Joni Smith, Volunteer Zambia 2024

A project by: Joni Smith


WE RAISED £2,255

from 69 donors

Fundraising my travel to Zambia to support NGO Sport in Action, to develop netball coaches!

Volunteer Zambia ...

Volunteer Zambia is a programme run by the Wallace Group, which operates through a collaboration between eight UK universities (including St Andrews). It uses sport as a tool to engage, educate and empower young people both in Zambia, around Lusaka, and the UK and enables them to learn key skills such as teamwork and communication while focusing on the enjoyment which sport can bring to the lives of young people. 

Who am i?

I'm Joni, and in my first year at the University of St Andrews studying Geography and Sustainable Development. I've been playing netball since I was around 12 years old and I have been coaching within various netball clubs in Glasgow for the last 3 years. This year has been SO exciting so far diving into all things NETBALL at university and I am so excited to have this amazing opportunity! I've loved every minute of my coaching experiences so far and I am really looking forward to this new challenge - helping people and also giving me the chance to learn lots of new skills and methods too!

my project

I'm raising money to help me travel to Zambia to work with their coaches to deliver a netball  programme to children of all ages. This programme has been running for several years and strong connections have been established between in-country coaches, communities, and sports teams. Every year, the students that travel out are aiming to develop and build on these connections even further, and learn as much as we can from the programmes and people, whilst simultaneously doing what we can to promote and develop all aspects of sport to children and communities. I can't possibly express how much I love to coach and how excited I am to go over to Zambia to aid the development of other netball coaches, like myself!

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where will the money go?

  • Funding will be spent on travel costs, vaccinations and accommodation!
  • If I raise more funds these will support in-country costs and allow us to purchase more netball equipment for the coaches out in Zambia!

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You don't need to give money to help me succeed!

Please share this project with anyone you think would support me – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone or even in a chat over the garden fence!  Please don’t forget to sign up as a Helper or Follower. In fact, share it with everyone you know - it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely I am to achieve my goal to help develop netball coaching in Zambia.  And I know I said you don't need to give money to help, but I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help make this happen. I am so excited to be taking part in this incredible project. Thank you!