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Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development Volunteer

Livingstone, Zambia
from £895 (10 days)

Ref: AV034

Zambia's education system is unfortunately lacking in basic facilities, infrastructure and learning resources, with many cihildren orphaned or coming from families affected by poverty.  With physical education missing from the school curriculum and little focus on the importance of sport in Zambian life, the local children of Livingstone have limited time to enjoy the many benefits of sports.  Volunteers bring much needed skills, enthusiasm and presence and attempts are made to change perceptions around physical activity and the importance of leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Volunteers can make a real impact through teaching PE lessons at local community schools, delivering health talks and helping run after-school sports clubs.

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

10 days£895
2 weeks£995
3 weeks£1,245
4 weeks£1,445
5 weeks£1,645
6 weeks£1,845
7 weeks£2,045
8 weeks£2,245

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Start Dates

Volunteers can join this project on any Monday throughout the year.

This project is open during the festive season.


£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:

  • Bring a fun, creative and dynamic approach to delivering sports lessons to children to primary school age
  • Teach students valuable life-skills on teamwork, communication, nutrition and hygiene
  • Focus on one sport for a set period and observe progression, improved skills and confidence among the local children first-hand
  • Bring skills from home and assist with a variety of after-school sports clubs
  • Get immersed into the community and help 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!
  • Visit Victoria Falls and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities thatLivingstone has to offer.
  • Observe Africa's most iconic wildlife on safari during free time- possibly even seeing an elephant or two during the ride to the volunteer projects each day

The Volunteer Work

Training Teams:

Volunteers will work alongside various community partners in Livingstone, co-operating with their sports coaches.  It is believed that sport should be accessible to all individuals regardless of age and ability, and even those who do not attend school or will never play on a team should  be able to participate.  Volunteers provide emergetic and varied sports sessions as an opportunity for escape, fun and development in a structured manner while providing the children with the foundations of 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.  

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.  Over a three-week rotation period, volunteers will focus on one sport and prepare lessons to educate students both in a theoretical and practical sense, allowing for more in-depth training and skill development.  With PE lacking from the Zambian curriculum, it is an unfamiliar concept to most community schools but with the help of volunteers it is possible to change attitudes on health, fitness and nutrition.  The children love the lessons and volunteers are encouraged to bring their passion and energy in abundance as they track their progress and are rewarded as they witness growth. 

Specialist Sports:  
he daily schedules are set by the project managers;  however if volunteers have any particular interests or skills they would like to use, it is hoped that these can be accommodated. The children are always keen to learn new activities - particularly if they come from overseas!  Classes can be arranged to teach netball, yoga, athletics, cricket, Aussie rules, baseball or whateverr 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.

Health Club
Volunteers are encouraged to join a vital 2-hour session every Wednesday afternoon where they will educate children aged 10 - 13 at a local community school on a variety of health topics.  Cover important subjects in an interactive way to ensure learning is fune and relevant, with  tangible improvements in knowledge as these sessions are delivered to a group of about 20.  In the past subjects such as fire preventiion, wound dressing, hygiene, a healthy diet and exercise have been covered but suggestions for new topics are welcomed.

School Terms (may change)

Term 1:  Mid January - Mid April
Term 2:  Mid May - Start of August
Term 3:  Mid September - Start of December

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 Activities

Afternoons are very flexible and will be spent immersed in the community.  Volunteers who would like to continue to volunteer with young children will perhaps try the Reading or Art Club.  Anyone wishing to work with adults can join the team at the Adult Literacy Club or at the Maramba Old People's Home.  Volunteers will be fully supported by the staff who are there to make sure that the passions and skills of volunters are fully utilised to benefit the community members with whom they will be working. Volunteers can choose from a range of afternoon activities that could broaden their knowledge, or simply choose something that plays to their stengths.

Building and construction projects:
Work with professional builders and community members mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls and painting or refurbishing existing buildigs. Please note that building projects are not always in the schedule.

Help communities set up sustainable farming programmes, and provide assistance in preparing the land, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting.

Reading Club:
Volunteers assist in running afterschool reading clubs, helping to teach the alphabet, phonics, spelling, pronunciation and general reading and comprehension skills.

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:
Work with adults in the community to improve their literacy with structured syllabus for beginner/intermediat/advanced classes

Afterschool Clubs: 
Run structured playtimes at pre selected locations with activities such  balls, jump ropes, colouring books and crayons in a safe and nurturing environment.

Maramba Old People's Home:
Engage the residents in games, reading and activities and provide stimulation and improve their living conditions.

Maths Club
Assist at a maths club for Grade 5 and 6 students.  Follow existing plans and deliver lessons.  Lead the class or work one to one.

Art Club
Nurture students' creativity through exciting lesson plans with different art and crafts methods.

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

This is an example of how a week may look.  Due to the nature of the project, activities may change on a daily basis.



Livingstone, Zambia, is a beautiful, rural town that many call "the real Africa".  Just a stone's throw from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls - Livingstone is the ultimate playgound for those who love adventure sports, wildlife and the great outdoors.  Whether you want to bungee jump, swim in the "Devil's Pool", feed some crocodiles, white water raft down the mighty Zambezi or just enjoy a breath-taking sunset, you will experience things that only Livingstone can offer.  Don't worry - you will not miss out on wildlife.  There are many national parks where lions rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephant and giraffe can be observed and sometimes these animals are spotted while driving to and from the project.

What Else Can You Do In Livingstone?

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.  

  • Dinner/Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River - USD 60


  • 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.  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. 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 and Community Development VolunteerLivingstone, Zambia, Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development VolunteerLivingstone, Zambia, Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development VolunteerLivingstone, Zambia, Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development VolunteerLivingstone volunteers reside at a comfortable private house located within the Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia - voted the number one hotel in all of Zambia.  The Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia allows access to a fun dining area, bar, swimming pool and even a rock climbing walls.  It is just a short 5-minute walk away from Livingstone town centre that is filled with grocery stores, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The house has 24 hour security and individual lockers to store valuables.  Bedrooms sleep 4 - 8 people, with bunk beds in each room.  Bed linen is provided and a cleaning service will attend to the rooms daily.

Three meals a day are provided (excluding weekends).

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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.


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 and Community Development 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 and Community Development Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development 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 and Community Development Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development 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 and Community Development Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development 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 and Community Development Volunteer)

Zambia Sports Coaching and Community Development 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 and Community Development Volunteer)

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