Volunteer in Zimbabwe with Go Volunteer Africa, Zimbabwe is a geographically rich location: its incredible natural landscapes and vibrant, lively cities are just a couple of amazing features to be found there.

Zimbabwe is most famous for the Victoria Falls, the local people refer to the falls as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which means “The Smoke that Thunders!” This is of course due to the marvelous vision of rising mist that can be seen from some distance away when the river is at its highest. The name was originally coined by explorer and missionary, David Livingston.

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South AfricaBotswanaZambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. The second largest is Bulawayo. A country of roughly 15 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most common.

Zimbabwe enjoys rich wildlife and natural beauty. From the Matopo Hills and their huge boulders, to the ancient Great Zimbabwe ruins going back to Africa’s great ancestry, to a number of national parks and wildlife reserves offering fantastic game viewing. Spending time being more than just a tourist and volunteering in Zimbabwe will be a real eye opening learning experience, you will be able to live in a new country and really get to understand the local culture and way of life.

There are also so many attractions to see and the local people although generally very poor are very warm and open to foreigners. A lot of local people speak English too which makes this country easier to navigate and get around. We wouldn’t be so excited about these projects if they really weren’t worthwhile! Get ready for the most incredible experience of your life.

Zimbabwe Tourist Attractions
Zimbabwe Tourist Attractions

Why Volunteer in Zimbabwe?

Once on its way to becoming a middle-income nation, Zimbabwe’s society and economy has experienced great deterioration since 1997. Approximately 72 percent of the country’s population now lives in chronic poverty, and 84 percent of Zimbabwe’s poor live in rural areas.

When looking at the causes of poverty in Zimbabwe, it is necessary to take the effects of the 2008 financial crisis into account. As a result of the crisis, Zimbabwe saw its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decline by 17 percent. By comparison, the GDP growth rate for other African countries was five percent.

Although Zimbabwe made great progress to recover from the 2008 crisis, its GDP growth rate is declining since 2013. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), this decline is the result of stalling investments and adverse climate conditions that hurt the agricultural sector. Nearly 60 percent of Zimbabwe’s workforce is employed in the agricultural sector.

Some of the groups heavily impacted by food insecurity are children and pregnant or lactating women. Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the region as well as one of the highest rates of HIV globally, at approximately 15 percent as of 2014. Women and children living in food insecure homes are HIV prone and either already or in danger of becoming malnourished.

***Spending time being more than just a tourist and volunteer in Zimbabwe will be a real eye opening learning experience, you will be able to live in Zimbabwe and really get to understand the local culture and way of life.***

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN ZIMBABWE

ZIMBABWE: Medical Volunteer Project

ZIMBABWE: Medical Volunteer Project

Due to inadequate staff and being under-resourced, the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe is struggling to provide sufficient healthcare to the public. As a medical volunteer in Zimbabwe your help is much needed in community ...
ZIMBABWE: Community Volunteer Work

ZIMBABWE: Community Volunteer Work

Go Volunteer Africa’s primary objective is to facilitate the social development process in Zimbabwe communities through community volunteer work. Our Zimbabwe community volunteer work encompasses several sectors of sustainable social development, from education, medical projects and ...
ZIMBABWE: Sports Coaching Volunteering

ZIMBABWE: Sports Coaching Volunteering

Zimbabwe children are incredibly enthusiastic and love learning new sports! The Sports coaching volunteering project in Zimbabwe provides these children with a range of activities and sports to participate in and volunteers are placed in ...
ZIMBABWE: Volunteer with Animals

ZIMBABWE: Volunteer with Animals

Volunteer with animals in Zimbabwe and help rhinos, elephants, lions, crocodiles, snakes, birds and more wildlife species through our conservation efforts. Some animals in Zimbabwe like black rhinoceroses are facing a bleak future with extinction ...

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ABOUT ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South AfricaBotswanaZambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. The second largest is Bulawayo. A country of roughly 15 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most common.

 

Zimbabwe may be one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. According to official data, the number of tourists visiting the country increased to 554,417 in the first quarter of the year. In the first three months of this year, the number of foreigners visiting the Victoria Falls, one of the country’s top tourist attractions, increased by 48% compared to the same period of 2017. Two years after the dawn of a new era in its complex history, the resolute country is luring intrepid adventurers keen to discover its countless natural wonders.

 

What to Do in Zimbabwe

 

Victoria Falls: These great cascades, located near the Zimbabwe–Zambia border in the Zambezi River, are undoubtedly one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world. An average of 550,000 cubic meters (19,420 cubic feet) rush through them every day. The falls and surrounding area are not only a national park but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site; they have awed and inspired visitors for hundreds of years. A large number of water sports and extreme sports are available to tourists around the falls, from bungee jumping to white-water rafting. The town of Victoria Falls, on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, is easily accessible by bus and car and has a small international airport with daily domestic flights, as well as service to cities in South Africa and Namibia.

