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Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer

Livingstone, Zambia
from £845 (2 weeks)

Ref: AV034

'Mosi-oa-tunya' - "The Smoke That Thunders" - is the local description of the spray created by the world famous Victoria Falls, the magnificent number one tourist attraction in Zambia.  This is an exciting and worthwhile project - of particular interest to sports enthusiasts - who can get involved in coaching the under-privileged children from the local primary schools - who may be the super stars of tomorrow!  This is an opportunity for them to begin working out their dreams under the watchful eyes of a volunteer coach.  It is an opportunity for volunteers to pass on their own passion and skills to the very enthusiastic pupils in this part of Africa.  Resources are very limited but the enthusiasm and excitement shown by the children more than makes up for the shortage of equipment.  Some previous sports experience is useful but not essential.  Opportunities are also available to help out in the local community, either building desperately needed classrooms or refurbishing older schools.

Who can join: 17 years and over
Accommodation: Dedicated volunteer complex
Transfer time: approx. 15 minutes
Pick up Point: Livingstone airport
Meals: Meals included (except weekends)
Volunteer numbers: 10

Duration & Fees

2 weeks£845
3 weeks£1,055
4 weeks£1,195
5 weeks£1,515
6 weeks£1,710
7 weeks£1,910
8 weeks£2,105

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Start Dates

Volunteers can join this project on any Monday throughout the year. This project is open year round.

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • A contribution to the project itself to fund items such as coaching/building materials and equipment
  • Transfer from Livingstone airport to the volunteer accommodation and daily project based transport
  • Orientation and introduction to the project
  • All accommodation including 3 meals a day, Monday to Friday (weekend meals not included)
  • Full support from the local project managers throughout the time spent on the project
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay 

What's not included

  • Personal travel insurance (to include cover for repatriation)
  • Transfer by air or bus to Livingstone
  • Personal items eg clothes, travel goods
  • Use of internet (email) and telephone
  • Wines and spirits, soft drinks and snacks
  • All visas for border crossings
  • Any trips/activities undertaken other than in the planned project itinerary

Project Highlights:

  • Getting immersed into the community and helping to empower and influence all ages with a sense of self-worth and development
  • The variety of locations!  Volunteers will be based within under-privileged communities in various districts of Livingstone - with the opportunity for total exposure to every inch of colourful day to day life in Zambia
  • The friendly people - the work of a volunteer is hugely appreciated by the communities and volunteers will meet the friendliest, most warm hearted, gracious, determined and zealous African people who are guaranteed to inspire and motivate!
  • Teach students valuable life-skills lessons on teamwork, communication, nutrition, hygiene etc
  • Getting Immersed in local Zambian culture
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers on the programme
  • Visit Victoria Falls and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities thatLivingstone has to offer.
  • Opportunities to visit neighboring countries of Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, on exciting optional excursions.

Sports Coaching

The sports programme is comprised of the following:

Training Teams:
 Volunteers will work alongside various community partners in Livingstone, co-operating with their coaches.  It is believed that sport should be accessible to all individuals regardless of age and ability even those who do not attend school or will never play on a team should they be able to participate.  Volunteers provide an opportunity for escape and give direction in a structured manner while providing friendship and a sense of teamwork.  The project is partnered with the Tag Rugby Trust in Livingstone, providing open training sessions in the afternoons for all children in the area regardless of school, age, gender or ability.  This partnership provides local young adults with the chance to gain valuable coaching skills from volunteers to assist in their qualifications.  There are strong links with both rugby and football teams in the area and enthusiastic children come from far away to develop their skills during these sessions.  They also loe to learn and play different sports with the volunteers.

