Saints Volunteer, Livingstone

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

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 be launching a new project in Livingstone in Southern Province.

In its first year a team of twelve student coaches from Saints Sport will spend six weeks in Zambia helping Sport in Action to provide a practical and theory-based programme of sport and education within three schools:

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

The programme, the first programme of its kind in Livingstone, 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

Our ambition is to work with Sport in Action to develop the project across a number of areas, exploiting the expertise and skills from a range of backgrounds, to enhance the current work already being delivered by Zambian teachers and volunteers.






The project

Background

New for summer 2022, Saints Sport are looking to recruit a team of 12 student volunteers to help launch the new international development project in Livingston.

Split into two groups, students will spend six weeks in Zambia supporting the work of Sport in Action by helping to deliver a practical and theory-based programme of sport and education in local schools.

Dates

The Saints Volunteer, Livingston programme will run from 29 May – 22 August.

Students have the choice of volunteering within either:

Group 1
29 May to 11 July 2022
Group 2
9 July to 22 August 2022

Sport 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.

Sport in Action staff, supported by a team of volunteers, work towards transforming the lives of children, many of whom come from challenging backgrounds. Through education we aim to enhance young people’s knowledge in topical areas of health and life skills, with a view to developing motivation, self-development and self-reliance through social, cultural and economic empowerment.

Find out more

How to apply

To apply to join the project, please download and complete the international volunteering application form and return by email to Claire Scott (Sports Development Manager): cls25@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.