• Zambia

Program Details

Guesthouse Hostel


Price Details
Unearth the World works hard to keep fees minimal and transparent. There is an application fee of $495. Project fees start at just $35/ day and includes accommodations, food, and local transportation!
Dec 21, 2016
Sep 01, 2014
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About Program

Unearth the World has partnered with a non-profit organization in Mwandi, a rural Zambian fishing village 2 hours drive from Livingstone. The project is focused on building safer homes for families affected by AIDS and promises an immersive service learning experience and the opportunity to live in an authentic African village.

Volunteers work alongside local villagers to construct homes. The extra manpower provided by volunteers helps speed up construction and complete more homes.

Volunteer financial donations allow for the purchase of higher quality building materials which improves the safety and durability of the homes. In addition to building, volunteers are able to visit the village school and hospital.

The ideal candidate is hardworking, open-minded, and interested in service learning. Unearth the World travelers receive immersive training and education prior to their trip and coaching upon their return.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Mission Mwandi: Success!

While I only spent a week at Camp Mwandi, it was honestly one of the most rewarding projects I've worked on in the 4 months I've been traveling and volunteering in Africa. From the minute you step into the campsite, there was an ever present sense of security and purpose. The days quickly pass as either "tying," "packing" "throwing" or "smoothing" days, each with their own sets of positives and negatives. The first challenge? Getting used to building with termite poo. The good news? You get over that pretty quickly, as soon as you realize it's greater purpose - a longstanding house for a family in need.

In just a matter of days, I was helping to change someone's life for the better. The physical act of building something tangible with my bare hands, for someone else, was the most rewarding feeling!

If given the chance to travel and volunteer in Zambia, do it! Working with Unearth the World is the best - they know and understand the project, and they're so helpful every step of the way. You will love it!

What would you improve about this program?
I was only there for a week, so I didn't have enough time to really critique the program. The only thing I can think of is, if traveling alone, make sure there are others on the project site, otherwise it would be really lonely.
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Questions & Answers

Thanks for the question Ashley! I have itemized the fees for this Zambia project below. Please also feel free to visit Unearth the World's website for a complete breakdown of fees for each project: www.unearththeworld.com One-time application fee: $300 Daily fee for meals, accommodations and airport pick up: $35/day Thanks and please let me know if you have any other questions!