Volunteer in Zambia in 2019 with volunteers from across Ireland to support Habitat's work with orphans and vulnerable children.
Despite recent economic progress, Zambia remains one of the least developed nations in the world. 2 out of 3 people live on under $2 a day and the majority of those who earn more barely make ends meet.
Decent housing in urban areas remains unattainable and unaffordable for most people and slums abound. Most struggle to afford the frequent necessary repairs to their mud, wattle and grass thatch roof homes. In towns and cities, 1.3 million homes are urgently needed.
Cracked and broken walls invite rain and rodents into houses, which in turn pose serious health risks. Families are crowded into a single room, which usually also serve as a kitchen. Children are exposed daily to life-threatening environments.
Our partnership with Zambia is focused on supporting Habitat's Orphaned and Vulnerable Children programme which is building homes for the most vulnerable, training Change Agents to speak out about secure tenure and other issues affecting their community and providing construction skills training for young people.
Watch the story of Dorcas to learn how Habitat for Humanity's programmes are supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Zambia.
Volunteer in Zambia next summer with volunteers from across Ireland to support this life-changing work. This is a unique opportunity to experience grassroots development and be uplifted by the warmth and resilience of the Zambian people. Volunteers will:
SEE the shocking reality of poverty housing
SERVE families in need
SPEAK out for the cause of safe, decent housing when they return home
Habitat co-ordinates everything for a safe and rewarding experience. You don’t need special skills to take part.
Day 1-2 Depart Northern Ireland, arrive in Zambia & orientation
Day 3-12 Build and closing celebration with the community
Day 13-14 Cultural activity & depart
Dates dependent on flight availability.
Supporting Habitat's Work
The budget to take part is £2,400p/p (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum £700 donation towards Habitat’s work). Volunteers make a minimum personal contribution of £500 towards logistics costs. If you are unable to make this contribution, get in touch.
There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.
Need to know
Where will I stay?
Accommodation will be clean and safe; in modest accommodation in the local community. Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.
What will I eat?
You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will be familiar with too! Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated. Include allergies or specific requirements in your application form.
What age do I have to be to take part?
You must be 18 and over to join the team. Under 18s have the option to join a Youth Build. If you are older than 75, get in touch to discuss insurance.
Have a question? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I went away with the hope I would help those less fortunate than myself, only to realise that they gave me more than anyone could understand."Previous Team Member,