Community Development and Environmental Change in Zambia

  • Zambia
This project helps to develop Livingstone – its people and community – with innovative and self-sustaining structures, while at the same time bringing hope of a better quality of life to the local people, contributing to meaningful and sustainable projects, and beautifying the community.

The broad aim of this project is to help develop Livingstone (its people and community) with innovative and self-sustaining structures, while at the same time bringing hope of a better quality of life to the local people, contributing to meaningful and sustainable projects, and beautifying the community. This project is unlike many others that CISaustralia engages in, as volunteers will be creating safe and sound structures for the community through ecological and self-sustaining methods. Program participants will work with and engage with other volunteers from around the globe, staff and local community members to determine what projects are most relevant and important (build planning, engagement, culture and communication skills). Volunteers will then help design and execute these structures. 

Volunteers will spend their time helping the local community through various traditional building projects and learning about eco-building and working with Eco-Bricks. Volunteers work alongside engineers who will help build approved and structurally sound buildings and structures. Volunteers will be able to assist in the build of a project that has been requested by the community, which may include community-based buildings, local family dwellings, water storage, benches, pump houses and classrooms. Participants will assist in hard but rewarding work, by helping with mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls, painting or refurbishing existing structures – all in a closely supervised environment.

Volunteers live and work in Livingstone, a sizable region that consists of a populous city and expansive outlying communities on the border with Zimbabwe. Nearby Victoria Falls, national parks and game reserves provide countless adventures, while the welcoming Zambian locals will keep you culturally engaged. 

Project Details:

  • Project Activities: Build projects, Eco-Bricks, farming, swap shops, education, litter clean-ups

  • Project Availability: Year-round, arrival dates every Monday of the month

  • Project Duration: 2-12 weeks

  • Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 7 hours (not including lunch break)

  • Location: Livingstone, Zambia

  • Excursions: There are a variety of cultural activities and places of interest volunteers can choose to visit on their own (at own expense) outside of project hours. Our on-site staff can assist in providing advice. 

  • Support: 24-hour on-site support from our Site Coordinators and Continent Site Director (in Cape Town)

  • Police check is required

  • Minimum Age: 18+

  • Language: English

A workshop, guest lecture and/or presentation will also be conducted by one or more of the following organisations:

  • Wayawaya – a local social enterprise for empowering women 
  • One of the local girl impact mentors – to talk about Zambian culture, working with girls and the issues they face and how the girl impact program is benefiting the community
  • Head sister from Linda/Maramba Clinic – to talk about the Zambian medical system, challenges faced, health regulations, medical differences, etc. 
  • Head of Lumuuno Training Centre – to talk about the issues women face with further education/finding employment, how the program helps with this and then share some of their success stories
  • Senior social worker from Lubasi Girls homes – a safe house for girls that are victims of sexual violence – to talk about how they work with the community to identify girls, the process that follows once they are in the house and how they then work to empower them
  • A local caregiver from Pure Skills – a small NGO that focuses on skills training using recycled and up-cycled materials – to talk about home-based care