Volunteer Zambia

Volunteer Zambia is an international sport programme run by the Wallace Group – a collaboration between leading UK universities that supports the work of Zambian sports NGO, Sport in Action (SiA).

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

The Wallace Group

Formed in 2004, the Wallace Group is a collaboration between seven leading universities from the United Kingdom who share a commitment to the establishment and sustainable practices of international development.

The group’s principal focus is sport development for young people through a long term strategic partnership with leading Zambian sports NGO Sport in Action, who use these initiatives to deliver sport for development programmes to thousands of young people each week.

Through the Volunteer Zambia project the Wallace Group is supporting a partnership between Sport in Action, the National Sports Federations and Sports Associations to develop a network of Community Sport Hub Sites across the whole of Zambia.

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The project

Background

The aim of the project is to support Sport in Action to upskill and educate coaches, this empowers local coaches and volunteers to deliver quality and sustainable sessions across Lusaka.

Each summer the 7 universities of the Wallace Group collaborate to send students and staff members out to Zambia for 8 weeks, from the period of June-October. Working with Sport in Action, the student and staff volunteers collaborate with the in-country Zambian colleagues to deliver embedded and sustainable opportunities for young people across Zambia, particularly women and girls.

The focus is sport development. This includes, increasing capacity, supporting the development talent pathways, and developing coaching and facilitation practices in the key sports of, netball, basketball & women’s football.  This is done by working collaboratively with Zambian colleagues. The emphasis is on the above-mentioned areas so that with better sport facilitation, more coherent pathways and higher capacity, more vulnerable individuals will have the ability to access life changing interventions through Sport in Action

Role Description

Dates

Student volunteers from across the Wallace Group team up and are split into two groups, with each group spending 8 weeks on placement at the various hub sites around the capital from June-October.

Students from St Andrews will travel in group 1:

4th June – 30th July

Volunteer Zambia Induction:

24th March – 26th March

For more information, please reach out to Nina Revell (Sports Development Officer, Leadership and Volunteering) [email protected]

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.