We are offering a unique opportunity for up to 10 supporters to travel with us to Zambia.
Christian Aid has worked in Zambia since 2011, seeking to challenge the structural barriers to development and ensure the human rights of all Zambians. We work in Zambia as part of a joint country programme, which is a venture of three organisations: Christian Aid, Dan Church Aid and Norwegian Church Aid. Our joint programme was founded to enhance the impact of our projects, ease the burden on our partners and reduce costs.
Together, our vision is a Zambia where all women, men, girls and boys are empowered to enjoy economic, political, social, environmental and democratic rights. We do this through:
- Supporting economic empowerment
- Developing emergency preparedness and response
- Lobbying for gender justice
- Encouraging transparent and accountable resource governance
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Throughout this work, our mission is to empower and unite our partners through accompaniment, capacity building and facilitation.
We are inviting a team of up to ten people from across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East to join us in September 2019 to see our work in Zambia first-hand.
We are looking for a range of Christian Aid supporters and volunteers to travel. For example:
- Volunteer Speaker
- Christian Aid Teacher
- Salt Business Ambassador
- Supportive Church Minister
- Christian Aid Group Organiser
- Passionate and Active Fundraiser
- Local Lobbyist and Campaigner
We want supporters to travel who are looking to increase their voluntary role with Christian Aid following the trip.
The trip will enable participants to see first-hand the impact of Christian Aid’s work and what our partners are doing to improve people’s lives. You will have a chance to gather stories, photographs and materials which you will be able to use on your return to share your experiences with your local community.
If you decide to join us for this unique experience you will join two Christian Aid staff flying from London into Lusaka, before travelling onwards across Zambia with our Zambian staff, where you will have the opportunity to meet Christian Aid partners and local communities. As well as visiting Christian Aid supported projects, you will also have the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful sites that Zambia has to offer, including a trip to the incredible Victoria Falls and to experience a Game Drive.
Departure: Friday 6 September 2019
Return: Tuesday 17 September 2019
Cost: £2,000 approx.
Inclusive of flights from London, travel insurance, accommodation, all meals, and all travel within Zambia. (Flights will be arranged by our travel partner and will be ATOL-protected. The balance will be administered by Christian Aid, which is not ATOL-certified.)
Please note: we would not wish any Christian Aid volunteer or supporter to feel excluded due to costs, so should the cost be prohibitive for anyone, please let us know so that we can consider financial support through a bursary.
What you will see and do:
Starting in Lusaka, you will visit the joint country programme office in Lusaka, as well as go to a local church service on Sunday. You will then travel north to stay in the towns of Ndola and Kitwe, where you will visit a project in Luanshya, which is working with victims of gender-based violence. There will also be a visit to the Zimba Silica Mining site in Mufulira to see training projects that are empowering women involved in silica mining. On the journey back to Lusaka, you will also visit the Mpunde Mission Hospital to see the ‘Making Agric a Business’ project, which is improving the livelihood and economic resilience of women and marginalised groups.
Following a day’s stop-over back in Lusaka, you will then travel south to Sinazongwe, on the edge of Lake Kariba. From here, you will visit mining communities in Kandabwe where you will see projects supporting emergency preparedness and resilience from human-induced disasters caused through coal mining activities.
The final leg of the trip will be two nights and a day in Livingstone to visit the Victoria Falls and experience a Game Drive, before the journey back to Lusaka and flight home.
Travel and accommodation:
Travel throughout will be in a hired minibus and accommodation will be in hotels and lodges. Where possible we will provide single and not shared accommodation.
What is expected of those travelling:
On your return to the UK, you will be empowered and inspired to increase your volunteering role for Christian Aid. This will look different for each traveller, but as an example, for a volunteer speaker, our expectation is that following the trip you will share widely about your experiences, by visiting local churches and Christian Aid groups, as well as through local media. There is a section in the application form where you can outline how hope to use the experience gained from this trip to practically support Christian Aid. We recommend speaking to your Regional Coordinator ahead of submitting your application to help think what this commitment might look like for you.
If you would like to participate in this trip or to find our more information, please do get in touch with Tom Wyke (email@example.com) or Steph Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will send you an application form. All applications for the trip must be received by Friday 10 May and decisions on those chosen to travel will be made by the end of May 2019.