My husband and I are retirees; he is Zambian and I am Canadian. Our retirement project is an eco-lodge, situated half-way between the city-centre of Livingstone Zambia and the world-famous Victoria Falls.
Although we have now been open for three years and have excellent reviews, we have difficulty finding staff who have been adequately trained and had good experience, especially in the areas of (1) Food and Beverage, and (2) hospitality accounting.
We provide accommodation in our chalets and meals in our restaurant and bar ("boma" area). We grow some of our own produce at the lodge.
We would also like to be a desirable restaurant option for local residents of Livingstone who want to eat out, especially during the tourism low season. We want to focus on high-quality meals which reflect our "eco" philosophy. I would like to include vegetarian dishes among our unique offerings. For example, there is a lovely local dish made from pumpkin leaves and groundnuts (peanuts) which is enjoyed by many overseas visitors.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Volunteers will learn much about Zambian customs and culture. They can also visit the many physical attractions in the Livingstone area. There is not an adequate organized public transit system in Livingstone and most people take local taxis. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to go to town, or to go the opposite direction to the Victoria Falls.
We need a volunteer who is knowledgeable about F&B operations, i.e. who can help us implement a good cost control system, introduce a suitable menu and train our few kitchen and waiter staff in all needed areas, including cooking.
A "suitable menu" would be one that incorporates healthy, sustainable, local and economically affordable ingredients to produce a phenomenal result.
A room in Chalet # 6. This chalet has 4 bedrooms. There are 2 shared bathrooms. Meals in restaurant or may prepare own meals.
There are lots of activities in Livingstone. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi, White-water rafting, game park, helicopter or microlite flights over the Victoria Falls, walking safaris, museum, cultural visits to villages, etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
About 4 per day 6 days a week