LearnServe Zambia

A landlocked country in southern Africa, Zambia shares one of the natural wonders of the world – Victoria Falls – with Zimbabwe and Botswana.  Among the poorest of world nations, more than 70% of Zambians live in poverty, earning a per-capita annual income of US $395.  Yet Zambia is a country of hope: welcoming, politically stable, with a wealth of organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities.

LearnServe Zambia focuses on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa –  how it impacts all of us, and how local organizations are addressing the challenge with solutions that work.  In 2016, LearnServe Zambia will work with:

  • Trees for Zambia, working with Greenpop’s Zambia program to plant trees and learn about environmental degradation and reclamation
  • Africa Directions, a youth-led group using drumming and dance as a medium to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS
  • Daughters’ Vision, a girls’ empowerment organization

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Students and teachers live and travel together, staying in clean, safe guest houses and hotels.  Travel will be in modern vans and buses with licensed drivers.  LearnServe Zambia participants will also have the opportunity to see some of the sights of Zambia, including Victoria Falls.

2017 Summer Schedule

In 2017 LearnServe teams will travel to Zambia, Paraguay, and Jamaica.  The three-week trips will depart late June; pre-travel training sessions will be held on Saturday and Thursday afternoons throughout the spring semester. In addition students are expected to conduct a service day, as shown below.  There are four post-trip meetings August – October in which participants prepare action plans and share their experiences with their schools and communities.

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Key Dates

Pre-travel Training Dates (tentative – to be confirmed)

Location TBD.  Saturday Sessions are (tentatively) scheduled for 2-5 pm.  Thursday sessions are from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

  • February 18 (Sat) – LearnServe Abroad Launch, with notary and passport application support
  • March 4 (Sat) – Human Centered Design, Social Entrepreneurship, passport application support
  • March 18 (Sat) – Diversity and Inclusion
  • April 1 (Sat) – Identity and Cross-Cultural Dialogue, Essentials of Leadership
  • April 22 (Sat) – Group Challenge Day
  • May 6 (Sat) – Country Immersion Day
  • May 18 (Thurs) – Global Issues – Local Action
  • May 25 (Thurs) – Global Issues – Local Action continued
  • By Saturday May 27 – Partner Organization Human Centered Design or Action Day
  • June 1 (Thurs) – Country Group Work
  • June 8 (Thurs) – Country Group Work
  • June 15 (Thurs) – Country Group Work
  • June 17 (Sat) – Pre-travel Launch Celebration
  • June 22 (Thurs) – Country Group Work

Tentative travel dates

June 25, 2017 July 11/12, 2017

Post-Travel Follow-up Meetings

  • August 26 (Sat) – Post Travel Reflection, Storytelling Workshop
  • September 9 (Sat) – Presentation Planning and Practice
  • September 16 (Sat) – Presentation Planning and Practice
  • October 14 (Sat) – Graduation!

Cost

Cost of Trip: $4,950 (does not include passport, visa fees, or vaccinations)

Listed prices are estimates and subject to change at time of airline ticket purchase.

Financial Aid is available.  Any participant or school unable to cover the full cost of the program should contact Sabine Keinath by email at trips@learn-serve.org.

Resources

For more information, contact trips@learn-serve.org.

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