Sunday, January 21
Ignite staff will greet you at Ndola International Airport (NLA). Most flights will depart from the US on Friday, January 19. From there, travel in a private bus to check-in to your boutique accommodations. Settle in and then gather as a group for cocktails and a relaxed welcome reception. Get to know your fellow travelers over dinner at your hotel.
Monday, January 22
Begin today with a tour of Hope, our local partner. Learn about their origin story and their impressive trajectory of growth (they now serve 350+ vulnerable youth). The tour culminates with a lively welcome program with cultural dancing and performances by the students. Serve lunch and then pair up with a Hope Community School student for our reading program. Tonight leaders from Hope host you for dinner in their home.
Tuesday, January 23
Visit historical sights in Ndola - hear directly from community leaders about local challenges and cultural practices. Return to Hope Community School to serve lunch, participate in the reading program and support other hands-on activities. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Wednesday, January 24
Zambia is filled with stunning artisan crafts. Spend the morning seeking out souvenirs and taking in the sights and smells at two local markets. Fill your suitcase for your return home with vibrant local fabric called chitenge or hand-crafted wooden spoons, bowls and baskets. Return to Hope Community School to serve lunch, participate in the reading program and support other hands-on activities. Dine again with leaders from our local partner.
Thursday, January 25
Begin the day by traveling to the home of one of the children benefited by Hope Community School and learn more about their story of transformation and impact. Join the student along their walk through their village to school. Serve lunch, participate in the reading program and support other hands-on activities. Engage in a Q&A session with teachers from Hope Community School. Farewell dinner with local hosts..
Friday, January 26
Today is a travel day - check out from your Ndola hotel and fly from Ndola to Livingstone (with a brief layover in Lusaka, Zambia's capital city). Enjoy some free time and a sunset boat tour with dinner.
Saturday, January 27
Start the morning with exciting optional tours offered at discounted rates to Ignite travelers, including the opportunity to see Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by helicopter! After the group lunch we see Victoria Falls up close and have dinner together.
Sunday, January 28
Journey to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Chobe is known for it's elephant population, but it's also incredibly biologically diverse - travelers often see lions, rhinos, zebra, giraffes, hippos... the list goes on and on! Spend the first half of the day on a boat cruise, seeing the wildlife that gather at the shores of the river and in the water itself. After lunch you'll climb into land-rovers and head out across the park in search of stunning wildlife. Return to Livingstone for a final group dinner.
Monday, January 29
Ignite staff will facilitate your private transportation to the Livingstone International Airport (LVI) in time to catch your flight home.