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Volunteer Zambia Project

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Volunteer Zambia

Volunteer Zambia is a unique international sport programme run by the Wallace Group – a collaboration between leading UK ‘sport’ universities – to primarily support and work with the leading Zambian sports NGO, Sport in Action. The project is committed to the establishment and sustainable practice of both sport and international development.

Every year Durham University sends students out to Zambia for 8 weeks between June and September. Volunteers collaborate with Zambian volunteer coaches to deliver embedded and sustainable sport opportunities for young people in their community, particularly women and girls. Find out more about a day in the life of a Volunteer Zambia student here.

Click here to see what roles are available

The roles include;

-Netball Development Officer

-Football Development Officer

-Basketball Development Officer

-Media, Marketing and Communications Officer

-Enterprise Development Officer

Please email [email protected] for more information about any of the roles.

When can I apply?

Applications typically open September/October for the following years travel. Find us at freshers fair, or email [email protected] if you are interested in applying. Application forms and person specifications can be found here.


There are many ways to get involved with the Volunteer Zambia project without travelling. See ‘Fundraise for Sport in Action’ below for more information.

Interested in fundraising for Sport in Action?

In addition to being an active member of the Volunteer Zambia Project, Durham University is committed to fundraising for Sport in Action Zambia, the leading Zambian Sport NGO. Every year Team Durham clubs contribute to raising over £10,000 for Sport in Action.

The recently established DSO Sport in Action Zambia are a student-led committee that oversee Durham’s fundraising activities for Sport in Action Zambia, and are made up of project alumni who are happy to share their experiences about their time on the project. We also offer talks to societies and sports clubs about how your contributions impact sport and international development in Zambia.

If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event for Sport in Action, please email [email protected] to find out how you can do this.

I will forever be grateful that I had the opportunity to volunteer in Zambia, working closely with Zambian coaches to develop the sport I love in communities where it truly makes a difference.

Louisa Marsden-smedley, netball development officer 2023.