LESOTHO: Community Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work Lesotho
Volunteer Work Lesotho

Lesotho community volunteer work will bring you an unforgettable cultural and volunteering experience. The participants of the volunteer in Lesotho program will do volunteer work in Maseru from two weeks and above and after that explore the sights of Lesotho.

When you volunteer in Lesotho, you contribute directly towards sustainable development projects and improve on the living standards of many locals. With all of it’s land lying at altitudes in excess of 1300m above sea-level, it is a land of heights and extremes. Lesotho is beautiful, culturally rich and famous for its spectacular scenic beauty, breathtaking mountain ranges, towering peaks, a rich variety of flora and fauna, crystal clear streams, surging waterfalls and awesome adventure.

PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work with a conservation project
  • Work with a construction and building project
  • Get involved with childcare project
  • Participate in our education and teaching project
  • Work with the agriculture project
  • Work with medical/healthcare project
  • Volunteer with a women empowerment project
  • Volunteer with a youth empowerment project
  • Volunteer with a sports development project
  • And so many other projects

Lesotho is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries of the world, which encompasses varied geographical formations along with cultural diversity and rich historical heritage. Being a community development volunteer in Lesotho can be one of the most difficult as well as rewarding experiences of your life. Whether you’re coming for a week, a month, or a year, you will certainly come across things that will amaze, challenge, and change you.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Maseru is the capital and largest city of Lesotho. It is also the capital of the Maseru District. Located on the Caledon River, Maseru lies directly on the Lesotho-South Africa border. Maseru had a population of 330,760 in the 2016 census. The city was established as a police camp and assigned as the capital after the country became a British protectorate in 1869. When the country achieved independence in 1966, Maseru retained its status as capital. The name of the city is a Sesotho word meaning “red sandstones”

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Moshoeshoe I International Airport in Maseru. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Lesotho will meet you on arrival at Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.  This airport services numerous international carriers. Lesotho has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

As Lesotho is surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, the road networks are linked, and air services to Maseru connect with international services flying in to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Johannesburg International Airport is the hub of air traffic to all of Southern Africa, including Lesotho. Maseru is just over an hour’s flight from Johannesburg, or four-and-a-half hours’ drive on good tarred roads, primarily highways.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Lesotho you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

In spite some development efforts by the kingdom, Lesotho still faces several social problems including illiteracy, poverty, lack of sanitation facilities etc. Volunteering can be the best altruistic approach to contribute towards the upliftment of the underprivileged section of the society and help them live a better life.

Go Volunteer Africa’s Lesotho community volunteer work enables you to absorb the fascinating Basotho culture whilst sharing your knowledge and skills with the host communities. Most of Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer work in Lesotho focus on caring for orphans and vulnerable children, teaching and education projects, conservation, agricultural sustainability, medical and healthcare, sports development as well as construction and building work.

We focus on needy communities of Lesotho and working with disadvantaged children, youth and women, through provision of quality education, healthcare, access to clean water and community development projects. The Lesotho volunteer program is a full culture immersion experience which can be customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with an interest to volunteer and travel in Lesotho.

Whether it is for relaxing, adventure or sporting activities that tourists may visit Lesotho, they will always be amazed by extreme sporting activities, beautiful rock formations and rock paintings, ancient creatures’ footprints like the dinosaurs and bird watching. Those who wish to explore routes on foot and experience the Basotho culture will find what they are looking for. The waters of Lesotho allow for canoeing, boating and fishing among a hive of other water-based activities.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Lesotho volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Lesotho. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Lesotho must obtain a visa from one of the Lesotho diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Lesotho introduced an e-Visa system on 1 May 2017. Electronic visas are processed within 72 hours.

Nationals of the following countries and jurisdictions do not require a visa to enter Lesotho for visits up to 14 days: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Lesotho has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: 6 to 17 yrs if traveling with parent/guardian
Start Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Lesotho
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
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2 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us