8%, Lala 1.8%, Lamba 1.8%, English (official) 1.7%, Luvale 1.5%, Mambwe 1.3%, Namwanga 1.2%, Lenje 1.1%, Bisa 1%, other 9.2%, unspecified 0.4%.  It is reported that Zambia has over 70 languages.
    • Religion – Protestant 75.3%, Roman Catholic 20.2%, other 2.7% (includes Muslim Buddhist, Hindu, and Baha’i), none 1.8% (2010 est.)
    • Currency – Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)
    • Climate – tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)


    Community and Environment Facilitated Research Internship in Southern Africa
    Join our Facilitated Research Internship in Southern Africa and develop your paper in a stunning context
    Elephant Research and Conservation Volunteering in Zambia
    Spend time on elephant research and conservation volunteering in Zambia and gain an incredible insight into efforts to mitigate human wildlife conflict and learn about research
    Girl and Women Empowerment Volunteering in Zambia
    Girl and women empowerment volunteering in Zambia offers the opportunity to increase access to education, sport, livelihoods and more.
    Health Promotion and Community Volunteering in Zambia
    Participate in a fascinating health promotion and community volunteering project assisting local staff with the daily challenges facing residents
    Tree Planting and Environmental Education Summer Initiative
    Take a hands on role in reforestation and environmental education by volunteering on this mass action project in Zambia this summer.
    Community Volunteering at Christmas in Zambia
    Volunteer near the amazing Victoria Falls in Zambia on a project working with local communities and do something extra special this Christmas.
    Teaching and Community Work in Zambia
    Volunteer in Zambia on teaching and community work and support local schools with large class numbers and a small number of teachers.
    Sports and Community Volunteering in Zambia
    Volunteer in Zambia on our sports development project, teaching sport skills as well as tackling topics such as HIV, nutrition and living a healthy life.
    African Lion Rehabilitation & Release in Zambia
    Volunteer in Zambia and contribute to the welfare and rehabilitation of lions as part of programme in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; aimed at their long term survival.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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