Frequently Asked Questions



Donations:

1. Can I use PayPal to make a donation?
Yes. Your donations will help us produce a real change for the people in Zambia. Please visit our donate page.

2. Can I donate money for a certain item?
Yes! If there is a cause that you are passionate about, we can make sure your funds go to this cause. For example, if you want to sponsor one child for a year, or if you want to buy a certain number of computers for a school, we can arrange that. We assure you that your donation will be put to good use. To make a financial donation kindly visit our donate page.

 

3. Can I send materials for a donation?
Yes, donations from within and outside Zambia are welcome. In case you prefer materials donation, we would request that you get in touch with us for further discussions and arrangements.

 

4. Why do Volunteers have to Pay?
The fee that you pay goes directly to covering your costs of being in Zambia. This includes your lodging and food, pre-departure preparation, on-site support, a small compensation to your host institution (if applicable) to cover their staff time and other costs of your training, and other behind the scenes services such as safety monitoring. Rest assured, your money is being well spent to ensure that your experience here is as impactful and memorable as it can be. Should any amount remain after incurring all costs have been expended pertaining to your stay, it shall be refunded to you before you return to your country.

 

Volunteer & Internships:

1. Do I have to be a professional to participate?
No, you don’t. Most projects only require that you are currently pursuing a high/college/university education or you got passion/ experience/ desire in the area you want to volunteer in. Some positions may require specific skills and related experience so check the appropriate volunteer page.

 

2. Which areas in Zambia do you have volunteering and internship placements?
Our placements are mostly in the Southern Province of Zambia. However, due to our nationwide network/partnership, volunteers can work in different parts of the country where our partnerships cover.

 

3. Can I select a location in Zambia where I want to Volunteer or Intern?
Yes, as long as we offer placements there or our partners are located there in their work coverage.

 

4. Can I make a request of an internship position not stated on the website?
Yes.GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia shall discuss the request with its partnership and we would gladly help find to get a worthwhile placement. For more information please contact us

 

5. Can I volunteer / intern at anytime of the year?
Yes, you can intern or volunteer at any time of the year. However, teaching placements are normally based on the school calendar in Zambia. Please contact us for more information.

 

6. What kind of training and orientation is provided?
Proper training/orientation/preparation needed for each individual and project will be provided by GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia and, if applicable, the institution/community at which you will be working. On arrival you will normally be given three days of orientation for your placement before starting work. This will introduce you to the culture of the local people, provide details of your placement position, and includes a community familiarization tour, visits to some local chiefs and other local authorities, and other information that may be necessary to help you get acquainted with the community you are serving.

7. How long can I volunteer or Intern for?
Volunteer placement is for any length of time between 2 weeks to 1 year (renewable). Once here you can decide to stay for more than the stipulated time of your placement. We can help with renewal of your visa in Zambia.

Child Sponsorship:

Help people without a family by acting as a foster father/mother/family/sibling for orphaned or poorer children while GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia provides them host family locally in the Communities.

 

Travel Information:

1. What does a typical day look like?
A volunteer or intern will start work at 8.00am in their assigned institution/community. You will either be able to walk to your placement or can easily get on a minibus or taxi to get there quickly and cheaply. Work as your schedule provides. Eat lunch around noon at the workplace or a nearby restaurant or street vendor. Return to work until 2.00pm. The number of working hours ranges from 4-6 hours per day; though the schedule is flexible to suit your needs. After working hours, you can plan how to use the remainder of the day. You are always welcome to help with other community projects, including, sports and games with the school children, or just relax and enjoy some free time. At about 7-8.00pm supper is served, and you will have warm friendship from colleagues at work and town folk to keep you company, show you around and immerse you into Zambian culture. You may also wish to spend your free time with other international volunteers in the area.

Weekends are for your free time.GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia staff members will be more than happy to show you around the local area or visit places such as the Victoria Falls, Game Park, Crocodile farm, and other various tourist attractions. You may also wish to travel independently or with other volunteers to different parts of Zambia or other neighbouring countries.

 

2. What shots do I need to take?
Your health and well-being is very important to us, so be sure to take the necessary precautions before you arrive. GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia shall obtain the current health precautions the volunteer is likely to travel and communicate back. It is also essential that you speak with a registered Doctor or nurse on advice about what immunizations are necessary in Zambia during the expected time of arrival. Prepare in advance of your trip.

 

3. Do I need malaria treatment for Zambia?
Malaria is, unfortunately, present in Zambia, so be sure to bring preventive medication that your health professionals deem necessary. It is advisable for volunteers and interns to bring a suitable supply of malaria drugs to last the duration of their stay. We strongly advise that you purchase enough supply in your home country before you leave. Your room of stay will be protected from mosquitoes, although we advise that you bring mosquito repellent for the evenings. A mosquito net is optional though helpful preventive method used here, and can be purchased cheaply upon arrival. You should let us know of any doubt you have concerning health issues and we will help you by providing you with the necessary information.

 

4. Do I need a visa for Zambia?
All visitors coming to Zambia are required to obtain a visa from any Zambian embassy or consulate in their home country. If you intend to stay longer than the allocated period of stay on visa, your visa can be renewed once you are in Zambia. You will need a valid passport and other supporting documents to obtain a visa. For countries that have no Zambian embassies or consulates, application for entry visas may be made to the nearest diplomatic mission authorized by the Zambian Government. 

