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Sports & Community Development in Victoria Falls, Zambia
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Sports & Community Development in Victoria Falls, Zambia

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Livingstone sports

Volunteering with African Impact in Livingstone has been an incredible experience. Upon arrival, I could not have imagined that I would train with the Zambian national rugby team, walk with rhinos and zip-line across the falls before my stay was complete. The hands-on nature of the projects are a great way to engage with the local community and also develop useful skills for the future. On the sports project, we quickly became familiar with some useful phrases in nyanja (much to the amusement of the children) and days out like the village tour allowed us to experience the village way of life ad taste the local delicacies. In short, we have met some incredible people in an incredible place and we have had an incredible time.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Sports project in Livingstone

I really enjoyed my time in Livingstone with African Impact. The sports project focuses on 4 schools so over 4 weeks we had a chance to get to know the students and were able to see improvements in their skills. There were also a wide range of clubs to go to in the afternoons so each week was different. Outside of projects the group was very sociable and there was lots to do in and around Livingstone and the activities were easy to book through the backpackers. Overall I had a really great time!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

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Experience of my life

I didn't knew exactly what to expect when i was on the plane to Africa. I had never been in this continent before. But this trip ended up being my best trip ever. The staff and the people at African Impact are just amazing. And of course all the children you work with out on the projects. They made me smile all day long. And in the weekends you could do awesome stuff. Livingstone has everything.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My volunteer trip to Livingstone

I had an amazing time on my trip to Livingstone! The program I was involved in allowed me to be flexible and do the projects that I enjoyed the most. It was really cool meeting all of the amazing people! I encourage anyone to come volunteer here in Livingstone, you will have an amazing time!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

My experience

I volunteered almost 2 months for African Impact on the sports project in Livingstone, Zambia. It was a great experience! African Impact is a very good organisation. It was very organised, we prepared good for every project and the staff was always there to help you. They were also in for having fun with all the volunteers; movie night, beer pong, sundowners, quiz, new year's eve party... There are a lot of projects and they were all great. The local people are so kind and they really appreciate the work we do for them. We made an impact on their life but they also made an impact on my life. It's such a lovely feeling when you see them being happy. It makes your day. For so far, it was the best experience in my life! Livingstone feels like home after these weeks and I definitely come back one day!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Sports volunteer Livingstone

I had an incredible four weeks in Livingstone and would highly recommend volunteering at African impact to any one thinking about it. Backpackers was a great hostel to stay at, and the sports projects were incredibly rewarding.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

A really nice experience

Volunteering at African Impact was great fun because of the place to live, the coordinators and all the different places, projects and people I have experienced. I was here for 3 weeks and that was in my opinion enough to see the differences.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Livingstone sports program

I really enjoyed my time here, everyone was very friendly and inviting. Getting to move around on projects and to different places was something I really enjoyed and was a real eye opener. Would I do it again Definitely! A really great team here!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

It has been something special

It was an amazing experience in Zambia. I stayed for 6 weeks in Livingstone as a volunteer for the Happy Africa foundation and i will never forget it. So many memories to share, unforgettable moments. It has been something special.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Livingstone volunteer

It was a great experience and I feel proud to be a part of what I would like to call 'a family'! African Impact connects people from around the world in such a unique way! It is really a learning experience for your own life! I would advise it to everybody. It is priceless.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Livingstone -African Impact

Fantastic opportunity and would recommend to anyone. Great experience with the staff and the variety of projects. Zambia as a country is beautiful with Victoria falls on the doorstep and the people make the country.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Unforgettable experience!!

I had such an incredible time here. The people I met are amazing, the staff is fun and friendly and the volunteers are the best. The volunteering was such a great experience because even if you just teach one kid how to do addition you're still making a difference and it feels fantastic. I loved every minute of my time here and I plan on coming back one day.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Sports and community development project, Livingstone 2017

I had an amazing time for the two weeks I was here. Both the staff of Africa Impact and the Backpacker itself were friendly, helpful and inviting. I didn't pay all that much money and we were still provide with three meals a day and put in a clean, safe hostel in a great location with tons of amenities. The volunteering itself was incredibly rewarding. We worked in the community with actual locals who helped to dictate where our efforts could best be directed. Our time and energy was well spent working on projects and initiatives genuinely benefiting the community. The organization is clearly set up to capitalize on the energy, good will and enthusiasm of the volunteers in order to benefit the community through their work, not benefit individuals through their money. I was on the sports project and that took up the better part of my time but the taff were happy to change our schedules when we asked allowing us to farm, and do several teaching projects. I had an amazing time and would strongly recommend this organization to anyone looking to spend less money and make a bigger difference than many other organizations. The food was tasty but super unhealthy, the wifi sucks and the pools cold though btw.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

4 weeks volunteering

I loved being a part of girl impact for four weeks, I had a great time here. I liked the interaction with the local people and the diversity in the girl impact. I have made awesome friends during my time.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My time in Zambia