Physical Education within Schools:
 Volunteers will spend the majority of their mornings based in various community schools inspiring the children to play sports through structured PE lessons.  PE is featured in the national curriculum and volunteers will prepare lessons using text books, aimed to educate students both in a theoretical and practical sense on topics which will appear in their examinations. PE is unfamiliar to most community schools and attitudes need to be changed towards its importance;  however the children absolutely love it and thoroughly enjoy their time with the volunteers.  As class time is very limited little time is given to the PE syllabus.  However PE and sports are important to the holistic well-being of the students which are really beneficial.  The majority of PE sessions will be planned and prepared by the volunteers with help from the volunteer co-ordinator, with each session taking a particular focus on an aspect of sport and exercise such as the importance of nutrition, teamwork or leadership.  Volunteers are encouraged to use their creative talents for these sessions - perhaps making medals for a tournament day - or even a week dedicated to the Olympics!

Specialist Sports:  Although the daily schedules are set by the volunteer co-ordinators, volunteers with particular interests or skills are very welcome.  The children are always keen to learn new activities - particularly if they come from overseas!  Classes can be arranged for rugby, athletics, cricket or any other skills that volunteers may have.  However equipment is difficult to come by so please bear this in mind.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring any sporting equipment they can with them.  It will be very greatly appreciated by the community.

Please note that it is not possible to coach swimming in Livingstone and team sports that require a lot of equipment, such as hockey, are also difficult to arrange due to the constraints of getting and maintaining the necessary equipment.

School Term Dates

Please see below the dates of Zambian school terms and public holidays for 2016.   Work on the volunteer projects in Livingstone is affected by these dates; local partners take time off to spend with their families on public holidays and the school/education-based programmes are structured slightly differently during school holiday periods and in the two preceding weeks when examinations take place.  Some projects may be put on hold whilst the children are on holiday but there is still important and rewarding work to be done at this time.

School Terms 2016

Term 1:  Monday 11 January - Friday 8 April
Term 2:  Monday 9 May - Friday 5 August
Term 3:  Monday 11 September - Friday 2 December

Public Holidays

1 January - New Year's Day
8 March - Youth Day
25 March - Good Friday
28 March - Easter Monday
25 May - African Freedom Day
4 July - Heroes Day
5 July - Unity Day
1 August - Farmers Day
24 October - Independence Day
25 December - Christmas Day

Holiday Clubs: During school holidays volunteers will assist with running holiday clubs which are very important as it offers students valuable time to catch up on learning missed due to the Zambian "hot seating" system.  Not only does it give young people. a safe environment  to spend their summer holidays, it is also a lot of fun whilst providing an effective educational tool.  Teaching volunteers work very closely with sports volunteers to teach lessons for the first half of the morning and then engage in recreational activities and teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  This is a fantastic way to direct instruction for a few weeks amd leave a mark on the students.

Afternoon Community Projects

Volunteers will spend their afternoons helping the local community through various afternoon projects and will rotate between the following community projects:

Building and construction projects: Schools are very short of classrooms resulting in most children being able to attend one session per day only.  With guidance from professional builders and members of the community volunteers will work on numerous building projects within schools and the community.  It is hard but rewarding work as they will help with mixing cement, bricklaying, laying concrete floors, plastering and painting or refurbishing existing classrooms.  Please note that building projects are not always in the schedule.

Farming: It is hoped to help all communities to set up sustainable farming programmes and volunteers provide assistance in preparing the land and maintaining the crops.  Three farms have already been helped with the acquisition of land, tools and seeds.  Volunteers held by planting, watering, weeding and harvesting.  With each new planting season the local communities become more self-suffficient and are able to purchase more of their own seeds, allowing new farms to be developed

Reading Club: Volunteers assist in running afterschool reading clubs to support the development of literacy and reading skills among Lilvingstone's youth.  They help give the students the extra support they need including teaching them the alphabet, phonics, spelling, pronunciation and general reading and comprehension skills.  Literacy in English is imperative to Zambian children's education as it allows them to understand all other academic subjects which are tested in English.

Art Club: During the afternoon session there will be chances to nurture the students' creativity.  Art clubs will be planned using suggested themes and ideas.  Some examples might be Christmas/Easter crafts, masks, finger painting and papier mache.  Arts Clubs are important to students' development as many schools lack the time and resources to incorporate arts into the school day.

