Construction & Renovation Volunteering in Zambia
Improve the living standards of the Monze villagers through repair and renovation work in the local community. On the construction effort project, you will be working in light construction as well as repairs and renovation on the local community’s most important buildings.
Many of the local villagers need help to improve the living standard of their homes, due to financial burdens and stresses it is common for living quarters to become run down and remain in poor condition for long periods of time. This is where you come in! On this project, we are always scouting for homes, as well as schools, temples, clinics and other important buildings that urgently need work done on them.
While a part of this project you will be actively engaging with the local community and working to improve the living standards of the villagers. We work to provide the materials needed for renovation and repair, combined with labour from the project participants we are able to help the community in a tangible and useful way and engaging with the members of the village at the same time.
Your assigned tasks will vary depending on the local conditions as well as what is needed at the time. Typical tasks include housing renovation work such as light construction and painting, or perhaps building walls or repairing chairs and tables. The project coordinator will strive to find the most suitable work for you at the time, and prioritise what is most urgent. You can expect to be spending 4 to 5 five hours a day working.
Aims & Objectives
- To support the local community with an organized workforce
- To raise the standard of living in the area for its residents
Throughout this project, you will be working to support the local community and raise the standard of living. This means that the placements vary dramatically depending on the most urgent needs in the village. The coordinator will meet with you to work out what projects best fit your skills, as well as looking at what is most urgent at your time of arrival.
You will be working between 4-5 hours during the day on weekdays (Monday to Friday), taking a break for lunch and having free time to relax after dinner.
The kind of work you might be doing could include painting, renovating, light construction and repair work, so it’s important that you are in good enough health that you can complete such tasks.
Monday to Friday
A typical day during this program may look like this:
Working in the placements
More work in the placements
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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.
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.
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
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
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance