Zimbabwe - Family Experience - Community Development in Victoria Falls
Together with your family, volunteer in the majestic and beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and make an impact in the lives of disadvantaged communities by showing them that you care! Enjoy this fulfilling experience with your family while learning about Africa and its incredible culture.
|Location of Project||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 4 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Victoria Falls International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching, Orphanage work, Caring for the elderly|
|Age||12 - 70|
|Family Experience||Families with children 12 years and older may apply. Discounted rates apply for children under the age of 17,|
|Accommodation||Shared volunteer house – with private family room and en-suite bathroom|
|Food||3 meals a day are provided|
|Orientation Kit||All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included to and from the airport|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Transportation||Daily transport is provided to and from the different project sites|
What's Not Included
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in Southeast Africa, nestled between Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. In addition to being known as the "adrenaline capital" of Africa, Zimbabwe is also home to the stunning Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and measured at over twice the height of Niagara Falls (about 108 meters)! Vic Falls is a unique place surrounded by inspiring people and some of the beautiful scenery and wildlife Africa has to offer.
About the Project
Due to an increase in poverty, hunger and unemployment, education and community care in Victoria Falls began to deteriorate in 2000. This project aims to provide opportunities for families to contribute and help these once thriving communities. Through interacting with and educating orphans and local children and encouraging sustainable development by assisting in the community vegetable gardens, lending a hand in building renovations, helping those living with HIV/AIDS and caring for the elderly, you and your family will provide much needed support and assistance to the warm people of Victoria Falls.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
During your time on this program, volunteers will have the opportunity to engage in a range of worthwhile projects ranging from community development, childcare, education and lion rehabilitation.
ORPHANGE: The Rose of Charity Orphanage was founded in 2007 by a local woman wanting to help children and families affected by the disorder of previous years as well as make a positive contribution to her community. The primary aim of the charity is to improve the quality of life of the children, families, and caregivers living in the broader communities of Victoria Falls.
The orphanage, while providing support to children in the community, also focuses on highlighting the importance of education while and encouraging the children to reach their full potential. You will visit the orphans, who range in age from babies to teenagers, around 4 times a week and assist with a range of educational and recreational activities. These tasks may include:
- Interacting with children
- Providing extra lessons,
- Teaching basic English, Math and Arts and Crafts
- Organizing and playing games with the children
- Facilitating sports activities such as Soccer and Netball
MONDE PRIMARY SCHOOL: Despite lacking the essential resources, funding and staff to run a school, Monde Primary School is full of warm and friendly faces from Grade 1 – Grade 6. Working on this project will give you invaluable insight into education in Africa while making lots of new friends. While volunteering you may be able to:
- Assisting teachers with teaching skills or methods that you remember from home
- Help teach the children Math and Reading skills
- Sing songs and teach them about your home and culture
- Playing games
- Engaging in extra-curricular and sports activities
OLD PEOPLE’S HOME: The Old People’s Home is often one of the highlights of the Victoria Fall’s program as you get to interact with and get to know some remarkable individuals. The people who live in the home range in age from 70 to102. You will get the opportunity to learn about their personal histories through incredible stories and lessons from their untapped experiences and knowledge.
The Old People’s home is poorly funded and relies heavily on volunteer support and supervision. The residents often rely on volunteers for help in a host of different areas. These tasks could include:
- Basic support
- Maintenance work
LION REHABILIATION AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: During your time in Victoria Falls you will have the opportunity to visit the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program where you will be able to walk with the lions as the develop their natural instincts prior to their release in to the wild.
A typical day: After a 7:00am breakfast you will leave for your morning activities at 8:00am. Lunch will be between 12:00 and 13:00 followed by a break and project preparation until approximately 15:15. The afternoon volunteering will run from 15:20 until 17:00 when you will go back to your accommodation for dinner at 18:00. Your evenings and weekends are free to relax or take advantage of the project add – on’s, which will allow you to explore and enjoy the surrounding area.
Accommodations:You will be staying at Outpost Lodge, a comfortable, quiet and safe volunteer house in a residential area just outside the town of Victoria Falls. You will be living with fellow volunteers, but your family will have your own shared room with an en suite bathroom. There is a dining area for communal meals and an indoor lounge. The Lodge also has a restaurant and bar.
Food: 3 meals a day are provided.
Laundry: Laundry service is available at a small fee. Please note that you will have to wash your own undergarments.
Internet: WI-FI is available for a nominal fee.
On arrival at the Victoria Falls project you will receive a comprehensive orientation regarding the following:
You will receive your volunteer's manual which includes information that will help with your integration into the project, as well as give you further tips for your involvement at the Victoria Falls program.
- Introduction to all senior project staff and heads of departments
- Familiarization of the work areas
- Familiarization with all duties you will be involved in.
- Helicopter flights over the Falls
- Bungee Jumping
- White water rafting
- Horse rides
- Elephant rides
- Game drives
- Gorge Jumps
- Weekend trips to neighboring Botswana
- Good level of English
- Flexibility and open mindedness
- Passion for working with children
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
- Police clearance form