Adult Literacy Club:
  In conjunction with the Ministry of Education volunteers work with adults in the community to help improve their literacy rate and subsequently their chances of employment.  This is a very important club and one that is very popular with volunteers as it offers a unique insight into a different culture and the opportunityto make new friends in the community.  There is a structured syllabus with beginner/intermediate/advanced classes in addition to lesson plans and tests.  A certificate is issued to those who complete the course and  the course improves the students' understanding of written and oral English as well as valuable everyday skills which may make people more employable in a country where the employment rate is around 50%.

Afterschool Clubs: Children in Zambia have to grow up really quickly as they are expected to help out with a number of chores at home and older siblings help to look after the younger ones in typically large families. Volunteers run structured playtimes with children at pre-selected locations, taking along balls, skipping ropes, colouring books and crayons, and spend the afternoon interacting and having fun with the kids. This time allows them an opportunity just to be children -  to play games, be carefree and expend some of their boundless energy.

Maramba Old People's Home: Culturally, older family members are looked after within their community so old people's homes are not common in Zambia.  Therefore people who come to this home have no-one to look after them and come from far and wide.  Volunteers engage the residents in games, reading, physical activities etc and the project is a great way to provide stimulation and improve the lilving conditions for the residents.  It is also a wonderful opportunityp to talk with and listen to the stories from people who have had some incredible life experiences and witnessed some of history's real turning points

 Reasons to volunteer:

  • Getting immersed in the community and being involved with those who really need help
  • Being based in Livingstone ensures there are plenty of relaxation or adventure activities to enjoy at the weekends.
  • Love Sports? Love Football? Then teach it, learn it, guide it, use it, play it, ref. it, coach it, and enjoy it.
  • The variety of activities and community projects, from building and painting to HIV education and reading clubs –there’s something for everyone
  • The variety of locations!  Volunteers will be based within under-privileged communities in various districts of Livingstone, and will enjoy exposure to every inch of day to day Zambian Life.
  • The friendly people – the work of a teaching volunteer is very much appreciated by the communities. Volunteers will meet the friendliest, nicest, gracious, most determined, and zealous African people, who are guaranteed to inspire and motivate!

A Day in the Life of a Sports Volunteer

7am Rise and shine and time for breakfast.  Then volunteers prepare for the day ensuring they have everything they need for their morning activities
7.45am Off to the assigned school or class and after greeting the children make preparations for the morning of PE - or community projects if preferred
11.30am - 12.00pm Volunteers will be picked up from the project and taken back to the volunteer house for lunch and to plan and prepare for the afternoon activities.
12.00 noon  Lunch and relaxation
1.30 pm - 2.00 pm Depart for the community project which may be farming, building or painting, or even an art club or reading club or assisting at the Maramba Old People's Home.  Perhaps it will be delivering a workshop to the children at the community school on a topic such as basic first aid, drugs and alcohol, HIV and AIDS or life skills.
4.30 pm Back to the house for some relaxation
6.00 pm Dinner

Volunteers should be aware that projects are constantly evolving - some may be completed and new ones take their place - hence the above information is given as a guide only.

Optional Excursions

Most volunteers want to see something of the stunning scenery and enjoy exploring their surroundings.  The following optional excursions and activities are not included in the project fee and prices are given as a guideline only as they are subject to change.  Volunteer co-ordinators will be happy to help with making the necessary arrangements.

