Culture Week in Zambia
Dip your toes into the local culture of Zambia and kick start your week in this vibrant new country! This week will feature guided tours, cultural introductions and loads of exciting activities that will have you feeling at home in the beautiful Zambia in no time at all.
You’ll have opportunities to explore the sights, learn your way around the local city and immerse yourself in the local culture. This is also an excellent jumping point if you are moving on to another Zambia project after! Not only will this essential introduction help you to understand Zambia’s rich culture and history, but it will also help you to understand it’s way of life and introduce you to other participants and hopefully new life long friends!
We will take you to important historical locations, as well as the more useful day-to-day orientations such as supermarkets, police stations, and the local doctor. You will be based in the amazing small town of Monze, located in the southern province of Zambia. From our base in Monze we will leap out and explore the surrounding area including shrines, picnics, national parks and even a visit to the hot springs!
This week is designed to be fun, activity-packed and most of all informative. You will be given culture and customs introductions, learn the do’s and dont’s of Zambia and get opportunities to meet the local people, learn a little of the language and try your hand at whipping up some Zambian cuisine in a cooking lesson.
This week runs from Monday to Friday and is packed full of informative and fun-filled activities to help you settle into Zambian life and culture. We will kick things off with language and culture classes, followed by a walking and sightseeing tour around the village and Monze town. Through the middle of the week, you will get to enjoy cultural institute visits, handicraft making and cooking classes, museum visits and more sightseeing. On Thursday you’ll enjoy a day out at the Lochinvar National Park which includes visiting the zoo and the hot springs. To wrap up the cultural experience, we will visit a fascinating holy shrine site, then end the week with a discussion of our other projects and a visit to some of our placement sites in the area.
The schedule for the week:
Culture and language class
Walk and sightseeing around the village and Monze town.
Visit Chikuni Cultural Institute
Handicraft making class
Dinner (cooking class)
Depart for Choma town and for the museum visit.
Sightseeing in Choma downtown area
Depart for Lochinvar National Park and visit zoo
Continue sightseeing in the zoo and visit hot spring
Visit holy shrine/Gonde ceremony site
Project discussion and visit placement.
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!
- Standard rooms 4 -8 persons per room
- Limited WIFI
- Beverages ( Tea,Coffee,Water)
Accommodation & Food
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.
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