 

Chinhoyi Caves: These dolomite and limestone caves are located near the town of Chinhoyi, a couple of hours from Harare. Within the caves is a large, deep blue pool, known as the Silent Pool. It is believed that the caves were once the hideout of the bandit Nyamakwere, who threw his victims into the pool to drown them. The pools in the caves offer super diving with great visibility and exciting underwater tunnels and caves to explore.

 

Kariba: This inland sea, nestled in Zimbabwe’s breathtaking mountains, is surrounded by game reserves and a prime fishing and water sports area. Kariba is one of the largest manmade lakes in history, having once been a river. It is a lovely watering hole, feeding ground, and home to a myriad of mammals, birds, and fish, and it is dotted with small islands teeming with life. We highly recommend putting Kariba at the top of your itinerary.

 

Mbare Market: Need to do some souvenir shopping? Or do you simply want to experience the buzz of African market life? If you are in Harare, visit the Mbare Market, where vendors sell everything you might wish for. Prices are almost never fixed, so be prepared to bargain.

 

Hwange National Park: The largest national park in Zimbabwe, Hwange is located between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls and boasts one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, including elephants, buffalo, zebras, and giraffes. Some of Africa’s most obscure and unusual mammals, such as the gemsbok, can be found here. Walking, driving, and horseback safaris in this massive park make for unforgettable experiences.

 

Bulawayo: Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, located in the southwestern part of the country, is known for its vibrant art and music scene, colonial buildings, and tree-lined streets. Home to a large number of the nation’s museums, Bulawayo is a great city to spend some down time in before or after a tour in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks.

 

Matobos National Park: A short drive from Bulawayo, this national park is one of Zimbabwe’s greatest tourist attractions, with its impressive granite outcrops and a large variety of birds. The greatest concentration of ancient San rock art can also be found in the Matobo hills. There is a small game park where visitors can see white and black rhinoceroses.

 

Great Zimbabwe Ruins: Near the southern town of Masvingo reside the most impressive medieval ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. Dating between A.D. 1250 and 1450, the ruins possess the craftsmanship, size, and timelessness to make them one of the most impressive tourist destinations on the continent, a testament to the intelligence and skills of the ancestors of today’s Zimbabwean people. The ruins consist of two large stone enclosures and a conical tower, built from granite and soapstone. Similar ruins exist throughout the rest of Zimbabwe and in surrounding countries, but none can match Great Zimbabwe in magnitude.

 

Capital: Harare (Population: 2,542,813)

Currency: South African rand / US Dollars / Euros

Population: 15,728,908 (approx)

Official languages: English

Area: 390,757sq. km

International Calling Code: +263

PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS

Zimbabwe may not be your first thought for an African safari, however Zimbabwe safaris offer excellent wildlife viewing, game drives and walking safaris. This combined with cultural excursions, adventure sports, canoeing and of course a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls, makes Zimbabwe an unexpectedly great holiday destination.

 

For many years, Zimbabwe’s reputation as a travel destination has been tainted by the specter of political unrest. However, the country is more stable now than it has been for decades, and slowly, tourism is returning. Most of Zimbabwe’s top attractions are found outside the main cities, and are therefore considered relatively safe. 

 

Those that decide to visit can expect breathtaking nature areas, exotic wildlife and ancient sites that offer a fascinating insight into the continent’s history. Best of all, Zimbabwe’s world-class game reserves and UNESCO World Heritage Sites remain incredibly uncrowded — giving you the truly thrilling sense of having stepped off the map. 

 

VOLUNTEERING IN ZIMBABWE QUICK FACTS

  • The program is open all year-round
  • Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
  • Over 6 exceptional sustainable project options
  • Projects are based across the country with major locations Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls
  • Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
  • We host over 30 volunteers every month across Zimbabwe
  • Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!

 

A volunteer trip to Zimbabwe through Go Volunteer Africa will take you through an attractive patchwork of landscapes, from highveld, balancing boulders and flaming msasa trees, to laidback towns, lush mountains and lifeblood rivers. Here you can spot the Big Five (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in its national parks, discover World Heritage–listed archaeological sites and stand in awe of one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.

 

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VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.

 

SAFARIS & TOURS

Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Zimbabwe's vibrant cities, rich musical culture, secluded wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Zimbabwe.

 

SUPPORT

BEFORE YOU GO

IN-COUNTRY

§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  Travel & medical advice & documentation

§  Advice on visas & equipment advice

 

 

 

§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  3 meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour HQ backup

§  Free GVA t-shirt

 

 

ZIMBABWE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life

 

Transport:

Airport pickup

Accommodation:

Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family

APPLICATION & BOOKING

To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration.

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.

For Medical / Healthcare Volunteers: *Hospital administration fee of $100 per month (regardless of lesser duration) is added for all medical placements. Have an inquiry? Contact Us

Get Started

Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here