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.
You will work with local women on a variety of projects and workshops such as:
careers, goal setting & income generation
health risks & prevention
self-confidence and taking care of your body
personal safety income generation
in partnership with Days for Girls International you will distribute menstrual hygiene kits and teach the women how to use them. You will be required to attend a short training session in Geelong prior to departure where you will be given a number of kits (10 to 15) to pack into in your luggage and bring to Zambia.
These workshops have been put together by healthcare professionals and are approved by the Zambian Ministry of Health. The team on the ground have excellent relationships with the local community and have built strong foundations with the women/girls that we target for project delivery.
The program content has been put together by the population council and is both culturally sensitive and relevant.
“Visiting Livingstone, Zambia in Africa with Deakin University was definitely the best experience of my life. I experienced many things that changed my perspective on life and will hopefully make me a better person. Working with the children was my favourite part and it inspired me even more to pursue a career in humanitarian work. I encourage anyone who has the chance to visit Africa, to do so. It is a beautiful place full of incredible people!” Jasmine Ramage
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
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