Zambia is one of the fastest growing countries on the continent, the UN predicts its population of 13 million will triple by 2050.
In a nation where two thirds of the population live in poverty, ICS is working in Zambia to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights to reduce HIV and AIDS, alongside working with small entrepreneurs to help their businesses grow.
In a nation where two thirds of the population live in poverty, ICS is working in Zambia to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights to reduce HIV/AIDS, alongside working with small entrepreneurs to help their businesses grow.
Supporting health initiatives
Things are changing in Zambia. Until recently, there was no monitoring of the impact of HIV and AIDS on key affected populations. Young people were unable to access information or services to help them have sex safely. ICS is helping change this.
VSO volunteers will deliver sessions to young people aged 13 to 30-years-old in-school and out of school to help them be able to make better, more informed decisions on their sexual health.
Similarly, as a volunteer with Restless Development, you can expect your placement to involve starting conversations with young people at school about issues around their sexuality – as well as referring them to school counselling and sexual health services.
4,500 young people have attended sexual and reproductive health sessions delivered by Restless Development ICS volunteers
After school clubs are often started as a way to teach students about HIV and contraception through games and sports. As an ICS volunteer, you will help to engage young people with these issues through campaigns and events in the community which are led by young people.
Helping people to support themselves and their families
In Zambia, the ‘informal sector’ is where 96% of the population find work. Street traders, farming, taxi services – there’s a huge culture of starting your own business and making it work. ICS volunteers working with Challenges Worldwide help to support these young entrepreneurs to grow.
Having been trained how to use business tools, volunteers then put this training into practice. Spending the first eight weeks using these tools to look at where their group of entrepreneurs could improve their businesses, they then spend the next four weeks trying out these ideas.
Living in Zambia
There are multiple project locations in Zambia, including Choma, Nyimba, Samfya, Kabwe, Lusaka and Kitwe. All placements in Zambia see volunteers living with host families, usually with one other volunteer.
As with other placements, volunteers living with host families will be expected to eat like a local. Zambian dishes are usually centred on the staple food of nshima (maize or corn meal), accompanied by a vegetable, meat or fish dish.