 

5. Do I need travel insurance?
Although travel insurance is not required, some health insurance companies do not cover travelling abroad, so it’s a good idea to check and otherwise obtain appropriate travel insurance before travelling abroad. Make sure that it covers you for all eventualities, including emergency medical evacuation, whilst in Zambia. Prices will vary according to the provider and extent of coverage, so you will have to decide which plan is right for you.

 

6. What do I need to pack?
All of this information will be in your pre-departure handbook that you will receive on acceptance on your placement or the information shall be emailed to you by our Communications department.

 

7. What services can be found in the Project site in Zambia?
Post office, hospitals or clinics, fair access roads, taxis and/ or buses, markets, football parks, hotels & guest houses, restaurants & bars, tourist sites and internet cafés.

 

8. What happens when I arrive in Livingstone or Lusaka town in Zambia?
Prior to your departure, you will be sent an email containing instructions on how to meet a GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia representative at the airport in either Livingstone or Lusaka town without difficulty. He/she will take you to your accommodation and provide you with anything you might need.

 

9. What about lodging?
GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia will provide your accommodation, either with a host family or in the volunteer house.

 

10. What is the accommodation like?
In a host family, you will be assigned to your own bedroom with a lock, flush toilets and bath in most of the towns. In the rural areas, you will have to manage with a pit toilet & bath. You will not always have running water but there will be clean washing water to bathe and shower in. A mosquito net can be quite helpful. You will be living in a host family house and become a member of that family, which gives you the opportunity to learn their culture, learn a new language, and virtually do everything with them. Host families are carefully selected and are very caring and friendly.

If you are living in the volunteer house, you will be sharing a room with other volunteers. The volunteer house often has up to five to ten volunteers, so it can be quite fun as you get to know your roommates. The house has showers and flush toilets. You can also let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will help you get it if you send us advance notice. Your preferences are our priority!

 

11. What variety of foods can be found?
You can eat all kinds of dishes, including foreign dishes in the hotels, restaurants, and guesthouses. You can also purchase local foods at the market, various local shops, including: rice, fish, chicken, etc, all kinds of fruits and vegetables, .etc. There are also supermarkets for imported Western foods, although these are very expensive. You should let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Keep in mind that your breakfast, Lunch and dinner are included in your program fee; these will be available at your host family or the volunteer house. However, you are free to buy anything you like, including lunch and snacks. You can advise us in case you desire that lunch and/ or supper should be excluded from the program fee in case of preference and convenience sake.

 

12. Can you give me an idea of the cost of living in Zambia?
Cost of living depends on individual choice and lifestyle! On a general budget we advise that you come with an additional US$30-60 a week to cater for your personal needs such as lunch, phone credit, transportation, snacks, entertainment, drinks, excursions if preferred and any other things you may wish to buy.

 

13. How is transport in Zambia?
Transport within town and other towns is mainly by shared taxis (maximum of 4 passengers) and minibuses seating about 8 to 14 passengers, with fair fees; a shared taxi within town and a private taxi ‘drop-in’ to a specified location are available in Zambia.

 

14. Who pays for my air ticket?
Airfare to and from Zambia will be paid by the volunteer/intern, as well as visas, vaccinations and travel insurance.

 

15. Is there ready access to Internet?
Yes, there are a number of internet cafés spread around town and you may have a café close to your house. An hour browsing ranges from $0.50 to $ 1. The speed ranges from fair, fast to very fast depending on service provider. Volunteers can also get a mobile internet modem which is easy to buy and use everywhere in Zambia for $35. GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia can also arrange for wireless internet installation at volunteer house with initial installation around $ 140 and monthly costs of $ 40 for unlimited access; but these costs have to be borne by the volunteer.

 

16. What language is spoken?
Though there are many languages, the most common ones expected in project areas are Tonga, Lozi, Bemba and Nyanja but English is the official language used in Zambia. Moreover, most locals can speak some English.

 

17. What should I bring for my project?
You will be sent a detailed information requirements containing what to bring for the project support. This is normally based on the kind of project or program selected or your project choice. You may also decide to make any material or financial donations.

 

18. Why we charge a program fee?
As a grass-root organization that aims at working with the poorest of poor and communities by volunteering to help provide welfare services to deprived communities in Zambia. We charge a program fee to cover the many expenses associated with providing the standardized-quality volunteer experience. This ensures that the poorest of poor, local communities and organizations with which we work are not ­financially burdened by working with our volunteers and enables us to provide volunteers with extensive preparation and support. There may be a small fee paid to a selected family that may be volunteer source of guidance or fall back or regarded as a volunteer family/ guide.

Additional Infomration:

*Please Note: Periodic Tours to special places like game reserves, waterfalls, natural habitats, museums, cultural centres and various interesting places in Zambia can be organized for volunteers and interns by GoYe Therefore (GYT) Zambia.


You must inform us of any special needs i.e. allergies, epilepsy, etc. health issues, or medication you are taking at the time of your journey to Zambia. This will allow us to be aware of any special measures to be taken during and before the placement.

On acceptance of your placement, you will receive a pre-departure information for preparation of your experience in Zambia.

 

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you cannot find above or any further information you may require. We will do our best to make your visit to Zambia to be a secured, meaningful and memorable one.