  • Dinner/Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River - USD 65 - 70
  • 2 nights on safari in Chobe National Park -  USD 320
  • 2 nights on an island paradise in the Zambezi inclusive of meals and activities - USD 145
  • White water rafting on the Zambezi River - USD 160 (half day) or USD 170 (full day)
  • Angel's Pool or Devil's Pool (depending on time of year) includes breakfast - USD 95
  • Bungee jumping over the Batoka Gorge - usd 160
  • Gorge Swing alongside cascading waters into the Falls - USD 160 (single) or USD 240 (tandem)
  • Helicopter ride over the Falls - USD 185 (15 minutes)
  • Microlight flight over the Falls - USD 170 (15 minutes) or USD 340 (30 minutes)
  • Elephant ride - USD 140
  • Crocodile Farm - USD 40
  • Game Drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park - USD 65 or Walking Safari - USD 85

Getting There

Volunteers should fly into Livingstone International Airport where they will be met on arrival by a member of the project staff and taken to the volunteer accommodation.  Most volunteers will fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, and take an internal connecting flight to LIvingstone from there.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can make any flight arrangements for volunteers upon request.

A perfect way to explore more of Africa

Before heading straight back home, why not take an Overland Journey through Africa to explore more of the wonderful sights and experiences that this beautiful continent has to offer.  You can take a trip that starts and finishes in the same city (eg Windhoek to Windhoek) or you can use it as an opportunity to get your from one city to another (eg Cape Town to Nairobi).

“This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ... brilliant. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. The overland trip was excellent - really well run”
Southern Sun 21 days, Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, aged 32 and 34.

“I didn’t know I could become such close friends with people in just a week. The trip attracts a great group of people who are so easy to get along with. My group ranged from 20 to 70 and we all sat down with a drink, played cards together and just gathered around the campfire.  It was an experience of a lifetime and I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family”
Tanzanian Game Parks and Zanzibar, 10 Days and Masai Mara Safari, 3 Days - Sara, Canada/Malaysia, aged 20.

 From 3 days to 56 days, take a look at the exciting Overland Trips here.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Livingstone, Zambia, Zambia Sports Coaching VolunteerLivingstone, Zambia, Zambia Sports Coaching VolunteerLivingstone, Zambia, Zambia Sports Coaching VolunteerLivingstone volunteers reside at a comfortable and secure complex, a 5-minute walk away from Livingstone town centre. This accommodation features a dining area, bar, swimming pool, large garden, and even a rock-climbing wall! The property accommodates volunteers from the medical, teaching and sports projects. The accommodation is multi-sex, but males and females will be sleeping in separate rooms.

The house has 24 hour security and lockers to store valuables.  Meals are cooked at the accommodation and volunteers will have the support of the project managers at the site.  Each bedroom sleeps 4 - 8 people, with  bunk beds in each room. 

Bed linen is provided (volunteers should take their own towels) and a cleaning service will attend to rooms daily. The house is within close walking distance of the town where there is a wide range of amenities.

Volunteers are provided with three meals a day, Monday - Friday.   Breakfast is either a daily hot breakfast or on a help-yourself basis and consists of cereals, toast, tea and coffee.  Lunch and dinner are full meals, and will be cooked by the chef at the volunteer house. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Volunteers will need to cater for their own meals at weekends. 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.

Please note: That while the project try their very best to provide you with varied and interesting meals, due to the nature of the rural location food will generally be quite simple but still nutritious. 

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Why visit Zambia?

For anyone out to experience the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia is that diamond in the rough. The country boasts some of Africa’s best game parks and shares (with Zimbabwe) some of the region’s major highlights, such as Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park. South Luangwa National Park is one of the best parks in Africa for night game-drives. More than 60 mammal species and over 400 bird species are found in this Park, which is also renowned for thousands of hippo and crocodiles. Luangwa is the birthplace of the Walking Safari and there is no better way to explore this wilderness. Featuring leafy woodlands, slow-moving river channels and lily-bedecked lagoons, South Luangwa is renowned for the expertise of its guides. It is also excellent for spotting leopards and is home to about 15,000 elephants and the same number of hippo. The Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest are unique to the region.

The mighty Zambezi River is tamed by the Lower Zambezi valley, becoming gentle as it spreads languidly across the Valley.  Islands and floodplains create a densely vegetated habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, elephant in particular. This area is seasonal and many of the lodges and camps are closed from November to March. It is also an angler’s dream as fishermen try their luck on the mighty Zambezi, with the hopes of landing a tiger fish or rare, giant vundu. Avid birdwatchers also flock to Zambia to glimpse its fabulous diversity of birds.

