Women are a powerful force for change in Africa – investing in adolescent girls is essential to reducing poverty, improving health and encouraging future economic growth. The “Girl Impact” initiative aims to provide opportunities for adolescent girls through education, health, safety, early pregnancy, making a living and confidence in self. Enthusiastic volunteers, both male and female, are needed to help make this a reality.
Participants (male or female) should expect a life-changing experience as they work and travel in Zambia. Volunteers will experience and see things that will change their worldview, challenge their norms and challenge the way they see life – all while they change the lives of others while volunteering abroad.
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 Activities: Focus areas include education, health, early pregnancy, safety, making a living, confidence in self, involving boys
- 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