Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
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1 Credit Point, Not for Credit
OS Help Available:
Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
Zambia Volunteering - Community Development & Environmental Change
This exciting program offered by our partner CIS Australia combines rewarding volunteer work, abundant adventure opportunities, and cultural immersion for a well balanced African experience.
As a volunteer you will live and work in the Livingstone region that consists of a populous city and expansive outlying communities on the border with Zimbabwe, just a few kilometers from the famous Victoria Falls.
Together with other volunteers from around the globe, the local NGO African Impact staff and local community members you will work on the following areas:
Determine what projects are most relevant and important
You will then co-design and execute these structures.
You will also help the local community through various traditional building projects – learning about eco-building and working with Eco-Bricks.
You will work alongside local engineers to construct approved and structurally sound buildings and structures, answering the needs of the community.
Structures could include community buildings, local family dwellings, water storage, benches, pump houses or classrooms. You will assist by helping with mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls, painting or refurbishing existing structures – all in a closely supervised environment.
You might also assist with refurbishing an old playgrounds, painting a classroom, or building various recycling stations i.e. compost bins.
"Zambia was a wonderful place to experience. I was lucky enough to make some life-long friends out of this trip from across the globe. The experience has inspired me on a new path in my future career and other volunteering opportunities." Kristie Kent
Dates: June 18th - July 7th 2018
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 7 hours (excluding lunch break)
Location: Livingstone, Zambia
Project Duration: 3 weeks
Support: Comprehensive, 24/7 on-site support from program coordinator and project leaders, plus CIS Australia 24/7 emergency hotline.
Livingstone is a town in southwestern Zambia, a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the border with Zimbabwe. It’s a hub for visitors to the Victoria Falls.
A historic British colonial city, its present population exceeds 136,897 inhabitants. It is named after David Livingstone, the British explorer and missionary who was the first European to explore the area.
Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge.
Zambia has a population of 16.5 million inhabitants.
The average temperature in the summer is 30 °C , but in winter it can get as cold as 5 °C.
Zambia has approximately 12,505 identified species—63% animal species, 33% plant species and 4% bacterial and microorganism species.
Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
The following units are on offer: MWL201 - Community Based Volunteering APE201 - Individual Professional Project
Please note, a $500 deposit is due for payment to CIS Australia, 2 weeks after you have been issued their “Program Offer” letter.
The Final Payment is due: TBC
The Program fee includes:
Resources, materials, equipment, and operational costs to host volunteers
3 meals per day, Monday through Friday
Counseling by professionally trained and highly qualified CISaustralia staff
Accommodation (shared) for the duration of the program
Airport pick up and drop off
Weekly housekeeping service
24/7 on the ground support / emergency contact
Detailed pre-departure guide and counseling session
Optional excursions - booking and / or logistical assistance
The Program fee does not include:
International or domestic airfares
Cost of optional excursions
Laundry service (available on-site for a few dollars)
OS- HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $6,665.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy
CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians (and international students based in Australia) innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens.