Zimbabwe - Orphan Care and Teaching in Antelope Park
Volunteer for orphaned children and make a positive and lasting impact in their lives. This is an unforgettable experience in the beautiful country of Zimbabwe.
|Location of Project||10km from Gweru, Zimbabwe Midlands|
|Project Length||Min 3 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Bulawayo or Harare Airports|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching and caring for children|
|Number of Participants||Up to 10 international volunteers|
|Age||17 - 70|
|Accommodation||Twin or quad rooms at volunteer camp|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included 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|
|Tax||Zimbabwean Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% for all foreign volunteers as of 2015|
What's Not Included
|* 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.|
This project is located in Antelope Park, a private game farm about 10km from Gweru town center, in the heart of the Zimbabwe Midlands.
About the Project
During the past few difficult years in Zimbabwe, the most vulnerable members of society have suffered from the breakdown of educational and medical infrastructures. The aim of this project is to make an impact on the lives of these orphaned children, from babies to teenagers, who have no families to support them.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Volunteers will assist with loving, caring for, and mentoring orphans and physically disabled youth. As a volunteer, you'll be involved in three main projects:
Orphan care: At the orphanage, you will be involved with assisting in the basic care of babies and younger children. This will include duties such as changing and feeding the children and facilitating fun activities and games to engage and stimulate the kids.
Teaching assistance: At a primary school where the average class size is 55 students per one teacher, you will offer vital support to overburdened teachers and essential academic assistance to the students. This will be an opportunity for you to become an integrated part of the teaching and learning process in Zimbabwe.
Infrastructure improvements: The maintenance and upkeep of the orphanage are a major challenge due to the lack of funding and manpower. As a volunteer on this project, you will help tackle this obstacle by helping preserve the facilities used to house the orphans. Tasks will vary, but will include things such as tending to the vegetable gardens, cleaning, painting, or general repairs.
A typical day: After meeting around 7:30 am to plan out your day, you will eat breakfast at 8:00 am and depart to your morning project. After a break for lunch at 12:00 pm, you'll continue volunteering at your afternoon project until 3:00 pm. From 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, you'll have free time to relax and eat dinner before a volunteer meeting at 7:15 pm. You are free to spend your evenings as you would like. Wednesdays and Fridays will be half-days and you will have Sundays off to explore the area or to rest from your week of volunteering.
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.
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
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 age 17
- Business visa - most often applied for upon arrival
- Police clearance form
- Basic English
- Good physical fitness
- Motivation to work with children
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)