Project Luangwa is a charitable organization formed by the Safari Operators of South Luangwa as a part of their commitment to community responsibility. Their aim is to create an effective, coordinated approach to helping local communities improve their long term economic prospects whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife. They believe that as a charity operating in Zambia, by developing and improving education in schools and creating training opportunities they can help families have the chance of a lasting and sustainable income.
Timeframe for Involvement
Seven to fourteen days (longer if involved in a long term project).
There is an astounding degree of service learning opportunity with Project Luangwa. The project needs volunteers to teach Maths and English, assist with interactive learning support and help with running the library. Web designers, those good with arts and crafts (including sewing and crocheting), office administration and building project management are also high in demand. The project runs a gender support program for girls which helps to address harmful traditional practices and mitigate the crisis of child marriages. This program also runs girls’ clubs that help to empower girls with varying backgrounds including survivors of rape to realize their potential through a variety of interventions which include life skills training, menstrual health and hygiene support and counseling. There is also an arm aimed at disabled children to empower them to be able to access a good education. Those who are inclined towards sport may get involved with the Mfuwe Junior football league, while those with a love for ecology may play a role in the tree planting and reforestation initiative called Planting for a Future.
For a project with so many branches it would be difficult for anyone to come away not having learnt anything about community empowerment through these initiatives which are all, to some degree, driven by education. Regardless which aspect/s a student decides to focus on, they will be able placed in a position where the importance of creating platforms for different forms of education has a lasting impact on the sustenance of any individual and subsequently the betterment of the future of any country.
Students will be accommodated at Marula Lodge which is the closest camp to the main entrance gate of the South Luangwa National Park. The comfortable, affordable chalets provide the perfect haven for a stay in this region. On the outer perimeter of the camp, each chalet has just enough seclusion to make you feel at home with the chance to relax between your busy days. Relax in your chalet, jump into the pool for a refreshing swim or, indulge yourself whilst sitting in the shade of the magnificent trees at the river’s edge. The lodge’s experienced chefs cater to all tastes, using fresh local produce and plenty of imagination.