Gap Year in Zambia
Blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, Zambia can be a perfect destination to spend your gap year. You can see nature unfolding its beauty and get closer to the wildlife while embarking on this adventurous journey. A landlocked country that has neighbors like Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania, Zambia is considered as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, and the welcoming people live in peace and harmony.
Whether you wish to experience the goodness of living a rural life or want to indulge in adventure sports for some extra adrenaline rush, GoDiscoverAbroad can offer you all the best things that Zambia has in store. You can't miss a tour of the Victoria Falls to witness the spectacular cascade. Go for thrilling wildlife safaris and you can also volunteer as a part of the Lion Conservation Project, where you'll be spending all your time with the King of the Jungle! The land of the legendary African walking safari, Zambia can never fail to mesmerize you and it'll be one of the best experiences of your life.
There are different types of Zambian Visa and it would be helpful in the long run to determine which will suit you and your travel plans around the country best. We offer many optional trips to the neighboring Botswana and Zimbabwe and if you plan on taking any of those, we suggest you get a double entry or multiple entry visas which costs the same and would be better than getting two single entries.
If you are volunteering with us for longer than 30 days you will need to apply for a Temporary Employment Permit (TEP) which lasts for a further 3 months and we will be helping you arrange for the same (costs extra). You can apply for hassle-free Zambian e-Visa and get in touch with our support team in case of any queries.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, our programs accommodate will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Zambia, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise all our participants to consult with their physicians about Vaccinations/ immunizations requirements. A few recommended vaccinations are tetanus, polio, Malaria, Hepatitis A&B, etc. Yellow Fever Vaccination is necessary for the travelers visiting Zambia.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Zambia. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 40-54 USD per week is more than sufficient. The amount might run higher if you choose to go on Safari trips. The cost of the safari trips varies between 300-600 USD depending on the safari option you choose. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in SA, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity.
It is essential that you fly in on the scheduled project start dates and end dates to get the complimentary airport transfers, so book your flights accordingly. Many projects have different airports slated as pick-up points information about which will be included in your pre-departure kit. Your project coordinator will be picking you up, just keep your eyes peeled for a GoDiscoverAbroad Sign Card and a friendly face with a big smile on it!
We’re on toes, all the time when it comes to the safety of our volunteers. Upon arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around Zambia. We provide 24/7 volunteer support and our program coordinators are also there to assist with in any case. As with traveling anywhere you just need to use common sense. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be just a little cautious.
Even though it is widely claimed that there are over 72 vernacular languages in Zambia, English is the official language of the country and also the major languages of business and education. Your coordinator will be fluent in English and you will also be inducted into the common local language (a few essential words and phrases really!) in your orientation sessions. So, what language barrier, really?
Opt for lightweight modest clothing in the summer months and avoid black or any dark colors which may attract additional heat during the day. Be sure to pack in a good rain jacket if you’re coming to Zambia during the months of Nov- April. The months of May-August is a cool dry season and it is advised to pack covering clothes along-with lightweight sweaters. September-October are the hot dry months and it is good to pack in those light colors and breathable clothing.