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Zimbabwe - Medical Aid in Antelope Park

Volunteer at a health clinic in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Provide medical support to those who do not have easy access to healthcare and much needed assistance to a severely understaffed facility. No prior medical experience needed!



$1,500

 

Fast Facts

Location of Project10km from Gweru, Zimbabwe Midlands
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportBulawayo or Harare Airports
Volunteer WorkBasic medical experience, teaching and caring for children
Number of ParticipantsUp to 6 international volunteers
Age18 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationTwin or quad rooms at volunteer camp
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Transportation Daily transfers between accommodations and project site
Laundry Weekly laundry service

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses and entry visa (between $50 - $100 USD depending on nationality), levy of $30 USD upon departure from Zimbabwe.
* Please note that volunteers staying longer than 4 weeks will require a “temporary residence permit." This costs an extra $500 USD to be paid upon arrival in Zimbabwe
 

Location

This project takes place at Antelope Park, a private game farm located 10km from Gweru town center, in the heart of the Zimbabwe Midlands.

 

About the Project

The majority of Gweru's population does not have access to private healthcare facilities, so most community members are solely dependent on the poorly staffed local clinics. The local clinic provides a range of services, including full maternity care, treatment for opportunistic Infections (HIV and TB), immunizations, outpatient consultations, and medication distribution at their pharmacy. This clinic caters to over 47,000 people each year, yet it is ill-equipped, poorly funded, and above all, severely understaffed.

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

As a volunteer, your greatest service will be the manpower that you offer for the local understaffed clinic and similar clinics in the nearby area. Away from the clinic, you'll have the opportunity participate in any health and nutrition education campaigns and any national immunization drives scheduled during your stay. You do not need to be qualified in any particular medical field to participate on this project.

Some of your tasks may include:

  • Gaining basic medical experience in local clinics through observation and interaction with nurses, midwives, and doctors
  • Playing a role in HIV/AIDS education and awareness
  • Assisting with tasks such as baby weighing, medication packaging, etc.
  • Conducting home visits or helping with night duty at the clinics
  • Organzing nutrition/health education initiatives for local children
  • Repairing and maintening the facilities 
  • Assisting with filing and archiving patient files 

A typical day: You will eat breakfast at 8:00 am before heading off to your morning project at 9:00 am, which will include volunteering at any of the departments at the clinic. You will be transported back to the volunteer camp for a lunch break at 12:00 pm and at 2:00 pm it will be time for your afternoon project, such as health education, repairs and maintenance, filing and other community work.  You will return to the project base at 3:00 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. You are free to spend your evening as you would like. You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to explore the area or to rest from your week of volunteering. 

 

Living Arrangements

Accommodations:  You will be staying in comfortable twin or quad rooms at the volunteer camp, which includes a swimming pool. Showers and toilet facilities are located separate and adjacent to the sleeping area. Accommodation upgrades are available for an additional fee. 

Food: Volunteers are provided with three meals a day served at the main camp area.

Laundry: Laundry service is provided. 

Internet: WIFI is available, though can be sporadic due to the remote location

 

Project Orientation

Upon arrival to Antelope Park, you will receive a comprehensive orientation including:

  • Meet and greet with the project staff
  • Introduction to Antelope Park and the surrounding area
  • Overview of the project
  • Cultural induction on life in Zimbabwe
  • Relevant information about common diseases and illnesses and safety precautions 
     

Travel Highlights

The opportunities for traveling outside the reserve are endless. For example, you can take a day trip to Granite Ridge or the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. For a longer stay experience, you can spend three nights on a houseboat on the stunning Lake Kariba. For an excursion before or after your volunteer placement, you should consider a five-day trip through Miombo to visit Victoria Falls to try out bungee jumping or white-water rafting. 
 

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Business visa - most often applied for upon arrival
  • Police clearance form
  • Good level of English 
  • Flexibility and open mindedness
  • High level of independence and emotional strength
  • Motivation to work with children
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)

 

Here's an excerpt of Sara's experience:

 

"I was in the Mkoba clinic most days (there were many holidays during my stay so sometimes the clinic was closed). In the clinic there were different stations that I was able to choose from. Some days I was in the baby weighing station, others in the wound dressing room or even in the maternity ward if a woman was in labor."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!
 

 

 

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