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Zambia Eco Construction

Zambia Eco Construction

Help to build safe structures for local Livingstone communities by using ecological and self sustaining methods and recycled materials.

Prices from $1,395

Zambia, unlike most of its neighbours, has managed to avoid the war and upheaval that has marked much of Africa's post colonial history, earning itself a reputation for political stability. Rich culture, beautiful landscapes and an abundance of wildlife make Zambia an excellent place for international visitors. Zambia is also home to the Zambezi River which flows into ‘the smoke that thunders’, or Victoria Falls as it is known worldwide.

20 national parks together, reserved for the conservation of its native wildlife, together make up approximately 30% of Zambia. The people of Zambia comprise several diverse tribes and ethnic groups many with their own unique beliefs and traditions. These factors combine to give Zambia an extraordinary and complex social, political and environmental landscape.

Like many other developing countries around the globe, Zambia faces signicant challenges when it comes to waste and rubbish management. As cities and countries grow economically the increase in business and industrial activities and the resultant consumption work together to drive up rubbish levels. In Zambia there just isn't sufficient capacity for collection, transportation and disposal of various types of material wastes especially plastics such as bottles and bags.

Awareness and knowledge of the benefits of recycling and upcycling is not widespread and there is a lack of knowledge as to the impact material waste has on human health and the environment. This project attempts to change this by using eco friendly and inovative building methods such as 'eco-bricking' to recycle waste and rubbish and provide buildings and facilities for the use of local communities.

Project highlights

  • Help to reduce waste in order to clean up Livingstone
  • Build sustainable structures for local communities
  • Visit the famous Victoria Falls


  • Minimum age of 18 years



Location Livingstone, Zambia

Introduction to Livingstone and the project
Making and laying eco bricks
Assist in building and refurbishing projects


Airport pickup

Accommodation Shared volunteer guesthouse



Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation

Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt


Airport pickup
Weekday Meals
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

What does the project do?

Our partner in Zambia has extensive experience in offering structured placements for volunteers who are able to make a positive contribution to these projects, which are run in partnership with local communities alongside conservation efforts. One of the main aims of this project is to assist Livingstone communities in creating and using innovative and eco-friendly community spaces.

Recycling what would otherwise be rubbish and put into landfill and using it as building material means that there is less contamination in the land and waterways, healthier people and a cleaner and more attractive environment in which to live. Faced with few alternatives, many families and communities have no option but to burn their rubbish and plastic, which has a detrimental impact on human health and the environment. Providing people with an alternative use for their waste reduces the problem.

There are also several other build projects around the community that are supervised by local engineers and builders including compost bins, water storage facilities, benches, flowerbeds, chicken coops, pumphouses and classrooms. The project also aims to help communities to set up sustainable farming programmes and to provide assistance in preparing the land and maintaining crops, including building poultry houses and other facilities for income generating programmes.

What will I be doing?

Eco-brick making is an important aspect of this project and volunteers will make them by stuffing plastic bottles collected from the community wih articles including cellophane, chip packets, sweet wrappers, plastic bags and anything else that can’t easily be recycled. The eco-bricks will then be used for whatever build project is the priority during your time there.You may also assist in community litter picks during which you will collect rubbish to help make eco-bricks.

Generally, however, the work you carry out during your time on the project will depend on the current needs and priorities of the community. You may help to refurbish an old playground, paint a classroom or build a chicken coop, compost bin or park bench.  Other work may involve mixing cement, making and laying bricks, laying concrete floors, plastering walls and painting or refurbishing existing structures. Raising awareness about the benefits of recycling and how to do it is also very important and you may have the chance to assist with workshops to help improve communty understanding of recycling and upcycling.

What happens when I arrive?

Provided you arrive in Livingstone on the Monday, you will be met by an in-country staff member at the airport and taken to your accommodation.

Where will I be staying?

Volunteers stay in a comfortable and secure volunteer house which is within a 5 minute walk from Livingstone town centre. There is a dining area, western style bathrooms, bar, swimming pool and even a rock-climbing wall, which is available for you to use! Rooms are single sex, linen is provided and there is 24 hour security and also lockers to store your valuables.

What will I be eating?

During the week (Monday- Friday) you will be provided with 3 meals a day. The meals provided at your accommodation are simple but tasty. At the weekends you will need to cater for yourself. This is a great opportunity to explore the local cuisine and try out some of the nearby restaurants which serve a variety of Zambia’s delicious food, such as fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and maize-based dishes. A national speciality to try is Ibatwu, a feisty drink made with fermented roots. 

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Additional Opportunities

Livingstone is a great base for those looking for an adventure and there is plenty to explore during the weekends. Take advantage of your proximity to the great and mighty Victoria Falls as well as the other adventures the Zambezi has to offer. For the brave why not visit Devil's pool on the edge of Victoria Falls (seasonal). Zambezi boat cruises, river safaris, river fishing safaris and canoe trips are all other ways in which you can encounter these great waters. You can also ride quad bike trails or view the scenery from the air in a microlight or helicopter.

For those wanting a safari experience a visit to the nearby Mosi- oa- tunya national park provides the opportunity to spot numerous different wildlife species. If you have the chance why not venture across the border to Botswana to explore the famous Chobe national park. Your in-country staff will be able to assist you in arranging any additional activities once you are at the project.


2 weeks $1,395

3 weeks $1,795

4 weeks $2,145

5 weeks $2,645

6 weeks $2,995

7 weeks $3,345

8 weeks $3,695

9 weeks $3,995

10 weeks $4,345

11 weeks $4,695

12 weeks $5,045


This project runs weekly; please arrive on the Monday.


Minimum 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt


  • Airport pick up
  • Weekday Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24 hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Livingstone (LVI)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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