IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM

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Livingstone, Zambia

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport

Every Monday

1 - 4 weeks

Impact: NGO & Charity

from $1,995$3,155

IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM

Nonprofit Photography Volunteer Project, Livingstone 

Calling all passionate photographers! We are now taking applications for a nonprofit photography volunteer project in Zambia; a unique opportunity to turn your love for photography into impact. Based in Livingstone, a friendly community on the banks of the Zambezi River, you’ll sharpen your skills, learn how to approach NGO photography, and document projects in the field. You can then donate a selection of images to the nonprofit initiatives you’ve documented, so that they can be used to raise awareness and funds.

You can join this nonprofit photography volunteer project for two to four weeks. During the first week, you’ll enjoy a workshop by a professional photographer specialized in documenting the work of nonprofit causes. This will help you hone your skills and get insights into the best ways to approach NGO photography. From the second week, you’ll embark on your own photography assignments.

This photography volunteer program is an inspiring way to use your skills for a good cause, and spend some time in a wonderful African community. We look forward to receiving your application!

Project Highlights

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Learn how to successfully document NGO projects in the field
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Sharpen your photography skills through professional tutoring
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Support important humanitarian work with your camera
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Spend your free time doing safaris, river cruises, and visiting the Victoria Falls
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Live and work in a welcoming Zambian community

The Destination

Livingstone is a beautiful, rural town in southern Zambia just a stone’s throw away from the mighty Zambezi river and the border of Zimbabwe. It is a hub for visitors looking to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. Livingstone is the ultimate playground for adventure-seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, and lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you’d like to bungee jump, swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’, white water raft down the Zambezi, join a river safari or enjoy an African sunset, every experience in Livingstone is unique. The town itself is relaxed and friendly with an intriguing culture and history. Here, you’ll find arts and craft producers, museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, as well as delicious local food and laidback African lifestyle.

You’ll be staying in the heart of Livingstone at a private volunteer house within the popular and vibrant Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia. This comfortable backpackers’ is 15 minutes from Victoria Falls and is a 5 minute walk from Livingstone’s town centre which has many stores and a great selection of cafes and restaurants for you to explore at weekends. You will have access to a swimming pool, lounge, bar, fire pit area and even a climbing wall! These communal areas offer the perfect space to get to know each other and relax at the end of the day. Bedrooms are dormitory style with bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities, as well as daily housekeeping. The staff can share knowledge about the area and are happy to help organize river cruises, canoe safaris, and trips to Chobe National Park. You won’t want to leave your “new home” as the staff will become your new family!
You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by local chefs during the week. For breakfast you can expect cereal and toast, along with a cooked option such as eggs, pancakes or French toast. Lunch could be a wrap, pizza or sandwich paired with a fresh crispy salad. For dinner you might have a pasta dish, curry with rice or an authentic stew. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater to most dietary requirements. At weekends you will have access to the kitchen to make your own food, though most volunteers choose to visit local cafes and restaurants. Café Zambezi makes great traditional Zambian food and is a favourite amongst locals, while Maramba River Lodge is a popular spot for sundowners and Fez Bar is a popular place to hang out with locals and do a little dancing in the evenings!
To keep in touch with family and friends back home, Victoria Falls Backpackers has complimentary WiFi for you to use during your stay. You can also purchase a SIM card with data bundles if you wish.
Weather in Livingstone tends to be stable and sunny from August until late October when the "monsoon" rains start to hit. Either side of this time, the weather is very pleasant. The climate is tropical or sub-tropical depending on altitude, with a hot, humid, and rainy season from mid-November to March and a dry season from April to mid-November. October is typically the hottest month of the year.

Project Impact Areas

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NGO PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Your first week in Livingstone will be spent on a workshop taught by humanitarian photographer Anna Lusty. This workshop will be partly theoretical, and partly practical, with nonprofit projects in the field. Throughout the week, Anna will give you a good understanding of how to document the work of charities in a culturally sensitive way, and in a way that will best convey the mission and impact of a nonprofit.

NON-PROFIT PHOTOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENTS

From the second week, you’ll enjoy individual nonprofit photography assignments – either by yourself, or with one or two other photographers. You’ll spend Monday to Friday with your organization, getting to know its vision and mission, and photographing its projects. At the end of each week, there will be an opportunity to spend time on post production, discuss the week with Anna, and create a selection of images that you’ll donate to your organization. The nonprofit can then use your photographs for their digital marketing and fundraising campaigns.

You’ll have plenty of time to observe the projects, learn about the organisation’s mission and vision, and document the work at your own pace. You’ll have a contact point at the organisation who will assist you, and we’ll be checking in regularly to ensure things are going well.

Each weekend is time off, so that you’ll have plenty of time to rest or explore your area.

After each week, you’ll have a session with Anna to assess your project, review your images, and – if you’re staying longer – discuss the next project. This will most likely happen online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for joining this nonprofit photography volunteer project?

To become a nonprofit photography volunteer, you’ll need to have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, a good understanding of technical camera use, basic post-production skills, and some experience photographing. You don’t need to be a seasoned pro, but you do need to know your way around a photographic opportunity. And, needless to say, you need to be excited by the idea of photographing nonprofit projects.

What type of nonprofits will I photograph?

We work with a range of social impact, environmental, and animal welfare causes. We’ll try to match you with organisations you feel mostly passionate about.

What can I expect to learn as a nonprofit photography volunteer?

A lot! Anna will help you sharpen your technical photography and post production skills. But mostly, and quite uniquely, you’ll learn the role photography plays in the nonprofit sector, and how to effectively document the work of an NGO. You’ll learn in theory and in practice, and you can expect to leave with an inspiring portfolio of images.

How can I apply?

To apply for this photography volunteer project, we’ll ask you for your motivation, the level of your photography experience, and a portfolio of images. Just get in touch, and we’ll send you a form to fill out. We look forward to hearing from you!

Other Activities

Livingstone, Zambia is safari country. Here, you can spot a whole lot of wildlife, with elephants being particularly prevalent along the river banks. do rhino bushwalks or even take a boat safari to spot elephants off the Zambezi River. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offers a convenient safari where you can spot elephant, zebra and more, against beautiful backdrops of the Zambezi River. The real highlight of the park is the re-introduced white rhino, which you can track on foot in a thrilling wildlife encounter! A water safari is also a fantastic way to see wildlife grazing on the river banks – expect elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Across the border in Botswana is Chobe National Park, famed for its huge elephant population (currently estimated at over 120,000!). An overnight safari to this National Park is a popular weekend activity that many past volunteers have enjoyed.
Livingstone is known as “Africa’s Adventure Capital” because there is so much to see and do. Take advantage of your proximity to the great and mighty Victoria Falls, as well as the other adventures the Zambezi has to offer. Zambezi boat cruises, white water rafting, and canoe trips are all ways in which you can encounter these great waters. You can also ride quad bike trails, swim in “Devil’s Pool” (seasonal) or view the breath-taking scenery from the air in a microlight or helicopter. For the adrenaline junkies, why not try the famous bungee jump or gorge swing?
Livingstone has a rich culture and you can embark on a walking or cycling village tour to a local African village, giving you further insight into the traditional way of life. You can also shop at some of the many markets and stock up on locally hand-made goods for your loved ones back home or find interesting local foods to try.

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Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.

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Project Fee Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport during your stay
  • Photography workshops by Anna Lusty
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary
  • Placements with nonprofit organisations

Project Fee Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund
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