FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I volunteer for Mothers Without Borders?

We take volunteer teams to the country of Zambia in Africa.

Who can volunteer?

Our volunteers have ranged in age from 8-85! They have been students, doctors, teachers, moms, dads, boy scouts, social workers, nurses, mechanics, librarians, grandmothers and dentists. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have a parent accompany you; this is a great experience for families!

Is there a deadline for submitting applications?

Not really, but the teams fill up quickly so don’t delay. Usually, the summer teams are full by early spring, but sometimes a spot opens up as late as May so go ahead and submit an application!

What types of things will I be doing on an expedition?

Some activities our volunteers have participated in include:

  • Simple construction projects like building a one-room school or a swingset
  • Gardening, food harvesting
  • Painting
  • Teaching music, art, recreation, hygiene, first aid, and HIV/AIDS
  • Training village members in water & sanitation, literacy, sewing, knitting, crocheting, small business, and retail opportunities
  • Playing–A LOT
  • Reading books, playing games
  • Visiting partner organizations

Volunteer tasks are matched to the needs of those we serve in Zambia so each expedition may have a slightly different focus.

How physical is the trip?

We can find things for just about anybody to do on our work days. We have had team members from 8 to 85 on our teams and they all do great. However, please keep in mind that we ride on a LARGE military truck every day. If you have back problems or cannot climb, this could be an issue. We also walk up to a couple of miles on some days so please keep that in mind as well.

Is the expedition safe?

Zambia is a very peaceful and stable country full of friendly people. In addition to being in a peaceful country, we do everything we can to keep our volunteers safe by only taking them to places we know are safe for them and ensuring that we always stay together as a group.

What about clean water? What is the food like?

You will have plenty of access to clean water. We recommend not drinking the tap water in Zambia but we provide you with an excellent filtered water bottle system as well as access to bottled water at the team boarding house. The water in Zambia is actually even safe enough to brush your teeth with.

The food is delicious! It’s organic, farm-to-table and nutritious. Our wonderful cook makes food that our volunteers love and is familiar to most North Americans like spaghetti, grilled meat, steamed vegetables, rice, and potatoes.

Are there a lot of mosquitoes?

It depends on the time of year you travel. There will be more mosquitos in April and May than in June or July. Mothers Without Bordes provides mosquito nets for each bed. We also highly recommend bringing malaria prevention medication and wearing mosquito repellant with DEET. Long sleeved clothing (not black) will be necessary for safari to protect from tsetse flies.

How do I raise money for my volunteer experience?

We can provide a sponsor letter which you can email or send to friends, family, businesses, and co-workers. MWB is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. 100% of the money raised on your behalf goes towards your trip costs. Some volunteers have held garage sales, car washes, service auctions, and fun runs to cover trip costs. Others have received funds from local Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, and other service clubs.

What other expenses will I incur that are NOT covered in the program fee?

Passport costs, visa, shots, travel medications, airfare, souvenirs, leisure travel at the end of the expedition, laundry, and tips.

Is my trip tax deductible?

Mothers Without Borders is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. If you choose to do leisure travel after your expedition, you will pay for that on your own and it won’t be tax deductible.

Will there be an opportunity for leisure travel/vacation while I'm there?

Yes! Though it is not included in your official itinerary, you are welcome to see more of Africa by going on a safari or to Victoria Falls after the team experience is over. Leisure travel is completely optional and is not included in the price of the expedition.

What exactly is ``personal growth``?

Personal growth and development is about becoming the best version of you. It’s a process of discovering and cultivating your unique gifts and then expressing them into the world. Some examples of personal growth principles are:

  • Living from love, not fear
  • Making friends with uncertainty and change
  • Letting go of things that no longer serve you
  • Self-compassion
  • Mindfulness
  • Observe, don’t judge
  • Active listening
  • Learning takes place outside your comfort zone
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Being, not doing

More questions? Please email us at shelly@motherswithoutborders.org.