Zambia

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had a great experience with IVHQ in Zambia last month . Everything was great and well organized from the first second we reached Zambia till the moment we finished with our program . The experience was extra ordinary starting from the great support done by IVHQ team via internet before travel , giving the full detailed information , passing by the great local team in zambia from drivers , cookers , accomodation workers and teachers at school . The atmosphere inside the accomodation was so great , people are gathering from every part of the world , meeting for meals 3 times a day , hanging out together , sharing their experience . The best part of the experience was the time we spent with the children at the school . Was really great experience and would repeat it again when i have the chance . Thanks to IVHQ i finally had my greatest experience in my whole life .

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Nov 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent one week volunteering with children in Zambia through IVHQ. Zambia is amazing country. Very peaceful with lovely people. I was very surprised how safe it is there. Our accommodation was very nice, we had our room with my husband and big dining room where we met with other volunteers. There were volunteers from many different countries. All were very nice, we always had a chat about our day, children, plans for activities to do in the free time, etc. We had great orientation meeting where we learn more about the country and culture and we were showed the town and important places there. I really felt the organization took good care of us and I felt very comfortable and safe.
Me and my husband were placed in small school, which was actually private house where children were studying. The children were from age 3 to 9. They were divided for us in two groups. I had group 3 to 6 and my husband 7 to 9. The children were so happy to see us every day. They were running to us, jumping on us and they were so happy. I really miss these moments. We were giving the children some pens, notepads and toys and they were so happy for every little thing. To see the happiness in their eyes is unforgettable. We really enjoyed the time with them and wish we could stay longer. It was very sad to leave, but hopefully we can help them with some donation in the future.
After this project, we had 4 days for some activities in Zambia and Zimbabwe. There is so much to do. Walking with lions and cheetahs was the most amazing experience. Sitting in the devil’s pool in the Victoria Falls is must do and seeing the falls from Zimbabwe side is breath taking. Even I traveled to many countries, I can say this was the best experience in my life. I’m happy I fulfilled my dream. Thank IVHQ and Dream Livingstone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Nov 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

African Impact

Upon arriving in Zambia, I was immediately thrusted into the best exposure and training in the medical field I had ever encountered as an American pre-medical student. I never expected to have opportunities to weigh babies, assist nurses with taking vitals and preparing vaccines, clean wounds from HIV fungal infections and leprosy, and even shadow doctors in a different country on the other side of the globe.
If you are searching for a way to gain exposure to healthcare, see clinical cases in real life, and find the confidence within that you can succeed as a doctor, a nurse, a physical therapist, etc., this program is for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa, Zambia
Posted: Nov 6, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

It was an unbelievable experience to go to Zambia and work in an organisation that has a clear vision on how to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youths. I just hope I was able to contribute something towards them achieving change down the track. There is certainly a lot of lobbying of policy makers to be done so that is the coordinator's vision can be realised. I also really enjoyed getting to know the locals and fitting in to daily life there. It certainly was not nearly as rough as TV sometimes makes out. I will hopefully get back to visit soon.
I loved the time I went to Church and being amongst all of the gospel singing and dancing. I was the only fool wearing shorts and no doubt the only person in the room that couldn't move my hips but it was still probably the coolest moment of the trip. If Church was a little more like that at home I'm sure I'd attend more often.
It was surprising how readily available anything I needed or wanted was. I was not expecting to frequent huge supermarkets, great steakhouses or gourmet thai restaurants when travelling to Lusaka. The city is a lot more advanced than what I was expecting, but there is also a huge discrepancy in wealth distribution and the gap between rich and poor is far more prevalent than what I'd experienced before.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Feb 1, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

African Impact

My experience with African Impact was nothing short of incredible. A few well chosen words cannot do justice to the kindness I experienced in Zambia and working with African Impact. It started upon arrival and being introduced to the staff, fellow volunteers and my accommodations for the next few weeks. I felt at home immediately. The individuals I was fortunate enough to meet in the community have genuinely impacted my entire perspective on how we view our peers. The students refer to their fellow classmates as 'friends'. In referring to others as your friend, almost instantly your world becomes so much larger. I felt welcomed and I welcomed every moment I had to spend with these friends I've made. I can't think of a moment working in the schools where I wasn't smiling, laughing, or learning something new about the locals.
I took part in a sports development project for 2 weeks. It almost isn't fair how much fun was had; and how much I learned as well. Walking around Livingstone and I was sure to see someone that I had played football the day before with, or tag rugby; anything! Everything was so well organized by the staff. The relationship African Impact has with the community is one that ought to be recognized and reflected back here at home. I can't wait to go back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Dear Volunteer, Thank you so much for this great review and very positive affirmation of the kind of volunteer experience and contribution we're trying to make in Livingstone. We're so pleased you had such an amazing time on project and can't wait to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, The African Impact Team

