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.
What's not Included
This project is located in Antelope Park, a private game farm about 10km from Gweru town center, in the heart of the Zimbabwe Midlands.
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.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- 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)
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 induction on life in Zimbabwe