Volunteer

Below you will find information about all the ways you can volunteer with On Call Africa. Whether this is from your own home sharing your expertise remotely or heading out to Zambia as a volunteer coordinator or doctor.

After reading about our opportunities, you might still have questions or perhaps you want to help out in other ways not currently listed.

We’d love to hear more from you and you can send us questions via email or schedule a call back with our team to discuss them over the phone or video call.


Volunteer your Expertise Remotely

Our remote volunteers come from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds and are currently involved with quality improvement projects, reviewing the resources we use to deliver medical care, provide training and raise health awareness messages as well as providing technical knowledge to change the way we use digital technology to collect,  share data and manage finances.

Volunteers that support our quality improvement projects (QIP) are called QI Champions and you can find out more about the role by downloading a Quality Improvement (QI) Champion/Lead role description.

If you are a Zambian and would like to be part of a group that helps to review the resources we create, we also have a role that aims to critically review resources so that they are the best that they can be for Zambian health professionals and volunteers. You can find out more about the role by downloading a Quality Improvement (QI) Reviewer role description.

It’s essential that remote volunteers are used to managing their own workload and are motivated to direct their work with the support of our team. If you have read the role descriptions above but what you have to offer doesn’t quite fit you can still apply to share other specialisms, you can  use your application form to state what area of expertise you are looking to share and in what ways you will be able to use this expertise to help strengthen our charity. 

Simply apply online to volunteer remotely by clicking the link below and tell us the skills you’re looking to share. We’re looking forward to hearing more about the journey we can take together with your expertise.

Click here to Apply Online to Volunteer Remotely


Volunteer as a Coordinator in Zambia

As a volunteer coordinator, no one day or week will be the same. Your role will often require long journeys into the bush where you will camp in remote communities for a week at a time with a team of staff and volunteer doctors. You will be integral to our mission, to improve the health of Zambians by empowering volunteers to take a lead in the provision of mobile clinics, health worker training and health awareness education.

Based in Livingstone, you will be responsible for understanding the motivations and needs of volunteers throughout their recruitment, on boarding, and coordination on the ground, offering support where it is needed. Working alongside a programme team you will help to ensure programme activity runs smoothly and take an active role in monitoring and evaluating the success of our volunteering program and other ongoing projects.

Volunteer coordinator placements last for between 6 and 12 months, starting in either January or July. Accommodation, flights, insurance and a monthly stipend is provided.

You can find out more about the role by downloading a volunteer coordinator role description.

We’re currently recruiting a volunteer coordinator who is available to start in:

  • July 2022 for 6-12 months (1 of 1 Vacancy Remaining)
  • January 2023 for 6-12 months (1 of 1 Vacancy Remaining)

Click Here to Apply Online to Volunteer as a Coordinator


Volunteer as a Doctor in Zambia

Are you looking to experience medicine in a challenging, under-resourced environment?

Does the concept of spending most of your time in the African bush, driving to remote villages in an off-road vehicle, camping in village schools and working with Zambian volunteers and health workers to improve healthcare in their community sound appealing?

As a Volunteer Doctor you’ll be working on mobile medical clinics, bringing medical care to communities who have no access to healthcare facilities in rural Zambia. Clinics provide doctors with a good opportunity to experience a mix of infectious diseases, chronic illness and acute medicine. The mobile medical service includes health education workshops and our community health worker training programme is something in which you will be very much involved; training and assessing local community health volunteers both in their villages and during residential training weeks in Livingstone.

Volunteering in Zambia with On Call Africa is a truly life changing experience. You can find out more the role by downloading a Volunteer Doctor Role Description.

Are there any costs to volunteer? Yes.

The charity aims to absorb most of the costs of volunteering but there are some costs you should be aware of before applying.

Project support costs, £1500: Project costs go towards some of the costs involved administering your application both in the UK and Zambia, accommodation in a shared single sex twin chalet (other accommodation options are available) with access to bathroom, cooking and leisure facilities whilst in Livingstone and an individual tent whilst camping, logistics, food whilst delivering community activity and project support whilst volunteering. 

Flights, from £650: A return flight from the UK to Livingstone can cost between £650-£900. This will vary depending on the airline chosen, the route, the time of the year. Most volunteers fly via Kenya or Johannesburg.

Other costs, from £300: will include immunisations, travel insurance (a good estimate is around £100 per month) and indemnity insurance before you leave for Zambia.

The following prices given in GBP are approximate exchange rates and are subject to change.

Visa, from £510: On arrival in Zambia you will purchase a single entry business visa for $50 (Approximately £40, you can also a choose to pay more for a multi entry visa if you intend to visit nearby countries in your spare time). You will then extend this to a three month temporary employment permit in Livingstone which our programme team will support you with. The cost of this is 13,500 Zambian Kwacha ZMW (Approximately £470).  ~ Prices are set by The Department of Immigration, Zambia and are subject to change as are exchange rates used to provide approximate GBP values.

Food at the weekend, £Varies: Volunteers provide their own food on a weekend, there are cooking facilities in the accommodation provided in Livingstone should you wish to buy your own ingredients and cook yourself, a cheaper alternative to dining out. Dining out in Livingstone costs upwards from £5-£10 per meal.

You can apply to volunteer throughout 2021 and 2022. We’re currently recruiting Volunteer Doctors who are available between:

  • September – November 2021 (6 of 8 Vacancies Remaining)
  • February – April 2022 (7 of 8 Vacancies Remaining)
  • May – July 2022 (7 of 8 Vacancies Remaining)
  • September – November 2022 (6 of 8 Vacancies Remaining

If you’d like to discuss a custom date range that isn’t listed above, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can talk about this together.

Click here to Apply Online to Volunteer as a Doctor 

If your feeling nostalgic, you can download an application form by clicking here. Fill it in using a word processor or a good old fashioned pen then email or post it to us.