Volunteer Zambia

The Wallace Group is a group of 7 UK Higher Education Institutions who have shared a commitment to support the development of sport in Zambia through the ‘Volunteer Zambia’ project.

Who we are

The Wallace Group is a partnership created in 2004 by several leading UK universities to support sports development for young people in Zambia.

The partnership embraces: 7 UK universities (Cardiff Metropolitan, Durham, Edinburgh, Loughborough, Northumbria, St Andrews and Stirling), UK Sport, Basketball England, England Netball, The Perfect Day Foundation & Sport in Action.

What we do

The Wallace Group aims to support the development of long-term mutually beneficial relationships between the UK and Zambia, whilst making a difference to the lives of young Zambian people by empowering and enriching communities, through the power of sport, leadership and education.

Each summer the 7 universities of the Wallace Group team up to send students and staff members out to live in Zambia for 6 weeks, from the period of June-October. Working with Sport in Action (The largest Zambian Sporting NGO), the student volunteers help to deliver sport development programmes to over 160,000 children and 6 sporting organisations.

How we do it

Here at Loughborough University we look to select 6 students each year to represent the University in Zambia by undertaking the voluntary role of ‘Student Sport Development Officer’ in one of the following areas:

  • Netball Development Officer 
  • Basketball Development Officer  
  • Women's Football Development Officer 
  • Media, Marketing & Communications Officer 

The recruitment & selection process takes place between September & October each year and being part of Volunteer Zambia with Loughborough University requires a commitment to personally raising between £2000 whilst also contributing to a team fundraising goal. Alongside this is a requirement to commit to a 8 week placement in Zambia over the summer period and attend all relevant training days throughout the year.

For more information please take a look at The Wallace Group website and contact Cath Harvey


To find out more, download the role description and application form, Please visit the CVA Portal HERE 

If you do not have a profile on the CVA Portal, please create one and search for Volunteer Zambia Sport 2023 - Sport Development Officer - Expression of Interest and express your interest.

Completed application forms should be emailed to Cath Harvey - c.harvey@lboro.ac.uk by 20th October 2022. Interviews will take place the week commencing 23rd October 2022.



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