At Greenpop, we believe in (re)connecting people with our planet and with each other. Join us for the 5th Annual Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone this June/July 2016 and connect with other active citizens from around the globe to plant trees, learn, share, give back, grow and get active.

Are you ready to change your world?

We're gearing up to welcome you with muddy hands and big smiles for a week (or two or three) of environmental action and cultural adventure!

You'll roll up your sleeves and get hands-on permaculture experience, challenge your minds to spark off ideas for a greener future, and get elbow deep in Zambia's red soil planting trees with volunteers from around the world and schools and communities in and around Livingstone. You'll live, learn and get silly with like-minded people, and come away with life-long friends!


Week 1: 25 June - 2 July 2016 Schools Programme (Ages 13 to 19)
Week 2: 3 - 10 July 2016 General Programme (All Ages)
Week 3: 10 - 17 July 2016 General Programme (All Ages)


Schools Programme Brochure
General Programme Brochure

Keen but want to learn more? ENQUIRE HERE
Ready to change your world and join us in Zambia in 2016? APPLY NOW

How to Apply
1. Fill out an application form
2. We'll call you for a brief telephone interview
3. You'll receive confirmation or feedback about acceptance to the programme
4. Pay your deposit*

* We've got a fun alternative way for you to ‘pay’ for your placement: Trees for Fees, a fundraising initiative whereby you raise funds for trees through sponsorship from friends and family in exchange for a place at the Zambia Festival of Action (eg: funds for 80 trees = a free 1-week placement, funds for 150 trees = a free 2 week placement).

Check out our newest video highlighting our Zambia Festival of Action Schools Programme. It will give you a fun inside look at the programme we run there for schools and the environment in general!
Watch all our Greenpop Zambia videos HERE

Our Progress in Zambia

14 319 trees planted | 113 planting days | 40 sustainability workshops | 17 educational wall murals | >50 handmade solar cookers | >10 handmade rocket stoves | 81 Tree Tuesday radio shows | 62 schools | 12 community farms | 1 reforestation site | 539 passionate planters from around the world

Zambia – the challenges

Zambia has seen rampant deforestation in recent decades, 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.

Greenpop Zambia – our aims

1. Create awareness around the deforestation issue and highlight grassroots solutions that can start being implemented
2. Develop a culture of planting trees within communities through conservation education, and by teaching people how to plant and look after trees
3. Highlight the global value of conserving the world’s natural forests
4. Promote and provide alternative energy sources, so that people can move away from the dependence on charcoal
5. Start reforestation in protected forest sites to replace the pioneer trees, allowing for new growth and regeneration of soil content
6. Educate children on their natural environment, and help feed them by planting fruit trees at under-privileged schools
7. Promote conservation farming methods to replace slash and burn techniques that will stop erosion and soil degradation, and create more cost-efficient farms
8. Start a micro tree nursery enterprise at a selected number of subsistence farms, so that we can provide farmers with an additional income by buying trees from them
9. Create an exciting and stimulating programme of practical work, lectures and workshops for local and international volunteers, through which everyone can share and learn and get actively involved in our environment.

Get your company onboard!

Get your company involved as part of your CSR programme or join us as an event sponsor for 2015. Find out what we can offer you in return – email

If you are thinking of getting involved, watch this. Jan McAlpine, Director United Nations Forum on Forests, addresses our Greenpop Zambia project and calls for partners to join us.

Photos and Facts

Photos: 2012 | 2013 | 2014
Project Stats and Summaries: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Connect with us

Follow us on Twitter @GreenpopSA #Greenpopzam2015
Sign up for our newsletter for updates about all our projects and more
Meet Benjamin Mibenge (Uncle Benji), our Director in Zambia

We also have an ongoing volunteer project in Livingstone Zambia, which is smaller scale than the Festival of Action but you will get to engage with our project, educate children, monitor trees and more with our team in Zambia. If you are interested in volunteering with us in Livingstone for any dates, email

Thank you for your Support!

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