Game viewing along the upper Zambezi River by canoe or cruise boat is rewarding and relaxing. Adrenaline junkies may want to experience the spectacular view while bouncing upside down from the end of a bungee cord off the Victoria Falls Bridge. Intrepid travellers will also be attracted by the white-water rafting excursions on the swirling waters of the Zambezi Gorge. Helicopter or micro-light trips over the Falls, game-drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, horse trails along the Zambezi River and a visit to Maramba Market are also available. Most activities are accessible from the quaint colonial outback frontier town of Livingstone.

Highlights of Zambia

  • Renowned for its pristine National Parks, including Kafue, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi.
  • It is named after the mighty Zambezi River flowing along its southern border, which is fed by the Kafue and Luangwa tributaries.
  • Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River are accessible from nearby Livingstone Town.
  • Livingstone is home to numerous activities for adventure seekers, including bungee jumping, white-water rafting and abseiling down the gorge.
  • It boasts one of the largest areas of land under the protection of national parks in Africa, featuring abundant wildlife.
  • Canoeing, rafting and fishing safaris, upstream from the Falls on the Zambezi River, are possible, as are canoeing trips on the Lower Zambezi.
  • Kafue National Park is about the size of Wales or Massachusetts, with exceptional bird watching.
  • The country, shaped by three great rivers, is characterised by water, including a trio of massive lakes -  Lake Tanganyika, Lake Kariba and Lake Bangweulu.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer (November - April) 30 ° 26 °
Winter (May - October) 23 ° 20 °
Rainfall: April - May (Long rains) November - Mid December (short rains)

Zambia's elevation on a plateau gives it a moderate climate, despite the fact that it is within tropical latitudes, and the average monthly temperature remains above 20 °C most months.

There are three seasons:

  • cool and dry from May to August, when temperatures drop at night but the landscape is green and lush;
  • hot and dry from September to November, the best time to see wildlife as flora is sparse;
  • warm and wet from December to April, ideal for bird-watching.

The Victoria Falls are spectacular in April and May after the rainy season.

Key Facts

Population – 12.9 million
Capital - Lusaka
Currency – Zambian kwacha (ZMK)
Language – English is the official language, with Nyanja, Bemba, Lunda, Tonga, Lozi, Luvale and Kaonde being recognised regional languages.

Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 260, international access code 00

Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer

Thanks again for all your help, we had a fantastic time! 

Based on the feedback from the local people whilst on the project we were helping, they were hugely appreciative of the work that was going in and what the project was trying to achieve. From the short time we were there, you could see the impact it was having. 

Zambia is a beautiful country full on great things to do, and the staff are hugely helpful and enthusiastic. Sure to have a great time with this wonderfully rewarding experience and come back with many awesome memories. Go for as long as you can! 

Satheesh, UK aged 30 (Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer

A totally amazing experience. From start to finish I was supported but challenged within my placement, the only thing I would change is to stay for longer!

Claire, UK, aged 33 (Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer

I immensely enjoyed my time at the project - the staff were excellent and the experiences great fun and unforgettable. The projects regularly address their aims and the feedback from locals was tremendous. I fully recommend the experience!  I felt everything was organised and under control prior to departure. When I did have questions they were answered fully and promptly. I was impressed with the staff at Amanzi Travel - so much so that I recommend Amanzi Travel to everyone who has asked me how to get involved in volunteering in Africa.

Mike, New Zealand, aged 38 (Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer

I volunteered in Livingstone, and it was the most amazing experience of my life and I only wish I was out there for longer!

Stephanie, UK, aged 20 (Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer

My time in Livingstone was amazing, so much more than I could have ever experienced. I was 100% happy, in fact 110% happy with my whole experience.

Mandy, Australia, aged 19 (Zambia Sports Coaching Volunteer)

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