Stirling is one of seven British universities working together on the international development programme Volunteer Zambia. The IDEALS Zambia project has been rebranded "Volunteer Zambia" but is still committed to supporting sports development in Zambia. Those involved aim to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the UK and Zambia. Working alongside Zambian partners to share knowledge and experience between UK staff and students and their Zambian counterparts.
Each summer, students from the University are selected and trained to deliver a wide range of sports and activities to young Zambians in the capital city Lusaka. It offers students the opportunity to add value to their University education, enhance their global awareness, develop their leadership skills and improve their teaching, coaching and officiating abilities.
Students work alongside the Zambian non-government organisations of Sport in Action and EduSport to run a wide range of sports and physical activities. The initiative focuses on the positive impact that sport can have upon impoverished communities, helping to improve the quality of their lives and delivering key health messages.
The seven universities involved, collectively known as the Wallace Group, are: