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Projects in Zambia


Peace Corps Volunteers demonstrate fish farming techniques

The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) Project supports Zambia's Department of Fisheries' strategy of improving livelihoods in rural communities through promoting aquaculture as an activity from which farmers earn income, supplement their nutrition, and improve food security. The purpose of the RAP project is to assist smallholder rural farmers to apply new and improved aquaculture practices that sustainably increase fish production, consumption, and incomes. RAP Volunteers work with Zambian fish farmers. Their primary duties are to help the communities initiate and improve their fish ponds, improve management, increase fish production, integrate aquaculture with agriculture, increase incomes from ponds, and strengthen fish farming groups.


Peace Corps Volunteer and fellow teachers hold an interactive story time to improve literacy

The Rural Education Development (RED) Project focuses on teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). The project improves English proficiency, teaching skills, and participation in professional development of counterparts, leading to improved English language instruction and increased English proficiency for students. RED Volunteers teach English to sixth- through eighth-grade students. RED Volunteers may also participate in various informal English instruction activities, such as English camps and clubs, as well as general education activities such as library development and community support groups for schools. Volunteers receive extensive training to learn how they can use their English skills to support counterpart teachers and students.

RED Volunteers in Zambia have the opportunity to participate in the Peace Corps TEFL Certificate program, an externally validated credential based on 120 hours of training and two years of supervised teaching experience. 

WATCH a video about a day in the life of a RED Volunteer


Volunteer planting a tree

In 2004, Zambia's Forestry Department invited the Peace Corps to partner with it to provide extension services at the community level. The Zambian Forestry Department has no frontline extension officers at the community level. Through the Linking Income Food and Environment (LIFE) Project, Peace Corps Zambia is collaborating with the Department of Forestry to help conserve natural resources through promotion of agroforestry, soil conservation and management, improved gardening techniques, and teaching of basic business skills. Volunteers work together with Department of Forestry staff, lead farmers, and individual households. Volunteer activities address food insecurity by diversifying livelihood opportunities in these communities, thus reducing pressure on forest habitat and natural resources.


Youth camps help to educate youth and dispel myths about HIV

Through the Community Health Empowerment Project (CHEP), Volunteers work at the district and community levels to improve rural health in the areas of HIV/AIDS awareness, malaria, maternal and child health, food security, and nutrition. Volunteers help facilitate the formation and training of community-based organizations that spearhead the planning, implementation, and sustainable management of community-led intervention in malaria, food security, HIV/AIDS mitigation and management, and other community-identified health priorities. The project is implemented under the Ministry of Health, and the Volunteer's primary partner organization is the Rural Health Center. Volunteers also work with other organizations to mobilize resources and carry out sustainable health interventions.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

A Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp helps girls learn leadership and life skills

All Peace Corps Zambia Volunteers are trained to serve as resources for HIV/AIDS prevention through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Volunteers carry out various activities in communities, including training youth on life skills and peer education, liaising with partners to provide mobile HIV testing services, mobilizing communities to access voluntary male circumcision, and working with community partners to encourage women to attend antenatal services to prevent mother-to-child transmission. 

In addition to the two-year Peace Corps Volunteer activities focused on prevention of HIV/AIDS, Peace Corps Zambia's Extension and Response programs host Volunteers who work in one-year projects with adolescent females in school on areas that put them at risk for HIV infection, a program called Determined Resilient Empowered AIDS Free Mentored and Safe (DREAMS).

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are expected to possess the technical skills needed to fulfill their assigned role with minimal training.

President's Malaria Initiative

Zambian kids, counterparts, and Volunteers combine forces to Stomp Out Malaria

Peace Corps Zambia supports the President's Stomp Out Malaria Initiative to eradicate malaria by promoting evidence-based malaria-prevention strategies including the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets and raising awareness about the importance of seeking early diagnosis and treatment. Volunteers also debunk myths about malaria and encourage pregnant women to take intermittent preventive treatment. Volunteer activities include bed net care and repair demonstrations, creating murals to provide creative reminders of effective malaria-prevention strategies, and participating in large-scale bed net distribution campaigns and awareness raising campaigns.