I've had a fantastic time in my two weeks here. The volunteers and staff are so friendly and helpful, and the local people are incredibly nice too. The backpackers is an excellent place to be based, as it allows you to meet new people and make friends. Perhaps slightly more could be done in the first few days of the placement to introduce you to your other volunteers, but you soon settle in either way. The food has been excellent and the local children are happy pretty much all of the time.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

The best two weeks of my life

I volunteered with African Impact in Zambia for 2 weeks in July 2017 and can safely say they were the best two weeks of my life so far.
Being my first solo trip, I was quite nervous, but right from day one, the whole team (especially Joe and Kirsten, the volunteer coordinators, Conor who worked in the backpackers, Josephine our cook and Rodger our mini bus driver) made me feel so welcome and within just a few days, it became my home away from home.
Incredibly well organised, African Impact Zambia always put the needs of the volunteers and children first by allowing us to go on the projects that better fit our personalities and what we wanted to do, in order to benefit both the children and the team (e.g: I realised quite early on that I didn't enjoy being in a classroom as much as i did being outside playing sports. Therefore, the team always made sure I was on the sports projects so that I was happy and enthusiastic and teaching what I loved, and someone more content and confident in the classroom would do the indoor lessons, which would consequently be more beneficial to the children having teachers that were motivated and happy with what they were teaching).
Josephine our cook provided the most incredible meals all throughout the day and having big tables that we could all sit around enabled us to bond very quickly and create a very close and solid team.
The dorms were comfortable and spacious and the showers and bathrooms were always very clean.
Overall I had a fantastic life changing experience, met so many locals which enabled me to really embrace the zambian culture. The children were a pleasure to teach and their families so lovely and welcoming. Would 100% recommend.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Excellent volunteering experience at Livingstone!

I did a two week volunteering program at Livingstone, Zambia with THAF. I was on the Sports program and it was wonderful. I got to interact with the kids a lot during the days and participate in a variety of different activities like arts club, Adult Literacy Club, Match Club etc in the afternoon. The kids were so so smart, kind and lovely, and I met so many people that are helpful. I would like to give my special thanks to Sander, Kat and Joe as they were there whenever I needed help and gave loads of good advice. The pool parties and movie nights were fun as well! This program was somehow life-changing to me, and I would definitely come back in the future when I get a chance.

P.S.: The food at LBP is amazing. I mean it.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Paolo's impact

I loved my time in Zambia, the kids i worked with in the sport project were so energetic and fun to play with. The accommodation was very comfortable and I enjoyed every activity I've done, people were all welcoming and friendly.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

It was amazing!!

I had a great time here. I did the sport project and it was amazing. I loved the afternoon projects as well, because you can do so many different things. The projects are so good. Everyone is so nice and it is such a good organisation.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Volunteering in Livingtone

I had the most amazing time in Zambia! All the local people and other volunteers were so welcoming. The project are so good prepared and I love how flexible they are, so you can try something else if you want to. Because this program is so international, I now have friends all over the world!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

2 weeks with African Impact

Working 2 weeks as a volunteer for African Impact was a great experience. The diversity of the projects let us help the local citizen in many different ways. The housing and the food was really good and the availability of different excursions, safaris let us also know more about the country and the local citizen.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Sports and community development, Zambia

It was a great experience in an amazing country. All the staff were very welcoming and were able to answer any questions. The programs run in the morning and the afternoon were both very good and allowed me to try new things as well as being involved with areas of interest.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

African Impact Livingstone

This experience was so much more than I even hoped for. Before I came here I was worried about whether I would feel like I was actually making a difference, and I realize now how wrong I was to worry. Getting to interact with Zambia's people everyday has been so rewarding and I've loved being able to see the kids I work with improve each week. The other volunteers were so helpful and welcoming when I got here and it's been awesome getting to have discussions with each other and learn about everyone's countries.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Volunteering abroad

A have had an amazing experience in the past three weeks. I have met amazing new people from all over the world. I have seen children smiling, learning, playing sports and being happy with the little they have. This experience made me realize how fortunate we should be with our wealthy life and everything we have. You do not need a computer to be happy.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Ultimate volunteering adventure

The opportunity to come to Zambia and volunteer through the Sports and Recreation Program was everything I expected it to be and more. Interacting with the community, and its members, on such an intimate scale provided me with an unbelievable opportunity to experience the country of Zambia for what it really is; an underdeveloped country that is certainly up and coming. Things you wouldn't normally see as a tourist, such as the daily financial and health difficulties that are so common, really help you realize the impact that an individual volunteer can make on a community. Bonding with children that grew up with an entirely different childhood than I experienced and giving them a temporary break from reality through sports has arguably been the greatest experience of my life. Realizing that you are a mentor to these children and that you can make their days by simply putting a smile on their faces is an indescribable feeling. A truly rewarding and life-changing experience.

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