Livingstone is the tourist capital of Zambia. It is home to the Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders. It is also a very historic city with many relics from a bygone era. It has a railway museum and the Livingstone museum is worth visiting. The MosiOTunya National Park is home to the endangered black Rhino. Livingstone is 600km away from Lusaka and is serviced by road and air. It has its own International airport. The city itself is ever alive and if you are staying within the city, eating and shopping places are all within walking distance. YAZ has hosted seven international camps within and outside the city. Last year we went into partnership with the National Heritage Conservation Commission who are the custodians of all heritage sites in the country. We also partnered with the only youth NGO in Livingstone in implementing youth related projects within the city limits.
The volunteers will help maintain foot paths and trails at the Victoria Falls area. They will also help renovate a community school in Chief Mukuni’s village.
The volunteers will be accommodated within Chief Mukuni’s village in a classroom and/or in locally made huts.
An orientation is normally organized a day before the start of the work camp with the intentions of briefing participants about YAZ as an organization, Zambia`s socioeconomic background, cultural issues etc. As a matter of policy the orientations shall be held on Saturday before departure to the work camp sites and the participants must arrive on the Friday to have rest time and also to get to know each other, as well to get knowledge of the host community before the orientation.
COST OF PARTICIPATION IN A YAZ WORKCAMP:
The work camp participation fee is 210 Euros per participant, which covers simple work camp meals, arrangements for the whole work camp preparation in terms of communication, electronic mailing and transport for meeting with different stakeholders. YAZ organizes transport for participants from the airport to (YAZ office) ONLY, where the orientation of participants takes place prior to departure to work camps destination. Pick up transport cost is 20 Euros.
Travel expenses from YAZ office after the orientation to work camp places and back are not covered in this 210 Euros camp fee. Participants are therefore advised to spare a small amount, which is around 50 Euros for traveling to and from work camp place.
« I can say that the best things about the workcamp and this whole experience were the chance of making a real difference to the lives of very needy children. This is an extremely valuable project where volunteers can have a massive impact. Also the possibility of learning a huge amount about a country so different from our own. I learnt ten times as much by carrying out a workcamp than I would ever do backpacking. »