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Volunteer in Zambia with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects, including Teaching, Medical and Construction & Renovation, Elderly Care, Kindergarten and a unique Rural Teaching project. Volunteers are based in in Livingstone in southwestern Zambia, which is a hub for travelers visiting Victoria Falls. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in Zambia.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 6 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around Livingstone
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$270 (approximately CA$365) for 1 week
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Living and volunteering in the village has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. After just 4 short weeks, the place had truly become my home, and the people my family.
IVHQ Volunteer - Sidney Kannel
Sidney Kannel
Nationality: USA
Age: 21
Destination: Zambia

Volunteer opportunities in Zambia

Construction and Renovation in Livingstone
Volunteer on the Construction and Renovation project in Zambia with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours per day
Hands on volunteer work
Help local builders with hands-on work to build and improve community centers, toilet facilities and schools in poor communities where labor is often hard to find.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students

Construction and Renovation in

When it comes to improving infrastructure in poor communities in Zambia, it can be hard to find enough workers to get jobs done efficiently. Volunteers are one of the more reliable sources of labor, helping with construction and renovation of community centers, toilet facilities and schools around Livingstone.

You’ll assist as a volunteer builder, volunteering longside locals and helping with construction, maintenance, gardening and painting. Your tasks may include painting, building, gardening and general maintenance. Projects and volunteer roles will vary ​from community to community according to the need at the time.

Construction and Renovation volunteer in Zambia with IVHQ

If you are someone who enjoys being outdoors and has a good level of fitness and a willingness to learn, this is the perfect project for you.

As you will be volunteering alongside our local team, you don’t need to have prior construction or renovation experience to participate on this project. Skilled laborers are highly sought after, so if you have experience please make a note in your application so the local team can utilize your skills.

Please note, this project has a​ surcharge of US$49 (approximately CA$66) per week for extra supervision, materials and logistics. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you when you apply.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help with construction and renovation projects in community centers, toilets and schools
  • Assist with building, maintenance, gardening and painting
  • Suited to volunteers who enjoy physical work and using their hands
  • Additional $49 per week surcharge for extra supervision, materials and logistics
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Zambia at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Livingstone, near the border with Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Also available in Zambia
Our project options
Construction and Renovation Elderly Care Kindergarten Medical Rural Teaching Teaching
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Africa
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Elderly Care in Livingstone
Volunteer on the Elderly Care project in Zambia with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
4-5 hours
Supported volunteer experience
Volunteer in under-resourced elderly care facilities for those who need support, but can’t get it from their families. Provide general care and assistance in a range of areas where help is needed.
Suited to:
Mature volunteers Solo travelers Spring break Gap year Qualified volunteers

Elderly Care in

In Zambian culture, it’s common for elderly people to move in with their family or extended family when they are unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, some senior citizens face abandonment if they have no family, or if their family is unable to provide for them. This can be due to financial issues or if the health needs of the elderly are beyond the family’s capability, and is sadly all too common.

Elderly care facilities help to provide care for people who struggle to find the help they need, and volunteers play an important role in helping these centers to provide their services. However, they can be badly under-resourced, and volunteers help is needed with all matter of general tasks such as caring for the elderly, serving meals, general maintenance, cleaning and gardening.

Elderly Care volunteer in Zambia with IVHQ

Your role will vary but it is important to note that you must be willing to work independently, and use your initiative. Many of the elderly people are ill or disabled, and the best care you can give is help with domestic chores and general companionship. The facilities are generally unstructured, but need support all the same.

This project is well suited to caring and compassionate volunteers who are interested in providing assistance wherever their help is most needed within a elderly care facility. As you’ll be volunteering under the guidance of local staff, you don’t need to have prior experience in caring for the elderly, though it is highly recommended.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in elderly care facilities for those whose families are unable to care for them
  • Help to provide general care and operational assistance as required
  • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Zambia at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Livingstone, near the border with Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Also available in Zambia
Our project options
Construction and Renovation Elderly Care Kindergarten Medical Rural Teaching Teaching
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Africa
Ghana Kenya Madagascar Morocco South Africa Tanzania Uganda Victoria Falls Zambia All Africa
Kindergarten in Livingstone
Volunteer on the Kindergarten project with IVHQ in Zambia
Increases access to education
3-5 hours
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Help in kindergartens and daycare centers for underprivileged children aged between 2-6. Assist with lessons and fun activities, using your creativity to make the days exciting and fulfilling.
Suited to:
Students Early childhood teachers Gap year Families Solo volunteers High school students

Kindergarten in

A large number of children in Zambia live under the poverty line, and many of these children suffer from poor hygiene, inadequate education, insufficient food and little healthcare. Individualized attention and a focus on early development and education are considered crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty. While this much is known, the help of international volunteers is vital to ensure it actually happens.

