Volunteer Work Zambia

Another former UK colony that became independent in 1964, Zambia was to quickly deteriorate from being a leading economy in Africa to essentially a basket case as single party rule gripped and suffocated the country and stifled enterprise until democracy emerged in the early years of the 1990s.

In the years since then, there has been recovery yet Zambia is still in 154th place out of 191 countries and territories in 2021 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with a life expectancy of just 63.51 years (2018). This low life expectancy is partly as a result of the wave of HIV/AIDS that has run unchecked in the country with some 15% of the entire population now infected.

This has contributed to the one half million orphaned children out of an overall country population of some thirteen million people ~ in fact one out of every three children in Zambia under the age of fifteen is an orphan. Life is made harsher in Zambia as few in rural communities have access to safe drinking water nor sanitation and with widespread poverty affecting 78% of the rural population, over half of all children in those communities are malnourished with vitamin deficiency and anaemia widespread. There is a thriving volunteer work sector in Zambia and most of that volunteer work is supporting and caring for orphans and otherwise abandoned children, rolling out heath care programs, teaching and community strengthening as well as helping develop sustainable farming methods and outreach work with street children.

Please note that many volunteer opportunities in Zambia were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the permanent closure of some volunteer opportunities and restrictions on others. Hopefully things are now beginning to return to normal. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Zambia let us know by contacting here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Work Zambia

Volunteer Work Zambia

Volunteer Work Zambia

Volunteer Work Zambia

Volunteer Work Zambia


Beautiful Gate

Volunteer Work Zambia: Beautiful Gate

Volunteer projects from a community school to outreach work with vulnerable street children.
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The Butterfly Tree

Volunteer Work Zambia: The Butterfly Tree

Volunteer community work at Mukuni Village, seven kilometres from the mighty Victoria Falls in Zambia.
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Volunteer Work Zambia: Natucate

As a volunteer you will spend the first days of your project in an Elephant Nursery near Lusaka.
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Advance Africa

Volunteer Work Zambia: Advance Africa

Volunteer opportunities are available in orphanages, schools, hospitals and community health clinics.
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Volunteer Work Zambia

If you are considering undertaking a period of volunteer work in Zambia check out our Zambia profile pages to explore the country before you visit and learn how to make the most of your volunteer work in Zambia.

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