Mukambi Camp, Kafue National Park


Volunteer placements are available for a maximum of 23 days only.

 2018 Dates:

 16th Jan – 10th Feb

20th Feb – 13th Mar

10th Apr – 1st May

7th May – 28th May

5th Jun – 26th June

3rd Jul – 24th Jul

28th Aug – 16th Sep

25th Sep – 16th Oct

23rd Oct – 13th Nov

20th Nov – 11th Dec

Please note that Community Outreach dates are flexible. Please contact to request alternative dates.

Activities may include:

  • Providing teaching support at under-served primary schools
  • Developing GRI’s conservation curriculum
  • Facilitating activity workshops for children
  • Providing capacity building for women’s empowerment groups
  • Facilitating teacher training workshops
  • Assisting with development of human-elephant conflict mitigation strategies

What will you gain from this role?

  • Practical experience of international development
  • Teaching experience
  • A deep understanding of grassroots community conservation
  • A unique cultural experience

Who would this suit?

  • People with an interest in international development, community conservation, women’s empowerment or primary education
  • Individuals who are culturally sensitive and open to immersing themselves into a new community
  • Self starters who will work confidently and independently. Volunteers will mostly be working on their own within the community.
  • Creative, empathetic and passionate people

Who would this not suit?

  • People with limited English
  • People who are uncomfortable presenting to large groups
  • People who find it overwhelming to see humans and animals living in difficult circumstances

Is there any experience necessary for this role?

  • No formal qualifications are necessary, although we welcome applicants with a proven interest in education or development
  • Computer literacy and prior experience working with children is a bonus
  • We welcome applicants with a strong background in any subject who would be willing to share their skills and experiences with Zambian communities

General Information for the Community Empowerment Project Assistant Role

  • Volunteer placements are available for one month only
  • Please note that all GRI Camps are alcohol and drug free zones (recreational drinking may be conducted at the Lodges in association with each of the field camps outside of working hours and when transport is available)
  • Cost for one-month placement on the programme is a minimum donation of $2,500
  • Your minimum donation will be used to cover all in-country expenses as outlined below, the remainder will be used to directly support conservation in action through GRI projects

What is Included:

  • All project-related road transport costs
  • Pick up between 09:00 – 17:00 from the airport or your hotel/lodge on the project start date
  • Drop-off between 09:00 – 17:00 to the airport or your hotel/lodge on project end date
  • Transport to the shops for personal items before heading to Kafue National Park
  • Transport to project related events
  • Transport to a near-by Lodge on rest days
  • Accommodation: a tent, mattress and bedding provided (in some situations volunteers may be asked to share a tent with another volunteer of the same sex)
  • Local staff whom prepare volunteer accommodations, maintain the grounds, and ensure the property is safe and secure
  • Three basic meals a day on camp (the volunteers will prepare or assist in the preparation of the meals)
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • The documentation required to apply for a work visa
  • Experienced staff support, training and supervision
  • Two working t-shirts per volunteers
  • Project related materials
  • Registration with Specialty Emergency Services – Health Care Providers

What is Excluded:

  • Flights
  • Volunteers must be responsible for purchasing their own Zambian entry Visas
  • Volunteers must be responsible for obtaining their own malaria prophylaxis
  • Volunteers must organize their own fully comprehensive medical insurance prior to travel*
  • Along with personal items Volunteers will be required to bring with them some basic equipment for camp life (e.g. a head-torch, water bottle, etc.), although any equipment required directly relating to project work will be provided once on site. A more extensive equipment may be found within the Volunteers Handbook.
  • Any meals off GRI Camps
  • Personals of any nature
  • Personal beverages
  • Entry fees to any other tourist attraction / adventure activity

*N.B. Please make sure your insurance provider is aware of the activities and tasks which you may be undertaking during your participation in this programme. Ensure they are aware you will be walking in free contact (with no barriers) with elephants although there will be no physical contact with the elephants following our safety protocols and elephant re-wilding protocols. Please ensure that your insurance package covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.

 The next step….

If you are interested in applying for the position of Community Empowerment Volunteer please download and complete the Questionnaire and return to

If your application is successful we take into account current project needs as well as your skills & interests and get back to you with a Placement Offer, Volunteer Handbook and Project Disclaimer.

Be part of something special and join us to support conservation and communities in the remote African bush!

Click  to download the GRI Volunteers Programme Questionnaire 2018. Click  to download the GRI – Volunteer Handbook 2018 – Mukambi Camp