Volunteer in Lusaka, Zambia - Orphanage, Youth & Healthcare

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Volunteer at a local children's home which supports, houses and feeds 30 youngsters. The children are all ages from infants to teenagers. Most of these children have lost parents to Aids, some have been abandoned, and they knew only abuse, hunger and fear. The orphanage strives to provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children in Zambia. As a volunteer, you will primarily assist with the daily care of the kids; including bathing, feeding and clothing. You can play games, arrange activities, create arts & crafts projects and share your time and caring with these wonderful children. Training of vocational skills, like beading, or arts and crafts, or sewing is welcome. Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of compassion.

This is a unique possibility to gain deep insight into Zambian culture and the problems concerning its children and youth. Volunteer your time with a local grassroots advocacy organization that is partnering with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in a fight for children's rights in Zambia. You will have a Country Coordinator who will supervise you throughout this portion of the program. As a volunteer you would support the joint project which will be helping juveniles that come into conflict with the law, combined with weekly assistance at a local orphanage, this project allows you to focus on supporting youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Traditionally hospice care was associated with care of the dying and for this reason many people shy away from palliative care. However, the role of hospice care center also focuses on offering an improved quality of life for all suffering from life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and Cancer. The facilities at this project include: training of care takers, an out-patient department (which supports over 4000 people), special care units, in-patient wards (for 35 patients), mobile hospice project for outreach and the Anti-Retro Viral therapy program, and counselling. As a volunteer you would support these on-going programs with clinical work, administration, patient charting, and any other means required of you. The hospice is located in Lusaka (proper) and is offering quite advance support for the community.

Program Impact

Volunteer Zambia based in the cities of Lusaka and Livingstone, the A Broader View volunteer programs have made immense improvements in the everyday lives of the children, youth and families we work with. The greatest commitment is to make radical change in the living conditions of impoverished and incarcerated youth as well as focus on early childhood education. With ABV volunteers’ help programs such Diversion Program have expanded which we advocate to divert children in conflict with the law from incarceration to a correction center where they are provided effective rehabilitation, recreation and education.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Medical-Orphanage in lusaka

I was pleasantly surprised to feel so welcomed in Zambia. Every Zambian that I met was incredibly gracious and kind. I was also surprised to see how happy these people are; they have so little, yet never complain. Zambians take much pride in preserving their culture and traditions; they are eager to share their culture with outsiders.
I had raised some funds to donate supplies to the Clinic/Hospice and one of the orphanages before I left the U.S. When I dropped off the supplies at the orphanage I was not prepared for how the young children would react. (These children were all 16 months and younger). When I walked into the room four children came running at me with their arms wide open. I took turns picking up each child and showing them individual attention; however, when I put each child down they cried and one even through a tantrum. It broke my heart to see these children craving love from a complete stranger.
If you are white, the locals will stare at you and may yell "muzungu" (white person). Do not take offense to this; you are different and they are just curious. The children are especially curious and will want to talk to you and touch you, especially your hair. Most Zambians that I met had never traveled outside of their country, so many have never seen a white person.
Volunteering in Zambia was a life changing experience for me. My heart broke when I had to leave as I was only able to stay a total of 10 days. As a developing nation, Zambia has so much more than developed nations in many ways. I told the cab driver on the way to the airport that Zambians are very kind. His response was: "yes, we have to be...we are one. We speak many different languages but we are one and we must try to communicate with one another". I saw a country with so much pride that values the importance of preserving their culture. I felt so much love there...the people are so connected because they must rely on one another; the poorest of them all simply try to make it through the day. Not once did I hear a Zambian complain; they are so appreciative of what they do have. They are not rushing off from place to place and value their families and friends. I cannot wait to return to this place, though I know it will be a long ways away due to my lack of time off from work.