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I was pleasantly surprised to feel so welcomed in this country. Every Zambian that I met was incredibly gracious and kind. I was also surprised to see how happy these people are; they have so little, yet never complain. Zambians take much pride in preserving their culture and traditions; they are eager to share their culture with outsiders.
I had raised some funds to donate supplies to the Clinic/Hospice and one of the orphanages before I left the U.S. When I dropped off the supplies at the orphanage I was not prepared for how the young children would react. (These children were all 16 months and younger). When I walked into the room four children came running at me with their arms wide open. I took turns picking up each child and showing them individual attention; however, when I put each child down they cried and one even through a tantrum. It broke my heart to see these children craving love from a complete stranger.
If you are white, the locals will stare at you and may yell "muzungu" (white person). Do not take offense to this; you are different and they are just curious. The children are especially curious and will want to talk to you and touch you, especially your hair. Most Zambians that I met had never traveled outside of their country, so many have never seen a white person.
Volunteering in Zambia was a life changing experience for me. My heart broke when I had to leave as I was only able to stay a total of 10 days. As a developing nation, Zambia has so much more than developed nations in many ways. I told the cab driver on the way to the airport that Zambians are very kind. His response was: "yes, we have to be...we are one. We speak many different languages but we are one and we must try to communicate with one another". I saw a country with so much pride that values the importance of preserving their culture. I felt so much love there...the people are so connected because they must rely on one another; the poorest of them all simply try to make it through the day. Not once did I hear a Zambian complain; they are so appreciative of what they do have. They are not rushing off from place to place and value their families and friends. I cannot wait to return to this place, though I know it will be a long ways away due to my lack of time off from work.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Nov 5, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The Zambian people are an amazing people. Josphat and his wife were more than welcoming and offered gracious answers to my endless questions during my seven weeks there. Everyone I met, whether in town, at the orphanage, or in one of the many tourist places I visited, was more than willing to stop what they were doing and help me find my way. People would stop me on the street while I was walking and have a conversation with me. I have so many wonderful memories of my time in Zambia. I volunteered in Zambia because I had gone there for a week last year and I wanted to learn more about their culture and language. I had always wanted to work in a orphanage and this was a wonderful way to combine both desires. I had hoped to work there one day as a midwife and I was able to meet with the Zambian Deputy Director of Nursing while I was in country. What an amazing woman she is. I learned more about their culture than I had done reading books and internet websites. Olivia was more than willing to teach me how they live, cook, work, and have fun in Zambia. I had already learned some of the local language from friends I had made the previous year, and being in country with some language base made my experience even more enjoyable.
The culture shock was most difficult for me. Also watching those precious babies stay in one room day after day with no one to call them their own. The last day at the orphanage I sat on the floor and held one of the sweet babies and cried, tears running down my cheeks, because I did not want to leave them behind. I had bonded to two of the babies especially and it was so hard to leave them behind. I would not trade those short weeks with my precious babies for anything in the world.
I never felt unsafe there. And that includes when we (two other volunteers and myself, all girls) witnessed a vigil anti on our way to Livingstone. If I was ever lost, I had only to ask and someone would take me by the arm and lead me to where I needed to go. Accommodation is no hilton, but I was not uncomfortable. The meats are good, I did not try the Kapenta - dried minnow looking fish, the chicken and pig feet, or the caterpillar, I did try the Hippo and it was good. They mostly have chicken and fish. At Arcades (just ask one of her locals) there are great restaurants, ask where the Thai place behind Arcades is, it is amazing.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Aug 18, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I would consider us the not-so-typical volunteers. As a mother/daughter team, we went to Zambia to commemorate the end of an era as my daughter graduates from high school and moves onto the next chapter of her life. She spent a month volunteering in Zambia the previous year, and was eager to return, and even more eager to share the experience with me. Our decision to spend a school vacation week in this way, and the travel arrangements required to do so were all made hastily. She found A Broader View through a google search, and after some additional research, and a few phone conversations with Sarah, we felt confident that this would be a good match for us. Sarah and the team at A Broader View were so skilled at arranging things for us with such short notice, our transition to the volunteer project went off without a hitch.
I love babies, and since mine is now 18, I really miss everything about them. My personal volunteer goals could have easily been met just by the smell of a baby all day long. Sharing their smiles, quieting their cries, and watching them grow were all icing on the cake. However, the greatest reward for me that week, was reflecting on how my own baby has grown into such a loving, caring and generous woman, who would take a week (more if she could have) out of her life and spend her final school vacation giving back to others. This was an experience I wish every mother and daughter could share. We laughed at each other and sometimes yelled at each other as we tried to find our way in a strange place. We laughed at ourselves for being awkward in a new environment. I relished every second of being with her knowing that soon she’ll be heading off to college.
The orphanage was not what I expected at all. It was spotless, well-equipped, and safe, the staff were quite skilled, the babies were well fed, well dressed and well cared for. I truly felt as though they gave us so much more than we ever could have given them.
As far as sightseeing, we took a weekend to go to Livingstone. The host helped us at the bus station, which was invaluable, as it was really intimidating. There were many bus companies, and they were all very aggressive. He knew the best bus for us to take. It still ended up being a 9 hour trip (the bus left an hour late, and the 6 hour trip took 8 hours). We arrived in Livingstone at night with no where to stay, but ended up finding a hotel with no problem. Though it was adventurous on our part, I would strongly recommend planning this kind of stuff ahead of time. We also ended up flying back to Lusaka from Livingstone because I just couldn't risk the unreliable bus transportation back. It also gave us more time there. There is a new airline that flies from Livingstone to Lusaka called Mahogany, and it was about $225 for the two of us to fly back. The hotel helped us book it, but having all of this planned out ahead of time would have been better. Since out entire experience was very last minute, some of this was unavoidable for us.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: May 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

