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Zambia Festival of Action

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Dates: 25 June to 16 July 2017 

Weeks 1 and 2 are specifically for high school students. In Week 3 we welcome participants of all ages.

Group Size: as many as possible! 

Take me to Zambia! Greenpop, an award-winning social enterprise working in Southern Africa, has opened applications for their 6th annual Zambia Festival of Action from 25 June - 16 July 2017. The Zambia Festival of Action is an environmental action summit that brings people together from around the world to actively engage with sustainability and have fun while doing it.

Misha Teasdale, Greenpop’s Tree-E-O, invites active citizens of all ages to join Greenpop for a week (or two or three) of environmental learning, cultural adventure and fun:

“This festival offers a great chance to roll up your sleeves, challenge your mind with the latest green ideas, get elbow deep in Zambia’s red soil planting trees with participants from around the world and local community members from Zambia. Enjoy music jams by the campfire and watch movies under the stars. Join us for this world-changing experience and make lifelong friends!”

The Zambia Festival of Action

The 2017 Zambia Festival of Action is a three week festival where participants plant trees, grow food forests, build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, brighten up schools with eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world.

Inspired individuals can apply to join for one, two or three weeks from 25 June - 16 July 2017. Weeks 1 and 2 are specifically for high school students. In week 3 Greenpop welcomes participants of all ages and backgrounds who want to get active for the environment and have fun at the same time. 

Weeks 1 and 2 are specifically for high school students. In Week 3 we welcome participants of all ages. We’ve hosted university students interested in environmental topics, professionals keen to take a holiday with a difference, study groups doing field work, families who love adventure and individuals from all walks of life who want to get active for the environment and have fun at the same time.

Learn more about the Zambia Festival of Action: Zambia Festival of Action.

Who is Greenpop?

Greenpop is an award winning social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with the planet. They plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental education, and activate people through green workshops and events.

Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 70 000 indigenous and fruit trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. More than the number of trees, Greenpop is inspired by the thousands of hands that have helped to plant the trees and the further thousands that have joined Greenpop’s eco-education programmes and made a commitment to be custodians of our beautiful planet.

Why Zambia? 

Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. The country has seen rampant deforestation, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging, and tree cutting for charcoal. According to the UN-REDD programme, Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year. The Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action is hosted annually in Livingstone as part of our ongoing environmental project there. We aim to contribute to the area and be part of the solution in Zambia - sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces as a whole.

Benefits for You 

Get Active for Life:

At the Zambia Festival of Action you’ll learn valuable life lessons and skills to carry with you into the future. These will not only be applicable to the local Zambian context, but can also be taken back home with you and applied throughout your life. 

Get Active Together:

At Greenpop, we believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and we place significant value on collaboration, co-operation, and connection. The Zambia Festival of Action brings people together from around the world; South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, Germany, India, Japan, Canada and Australia to name a few! In Livingstone, we work closely with local partner organisations and schools to ensure that our project is context specific and sustainable. You’ll immerse yourself in Zambian culture, increase your eco-awareness alongside local participants, get active, and celebrate together with changemakers from all over the world.


African Residents:

  • Join us for one week: ZAR 5 390 (or ZMW 3 900 for Zambian residents)
  • Join us for two weeks: ZAR 9 950 (or ZMW 7 250 for Zambian residents)
  • Join us for three weeks: ZAR 13 950 (or ZMW 9 980 for Zambian residents)

Visitors to Africa:

  • Join us for one week: USD 655
  • Join us for two weeks: USD 1 220
  • Join us for three weeks: USD 1 695

Included in Programme Fees

  • Three meals a day and snacks in between
  • Coffee and tea
  • Tented accommodation at our lodge
  • Transfer on arrival and departure day to/from Livingstone International Airport or Livingstone museum
  • Workshops & Activations hosted by field experts

NOT Included in Programme Fees

  • Additional drinks and snacks
  • Transport from your hometown to Livingstone and back
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Costs for visa and vaccinations
  • Fees for additional excursions

Trees for Fees

Greenpop also provides a fun alternative way for people to ‘pay’ for their placement: Trees for Fees, a fundraising initiative whereby attendees get their friends and family to sponsor funds for trees in exchange for their programme fees at the Zambia Festival of Action. Get more information Trees for Fees.

Application Process 

Begin your adventure with these simple steps: 

1. Apply - Fill in this online form to apply (indicate which week(s) you’re applying for in the form).

 2. Confirm - We will review your application and might call you for a short phone interview. Once you have been accepted, pay your deposit (or raise your first 8 trees if you are doing Trees for Fees) to secure your place. 

3. Fundraise - If you chose Trees for Fees, we’ll send you a guide with tips for effective fundraising and you can harness your creativity to reach your goal. 

4. Engage - We will send you a detailed information guide after your placement has been confirmed. Read and re-read to get prepared for your adventure. 

5. Get Active - Pack your bags, you’re about to change your world!

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Weekly Schedule

Sunday: Arrive at Greenpop Village (we provide a transfer from airport / museum) for orientation.

Monday: Project orientation stations & tour to a charcoal kiln in the Miombo Woodland. Music around the campfire in the evening.

Tuesday: Various eco-education activations at local schools / villages. Film screening under the stars in the evening.

