Agriculture

Monze - Zambia

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Experience rural Zambia and join hands with the locals to create healthy, organic community gardens in Zambian Villages.

You are what you eat! In this program you will be learning about sustainable agriculture in Zambia by working alongside local farmers in the Zambian countryside, sharing this knowledge through community outreach programs, and applying it in their homes.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

Program Description

Agriculture is a big part of Zambia’s economy and is a primary source of income in many parts of the country. Zambian farmers spend their lives harvesting fruits, vegetables and coffee as well as taking care of their livestock.

But more recently, even Zambian families are becoming farmers!

Creating a home garden is becoming popular due to its sustainability and costs savings on food. With even a small piece of land, a family can survive on its vegetation in a healthy way. It is a great way to support themselves!

On this program you will be part of a campaign to educate locals in the Monze village in all aspects of community farming and gardening methods. Through the program you will learn more about the difference between natural and corporate farming and understand the most natural and effective ways to grow vegetation in difficult soil.

You will also learn and be a part of educating others on nutrition and health, sharing useful and practical information to the locals involved in the program.

Experience in the field is a plus, but not necessary as local coordinators will be able to give you all you need to know.

Working up close with the local farmers and villagers will not only teach you new skills, but will get you immersed in a new culture and lifestyle.

Aims & Objectives

  • Learn about Zambian farming methods
  • Share nutrition information and healthy eating habits with the locals
  • Assist the economic development of Monze

Schedule

Monday to Friday

A typical weekday of this program looks like:

  • Breakfast
  • Learning about farming in the community training center
  • Lunch
  • Visiting the farms/Training sessions
  • Practical gardening work
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: No

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

No specific requirements for this program.

Location

Monze is a small town (population 30,000) in the Southern Province of Zambia. The town is named after Chief Monze, widely acknowledged as the spiritual leader of the district’s Tonga people. It is a small farming town, with many of the locals involved in the agricultural industry.

Though small, it has basic necessities and services easily within reach, including bustling markets where you can buy anything – from local fruits and veggies, to delicious dishes and vibrant African fabrics known locally as “chenge”. Its people are quite open and friendly to foreigners, even though it’s tourism industry is not very developed, don’t be surprised if every single person you cross greets you and tries to converse with you! It may seem simpler than busier cities, but you will feel warm and at home in this small town!

About the Accommodation

Our center is located in Monze, the southern province of Zambia, which is about four hours from the capital, Lusaka. You will stay in a dorm-style center with other participants. Each house accommodates 12 people with rooms shared between 4-8 people (separate genders) and western-style toilets.

Food Arrangements

The staple food of Monze is Nhima (corn flour) but you will find rice for example in some restaurants that offer international foods. For this program you will find yourself dining on healthy local Zambian foods like nhima, potato, bread, meat, fish, lots of vegetable, nuts and eggs and sometimes rice and spaghetti.

Facilities

Since our centre is located in the Monze township, there are local shops, restaurants, ATMs and a Mini-Mart within walking distance from the accommodation.

There are many transport options available including taxis, vans, buses which depart every hour to the capital of Lusaka and other towns south of Zambia, including Livingstone.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Victoria Falls

Livingstone is the home of the mighty Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”), which are one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It also the site of Livingstone National Museum which is located in the heart of the city. A trip to the famous Devil’s Pool on the Zimbabwean side is possible as well, as the border is easy to cross. Make sure you get your KAZA visa if you wish to visit Zimbabwe on a day trip as well, as this visa allows you to visit both countries freely.

Besides that, Livingstone is a sleepy town that is used to tourists and expats, which makes it a perfect and chill go-to place where you will be able to find Western food, cinemas, and more! Getting to Livingstone is very easy from Monze, with multiple bus companies (we recommend Shalom and Road Link) leaving from the main bus station throughout the day. The bus ride to Livingstone takes roughly four hours, making it an ideal weekend trip!

Lochinvar

About 50 Km from Monze, Lochinvar has been designated by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) as a "Wetland of International Importance." Lochinvar is famous for its birdlife and wildlife too.

Magoye and Research Station

Magoye lies off the main Great North Road, North of Monze but South of Mazabuka. An Experimental Research Station is based there. A reproduction of Magoye as it was around 1960 from "The Northern Rhodesia Journal".

Mazabuka

Mazabuka lies on the main Great North Road, North of Monze but due South of the Kafue river. Most noted for its massive sugar cane plantations.

