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.
Oct 27: Depart from New York (JFK), Washington D.C. (IAD), Miami (MIA), or Orlando (MCO) for afternoon transatlantic departures to South Africa with connection on to Livingston, Zambia. (International gateway airport will be determined at least 45 days prior to departure)
Oct 28: After the overnight flight, await connecting flights to Livingstone, Zambia – arriving early afternoon. After going through immigration, customs and exchanging funds for our trip, we shuttle over to our hotel for some great food and orientation.
Oct 29 – Nov 2: Our volunteer week of service will begin with women’s empowerment activities happening each day. Educational opportunities with local educators will take place each day (more information to be available later). We will be involved in 25 local meeting locations with women who have left the sex trade. Depending on the number of women involved, we’ll also spend one or two days conducting the Story to Story program. One afternoon we will host the children of these women in games and outreach.
Nov 3: On our final day in Livingstone, we’ll enjoy Victoria Falls and the Royal Livingstone Hotel. There are no words to describe the freedom and reward you will feel visiting what’s been called one of the “seven wonders of the world.” Our final evening meal in Zambia will be a step back in time at the Royal Livingstone. We’ll share our experiences around the evening camp fire and talk about the things we have learned.
Nov 4: Morning departure from host hotel. We will fly from Livingstone, Zambia to Johannesburg, South Africa with check in for evening flights to the United States.
Nov 5: After arriving in US, go through customs and connecting flights where our team will go our separate ways.
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 August 1, 2017.
Second and final donation payment of $1,500 due on or before September 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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