1 person found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Zambia Orphanage

Waking up and opening your window to let fresh air in while you get ready for the day is a wonderful start to the day. Add to that the refreshing walk to and from the orphanage. Everyone is so helpful with any questions or difficulties you will encounter there. Everyone at Josphat's work will be more than willing to help you find where you need to go, or set up your cell phone. Bring either an unlocked phone to use, or buy a cheap phone and put a few Kwacha on it for minutes to use while in country, I brought an unlocked Blackberry so I could get unlimited 2G Internet access for a cheap price. I was then able to use the app WhatsApp to text friends both in Zambia and back home for free. You can pay for internet for one day, one week, or one month at a time.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I had known I could get my Visa in country when I landed. I thought it would be a long process and I would have to deal with it the next day. Since I landed around midnight local time, I was afraid of set backs. However it would have been easier to get my visa at the airport than to send ahead for it. Doing it the way I did caused a big headache.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Juvenile Justice Program in Lusaka, Zambia

Volunteering (via ABV) in Lusaka, Zambia was by far one of the most valuable, meaningful, and insightful international experiences thus far. From the moment I initially starting talking with ABV, until my last day in Lusaka, I was repeatedly affirmed of my decision to participate in the program.

The 8 weeks I spent volunteering with Advocacy for Juvenile Justice Drop-In Centre have greatly impacted and shaped the legal work I do in the States. When I initially signed up for the program, I (so wrongly) thought I would be training, educating, and implementing my ideas and knowledge of juvenile advocacy and restorative justice programs into the prison system, schools, and outreach programs in Lusaka. Instead, I was the one who learned a tremendous amount- from professionals, field-workers, NGO workers, and the Zambian people- regarding this area. I finished those 8 weeks with a changed heart and perspective.

In addition to the work, I fell in love with Zambia and her people. They were beyond curious what a "muzungu" was doing in Lusaka, but those stares, questions, etc opened the doors to wonderful friendships, cultural exchanges, and a richer understanding of how small our world really is. While the work was tiring at times, I had such a fun time in Zambia and traveling throughout neighboring countries.

While my experience was out-of-this world, it is super important to be the right person for the program. You have to know yourself on this one. I went alone, and at first was taken back by how little support you get on the ground to figure everything out (from transportation, cultural norms, language barriers, social things, etc.) If you're comfortable with figuring out things on your own, navigating a new city solo, and not having anyone to hold your hand, go for it 100%. I personally think this immerses you in the life and culture so much more. But if you aren't quite comfortable with essentially moving there and creating your own life from scratch, do some more research and really evaluate if the trip is right for you.

The program is really difficult in the sense that, if you are from any developed and/or thriving country, you will be out of your comfort zone 100% of the time. But that place is usually where you meet unbelievable friends, see spectacular places, make the largest impact, and have your life be transformed. If you land in Lusaka with an open heart and mind, I can guarantee that you won't look back. You will learn an amazing amount about Zambia, Africa, and yourself in the process of making a huge impact in lives of the beautiful Zambian people.

What would you improve about this program?
More thorough communication between ABV offices in the States and the office in Lusaka. I ended up doing something entirely different than I had originally been told, which ended up being an incredible experience, but it still took a bit to adjust to work that I was unprepared for.

Additionally, while you can't screen every applicant perfectly, 2 other volunteers arrived towards the end of my stay that essentially caused me to move out of Josphat's home because they created such a hostile and impossible environment to live in. I think they just weren't prepared for the experience at all and instead of running with the surprises, they fought back against everything and made the last few weeks in Josphat and Olivia's home impossibly uncomfortable to live with. While people's reactions to the trip are entirely out of your hands, there was nothing in place to deal with them, despite their refusal to adhere to the guidelines and the contract they signed.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Lusaka, Zambia

One of the most difficult moments I encountered dealt with having very limited resources, often times I felt frustrated that I couldn't do more to really make a difference. On the other hand, the greatest highlight was being able to help the children as much as I possibly could even though I was frustrated at times I didn't let that deter me from the present moment and helping as best I could. I remember specifically one child who was often looked over because he wasn't able to concentrate for long periods of time so I would take a little more time to help him out with his schoolwork, his appreciation was all worth it in the end.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps having a little more structure to the program, having a specific goal in mind that is given by the program or prepared by the volunteer(s) and that one could work towards completing, something that will have a long term positive effect on the community and not just temporary.
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They accept volunteers ages 17 and up! Here's the link for more information: Hope that helps!