Volunteer in Zambia

Community Doctor

Does the concept of spending most of your time in the African bush, driving to remote villages in an off-road vehicle, living with a host family and working with Zambian volunteers and health workers to improve primary and secondary healthcare in their community sound appealing? As a Community Doctor you’ll be working in rural health facilities, bringing medical care to communities who have no access to healthcare facilities in rural Zambia. The community medical service includes structured placements built around: patient consultations; in depth assessments of the rural health system; mapping of needs; developing detailed implementation plans with health facility staff; delivering training to community health workers; and assessing impact of interventions.

You can find out more the role by downloading a Community Doctor Role Description.

Public Health Volunteer

Does the idea of spending most of your time in a District Health Office, a Rural Health Facility, or visiting rural communities, to carry out assessments and plan ways of strengthening rural health systems sound appealing? As a Public Health volunteer you’ll be placed based on experience and locally identified need within a Rural Health Facility or within one of three District Health Offices, Livingstone, Kazungula or Zimba to support strategic planning and the delivery of public health interventions. Public Health volunteers also spend part of their placement working alongside OCA and Zambian Health Representatives to run strategic planning weeks to identify quality improvement projects and together take a lead in developing strategic plans to improve health.

You can find out more the role by downloading a Public Health Volunteer Role Description.

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

Volunteer Coordinator

As a volunteer coordinator, no day, week or month will be the same – we can guarantee that. The 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 promotion 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:

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

Click Here to apply online to volunteer as a Coordinator.

“It’s a unique opportunity to leverage your skills to help others in a completely new setting, helping to challenge yourself but also to learn and broaden your thinking and insights. You will also take away life-long connections and memories”

Trisha, Trustee

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.

“Effective Health Education is a powerful and much-needed tool in empowering people to take control of their own health. The On Call Africa model facilitates opportunistic teaching as people queue for the monthly clinics, and we are welcomed by the rural schools. By spending time listening to people and digging down to find out about common day-to-day practices it is possible to de-bunk many myths, potentially making real differences to the health of individuals, families and the whole community.”

Sue, Volunteer – April to July 2019