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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.

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Location of the Project:  10km from Gweru, Zimbabwe Midlands
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Bulawayo or Harare Airports
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Volunteer Work:  Basic medical experience, teaching and caring for children
Age:  18-70
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 6 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Daily transfers between accommodations and project site. Orientation: all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival. 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.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Twin or quad rooms at volunteer camp
Food:  Three meals a day
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Airport Transfers:  Included on arrival and departure day
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  Orientation upon arrival includes meet and greet, introduction to Antelope Park and Zimbabwe, and project overview.
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

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.

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

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.
 

Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available, though can be sporadic due to the remote location.
Laundry
Laundry:  Weekly laundry service is provided.
Accommodations
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.

Please take note of the project's 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)

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. 

Project Orientation (Included):
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 introduction on life in Zimbabwe
  • Relevant information about common diseases and illnesses and safety precautions 
4-Day Victoria Falls Excursion Trip (Not Included)

During the low season, for an additional fee, volunteers may havew the opportunity to participate in a 4-day/ 3-night trip to Victoria Falls. This trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World offers the chance to bungee jump, go white water-rafting, ziplining, sunset cruising and more! 
 

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