Environmental Eco-Education Volunteer Project, Zambia

Be part of the ‘Treevolution’ by contributing to the solution for deforestation in Zambia. This country now suffers the second highest deforestation per capita in the world.  Greenpop has an exciting Environmental Eco-Education Volunteer project in Livingstone. Engage in eco-education, tree monitoring and getting the local community excited about the environment as you explore one of the most amazing natural sites in the world – Victoria Falls. You will encourage sustainable living in all areas of life, from eco-building and alternative cooking methods to waste management and conservation. It’s a great way of getting your hands dirty, sharing, learning and researching environmental and climate change issues, and exploring this beautiful corner of Africa!

Quick Facts

  • Destination Livingstone, Zambia
  • Type of Organisation Environmental NGO
  • Work Focus Education, environment
  • Length of Project 2-12 weeks
  • Accommodation Volunteer house (on Mon-Fri meals are included!)
  • Fee 2016: USD 1,303 (2 wks) - USD 4,849 (12 wks)

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This project is run by Afican Impact and Greenpop, a tree planting and eco-education organisation. While Greenpop has its head office in Cape Town, South Africa, it started its work in Zambia in 2011, motivated by the country’s rampant deforestation levels. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the country now suffers the second highest deforestation per capita in the world. The Livingstone area is one of the worst affected areas, and the Zambian Forestry Department puts the rate of deforestation in the Livingstone area at 5% annually. According to the National Heritage Conservation Commission in Zambia, the deforestation is causing “notable impacts of climate change and variability.”

The deforestation and consequent climate change result in a change in the local ecosystem, a loss of biodiversity, and increased incidence of both drought and flooding. It also means a decline in food security due to a reduction of agricultural yields and the loss of forest resources, such as wild fruits. Additionally, women have to walk further to find wood, resulting in less productivity and the fact that children are being left alone at home.

Greenpop’s goals with this project are to plant indigenous trees at schools, community farms, and at reforestation sites, to educate school children on the importance of trees and the environment, to host workshops on permaculture, to create food forests with farming groups, to promote environmentally friendly energy resources, and to encourage eco-focused enterprise.

As a volunteer, you will be very much part of every aspect of our project. You will be capturing data on tree monitoring missions, assisting with sustainability workshops on a wide range of topics, and educating children on the importance of trees and their natural environment – and on how they can play an active role in preserving it. Part of the environmental workshops is the promotion of solar cooking and using rocket stoves. You’ll help us make solar cookers and rocket stoves at schools and with farmer groups in the Livingstone area.

This volunteer work opportunity is a great way of getting your hands dirty, sharing, learning and researching environmental and climate change issues, and exploring this beautiful corner of Africa.

Your eco-education activities as a reforestation volunteer in Zambia will involve a brief introduction to the community regarding tree care, watering schedules, survival rates and demonstrate and encourage tree planting. You will also introduce solar power with a short discussion and set up a solar cooker to demonstrate the cooking of cake or rice for 1 hour. You’ll be actively involved in giving solar cooker and rocket stove demonstrations to local communities.

During the afternoons you will join in volunteer community projects with other volunteers in Livingstone. This may include building and construction projects, sustainable farming work and educational activities for kids.

After school Clubs will require your assistance with reading, to support the development of literacy as well as art projects, nurturing the students creativity and enhancing life skills. You will also have a lot of fun playing games and interacting with the kids, giving them a chance to be carefree and expend some of their boundless energy.

In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, you will work with adults in the Adult Literacy Class, to help improve their literacy rate and subsequently chances of employment. Another life changing volunteer work opportunity is assisting the elderly at the Maramba Old People’s Home where many are destitute and without anyone to look after them. You will engage the residents in games, reading and exercise activities.

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Not only will you be part of an exciting project – you’ll also be based in an incredibly impressive setting; next to the Victoria Falls, next to the mighty Zambezi, and surrounded by the African bush. You’ll have plenty to time to explore your surroundings during weekends: go rafting, take a bicycle tour, visit the markets, bungee jump, explore Livingstone – it’s the adrenaline capital of the world! And obviously experiencing Victoria Falls is a must!

As a volunteer in Zambia, you’ll be based in a comfortable and secure volunteer house at The Livingstone Backpackers, which is a 5-minute walk away from Livingstone’s town center. The accommodation features a dining and lounge area, bar, swimming pool, large garden, and rock-climbing wall. Volunteers are usually accommodated in a dedicated 5 bedroom house on the property. The 5 bedrooms sleep 4-8 people, with bunk beds in each room. Bed linen is provided, however you will need to bring your own towel. The house has 24 hour security and lockers to store your valuables.

You will be provided with three meals a day from Monday to Friday. 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.

Anyone can be part of this volunteer project as no specific skills are required as long as you are enthusiastic and keen to make an impact. If you have experience, skills or a certain passion that you feel are relevant, please let us know as it’s always good to know for the project staff when planning things.

Keen to get to know the Zambians and experience eco education, tree monitoring and community projects? Please fill in the enquiry form so we can send you more information and take you through the application procedure.

Starting dates on this project are very flexible as you can start every Monday. Please keep in mind that as we work within local communities and schools our projects are affected by these dates. During school holidays some of our projects are structured slightly differently or put on hold while kids are on leave. Your flexibility on project structure is appreciated as there is no shortage of important and rewarding community work to be done during these time frames!

Programme fees for 2017

2 weeks – USD 1,394
3 weeks – USD 1,770
4 weeks – USD 2,145
5 weeks – USD 2,713
6 weeks – USD 3,057
7 weeks – USD 3,421
8 weeks – USD 3,775

What is included in the programme fee?

  • Project fee – It facilitates funding for items such as project supplies and activity resources. It also covers operational costs such as housing, communication, and project vehicles
  • Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day (Monday-Friday) at the volunteer house (NOTE: Weekend meals NOT included)
  • All airport transfers from Livingstone International Airport upon your arrival and departure (Monday’s Only!)
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay
  • Comprehensive Orientation and induction
  • Program 24 hour assistance and support from local staff and Project Managers throughout your placement

What is not included in the programme fee?

  • Transportation to Livingstone
  • Visa fees
  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
  • Email and telephone calls made during your placement
  • Any activities and excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
  • Soft drinks, wines, spirits, between meal snacks, and weekend food

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