Female Empowerment Volunteer Project in Zambia

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Embrace the power of gender equality and embark on a transformative journey in Livingstone, Zambia, with The Girl Impact initiative. This impactful female empowerment program goes beyond simply raising awareness; it empowers young women to shatter stereotypes and become agents of change within their communities.

As a volunteer with The Girl Impact, you’ll become a mentor and advocate, supporting, educating, and encouraging incredible young women as they develop their confidence, leadership skills, and life aspirations. Witness the ripple effect firsthand as you become a part of the UN’s Global Goal for gender equality in action. Your efforts will not only empower young girls but also inspire positive change within their families and communities. You’ll collaborate for a brighter future, working alongside dedicated local boys and men who are equally invested in breaking down barriers and fostering a more equitable society.

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
  • Collaborate with specialised organisations, hosting workshops and activities that empower both boys and girls
  • Contribute directly to measurable progress towards the UN’s Global Goal of Gender Equality while fostering economic empowerment for women
  • Live and work in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa, where you can bungee-jump, go white-water-rafting or take to the skies on a microlight flight

Quick Facts

Livingstone, Zambia

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport

Every Monday

10 days - 12 weeks

Impact: Gender Equality

From $1075 / £660 per week

Destination

Zambia is an adrenaline-pumping adventure woven with the soul of a friendly, vibrant town. Picture this: your heart thumps against your ribs as you bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, the misty spray of Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the Smoke that Thunders,” swirling beneath you. Or you can take a dip in the legendary Devil’s Pool, perched precariously at the edge of the falls. Adventure isn’t all that awaits, Livingstone’s heart beats with the rhythm of a rich culture and history. After a day of women empowerment volunteering in Zambia you can enjoy dinner overlooking the Zambezi river and take in the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever seen.

ACCOMODATION

All African Impact volunteers stay in a comfortable, private house located within the vibrant Victoria Falls Backpackers. Volunteers will have access to all the facilities, including a spacious dining area, bar, swimming pool, and even a rock-climbing wall! ​

The Backpackers is conveniently located a short 5-minute walk away from the town centre of Livingstone, where you’ll find grocery stores, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Bedrooms sleep 4-8 people, with bunk beds in each room, and there are shared bathrooms with hot water showers.

At the Backpackers, you will receive 3 meals a day, cooked by local chefs, which are a combination of international and local flavours. For breakfast you can expect cereal and toast, along with a cooked option, such as eggs or pancakes. Lunch could be a wrap, pizza or sandwich paired with a fresh crispy salad. For dinner you might have a pasta dish or an authentic stew!

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 subtropical 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.

Participant Requirements

AGE

Our minimum age for female empowerment in Zambia is 17 years of age. Please note that Parental Consent is required before arrival for those aged 17.

To travel to Africa, many people are required to obtain a visa either upon entry to the relevant country or beforehand. Please note different countries require different passport validity periods.

But don’t panic, our Journey Team will help direct you and answer your questions during our Pre-departure process.

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Project Impact Areas

GIRLS GROUP

Work with two distinct Girl Impact groups, delivering transformative workshops across our six pillars: education, self-confidence, health, early pregnancy prevention, safety, and income generation. Equip Zambian females with tools to make informed choices and thrive as future leaders. Witness the power of mentorship as you help current girls become role models, guiding the next generation and building a sustainable legacy.

WOMEN’S GROUP

Join an intimate circle of incredible Zambian women, providing support and igniting change. Facilitate engaging workshops in a personal setting, tackling topics like career planning, goal setting, health awareness, and personal safety as a women’s empowerment volunteer. Become a catalyst for change, challenging stereotypes and empowering these remarkable women to reach their full potential. Witness their journeys unfold as they rise as leaders and inspire their communities.

BOY’S GROUP

Facilitate workshops for local boys and young men, shaping their understanding of equality and respect. Tackle crucial topics like self-confidence, bullying, healthy relationships, and gender-based violence. Create safe spaces for expression, encouraging them to become allies for girls in their communities. Witness their transformation as they evolve into advocates for a more equitable society.

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On-the-ground Project Support

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FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL

A friendly face from our Base Team will be ready to meet you at the airport and drive you to our Volunteer Accommodation. Just look out for the African Impact sign!

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SAFETY

On arrival you’ll have a comprehensive induction to prepare you for project work, the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe!

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STAFF

24/7 support: Our base teams are on hand every day to make sure you have the most amazing and memorable time in Africa.

Program Experience

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SAFARI TIME

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offers a convenient safari where you can spot elephants, zebras 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 – unforgettable experience! There’s also Chobe National Park across the border in Botswana, famed for its huge elephant population. An overnight safari to this National Park is a popular weekend activity that many past volunteers have enjoyed.

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VICTORIA FALLS

The mighty Zambezi River beckons with exhilarating activities: cruise its vast expanse, battle the rapids on a white-water rafting expedition, or explore hidden waterways on a tranquil canoe trip. Feeling truly adventurous? Take the plunge with a heart-stopping bungee jump or soar through the gorge on a thrilling swing – all within easy reach of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

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TOURS AND MARKETS

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.

PROJECT APPLICATION

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

After completing the below application form, one of our Destination Specialists will get in touch to discuss your volunteer experience and any questions you may have. When you are ready to book, we will send you a booking form after which a deposit will be required to secure your position.

STEP 1

Personal Information

STEP 2

When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?

(Optional)

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

STEP 3

How long do you want to Volunteer or Intern for?

(Optional)

Select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

PRICE

From $1075 / £660 per week. Your weekly cost will reduce if you stay for longer than 2 weeks, book with a friend or are a return volunteer.

PROJECT FEE INCLUDES

  • Backpacker style accommodation with swimming pool
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Mon – Fri)
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All project transport, equipment and resources
  • Support from experienced local and international African Impact staff
  • Full orientation for responsible project contribution

PROJECT FEE EXCLUDES

  • Price excludes flights, visas, insurance, weekend tours and personal expenses

Women Empowerment Volunteer FAQs

What kind of impact will I make on the girls I work with?

Through interactive workshops, discussions, and activities, you’ll help young women develop essential life skills like leadership, communication, and critical thinking. You’ll also provide them with a safe space to express themselves, build confidence, and explore their dreams and aspirations. Your support can empower girls in Zambia to overcome challenges, advocate for themselves, and become positive changemakers in their communities.

While prior experience working with young people or gender equality issues is beneficial, it’s not mandatory. We welcome individuals with a genuine passion for social justice, a willingness to learn, and an open mind. We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support throughout our female empowerment placement to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively contribute to the program.

The Girl Impact recognizes the importance of collaboration in achieving gender equality. You’ll have opportunities to participate in workshops and discussions alongside local boys and men, fostering understanding and promoting shared responsibility in creating a more equitable society. This collaborative approach aims to break down harmful stereotypes and build a stronger support network for young women in Zamia within their communities.

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