Trip Details

Get your hands dirty and experience a true cultural experience while learning about sustainable agriculture in Zambia. On this programme, you will be working with the local Zambian farmers and villagers to create organic community gardens in local villages.

Agriculture is very important to the Zambian economy and plays a vital role across the country as a primary source of income to many people. The local farmers plant, grow and harvest a variety of fruits, vegetables, and coffee as well as caring for livestock and other animals. But it’s not just the farmers who are starting to produce their own food…

Many Zambian families are creating their own gardens at home in order to provide food for nutritious meals. In doing so, with just a small plot of land, villagers are learning to support themselves.

On this gap experience in Zambia you’ll be taking part in a campaign that aims to educate locals in Monze village about community gardening methods. You will learn all about natural farming and come to understand the most organic and effective ways to counteract difficult soil and an unfriendly climate.

Part of this project will involve working closely with members of the community. You’ll educate them on health and nutrition as well as provide practical information on the project itself. Although experience in the field is very welcome, it’s not essential thanks to the knowledge and teaching skills of our own local coordinators.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

The work for this volunteer programme in Zambia is varied, depending on the needs of the community on that particular day. You’ll start work after breakfast where you could be learning about farming in the local community’s training centre, before continuing through to lunch. In the afternoon you’ll visit local farms and carry out a training session with villagers there. This could also involve practical gardening work. Then it’s time for dinner. In the evening and at weekends your time is your own and in which you can go exploring, socialising or just sit back relax and enjoy this beautiful country.

A typical weekday of this program looks like:

Breakfast
Learning about farming in the community training center
Lunch
Visiting the farms/Training sessions
Practical gardening work
Dinner
This schedule

Trip Accommodation

Monze is a small town (population 30,000) in the Southern Province of Zambia. The town is named after Chief Monze, widely acknowledged as the spiritual leader of the district’s Tonga people. It is a small farming town, with many of the locals involved in the agricultural industry.

Though small, it has basic necessities and services easily within reach, including bustling markets where you can buy anything – from local fruits and veggies, to delicious dishes and vibrant African fabrics known locally as “chenge”. Its people are quite open and friendly to foreigners, even though it’s tourism industry is not very developed, don’t be surprised if every single person you cross greets you and tries to converse with you! It may seem simpler than busier cities, but you will feel warm and at home in this small town!

Our centre is located in Monze, the southern province of Zambia, which is about four hours from the capital, Lusaka. You will stay in a dorm-style center with other participants. Each house accommodates 12 people with rooms shared between 4-8 people (separate genders) and western-style toilets.

Food Arrangements
The staple food of Monze is Nhima (corn flour) but you will find rice for example in some restaurants that offer international foods. For this program you will find yourself dining on healthy local Zambian foods like nhima, potato, bread, meat, fish, lots of vegetable, nuts and eggs and sometimes rice and spaghetti.

Three meals on weekdays, two meals served on weekends.

Facilities
Since our centre is located in the Monze township, there are local shops, restaurants, ATMs and a Mini-Mart within walking distance from the accommodation.

There are many transport options available including taxis, vans, buses which depart every hour to the capital of Lusaka and other towns south of Zambia, including Livingstone.

Trip Country Info

Zambia

Capital: Lusaka
Language: English, Bemba, Nyanja
Currency: Kwacha (ZMW)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Zambia is a huge country, shaped interestingly like a butterfly. It is home of the glorious Victorian Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Proud of its African heritage, it has had its political struggles. The people rose to gain independence from Britain in 1964, and it only became a multi-party democracy in 1991.

Many Zambians rely on traditional farming and for these people daily life can be a struggle, particularly when crops fail or illnesses spread. But is also has a strong mining industry, and its football team is fondly known as the “Copper Bullets” due to its heavy mining of this particular mineral.

Though English is its official language, it is a country full of up to 72 local dialects and/or languages, with Bemba being the most prevalent.

Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, was originally planned to hold a mere 200,000 people, today, Lusaka has a population of roughly 1.5 million.  English is the official language. However, Zambia is home to many different groups, speaking more than 72 local languages/ dialects. Bemba is the most widely-spoken, spoken by more than two million Zambians in Lusaka and across the Copperbelt.

As in many countries, sport is hugely important. Football is the main passion and Zambians were euphoric when their team won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. The win was significant and moving because of a tragedy which occurred in 1993.

Traditional arts and crafts, such as wood carving, basket-weaving and pottery, are valued. But these crafts are under threat because of migration away from rural areas and the arrival of modern manufactured goods. National museums and craft organisations in Zambia aim to promote craftwork to keep traditional skills alive.

Look no further than here for the chance to experience something that you will never forget.

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa