Christmas Volunteering Project in Zambia

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Give Back This Holiday Season and Donate Your Time to Those in Need

Want to give back this holiday season? Although Christmas should be a time of family and joy, for many people it is a time of sorrow and despair as they yearn for lost loved ones or struggle with financial burdens. Giving your time by volunteering is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the holiday, spread festive cheer and kindness, and uplift communities.

How to make the most of volunteering during Christmas and New Year.

Project Highlights

  • Bring some festive cheer to the local community through holiday games, decorations, present swaps, and more
  • Enjoy a special Christmas meal with your fellow volunteers and experience a unique African Christmas you will never forget
  • Run holiday clubs at various primary schools in the area that give students valuable time to catch up on learning they missed during the term, as well as fun lessons and games with the volunteers
  • Give children the opportunity to take part in sports, crafts, and art clubs
  • Join our innovative building project, helping the community build sustainable structures for their villages
  • Get stuck in with other community development initiatives, including farming, gardening and visiting the elderly
  • Live a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!
  • Spend your weekends in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa, bungee-jumping, white water rafting or heading out on safari to spot elephants, lions and more!
Three volunteers smiling for a photo together in Christmas outfits

Quick Facts

Livingstone, Zambia

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport

Specific Start Dates

10 - 12 weeks

Impact: Teaching

$1,955 – $5,150


volunteers around the fire pit in zambia

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!

There will also be a delicious Christmas Lunch at one of the best locations in Livingstone (cost is about USD 50.00).

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

Special Christmas Activities

Christmas on this project is a truly unique and meaningful experience. You will spend Christmas at Maramba Old People’s Home where you will have a party with games, carols, and cards made by the children from Holiday Club. There will be Christmas decoration and card making for the kid’s houses and Old People’s Home and you will get to spread the festive cheer by delivering gifts to the communities. There will also be a delicious Christmas Lunch at one of the best locations in Livingstone (cost is about USD 50.00).


Afternoon Clubs

Volunteers assist in running a Reading Club to support the development of literacy and reading skills among Livingstone’s youth, as well as an Adult Literary Club to help improve literacy rates among adult members of the community and subsequently improve their chances of gaining employment. If you are artistically inclined, you will also assist at Art Club to plan artistic and creative activities including masks, finger painting, Christmas crafts, and paper mâché.

Other Activities

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Dates & Rates

When would you like to volunteer?

Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ We’ll take it from there.

How long would you like to volunteer?

This is the place to select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

10 days $1955
2 weeks $2150
3 weeks $2450
4 weeks $2750
5 weeks $3050
6 weeks $3350
7 weeks $3650
8 weeks $3950
9 weeks $4250
10 weeks $4550
11 weeks $4850
12 weeks $5150

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Project Fee Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources

Project Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

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