Zimbabwe - Orphanage and Teaching in Victoria Falls
Volunteer in the majestic and beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe! Make an impact in the lives of at-risk children by showing them that you care! Have fun, meet new people, and learn about Africa and its incredible culture.
|Location of Project||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Victoria Falls Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching and orphanage work|
|Number of Participants||15 international volunteers|
|Age||17 - 70|
|Accommodation||Lodge rooms for 1-4 people|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Airport pickup upon arrival|
|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|
|Laundry||Weekly laundry service|
What's Not Included
|* Please note that volunteers staying longer than 30 days will require a “temporary employment permit." This costs an extra $500 USD to be paid upon arrival in Zimbabwe.|
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 at over twice the height of Niagara Falls (about 108 meters)!
About the Project
The mission of this project is to improve the quality of life of the children of the greater Victoria Falls community, using education as a means to help students reach their full potential.
This project centers around an orphanage that was founded in 2007 by a Victoria Falls community member hoping to make a positive impact in her community. The aim is to protect, care for, and support the orphaned children of the Victoria Falls community. The orphanage opens its arms to all children, especially those who require economic and psychosocial support due to homelessness, disease, physical disabilities, sexual abuse, parental mortality, or poverty.
Volunteers will also be assisting at Monde Primary School, which is run by a group of dedicated and passionate local staff members who do their best to provide for the children. Unfortunately, the school is severely under-funded and lacks many basic resources, so they can really use the added support of volunteers.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
In addition to assisting at the orphanage and primary school, there will be other ways for volunteers to get involved. Other volunteer duties include the following and vary depending on the timing of the project as well as the needs of the community:
- Assist teachers in the classroom
- Provide one-on-one tutoring to students in need
- Help teachers create lesson plans
- Organize fun sporting activities for the students
- Work alongside community members to maintain their vegetable garden
- Play a role in the wildlife conservation efforts in the Victoria Falls area at the nearby lion rehabilitation center
- Spend time playing games with the children
- General maintenance of the orphanage (i.e. help with renovations, day-to-day maintenance)
A typical day: After breakfast, your work day begins at 8:00 am at one of the morning projects. After a one-hour lunch break at 12:00 pm back at the lodge, you will take part in one of the afternoon projects until 5:00 pm, when you will be taken back to the lodge for dinner. Evenings and Sundays are free and can be spent as you wish. Saturdays you will visit the lion rehabilitation project for the chance to go on a lion walk!
Accommodations: Volunteers will be staying at the Adventure lodge, which is a short 10-minute walk from the beautiful town of Victoria Falls. The area includes a barbeque and pool area for you to relax in on hot summer days, as well as a spacious dining area and a restuarant and bar.
You will be sharing this lovely lodge with your fellow volunteers. There are 12 twin rooms that have en suite bathrooms.
Food: Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day, as well as unlimited tea, coffee and juice throughout the day.
Internet: There is Internet access at the lodge ($5 USD for 24 hours of use).
Laundry: Laundry will be washed, ironed, and folded free of charge.
During your stay in Victoria Falls, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore some of Zimbabwe's spectacular sights. For an additional cost, you can also enjoy exciting activities in the "adrenaline capital" of Africa, including: helicopter flights over the falls, bungee jumping, horse-back excursions, elephant rides, game drives, gorge jumps, skydiving, canoeing, and white water rafting.
- Minimum age 17
- Good level of English
- Flexibility and open mindedness
- Passion for working with children
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
- Police clearance form
"As a volunteer working on the community project I got to experience many different activities such as: Teaching the fourth grade at Monde Primary School, playing and helping meet the needs of the children living at Rose of Charity orphange, teaching and playing with the children at a local Pre-School, gardening at the old peoples home and a rural garden, and even occasionally spending an afternoon walking with lions!"
Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!