As a volunteer in kindergartens in Zambia, you’ll provide extra assistance to local staff, for children aged between 2-6 years old. You can expect to teach​ ​basic English and math​, helping to develop children’s confidence that, in turn, encourages their future education. ​

Kindergarten volunteer in the Zambia with IVHQ

In addition to teaching, ​you can also help with mentoring, homework, ​preparing ​meals, organizing activities, cleaning and the general running of the center.

This project is well suited to volunteers who love working with younger children and have a passion for education. You’re also encouraged to bring your creativity to the classroom to help stimulate the children’s learning.

You’ll be volunteering with the support of local staff, so don’t need to have prior experience working with children.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in kindergartens and daycare {% tt terms.centers %} for children aged 2-6
  • Help with lessons and activities, using your creativity to encourage fun and learning
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Zambia at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Livingstone, near the border with Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Also available in Zambia
Our project options
Construction and Renovation Elderly Care Kindergarten Medical Rural Teaching Teaching
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Africa
Ghana Kenya Madagascar Morocco South Africa Tanzania Uganda Victoria Falls Zambia All Africa
Medical in Livingstone
Volunteer on the Medical project in Zambia with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours per day
Tasks that match your experience
Volunteer in medical centers in low income communities, shadowing and assisting local medical staff. Volunteers with relevant experience can assist in a range of medical fields.
Suited to:
Medical students Nursing students Qualified volunteers Gap year Spring break Solo travelers

Medical in

For people who live in low income communities in Zambia, healthcare is neither accessible nor affordable. There have traditionally been very few medical clinics in these communities, but this is starting to change. More and more clinics are beginning to open, and now they need medical staff and volunteers to help them to provide quality healthcare.

As a Medical volunteer in Zambia, you’ll shadow and assist local medical professionals, gaining an understanding of the local healthcare system and helping to provide care. Language barriers and local laws mean volunteer work needs to be supervised at all times, so it’s important to have realistic expectations for what you’ll actually be doing.

Medical volunteer in Zambia with IVHQ

The clinic you’re placed in will depend on your level of expertise and experience. It’s possible to assist in a range of medical fields including laboratory testing, pharmacy, maternity, gynecology and family planning, optometry, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and pediatrics. If you have an interest in any of these areas, please mention that in your application, though your placement is ultimately decided by the Zambian Ministry of Health so we can’t guarantee you’ll be volunteering in your preferred department.

This project is open to fully qualified doctors and nurses, as well as students in nursing or medical school. You’ll need plenty of initiative and enthusiasm, and be ready to volunteer in basic facilities with limited resources.

Medical volunteers must bring proof of your relevant qualifications, training or certification with you to Zambia, as well as scrubs of any color to wear. The Medical project has a one-off surcharge of US$100 (approximately CA$135) which goes to the Zambian Ministry of Health for use in the public health sector. This will be included in the program fee quoted to you after applying. Most clinics are located 4 to 7 miles away from the volunteer house and volunteers use local taxis to commute, which costs approximately US$5 (CA$7) for a round trip.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in medical clinics in low income communities
  • Observe and assist local doctors and nurses with tasks that match your experience
  • Suitable for experienced professionals or medical students
  • Additional one-off {% usd_approx 100 %} surcharge for additional supplies and supervision
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Zambia at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Livingstone, near the border with Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Also available in Zambia
Our project options
Construction and Renovation Elderly Care Kindergarten Medical Rural Teaching Teaching
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Africa
Ghana Kenya Madagascar Morocco South Africa Tanzania Uganda Victoria Falls Zambia All Africa
Rural Teaching in Livingstone
Volunteer on the Rural Teaching project with IVHQ in Zambia
Increases access to education
4-8 hours volunteering per day
Grassroots volunteer experience
Help informal community or government schools set up for students who can’t afford to pay for their education. Teach English and other subjects as the head teacher or teaching assistant.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year Active volunteers

Rural Teaching in

If you’re looking for a teaching project in Africa that goes beyond the ordinary, then the Rural Teaching project in Zambia is exactly what you’re after. This is an immersive volunteer experience where you’ll be based in a Zambian village, getting a unique insight into African life while making a real difference in the education of children.

