Think Africa and the mind’s eye conjures-up visions elephants and other wild animals spread over wide open vistas. And when you hear the name Dr. Livingston, you think about 19th century English explorers. Welcome to Zambia! Located in southeast Africa, this former British colony has one of the most prolific wild animal populations in Africa. The world’s largest sheet of falling water, Victoria Falls, is also located here.
Our work in Zambia is in partnership with the Catholic Diocese in Livingstone, which already has several well-established programs that are intended to teach skills and job provide opportunities for women and girls in the Victoria Falls region. Our partnership with the diocese has been evolving and we’re looking at ways in which we can assist to address the need to provide skills and job training for women who are seeking an alternative to prostitution as a means to earn a living. As such we’re looking for volunteers with a passion for discovery, but who have the social and professional skills necessary to work with us to help advance our mission of women’s empowerment in Zambia.
During this trip, we’ll utilize our Story to Service program as a means to help women set goals. The objective of Story to Service is to help participants to identify and see themselves as the “narrators” of their own life story. Assuming the role of narrator helps to create a vision for our own being and to assume ownership of our activities and goals. Story to Service focuses on four major principles: know your story, know you matter, live with intention, and be a part of something bigger than yourself.
As part of the Story to Service in Zambia we will work to achieve the following:
– Meet and work with the diocese in Livingstone to complement their existing programs.
– Facilitate the community the Story to Service concept of owning your life story and goals.
– To provide a forum where women can begin to learn job skills.
Our volunteer teams are usually a mix of students and retirees who have a desire to explore new places and who want to help others in the process. Please remember that schedules, locations, and assignments can change with little notice.
Nov 2: After months of preparation and planning, it’s time to start our journey to beautiful Zambia. Late afternoon departure from our international gateway and overnight flight to Europe.
Nov 3: Arrive at European gateway and continue to connecting overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. With each passing hour, you are 500 miles closer to beautiful Zambia!
Nov 4: Early morning arrival into Johannesburg with short connection onward to Livingstone, Zambia. Once in Zambia, be greeted by our local staff to exchange currency and make the 10-minute drive to our host hotel. Check into local accommodations and settle in for the week. Take a well-deserved shower and short nap before our Zambian welcome dinner at Zambezi Cafe (the best chicken you will ever eat)! After dinner, settle into the comfortable bed for a long night’s sleep!
Nov 5: Wake to realize that you’re in Africa! After a restful night, fresh fruit, made-to-order eggs and hot tasty coffee await you before we begin our orientation at one of our staff member’s homes. As we drive through the village, take in the sites and sounds (and smells) of village life. Orientation lasts all morning – official introductions and review of our plans for the week followed by sharing about our personal journeys. Why we are in Zambia and why we yearn for adventure and seeing people’s lives positively changed. Dinner at a local Indian restaurant.
Nov 6: The adventure continues – out in the village we are meeting with local women in preparation for our retreat on Thursday and Friday. This morning, we are participating in “Walk A Kilometer” – whereby we will join local female entrepreneurs who have left or are trying to leave the prostitution trade. These four hours will give you an up-close-and-personal view of what it takes to do business in a local village.
After lunch we will break into two groups and meet with local women who are leaving the sex trade industry. We’ll bring snacks and drinks and spend some time getting to know these ladies. We’ll also listen to some of their stories and share from our hearts too. This will be a beautiful time of building new friendships and celebrating the gift of life.
Before we eat dinner, we’ll stop by a local traditional fabric shop and buy fabric to have shirts or dresses made in the traditional African style. Beautiful fabrics everywhere – and they’ll be ready to pick up before our last night here in Zambia. Dinner at local Italian restaurant.
Nov 7: Continue visits with local women. This morning we will visit additional groups of women and personally invite them to attend our conference. There are twelve groups of approximately 25 that meet around Livingstone – and we want to make sure they also invite their friends who may still be involved in the sex trade industry.
Afternoon visit to a local safe house for sexually abused girls. Reading stories, playing games and making new friends is the order of the afternoon. (Please no photographs or videos as we are bound by Zambian law to protect their privacy). Another group will be assisting in helping plan a garden at a local orphanage run by the Catholic Diocese of Livingstone. Dinner is prepared by our team members who are participating in a “Zambian Cooking Class” hosted by our local staff. The tastes and smells of authentic Zambian spices and foods fills the air and our stomachs!
Nov 8: This morning, we’re sleeping in! Late morning breakfast with time at a local crafter’s market. Traditionally sourced art products and local artisans sell their beautiful creations at a market near our hotel. Take time to meet the artists whose art you are purchasing!
Afternoon setup and preparation for our conference tomorrow. Making sure everything is ready and all of our plans are in order. Pizza dinner at a local restaurant with Italian gelato – Tasty! After dinner, we will walk to a nearby restaurant where prostitution is happening. It’s important to understand that in Livingstone, girls as young as ten are involved in the sex trade. And to understand how deep the struggle these woman face really is.
Nov 9: We are expecting 400-450 participants at our one-day conference, “Be Brave” – and local women will be hosting at the venue with us. Also, we will need all hands on deck. Our entire local staff and team members will be on-site to make sure the conference goes off without a hitch.
Lunch is served followed by an afternoon of inspiration and education for the participants. Finally, the conference ends and we retreat back to our hotel for debriefing and a lively evening back at Cafe Zambezi – and our favorite tasty dishes.
Nov 10: Some of our team will be involved in an all-day business conference equipping our women in a concept called “Story to Service” – Living Out Your Story in Service. The other team members will have the day off to enjoy Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
Plan on taking a dive in Devil’s Pool and swim on the edge of the falls. Words can not describe the experience you will have in the Zambezi River (right on the EDGE of the falls). Take time to cross the bridge into Zimbabwe and do some souvenir shopping from local artisans. Finally, we will host a celebration dinner at the Royal Livingstone for our team and then make our way back to our hotel for a good night’s rest.
Nov 11: After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flights to Johannesburg, South Africa and our onward connections through Europe back to the United States. Tears and emotional farewells as we leave this beautiful place.
Nov 12: Connecting flights in Europe with arrivals back to our international gateway city in the United States. After going through customs, make your way to your connecting domestic flight for home.
Fees and Travel Details:
Donation Fees: $3,395
International airfare from gateway city (New York – JFK, Washington D.C.- IAD, Orlando – MCO, or Miami – MIA), all in-country transportation, most meals at service site (except meals in-transit to and from service site), housing, project costs, some supplies needed while on the field, and insurance.
A small percentage of the fees also assist to cover overhead and to maintain our operations both in Africa and in the U.S.
Fees do not include:
U.S. domestic airfare to gateway city (JFK, IAD, MCO or MIA), Zambian VISA fee, tips for guides, drivers and house keeping, in-transit snacks, and some group supplies.
All donations made to Project Humanity are tax deductible and non-refundable.
Initial deposit donation of $350 at registration.
First donation payment of $1,545 due on or before September 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $1,500 due on or before October 1, 2017.
Who Should Volunteer:
We’re looking for volunteers with a passion for discovery, and with the social and professional skills necessary to work with community to help build our program in Zambia. Whether you’re new to international volunteerism or a travel veteran, we have a place for you on our team!
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