What is the Sport and Community Volunteering project all about?
Through connections with the community, the project is also involved with various other activities as they arise, such as building and refurbishment and farming initiatives. The project aims to make sports available to everyone, whether they are at school or not and helps out with youth groups to ensure that this is a possibility. Join this sports development and rural community work placement and help the project to realise its goals in Zambia.
Why choose this Sports & Community volunteer in Zambia project?
Sports and Physical Education is sorely neglected due to a lack of trained teachers and culturally little importance has been placed on it in Zambia. Volunteers not only help organise and run the sporting activities, but also manage the training of the local boys football and girls touch rugby teams. By training local staff you will also create lasting knowledge about the sport locally and build self esteem as well as team working skills. It is a great way to build your CV/Resume as well as developing your own understanding of communication and the impact of sport on a community.
Role of the Sports & Community volunteer
Sports volunteers spend their time training, guiding and working with soccer teams in the Livingstone community as well as providing physical education in schools. As part of the project volunteers also train teachers who can continue the work and encourage involvement from them. As well as the actual sports training and rule learning, volunteers also hold team-building exercises and teach basic hygiene and health lessons. Your schedule will look something like this:
- work in local government and community schools, running PE lessons focusing on team activities while emphasizing messages such as being honest, taking it in turns,listening and following instructions. Students are in years 4 – 6 (ages vary as children are often late starting or miss a year or two)
- In the afternoons, volunteers help out on other community projects including building and refurbishment work, helping to care for the elderly, reading club, adult literacy classes, or children’s art clubs
- after school football club for boys and a touch rugby club for girls
During the school holidays teaching volunteers work closely with sports volunteers. They teach lessons for the first half of the morning and then engage the students in recreational activities. They also and teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle ensuring that sport becomes an important part of day to day life.
What skills do I need to be a Sports and Community volunteer in Zambia?
No specific skills are required, but a lot of energy and enthusiasm is needed to keep up with these energetic youngsters. You will need to use good communication skills to manage classes of up to 50 children! Your schedule is set for you by your volunteer coordinator; however, if you have any particular interests or skills you would like to use, we would love to accommodate them! The children at the schools are always keen to learn new activities – particularly if they come from overseas!! We can set up a class for you to teach rugby, athletics, cricket, or whatever your interest is! Equipment is very difficult to come by so please keep that in mind, e.g. hockey sticks, if you are able to acquire donated sporting equipment, the community will greatly appreciate it. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project to ensure you are a great match for this placement.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To work with a local team motivating disadvantaged children to participate in sport
To assist with efforts to improve the health of a community impacted by the highest HIV/Aids prevalence rates in the world
Develop your own leadership and teamworking skills
Livingstone is a large town with a wide range of amenities including Internet Cafes, a bakery, Ice-cream parlour, Barclays bank, ATMs, curio markets, supermarkets, a post office, various restaurants including Chinese, seafood, Indian, Italian, English, of course – Zambian and two museums! You will be located close to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world – Victoria Falls, where you will find a wide range of adrenalin activities, river boats, and game viewing opportunities. Livingstone is situated in a prime location between some amazing countries. You will be in an ideal location for spending the weekend in Zimbabwe or popping over to Chobe National Park in Botswana for a day of ultimate game viewing. Volunteers reside at a comfortable and secure complex, a stone’s throw away from Livingstone town centre. This accommodation features a dining room/meeting room, a TV lounge and a reading lounge with resource material for all the projects, as well as a swimming pool, climbing wall and bar.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1-12 weeks
- Cost: £1283 / $2003 for 2 weeks
see drop-down menu for additional weeks.
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: Livingstone, Zambia
- Working hours: Monday – Friday, 07:45 – 16:00
- Project availability: Year-round. During school holidays, activities may differ from the usual schedule but rest assured your time with us will still be rewarding and the work will be equally engaging.
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in single sex dorms in a backpackers lodge with a large garden, swimming pool and dining area
- Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (apart from weekends)
- Airport pickup and drop off from Livingstone International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site Orientation and project induction provided.
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- Transfers to and from your project each day
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities. (Activity price may be extra) and include Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting on the Zambezi, Helicopter Flights over Victoria Falls, Zambezi River Cruises, visits to Botswana’s Chobe National Park and more.
What is not included
- Meals at weekends
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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