Volunteers are based in the village of Makumba, 40 miles from Livingstone. You’ll live as a member of the community, experiencing an authentic lifestyle and volunteering to support teachers in local schools.

You’ll assist local teachers in a school of around 200 students, who range in age from 4-18 years old. Aside from volunteers, international volunteers are rare in Makumba, so your perspective and English language skills are particularly valuable. You’ll be primarily helping with one-on-one tuition and occasionally leading lessons.

Rural Teaching volunteer in Zambia with IVHQ

You can expect to assist in a variety of subjects including English, math, science, geography, history, art and physical education. Due to the high demand for support staff and teachers in Zambia, you can expect to be volunteering for full days on a variety of different tasks and subjects. You’ll also help with general duties in marking, helping with homework, playing games and supervising during breaks and exams.

As volunteers are supporting local teachers, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

You’ll also get a unique cultural experience outside of your volunteer hours. You’ll stay in a homestay with a local family, living in a basic house with dirt floors, no electricity and an outdoor toilet. Your homestay will be based around three miles from the school, and you’ll need to walk there each day.

Volunteers can also expect to help out around the homestay with tasks such as the general running of the home, including cooking, cleaning gardening, molding bricks, milking cattle, collecting firewood, collecting water from the well, feeding chickens, collecting eggs and harvesting crops.

Please note that the Rural Teaching project has an extra one-off cost of US$200 (approximately CA$270) for the additional transport, supervision and logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • An immersive volunteer project in the village of Makumba, 40 miles from Livingstone
  • Help to teach a range of subjects in local schools
  • Assist local teachers as a one-on-one tutor and occasionally leading the classroom
  • Accommodation in a local homestay, where you’ll also help with domestic chores
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and learning about new cultures
  • Additional a one-off surcharge of {% usd_approx 200 %} for extra transport, supervision and logistics
  • Volunteer for up to 8 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Zambia at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Livingstone, near the border with Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Also available in Zambia
Our project options
Construction and Renovation Elderly Care Kindergarten Medical Rural Teaching Teaching
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Africa
Ghana Kenya Madagascar Morocco South Africa Tanzania Uganda Victoria Falls Zambia All Africa
Teaching in Livingstone
Volunteer on the Teaching project with IVHQ in Zambia
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Supported volunteer experience
Help informal community or government schools set up for students who can’t afford to pay for their education. Teach English and other subjects as the head teacher or teaching assistant.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching in

Due to Zambia’s rapidly growing population and shortage of teachers, locals have informally developed ‘community schools’ to serve the need for education. These schools commonly offer free admission to students, many of whom are orphaned or living with elderly family members who can’t afford school fees. As a result, they’ve become hugely popular and often have up to 60 students per teacher.

When you volunteer as a teacher, you’ll help in all aspects of schooling, easing the pressure on local staff and improving the quality of education they can provide. You’ll assist local teachers, peer teach with other volunteers or provide personal attention as tutors for students who need extra help.

Teaching volunteer in Zambia with IVHQ

Your role is primarily to teach English, however there are also opportunities to teach other subjects such as math and science. ​You can also help to supervise during exam time, and assist with extracurricular activities including sports, music, dance, art, gardening and nutrition programs.

If you are someone who is an aspiring teacher or have a genuine passion for education and helping out wherever possible, this is a great project for you. There is great demand for teachers and support staff in Zambia, so you may find yourself working full days, in many capacities at your placement.

As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English and other subjects in local community and government schools
  • Assist a local teacher, teach classes on your own or with another volunteer
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Zambia at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Livingstone, near the border with Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Zambia each month
Also available in Zambia
Our project options
Construction and Renovation Elderly Care Kindergarten Medical Rural Teaching Teaching
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Africa
Ghana Kenya Madagascar Morocco South Africa Tanzania Uganda Victoria Falls Zambia All Africa
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Zambia to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Zambia will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Zambia with your new-found friends.

How to get started

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