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Baraka Zambia Volunteer Trip 2022

9th Oct 2022 - 21st Oct 2022

11 days/Zambia /Project Trip

Overview

This is a unique trip that gives you the opportunity to make a genuine difference for some African children. Helping at the projects is not compulsory but willingness to get stuck in and do your best to help will be useful.

Highlights include:
• Unique and hands on experience working to improve Zambian communities.
• Make friends and work alongside Zambians, known to be some of the warmest people in Africa.
• Meet the Baraka sponsored children.
• Be part of some genuine responsible tourism projects.

We start the trip visiting some Baraka-supported schools in Kabwe and assisting at the Baraka Learning Centre in Nsobe. We then travel to Lusaka where we spend some time with some of Baraka’s sponsored kids on the annual day out. Our next part of the adventure is the canoeing safari on the Lower Zambezi, before returning to Lusaka for our flights home.

You don’t need any building experience to take part — just enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and the desire to make a difference!

This unique trip gives you the opportunity to make a genuine difference for some of Zambia’s children. Working on the projects is far from compulsory on this trip but a willingness to muck in is appreciated by the locals who find all our efforts useful. If you are not keen on painting or manual work, interacting with the kids and teaching English, sports etc. is also a valuable contribution.

This trip is run in conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships and will be led by Andy McKee, Co-Founder of Baraka. Baraka has been working in Zambia for over 10 years and has achieved a lot with volunteers at their various projects. To learn more about Baraka please visit www.barakacommunity.com or http://www.facebook.com/BarakaCommunityPartnerships.

Zambia has a generally laid-back attitude across the country and sometimes things take longer to happen than you would expect, this is often affectionately referred to as ‘African time’. You should be prepared for the odd last-minute change of plan and it’s important you allow a degree of flexibility.

Flights are not included in the cost although can be organised upon request by contacting The Different Travel Company on info@different-travel.com.

You will be advised what time to arrive and depart to meet transfers from the airport. If you cannot make this transfer, private transportation can be arranged at additional cost.

If you require any further arrangements such as extra nights’ accommodation, single rooms or any other arrangements please let Different Travel know at the time of booking.

The group will generally be between 8 and 12 people. Andy McKee is leading the tour on behalf of Baraka Community Partnerships. He will be assisted by Zambian colleagues and friends.

The minimum age to participate in this trip is 18 years old, or 16-17 if accompanied by an adult.

Accommodation in Kabwe and Lusaka is in chalets that are comfortable but in need of a bit of care. At Eureka there are wild animals roaming. During the canoeing safari you will be camping close to the river.

The trip cost is based on two sharing a room. If you do not have a travel partner you will be assigned a room-mate of the same gender. If you would like to request a single room, this is available for £250, on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to availability. Please state this on your booking form.

October is the hottest month with a very low chance of rain. The daily highs are up to 32°C, hovering around 25°C on average each day but dropping to 16°C at night. There is around 12.5 hours of daylight per day with a humidity of around 46% or less.

Maize is the staple food crop for much of the population. Other produce includes cassava (a root vegetable), cowpeas, peanuts, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Typical meals include biscuits, bread, jam, eggs and sausages for breakfast; salads, bread, cold meat and cheese for lunch; and beef or chicken with lots of vegetables for dinner.

If we are informed in advance, the majority of special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. or any dietary preferences can be catered for to the best of The Different Travel Company’s, and our local partners’, ability. However we cannot guarantee that food preparation will have taken place in a contamination free environment.

Western toilets are found in hotels and restaurants catering to foreign visitors, however facilities may be more basic in remote areas. You should take toilet paper with you wherever you go as this is not often available. Where bins are provided it is customary to dispose of toilet paper rather than flushing.

You will never be asked to do anything outside your physical capabilities and teamwork will be encouraged at all times. No volunteer should feel they have to do something they are not happy or comfortable doing. Be open and honest if you feel you cannot do what you have been asked to. If you do have any reservations about any job you are assigned, please do not hesitate to raise these with Andy.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing our booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP.

In the event that your medical issues at the time of booking represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your booking will not be confirmed and the deposit will be refunded.

We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport (with two blank pages) + copy
Visa approval documentation
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) /+ Credit + ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor (multi-prong option)
Sunglasses
Mobile phone + charger
Camera + spare batteries
Portable power bank

Clothing & Footwear

Boots or sturdy shoes for project*
Trainers/sandals for canoeing
Flip flops for showers
Knee length shorts
Non-cotton t-shirts
Long sleeved shirt
Long lightweight trousers
Fleece/warm sweater (evenings)
Underwear + socks
Canoeing gloves
Swimwear
Wide brimmed hat or cap
Casual clothes for free days
Work gloves + goggles (project)

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Biodegradable shower gel*
Wet wipes*
Toilet paper* (1-2 rolls)
Sun cream (SPF 50+)
Hand sanitizer
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy sacks* (for used toilet paper)
Hair brush or com
Travel towel

