Public Health & Community Volunteer Project in Zambia

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Offer Personalized Care to Rural Communities in Need

Calling all medical enthusiasts – from aspiring pre-meds to seasoned professionals! Join African Impact and make a profound difference in rural Zambia. Witness firsthand the challenges of limited healthcare access, and become a beacon of hope for those in need. Deliver essential health care through home visits, clinic support, and educational workshops, tackling critical issues like HIV awareness and healthy living. 

Empower communities to thrive by equipping them with the knowledge and resources they need to live healthier lives. This isn’t just public health volunteering in Zambia; it’s a transformative journey where your passion for medicine translates into tangible healing and empowerment, leaving a lasting impact on individuals and communities alike.

Project Highlights

  • Gain valuable healthcare experience in a variety of departments whilst assisting in medical clinics in Zambia
  • Support community members suffering from illnesses by accompanying local caregivers to their rural homes and providing advice and treatment
  • Participate in health talks held at schools, training centres and support groups that encourage healthy lifestyle choices and preventative healthcare measures
  • Tick one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World off your bucket list, Victoria Falls
  • 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: Healthcare

From $1075 / £660 per week

Project 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 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

The minimum age for our community medical project in Zambia is 18 years of age. 

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

CLINIC SUPPORT

Witness the realities of public healthcare in Zambia alongside dedicated local staff. Observe patient care in Livingstone clinics, while gaining invaluable insights into their unique challenges. Limited equipment and high patient volumes create a demanding environment where your support will shine bright. Assist with taking vitals, streamlining patient flow, and lending a helping hand across departments, like adult/child outpatient, HIV/TB services, pharmacy, and maternity. 

HEALTH EDUCATION

Share your health expertise through engaging talks at schools, training centres, and support groups. Facilitate workshops on crucial topics like living with HIV, nutrition, cervical cancer, and women’s health. Empower individuals to make informed choices, tailoring your message to their unique cultural context. Remember, knowledge is power! As a public health volunteer in Zambia you can translate your passion into action, motivating community members to embrace healthier lifestyles.

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HOME BASED CARE

Imagine bringing healthcare directly to those who need it most. In some of Livingstone’s communities, clinics are beyond reach. Join home-based carers on visits around the local community attending to everyday medical issues such as burns, bites, and cuts, for example. Carefully assess wounds, track progress, and monitor vital signs, ensuring each patient receives vital health care.

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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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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.

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Personal Information

STEP 2

When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?

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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?

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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

Zambia Public Health Volunteering FAQs

What qualifications do you need to become a public health volunteer?

We place each volunteer in a healthcare setting in Zambia that perfectly suits their education, previous experience, interests, and the local community’s needs. We’ve welcomed everyone from nursing students, recently graduated doctors to experienced healthcare professionals in the past. If you have any questions about qualifications for volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

As a community medical volunteer in Zambia, you’ll be making real, transformative impacts on the lives of the local community members in desperate need of medical attention. Working alongside local doctors and nurses and gaining invaluable professional experience in global healthcare practices, this is an adventure like no other, powerfully transforming you and the local community alike.

We prioritise ethical and responsible volunteering practices through all our placements. You’ll never be expected to perform tasks beyond your training or qualifications, and our experienced program coordinators will closely supervise your involvement. We emphasise cultural sensitivity and respect for local customs and traditions throughout your placement. Additionally, we have established strong partnerships with local healthcare facilities, ensuring your contributions align with their existing needs and complement the work of qualified professionals.

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