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The Project

Every year, around 50-60 students and staff volunteers from our universities in the UK join forces with colleagues at Sport in Action to deliver sustainable sport for young people in some of Zambia’s poorest communities.

We do this primarily through our sport specific Community Hub Sites.

We offer roles focussing on enhancing sport specific developments that will provide opportunities for Zambian young people to develop as players, coaches, and leaders. Volunteers work across a variety of different disciplines, from sports coaching, teaching, sports development, marketing, media and events.

We are  focussed on ensuring what we do is sustainable year round within those communities and that they focus on providing, encouraging and empowering women and girls.

Through the Volunteer Zambia project, we use sport to make a real  difference to the lives of  young people in Zambia, working alongside Sport in Action to engage, educate and empower communities.

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference to the lives of young Zambians
  • Improve your global awareness
  • Empower those around you
  • Train others in your sport
  • Help develop a community from within


Each summer the Wallace Group universities team up to send student and staff volunteers out to live in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka from June-October to support the work of Sport in Action. The students are split into three groups, with each group spending 6 weeks on placement at the various hub sites around the capital.

Each university recruits 6 students to undertake the voluntary role of ‘Student Sport Development Officer’ in one of the following areas:

  • Netball Development Officer
  • Basketball Development Officer
  • Football Development Officer
  • Women’s Football Development Officer
  • Media, Marketing & Communications Officer

What will it involve?

  • 6 weeks in Africa
  • Sports development
  • Coaching
  • Delivering workshops
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Team work
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Forming new friendships

Join a growing international community, on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Help run and coordinate sports development practises across Lusaka, Zambia, and see the difference you make for yourself. Work alongside the largest Sports NGO in Zambia and an ever-growing number of industry leaders between Africa and the UK.

How to apply?

If you are a matriculated student at one of the Wallace Group universities and would like to take part in the Volunteer Zambia Project, please contact your respective Operational Lead to find out how to apply and more information about the recruitment process.