Saints Volunteer, Livingstone

Launched in 2022 Saints Volunteer, Livingstone is a standalone international development project supporting the work of leading sports NGO Sport in Action in Zambia’s Southern Province.

Applications are now closed for Summer 2023. Please keep an eye on this page for information about Summer 2024.

Introduction

Saints Sport has been running international volunteering programmes in Africa for over 10 years, primarily in the capital Lusaka and surrounding rural communities.

To continue our commitment to support the important work Sport in Action are undertaking across Zambia, we are delighted to have launched a new project in Livingstone in the Southern Province.

In its first year, a team of 6 student coaches from Saints Sport spent 6 weeks in Zambia helping Sport in Action to provide a practical and theory-based programme of sport and education within a variety of schools:

  • Zambezi Primary School (700 pupils)
  • Dambwa Primary School (700 pupils)
  • SOS Children’s Village
  • David Livingstone

The programme will seek to strengthen the placement work already taking place in highlighted school catchment areas, to ensure the work Sport in Action are undertaking gains greater reach.

Future developments

To ensure sustainability beyond the six-week student placement there will be a strong emphasis on capacity building, including support for facility developments, equipment, and workforce development for staff and Zambian volunteers. The project will support and work with the schools and their communities to identify potential influential leaders, help develop confident individuals and support people into employment and further education.

The project

Background

For summer 2023 Saints Sport are looking to recruit a team of 6 student volunteers.

Students will spend six weeks in Zambia supporting the work of Sport in Action by helping to deliver sport and recreational activities to young people in schools and communities.

Dates

The Saints Volunteer, Livingstone programme will run 17th June – 29th July.

Sport in Action/ Girls in Action

Sport In Action (SIA) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) whose purpose is to improve people’s quality of life through sport and recreational activities. Founded in 1998, Sport in Action was the first Zambian sports NGO and its programmes now positively impact the lives of thousands of children throughout the 12 districts in Zambia.

SiA coordinates a Girls in Action programme that uses sport and recreation activities as a tool to empower and educate young girls. With information on various topics such as ending teenage pregnancy, ending child marriages, HIV/AIDs and period poverty etc. Whilst in Livingstone, Saints Sport volunteers will assist with this delivery.

Find out more

Volunteer Portal

The volunteer recognition scheme monitors, acknowledges and rewards the hard work and commitment of volunteers at St Andrews. Students can sign up to the scheme via the dedicated online portal, where they can log their volunteering hours and projects. Students who achieve Gold and Platinum awards can have their volunteering efforts formally recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) when they graduate.