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Volunteer Zambia

The University of St Andrews is part of the Wallace Group, a partnership created in 2004 by several leading UK Universities to support sports development for young people in Zambia. Today the partnership embraces 8 Universities (Bath, Cardiff Metropolitan, Durham, Loughborough, Northumbria, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Stirling), UK Sport, two NGBs (Volleyball England, England Netball), our charity (The Perfect Day Foundation) and our principle partner, the Zambian NGO, Sport in Action.

As a group we share a commitment to the establishment and sustainable practices of International Development. The focus for the group is Zambia; working with Sport in Action to help deliver development programmes to over 160,000 children; and the Zambian government, and other sport stakeholders to support the delivery of Zambia’s strategy for sport.

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Each summer Saints Sport sends ~5 students out to live in Zambia for 8 weeks, teaming up with students from the other 6 UK Universities. The students spend 6 weeks working with Sport in Action supporting their programmes by helping to deliver PE sessions, sport specific coaching sessions for football, netball, basketball and volleyball, and some classroom based sessions in various schools and compounds in Lusaka.


Weekends are generally free for students to explore the Zambian markets, accompany peer leaders to church, attend local rugby 7’s tournaments or other sporting fixtures, visit an internet café, or for undertaking any additional coaching at the OYDC. Students often arrange friendly matches between placements during the weekends as well.


A weekend trip to the magnificent Victoria Falls in Livingston is a must; activities available include bungee jumping, white water rafting, safari.

Rural Placement

At the end of the 6 week placement, the students travel to a rural community ~2 hours out of central Lusaka to spend between 10 days and 2 weeks on a rural placement working with children in some remote areas of Zambia.

The students spend the year prior to leaving for Zambia planning, preparing and fundraising for the trip. The students are set collective and individual fundraising targets that they have to meet in order to participate. Prior to departure the students spend 3 days in Durham on a training course with the other Wallace group students, which aims to prepare them for life in Zambia.

How to get involved?

In order to be part of the project you need to go through an application process which involves a written application, interview and practical coaching session. You must also be a proficient coach or an experienced player in one of the following sports:

  • football
  • netball
  • basketball
  • volleyball

The 5 students who perform the best throughout the application process will be selected to participate in the project. To apply for this project please email Gary Brankin –

Where to find more information?

Additional information can be found in the documents on the right or online: