What is the Girl and Women Empowerment Volunteering in Zambia all about?
Join our Zambia project to assist those who don’t have access to education and are wanting to make better futures for themselves and their families. Beneficiaries hope to learn to read and communicate in English, to gain business skills to increase their family’s income or to support their children with their studies. Discussion groups are organized for girls and women to focus on things such as their life paths, emotional and social issues, sexual and reproductive health, personal safety and women’s rights. Sports activities are also encouraged to engage the girls. Other areas where volunteer support is required, include: improving adult literacy, completing manual work to refurbish community areas, working to provide education access for all and helping alleviate the challenges faced by Zambian teachers.
The local community is very excited about this program and, even though it was only launched in early 2016, it is already proving to be a success. Women are developing sewing skills and girls are participating in an after-school rugby club. Additionally, English levels have been improved. The hope is that once sessions for women and girls are more established, activities for boys and men can be added as well.
Why choose this Girl and Women Empowerment Volunteering programme in Zambia?
You will gain insight into the impact of reduced access to education, healthcare, work opportunities and rights for women and girls around the world. You will learn about approaches to empowering disadvantaged females, which you will surely find use for at home as well. It is a fabulous chance for students studying women’s empowerment, community work and social work to gain front line experience.
Role of the Community volunteer
You will be involved in a variety of interesting activities to help the women and girls in the community. These include:
- sports activities with girls, aged 12-14
- teaching adult literacy for beginner and advanced students
- farming activities with girls and women
- running women’s awareness and reflection sessions on subjects such as: women’s rights, safety, self esteem and making a living
- running girl’s awareness and reflection workshops on subjects such as: menstruation, early pregnancy, safety, girl’s rights and sexual health
Those that have areas of speciality may be asked to run focused sessions during their time.
What skills do I need to be a Girl and Women Empowerment Volunteer?
You should be compassionate, friendly and willing to get involved where needed, as this is a varied placement. If you have a particular experience or skill set that you can share, please tell us and we can certainly see how that can be applied to your placement. Highly sought specialities are teachers, social workers, youth workers, community workers and health workers – but all are welcome. You will be asked to send your CV/resume as part of the application process for this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To make improvements in the lives of women and children
To visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls
To better appreciate aspects of your life that you may take for granted, such as education
Where will I work in Zambia?
You will be located in Livingstone, Zambia, known for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. Livingstone is a large town with a wide range of amenities including internet cafes, ATMs, local markets, supermarkets, a post office, and various restaurants with local and international cuisine. On your weekends, you are in the ideal location for visiting other African countries such as Zimbabwe or Botswana.
Volunteers stay at a comfortable and secure complex, a stone’s throw away from the town centre. The accommodation has a dining room/meeting room, a bar, a TV room and a reading lounge with resource material for all the projects.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1 – 12 weeks
- Cost: £1060 / $1655 for 1 week
£244 / $381 per week for additional weeks.
- Requirements: age 17+
- Location: Livingstone, Zambia
- Project activities: running workshops and group discussions, teaching English, skills and sports, farming
- Working hours: 07:45 – 16:00, Monday – Friday
- Project Availability: year round, except for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room (single-sex) in a backpackers lodge with a large garden, swimming pool and dining area
- Food: 3 meals a day during weekdays
- Airport pickup and drop off from Livingstone International Airport
- Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- Transfers to and from your project each day
- Activities: staff help organise weekend activities (prices may be extra). Options include: bungee jumping, white water rafting or river cruises on the Zambezi, helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, visits to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, etc.
What is not included
- Weekend meals
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
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.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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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