African Impact

I participated on the teaching project with African Impact in Livingstone, Zambia and had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely helpful and did their best to make sure you were comfortable and feeling at home. They also did a great job of addressing unexpected situations that arose, which are common in Africa. My only complaint is that I would have preferred to receive the pre-departure email from them further in advance. The content in the email was extremely helpful in preparing you for what to expect upon arrival, but it would have been nice to have that information earlier.

On the projects, we would teach every weekday in the mornings, then have a break for lunch, and then volunteer for a few hours in the afternoon at various places such as after school reading clubs or the old people's home. We had the weekends off to participate on any adventures or excursions that we wanted to!

Volunteering abroad was an amazing life changing experience that opened up my eyes to other parts of the world. Don't be discouraged if you don't have any teaching experience. I didn't either and I was able to catch on quickly with some help from the on-site staff and other volunteers. I volunteered for just 2 weeks and was able to meet tons of lifelong friends from all over the world. The people in Livingstone were so friendly and welcoming, and it is a joy to work with the kids and see how eager they are to learn. For more on my experiences, check out some of my blog posts from my trip: http://itsthelittlethingsblog.wordpress.com/category/traveling/africa/

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Feb 10, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Kaya Responsible Travel

Booking my volunteering trip with Kaya Volunteer was such a great experience! The staff was very helpful and friendly, and they were able to address all of my questions and concerns through the booking process. They also provide you with plenty of information before you depart, which is extremely helpful to provide a better understanding of the location you are going and what your days may typically look like. I participated on the teaching and community project in Livingstone, Zambia: http://www.kayavolunteer.com/projects/Teaching-and-Community-Work-in-Zam...

Volunteering abroad was an amazing life changing experience that opens up your eyes to other parts of the world. Don't be discouraged if you don't have any teaching experience. I didn't either and I was able to catch on quickly with some help from the on-site staff and other volunteers. I volunteered for just 2 weeks and was able to meet tons of lifelong friends from all over the world. The people in Livingstone were so friendly and welcoming, and it is a joy to work with the kids and see how eager they are to learn. For more on my experiences, check out some of my blog posts from my trip: http://itsthelittlethingsblog.wordpress.com/category/traveling/africa/

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Feb 10, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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