If you would like to spend time volunteering in Botswana we have opportunities for wildlife conservation, community outreaches on HIV/AIDS Awareness, organizing games and sports, working with women in crafts projects and teaching primary and high schools in English and Geography and other social subjects. Go Volunteer Africa is providing wildlife safaris combined with meaningful volunteer work in Botswana for people taking a gap year, career break, retirement or time out from education, employment or training.
Go Volunteer Africa participants volunteering in Botswana enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends.
Gap year travelers looking for an authentic African adventure trip must join the volunteer programs in Botswana. Medical students have the option to join the medical and healthcare volunteering in Botswana program to acquire international hands-on experience. Volunteering in Botswana is a perfect way to immerse yourself into the culture of the local people and interact closely with the local community.
Although Botswana is considered to be one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, it is still a developing country. HIV AIDS has caused some major sociological upheaval which has resulted in many children being homeless and orphaned. Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide variety of volunteer projects in Botswana options to chose from.
Go Volunteer Africa provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer placements in Botswana. Volunteering in Botswana with Go Volunteer Africa is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need. Go Volunteer Africa works closely with each volunteer to ensure comprehensive preparation, including both an understanding of the people with whom you will be working, and all considerations necessary for travel overseas.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN BOTSWANA
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but is, at most, a few hundred metres long.
Botswana is sparsely populated with a population of just around 2 million. Botswana is relatively wealthy but many of its people continue to have to deal with utter poverty. The evident of poverty is clear in rural communities and it has been affected by HIV/AIDS epidemic which has left many orphaned children.
Volunteer Botswana programs offered by Go Volunteer Africa range from wildlife conservation to teaching and childcare volunteer opportunities in Botswana. Volunteer Botswana projects will not only mean that you can do good, you will also be delighted by the lush natural beauty and abundant wildlife that you can expect to find there.
Botswana is famous for its wildlife, areas like the Chobe National Park, Moremi National Park in the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have a very high concentration of game. The bulk of the Kalahari desert falls within Botswana's borders and Botswana is home to most of the world's San (bushman) population.
The total area of Botswana is 224,607 square miles/ 581,730 square kilometers, making the country slightly smaller in size than Texas. Botswana's capital city is Gaborone, located in the southeast near the South African border.
Population and Languages
The CIA World Factbook estimated Botswana's population to be just over 2.2 million in July 2016. The Tswana or Setswana people comprise the country's largest ethnic group, accounting for 79% of the population.
The official language of Botswana is English, but it is spoken as a mother tongue by just 2.8% of the population. 77% of Botswanans speak Setswana, the most prevalent native language.
Christianity is practiced by almost 80% of Botswanans. A minority still follow traditional beliefs like Badimo, the worship of ancestors.
The official currency is the Botswana pula. Use this online converter for accurate exchange rates.
Climate & When to Go
Botswana has a semi-arid climate with hot days and cool nights throughout the year. The dry season usually lasts from May to October. It coincides with the southern hemisphere winter, and as such nights and early mornings can be chilly. The rainy season lasts from December to March and is also the hottest time of year.
The best time to visit Botswana is generally during the dry season when temperatures are at their most pleasant, mosquitoes are at a minimum and wildlife is easier to view due to a lack of summer foliage. However, the wet season is especially rewarding for birders and for trips to a greener Kalahari Desert.
In the country's northwest corner lies the Okavango, a vast river delta surrounded by the Kalahari Desert. Every year, the Delta floods, creating a swampy wetland that teems with exotic animals and birds. It is possible to explore on foot or via traditional canoe (known locally as a mokoro). The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Moremi Game Reserve (located just to the west) is one of the best places in Africa for spotting leopards.
Chobe National Park
To the east of the Delta lies Chobe National Park. It is famous for its huge elephant population, and for the Savuti Marsh, which has one of the highest year-round animal concentrations in Africa. During the dry season, animals come from far and wide to drink at the Chobe River, making a water safari especially rewarding at this time of year. The birdlife here is legendary, with many regional specials including African skimmers and Pel's fishing owls.
Nxai Pan National Park
Centered around a fossil lake bed to the south of Chobe National Park, Nxai Pan National Park offers an entirely different landscape of sloping sand dunes and towering baobab trees. It floods in the summer and provides an excellent low season option for game-viewing and birdwatching. In winter, the dry park resembles the surface of the moon, with cracked salt pans stretching as far as the eye can see. The park shares a border with Mkgadikgadi Pans National Park.
In the extreme northwest of the country, the Tsodilo Hills act as an open-air museum for San bushman culture. Amongst the rock outcrops and hills are hidden some 4,000 paintings. They give an insight into the lives of the ancient San, who are believed to be the direct descendants of the very first Homo sapiens or human beings. The hills were a place of great spiritual importance for local tribes and many of the paintings depict the sacred eland antelope.
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa welcomes you to Africa’s last great wildernesses. The preservation of ancient migration routes – free from fences and farmland – have created a significant wildlife haven, and created space for one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacles: over 130,000 elephants, more than anywhere else in the world.
The sheer quantity of wildlife here increases the chance of spotting once-in-a-lifetime scenes, including lions paddling across rivers or hunting thundering herds of Cape buffalo. Bring your zoom lens – and a sense of adventure. Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Botswana from conservation, teaching, childcare, construction and healthcare projects.
VOLUNTEERING IN BOTSWANA 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 Gaborone
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- We host over 30 volunteers every month across Botswana
- 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!
You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Botswana and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseeing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
Botswana is a great place to ditch the Land Rover in favour of a vehicle-free wildlife-watching experience. Guided bushwalks, horse riding and boat trips offer a refreshingly different perspective to conventional game drives. The experience can be exciting, serene or both, depending on what you encounter.
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 Botswana's vibrant cities, rich culture and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Botswana.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
BOTSWANA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Botswana will meet you on arrival at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Botswana has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN BOTSWANA
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.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Botswana has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in teaching or orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a placement booking and confirmation administration fee of USD$180 (solo traveler), USD$150 (2-5 participants p/p), USD$125 (6+ participants p/p). This is charged above the program fee quoted which is paid in cash upon arrival to your host country.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up
Visas: Visitors to Botswana require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. On 15 November 2018, the Government of Botswana announced that tourists would be able to obtain visas on arrival from 24 November 2018. The plan was put on hold on 27 November 2018
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.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.