A VOLUNTEER’S PERSPECTIVE - ZAMBIA
Whilst scanning the Exodus website looking for future holiday options I came across the Zambia Volunteer Trip. I had always been interested in the idea of undertaking volunteer work but most organisations required 6 or 12 months commitment which I am unable to give. Suddenly there was an option to experience a taste of volunteer work and couple it with travel and adventure.
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in the village is the overwhelming spirit of community and kindness that the locals have. We were introduced to the families we were to stay with for the next three nights and their hospitality and desire to ensure we were looked after never stopped from that moment onwards.
There are many activities to get involved with in the village, including malaria net testing, teaching classes in the school and helping to construct school buildings. However, the most enjoyable role for me was helping out with the sports tournament where the children played neighbouring teams at football and netball.
After three exceptional days we left the village and travelled through Zambia on our way to Victoria Falls camping along Lake Kariba and risking hippos entering our tents. Victoria Falls itself was spectacular and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to do a gorge swing across the Zambezi!
We had a free day at the end of the trip where some of the group and I chose the optional extra of a day safari trip to Botswana where we were fortunate to see some of the region’s most spectacular wildlife; hippos, elephants, giraffes and even a leopard!
The whole experience was incredible but what will stay with me is the amazing love and trust that the children have for you and how grateful they are for the smallest offer of help or support you can give.
Alison Grumbt travelled on our Zambia Volunteer trip in May 2011