Described by many as “the Real Africa”, Zambia is a country of wide open spaces, rich in wildlife, with magnificent forests, wild rivers and wetlands – studded with lakes and impressive waterfalls. Home of the Victoria falls, South Luangwa, Lowe Zambezi and Kafue National Park Zambia has to also be one of Africas beautiful countries. African Impact run a variety of Zambia Study abroad opportunities. Rich culture and adventure are abundant and beautiful landscapes and wildlife is never in short supply in this beautiful landlocked African nation. The people of Zambia come from a diverse number of tribes, all with very unique beliefs and traditions. Modernization has led to the mingling of many tribes, which has led to unparalleled forms of art that can’t be found elsewhere.
Zambia has also not always adopted a liberal approach to its economy. After independence, Zambia adopted an economic policy which ran the economy centrally, which nationalized private companies and incorporated into large state-owned conglomerates. The decline in copper prices, directly affected the decline of the Zambian economy in the late 1970’s. Zambia took loans instead of structural reforms from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This too led to Zambia’s economic demise. In 2005, the World Bank approves a debt relief package which will write off more than half of Zambia’s Debt. Furthermore, Foreign direct investment through the Chinese government leads to an increase in employment on these mines and Chinese factories. However socially Chinese involvement in the Zambian economy led to unhappiness with working conditions, compensation and prospects for development of workers.
Our Zambia study abroad opportunities look at skill and capacity building, community development as well as environmental and conservation sustainability. Your participation in projects leaves long-lasting impact as communities we engage, and sets the stage for engagement though rigorous community involvement in needs and asset analysis. We look forward to welcoming you on an African Impact Zambia study abroad program soon.