Wednesday: You can choose between tree planting / upcycling / natural building / permaculture / mural painting / bee-keeping etc. In the evening, choose between a soccer tournament with local team / crafting / chilling / inspirational speaker evening.

Thursday: Workshop day at camp (options of various sustainability topics). Visit Victoria Falls in the afternoon. Quiz night in the evening.

Friday: Choose between tree planting / upcycling / natural building / permaculture / mural painting / bee-keeping etc. Party under the stars in the evening.

Saturday: Free day – go explore!

Sunday: Departure

A Typical Day... 

Everyday is different, but they are all about getting inspired! 

06:45 Breakfast 

07:45 All meet ready for the day 

08:00 - 13:00 Activities in groups (you will select your choices on your 1st day) - Food Forest planting at farming community - Eco building: cob oven at local old age home - Beekeeping workshop with local farmers - Mural painting at local school - Upcycling workshop in town with local crafters 

13:00 Lunch back at camp 

14:00 - 15:30 Free time (read, walk, chill, swim, journal, etc.) 

15:30 - 17:00 Optional: Tree ID course with Meg Coates Palgrave / Craft with upcycled materials / Make recycled briquettes / Photography etc. 

17:00 - 18:00 Optional: Yoga / Tai Chi / Sunset walk to Baobab tree 

18:00 Free time 

19:30 Dinner 

20:30 Outdoor film screening / quiz night / speaker evening / soccer evening / campfire music jamming...

Workshops and Activations 

Here’s some information on the types of activations and workshops we offer:

Eco-Education - At local schools, we plant indigenous and fruit trees, do big school clean ups, make eco bricks for building with, and learn about seed germination. 

Natural Building - Get practical skills on building using natural and upcycled materials. Learn the basic principles for building with low environmental footprints. 

Mural Painting - Join these interactive, environmental mural painting projects. Help explore and practice creativity with Zambian school children. 

Upcycling - Resources are all around us. All it takes is creativity and a bit of time to convert waste items to practical or pretty products. Spend time creating in collaboration with local crafters. 

Food Forests - Work with local farmers, community members and facilitators in designing and implementing a food forest system based on locally available species. 

Permaculture - Engage with ideas around the world-renowned approach to ecological food system design that works with, rather than against, natural systems. 

Photography Course - This year, Penda Photo Tours is hosting a photography course alongside our festival. Attendees will learn about taking photos, telling stories and engaging with subjects while also experiencing the Festival of Action. Contact us if this interests you as it will be a different booking process. 

We also do: Bee-keeping workshops, farmer-managed natural regeneration, eco-enterprise workshops, tree ID walks with Meg Coates Palgrave, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, morning dance offs and all sorts of fun!

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Our rates are fixed in USD. Other currencies are subject to change, depending on the rate of exchange.

Standard price per person sharing: $655

Single Supplement: $n/a

Travel Info


Known as the adrenaline capital of the world, Livingstone has lots of fun to offer! You will have at least 1 full day off so you could try some of these activities:

  • White water rafting on the Zambezi River
  • Victoria Falls bungee jumping (111m)
  • Gorge swinging
  • Shopping at local markets
  • Bicycle tour of Livingstone
  • Game drives
  • River safari cruise
  • Livingstone Island
  • Adventure Walks


The quickest way to get to Livingstone is to fly into the Livingstone International Airport (LVI). You can also take an Intercape bus or look into an overland tour. We offer a transfer to our camp from the Livingstone Airport or museum on the first day of the programme and on the last day too.


We will be based at a camp 10km outside of Livingstone. We travel to our daily activations in our overland trucks and busses driven by licensed professional drivers. On free days, if our shuttle times don’t suit you, we can help you organise a taxi service.


The Greenpop Village will be set up at a lodge just outside Livingstone. There you will be sleeping in a beautiful tented camp area, with two people per tent and have access to our indoor dining area, ablution blocks, and other lodge amenities. You need to bring a pillow, a sleeping bag and warm blankets (although it is hot in the day, the nights get cold!). It’s rustic but really comfortable and a lot more homely than what you would expect from a campsite – we pride ourselves on creating beautiful spaces. You can also upgrade to a bedroom if you prefer not to camp.


We strive to live as sustainably as possible by buying from local farmers, eating seasonal food, and using alternative cooking methods like wonderbags and solar cookers. Because the meat industry has a devastating effect on the environment, we believe in reducing meat consumption. We serve meat twice a week and there is always a vegetarian option. We serve three well-balanced meals per day with snacks in between, so you’ll get all the vitamins and protein you need!


Living sustainably also means recycling, making our own compost and beautifying our village with upcycled art. Any waste we have, we take to local entrepreneurs: for example, plastic turns into eco-bricks, tetrapak into wallets and glass into bricks. Just being in the Greenpop Village is a valuable learning experience. Everybody works as a team to maintain and keep it looking awesome.

Destination Info - Zambia

The land of the legendary African walking safari, Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, abundant wildlife, and raw wilderness, all in one friendly country.

Blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, huge water bodies and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa.

Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia's welcoming people live in peace and harmony. And here, in the warm heart of Africa, you will find some of the finest Safari experiences on the planet, including face to face encounters with Nature at its most wild.

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