Lusaka & Livingstone
We will start our trip in Lusaka, where we stay at the Olympic Youth Development Centre and where also the hockey pitch is based. This will be our home for most of the trip. Day 1/2/3 will mostly be about getting to know each other and the coaches, hockey and exploring the city with her markets, environment and night life. Besides, we organise the Super Juniors: play hockey, sing, dance and play games with the smallest hockey players. On day 4/5 we will do the house- and project visits. The coaches will guide us through the poorest areas of Lusaka, where they will proudly show their homes and introduce their families. We will also visit their own sport projects they have at schools and small fields where they run clinics with kids on a weekly basis. For day 6/7/8 we'll trade Lusaka for Livingstone and leave south ways, where we will stay at a backpackers lodge. We will visit the Victoria Falls, there is some time to relax and there are adventurous activities to do. You can go rafting, spot elephants and even bungee jump. On day 9/10 we will organise - together with the coaches - a hockey camp for kids from Lusaka including lunch. A lot of clinics, play, fun, a tournament and of course an award ceremony! Unfortunately, on day 11 we will leave and head home. Time to say goodbye!
Sport, work together, culture and environment
As a participant of the AHX, you will experience our sport community from a very close distance. You will be part of the daily routines of our coaches and get to know more about their projects, school, family, motivation, culture, traditions and dreams. You will also meet (a lot!) of kids on and around the hockey pitch, everyone involved at the different projects, other athletes, supporters and the locals. Through the AHX, you will see the impact of Hockey Dreams on their lives. How does their life look like, how do they develop as a coach and a role model and what is their impact on the kids? You will see with you own eyes that our programs make a difference. Together with the coaches, we will collaborate on the camp, help during clinics, visit their houses and meet their families. You will surprised by the technique and enthusiasm the coaches and kids - mostly bare foot - bring to the pitch and what the sport means to them. In the program will also be time to explore the country, with a visit to the Victoria Falls in Livingstone and the possible extras like the safari, rafting, bungee and a boat cruise.
Because the trip is worth it
For the AHX, we ask every participant to pay for their own trip, which is € 800. This is including overnight stays, meals and guidance. You will need to get a visa yourself and are responsible for booking your flights to and from Zambia, Lusaka. A flight from Amsterdam to Lusaka will cost around € 700 - € 1100. Besides, every participant will have to fundraise a minimum of € 1.500 for Hockey Dreams Foundation. The costs summed up:
- €50 registration fee
Your registration will be final when you have paid your registration fee of €50. You will now be a provisional participant, get your personal donation page and start fundraising!
After your registration, it's time to book your ticket. Arrival and departure are Lusaka, Zambia. The arrival date in Lusaka is Thurday July 4; possible days to depart are Sunday 14th and Monday 14th. Prior to the event we will of course be in close contact with the participants to make sure everyone arrives safely.
- € 750 trip
When you have paid your personal contribution, your registration is final. The money should be on our account by May 1st 2018.
- € 1.500 fundraising
You will change the world on a small scale by fundraising for Hockey Dreams Foundation. The minimum is €1.500. Got the 100%? That's your entry ticket to the AHX!
How to be a fundraiser!
Every participant of this amazing trip to Zambia will fundraise € 1.500 for Hockey Dreams Foundation. We will invest your money in our programs in which our coaches are developing for their own better future. By access to education, sport and development, we improve the quality of life of our coaches and the kids. During the trip, you see Hockey Dreams projects with your own eyes. Former participants have found different, creative ways to fundraise successfully. Everything is possible! After your registration, you will receive a sponsor toolkit and a personal donation page to get it going.
Overnight stays & transport
We still stay in the accommodation at OYDC (2 pax.) and in a backpackers lodge (multi pax.). All transport, including airport pick up and drop off, are taken care of.
Breakfast, lunch and diner are included. There will be sufficient water, soda etc. available.
Prior to and during the trip, there is an event manager at Hockey Dreams who will take care of providing you with the right information and tips for preparation and a memorable trip.
• Flights to and from Zambia
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Extra activities, like dinner at a restaurant (will always be discussed first) or bungeejumping
"For me, the whole trip has been a fantastic experience. But if I need to point out something, it was definitely meeting the coaches and bungee!" (Anniko Kanters, AHX 2017)
“Being on the pitch in Lusaka and visiting the compounds, was very special. So many impressions!” (Paulien Rauwenhoff, AHX 2016)
“Visiting the coaches at their own homes was very interesting to do, because we got a real view on their ordinary life.” (Roxanne Verfaellie, AHX 2016)
“The planning of the the African Hockey Experience is very organized to make sure you visit many different places and projects. We went to a SOS Children’s Village and a school for deaf children.” (Julien Bekaert, AHX 2015)
“The incredible enthusiasm of the Zambian people is so contagious! That joy and vitality is something we, as Europeans, could learn so much from.” (Jan Willem Bredius, AHX 2014)
“At the local projects, I actually got a clear view of what the Hockey Dreams Foundation is capable of in Zambia. I noticed that the coaches take their projects very seriously, which turns out in a very structural way of working.”” (Tessa Roell, AHX 2014)
And read Phil's (AHX 2017) blog here.