Female Empowerment Volunteer Project in Zambia

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Join the African Impact team in the traditional African town of Livingstone, as you work towards the UN’s Global Goal of Gender Equality. Through African Impact’s initiative, The Girl Impact, you’ll support, educate and encourage adolescent girls as they become empowered young women in their community. Bring local boys and men to the forefront of the conservation as you encourage the gender equality movement and overcome male/female stereotypes.

Read more about African Impact’s initiative, The Girl Impact.

Project Highlights

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of adolescent girls – giving them skills, support and inspiration
  • Support open discussion and help change attitudes surrounding the ‘conventional’ role of men and women
  • Work with the local boys as we introduce, educate and raise awareness on gender equality
  • Be part of a program that sees direct measurable results and work daily towards the UN’s Global Goal of Gender Equality
  • Encourage business skills and income generation ventures at our women’s group
  • Immerse yourself in local Zambian culture
  • Visit the majestic Victoria Falls – also known as “the smoke that thunders” – and enjoy some of the amazing tourist activities that Livingstone has to offer
volunteers on a village tour in zambia

Quick Facts

Livingstone, Zambia

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport

Specific Start Dates

10 days - 12 weeks

Impact: Gender Equality

$1,955 – $5,150


volunteers by the pool at our volunteer accommodation 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!

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


Girls' Group

Volunteer in an intimate setting as you work with 2 separate girls’ groups and deliver educational workshops based around our six pillars of Girl Impact – education, self-confidence, health, early pregnancy, safety, and income generation. Help reduce the gender gap as you equip the girls with the tools to make educated decisions and go on to become empowered women. Also support the development of the mentorship program with our current girls as they guide future generations and create a sustainable initiative.

Women's Group

Provide support group sessions and deliver workshops in a personal environment to a dedicated group of local Zambian women. These sessions may include career and goal setting workshops, health talks, and lessons on safety. Challenge the Gender role stereotype and help these strong women become empowered within their communities.

female empowerment volunteer with local Zambian ladies during a workshop

Boys' Group

Bridge the gender-based gap as you educate the local Zambian boys and young men. Be an integral part of shaping society’s beliefs and attitudes towards gender and help deliver workshops on self-confidence, respect, bullying, teamwork, healthy friendships, sex education, gender-based violence, and how to treat women. Provide outlets for boys to express themselves and encourage them to stand up for the girls in their communities.

Safety Advice

We change attitudes on the issue of violence against girls and support girls who have been affected by violence. Working with organisations that specialise in education on gender-based violence, we host workshops and activities that are aimed at boys and girls on this important topic. 

Young girls playing sports game together in Zambia

Nutrition Talk And All-Girls Sports Club

Empower girls through sport, which is still traditionally male-dominated and shift those gender stereotypes. Partner with the Tag Rugby Trust and facilitate sessions solely for girls to attend and work on developing not only sport-specific skills but also teamwork, discipline, co-operation, and personal goals. Add extra depth to these sessions with a health talk which may cover the food pyramid, the importance of staying hydrated, how to lead a healthy lifestyle, or the danger of consuming too much sugar.

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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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Volunteers and local Zambian women leading a Gender equality workshop

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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