Monze Silos

This imposing structure is a monument to Monze's happier days when it was the centre for local farms producing large quantities of grain. Probably the largest building in Southern Province of Zambia. The silos are located to the North of Monze, on the East side of Great North Road.

Luangwa National Park

Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9,050 km2 of woodland savannah. A world renowned wildlife haven having one of the finest wilderness experiences Zambia has to offer such as walking safaris.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Zambia

Population: 16,212,000

Capital: Lusaka

Language: English, Bemba, Nyanja

Currency: Kwacha (ZMW)

Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Country Information

Zambia is a huge country, shaped interestingly like a butterfly. It is home of the glorious Victorian Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Proud of its African heritage, it has had its political struggles. The people rose to gain independence from Britain in 1964, and it only became a multi-party democracy in 1991.

Many Zambians rely on traditional farming and for these people daily life can be a struggle, particularly when crops fail or illnesses spread. But is also has a strong mining industry, and its football team is fondly known as the “Copper Bullets” due to its heavy mining of this particular mineral.

Though English is its official language, it is a country full of up to 72 local dialects and/or languages, with Bemba being the most prevalent.

Climate

Though it can be hot in the lower valleys, much of the land lies across high plateaus where weather can be easier for first timers to the african heat.

Zambia is known as a land of three seasons that fall broadly into these three periods:

  • Rainy season (December–April): During these months it is warm and wet, with temperatures in Lusaka generally in the low 20s°C. Most yearly rainfall occurs at this time. But sunshine is still frequent – Lusaka sees around five hours per day in January.
  • Cool dry season (May–August): In the middle months of the year, temperatures drop, averaging around 16°C in Lusaka. July is usually the coldest month, with clear skies at night giving the occasional ground frost, even in the valleys.
  • Hot dry season (Sept–November): Just two months separate the coldest month (July), from the hottest (October) as temperatures rise rapidly and reach into the 30s°C. High humidity can make this one of the least comfortable times of the year. The first rains clear the air and wash away the dust.

Culture

Following the arrival of missionaries in the 1800s, Zambia was influenced to be predominantly Christian, so Easter and Christmas holidays are celebrated. But many people also retain more cultural beliefs and customs.

Traditional ceremonies are held annually in various regions. Some mark when children become adults or commemorate a season, for example Shimuenga gives thanks for the safe delivery of crops and livestock. Others mark an historical event – Umutomboko celebrates the Lunda's conquering of the west.

But perhaps the most famous traditional ceremony is the Kuomboka, This ceremony dates back more than 300 years when the Lozi people first settled in the upper regions of the Zambezi. In this event, the Lozi people make their way in boats along the Zambezi for a ceremonial trip away from the annual floods. Kuomboka literally means ‘to get out of the water onto dry ground’. The Litunga (king) and his family lead the procession in a barge with white-dressed paddlers.

As in many countries, sport is hugely important. Football is the country’s main passion and Zambians were ecstatic when their team won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. This win was very moving due to a national tragedy years earlier where its national team was killed in an airplane accident.

Gastronomy

For many Zambians, the staple food is maize/corn. The local cuisine is based on nshima, a stiff porridge made from ground maize. Other local dishes include ifisashi (green vegetables in peanut sauce) and samp (a crushed maize and bean dish).

If you’re brave enough, Insects such as grasshoppers, caterpillars, cicadas and flying ants are considered delicacies in Zambia. In fact during the rainy season, Zambians look forward to the once-a-year feast of fried termites.

Many meat dishes are available in stir fried form such as stir fried beef, pork, chicken and even fish. Stir fried vegetables seem popular too. Other foods like spaghetti, sandwiches and kebabs are becoming more common to find here, and even fried chips, chicken and sausages are becoming a common fast-food.

Transportation

Buses/coaches provide transport between the major towns and minibuses or taxis (usually painted blue) offer local rides.

As in many countries, tourists must be wary about being overcharged. If in doubt, always confirm the price beforehand or ask that the taximeter be switched on to avoid overcharging.

As soon as you get to a bus station in busier and touristy towns (such as Lusaka or Livingstone), you will be surrounded by people asking you where you are going in order to help you get to the right booth. While their intentions are harmless, do avoid them and keep walking, as they will usually make the person in charge give you a higher price so they can get a cut for “bringing you in”. Moreover, beware of bus staff trying to charge you for checking in luggage in the baggage compartment, it will often be a ridiculous price that you are not supposed to officially pay.

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