Costs to volunteer as a Doctor or Public Health volunteer
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, £1000: 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 shared bathroom, cooking and leisure facilities whilst in Livingstone and an individual tent whilst camping, logistics 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 £Varies: Our placements are self catered, volunteers provide their own food. There are cooking facilities whether in Livingstone or camping in the bush where our project team are on hand to help if required. Buying ingredients as a team and cooking together is a cheaper alternative to dining out. Dining out in Livingstone costs upwards from £5-£10 per meal.
You can apply to volunteer throughout 2022 and 2023. We’re currently recruiting Volunteer Doctors who are available between:
- February – April 2022 (5 of 8 Vacancies Remaining)
- May – July 2022 (5 of 8 Vacancies Remaining)
- September – November 2022 (6 of 8 Vacancies Remaining
If you’d like to discuss some dates that are not listed above please do still get in touch.
Click here to apply online to volunteer as a Doctor.