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
Anti-malaria medication
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters + blister plasters
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Scissors/tweezers
Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Portable power bank charger
Video Camera + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Walking pole(s)
Notebook/diary
Books/playing cards

Luggage

Kit bag/duffel bag
Suitcase (optional)
Day pack
Dry bag or Ziploc bag for canoeing
Combination padlock(s)

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2 x 1-litre water bottle(s)
Water purification
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Sleeping bag liner
Ear plugs (essential)
Pyjamas

Please note: This list is just a guideline and is not exhaustive. The items on this list do not take into account your personal preferences based on your previous trekking experience, or individual requirements. For information about items on this list please refer to the trip dossier or contact The Different Travel Company on info@different-travel.com

*Please ensure you pack your hiking boots into your hand baggage in the unlikely event your checked luggage goes missing or is delayed.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday 9 October 2022):

Lusaka
We arrive in Lusaka and transfer to Eureka Lodge. This evening we will have a briefing about the days ahead. Eureka Lodge is a nice base with thatched chalets and tame wildlife roaming around. It is not unusual to walk around the grounds and come face to face with a giraffe or zebra!
Meals: None

Days 2 (Monday 10 October 2022):

Lusaka – Kabwe
Today we travel to Kabwe. We will be visiting the Baraka-supported Upeme School enroute. We will transfer to Luangwa Safari Lodge where we will stay for the following five nights.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 – 6  (Tuesday 11 October – Friday 14 October 2022):

Kabwe – Baraka Learning Centre – William Read School – Kabwe
We will spend the next few days helping at the Baraka Learning Centre, which assists over 20 rural schools and thousands of pupils. You will help with activties with sponsored children and see first hand the work that the centre does for local communities. There will also be the chance to spend some time at the William Reid School and take part in a sports day as part of the school’s birthday celebrations.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 (Saturday 15 October 2022):

Kabwe – Lusaka
Today we leave Kabwe and travel to Lusaka. Upon arrival in Lusaka we will check into Eureka Lodge for the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 (Sunday 16 October 2022):

Sponsored kids’ day
Today is the annual sponsored kids’ day. This is an educational but fun day for all the kids, and you will be asked to help out with games and lessons. For the children the day will be one of the highlights of their year and is a great opportunity for you to interact with them.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Days 9  (Monday 17 October 2022):

Lusaka – Chirundu
This morning we transfer to Chirundu. We will head out to our accomodation at Breezers, on the banks of the Zambezi, where we spend the night camping. The Zambezi is home to a huge variety of wildlife and from your campsite hippos and other wildlife can often be seen. There is some free time this afternoon before we take a sunset cruise down the Zambezi.
Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 10 – 11 (Tuesday 18 October – Wednesday 19 October 2022):

Lower Zambezi Canoeing
The next two days are spent on the river enjoying the delights of this spectacular natural landscape. We will canoe downstream to our camp which will be set up close to the riverbank, or on islands in the river. Along the way we will take advantage of the opportunities to spot wild animals; elephants and hippos are plentiful. It is also possible to spot impala, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, crocodile and buffalo. The canoeing does not require any specific experience, just a good overall level of fitness and a willingness to give it a go.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 (Thursday 20 October 2022):

Chirundu – Lusaka
This morning we return to Breezers by boat in time for lunch before heading back to Eureka where we will enjoy a celebratory buffet dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 (Friday 21 October 2022):

Lusaka
You will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: None

N.B. Adventure travel is unpredictable so the itinerary may change due to flight schedules, climate etc. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes outside of our control. Your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

Costs & How to pay

Total trip costs:

  • 8-9 participants: £1,905pp
  • 10-11 participants: £1,685pp
  • 12+ participants: £1,640pp
  • Each person must pay a deposit of £150 at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance* of the trip cost is due no later than 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • There is also a suggested donation of £75 per person to be paid directly to Baraka. This donation will help us purchase materials for the project work undertaken and any funds donated will be match funded by a private donor.

*NB: The maximum cost you will pay is a £150 deposit plus a balance of £1,755 (plus any single supplements or extra arrangements). This price may reduce subject to group numbers.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

  • A single room is available for an additional cost of £250.
  • Single rooms are not guaranteed and are on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability,

FLIGHTS

  • Flights are not included in the cost although can be organised upon request by contacting The Different Travel Company at info@different-travel.com.

What's included

  • Transfers and transport in Zambia (as specified)
  • Accommodation (twin rooms)
  • Tents while canoeing
  • Meals as specified
  • National Park fees and canoe permits
  • English-speaking Zambian guides and support staff throughout canoe safari.

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visa (US$50)
  • Some meals as specified
  • Vaccinations and anti-malaria medication
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance, personal expenses (e.g. tips, drinks, souvenirs etc.)
  • Single supplement (£250)

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