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Volunteer Zambia

Welcome to Zambia! The land of the legendary African wildlife, the mighty Zambezi and the awe inspiring Victoria Falls. This landlocked country is one of the many African countries that has been devastated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and by severe poverty. The large number of adults dying from AIDS will leave hundreds of thousands more Zambian children without parents to care for them, currently there are more than one million AIDS orphans in Zambia and not nearly enough resources to help.

The Wallace Group, a partnership created in 2004, shares a commitment to establish and sustain international programmes to over 160,000 children. To date the partnership encompasses: seven universities (Bath, Cardiff Metropolitan, Durham, Loughborough, Northumbria, St Andrews and Stirling), UK Sport, two NGBs (Volleyball England, England Netball), two charities (The Perfect Day Foundation, Umutima) and our principle partner the Sport in Action.

The Wallace Group aims to support partner Zambian organisations who strive to improve the lives of young people in Zambia, whilst providing UK students with an opportunity to develop skills, cultural awareness and life experiences. Over the last ten years, the universities, in partnership with UK Sport, has been sending specialist sports and media students out to Lusaka to work with local volunteers, delivering school PE lessons, community sports programmes and health awareness workshops within the deprived areas of the city’s compounds. Additionally, since 2012 performing arts has been added to programme with time spent in placements split between Livingston and Lusaka.

This innovative, ground breaking partnership has the potential to dramatically impact on the lives of thousands of young people living in and around Lusaka and Livingston. Furthermore, providing a life changing experience for the UK students who take part in this leadership venture.

For more information contact:

Sport Katie Binks katie.binks@durham.ac.uk

Performing Arts Deborah Cairns deborah.cairns@durham.ac.uk