Go Volunteer Africa’s Zimbabwe childcare volunteer project supports children who are orphaned and needy due to loss of their parents/ guardians to diseases like HIV/AIDS, cancer and hence leading them to fend for themselves at a very young age.
If you love working with children professionally or personally, your expertise can be especially useful in this project. No matter what your age, background, gender or ability, you can be a valuable resource to demonstrate the universal language of love, compassion and make a difference to the children’s’ lives!
- Help out in general cleaning.
- Help in washing their clothes.
- Read the stories to the children
- Paint and color with the children.
- Teach them English or languages.
- Have counseling sessions with them.
- If they are minors, you could help in changing them.
- Taking them to bed and reading them bed time stories.
At the Zimbabwe childcare volunteer project, you can play with the children during their free time. The children engage in sports, music, dance and drama, storytelling and other forms of having fun. You are also welcome to teach them any new games or songs.
Our Zimbabwe volunteer trip starts and ends in Harare the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe. You will be based in Harare. Harare, formerly Salisbury, lying in the northeastern part of the country.
On the edge of landscaped Harare Gardens, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe has a large collection of African contemporary art and traditional pieces like baskets, textiles, jewelry and musical instruments. The unusual granite formation Epworth Balancing Rocks is southeast of the city.
Wildlife such as zebras and giraffes roam Mukuvisi Woodlands, which has bike paths and a bird park. Cycling is amazing for those looking for a form of cardio or aerobic exercise other than running. You will burn plenty of calories just riding a few miles to the supermarket. You’ll burn many more if you get out on some trails. It’s also much easier on your joints than running.
The city is modern and well-planned, with multistoried buildings and tree-lined avenues. It is the site of Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, a Dutch Reformed church, the Queen Victoria Memorial Library and Museum, the National Archives, the University of Zimbabwe (opened 1957), and the Rhodes National Gallery.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zimbabwe will meet you on arrival at the airport in Harare and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Zimbabwe has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Zimbabwe. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.
In Zimbabwe, some families are currently headed by children. Imagine a child that has not even acquired education has to take care of over seven young siblings. This will force them to engage in crime in order to make ends meet. Others may decide to abandon their families because they can’t take up the big responsibility.
These children end up on streets and engage in drug abuse, theft, pick pocketing and all sorts of bad habits. If caught by police, they end up in junior prisons. While some get rehabilitated and by the time they come out, they are reformed, others come out even worse than before. So what future do these children have?
At Go Volunteer Africa, through Zimbabwe childcare volunteer project its our responsibility to make sure that these children do not even feel the absence of their parents in life. We should also resettle back those children that ran away from home and manage the circumstances that led to their leaving in the first place. The children are our future. If we do not show them love and equip them with the right morals on how to survive, what will the future be like for them? And how about the next generation?
Let us work together and bring a change. Make the children happy. Show them love and care. Equip them with skills that will help them earn a living in future. Play with them. Spend time talking to them. Most of these children are traumatized by the experiences that they go through. So counseling them is a requirement. It is in such sessions that a child gains trust in you and once they gain your trust, they open up and this makes it easier on how to help them or even reunite them with their families.
Go Volunteer Africa provides the children’s centres in Zimbabwe with support and help through the Zimbabwe childcare volunteer project. The support we provide is in the form of improving the existing facilities, assisting the staff, teaching and helping with the general running and administration of the children’s centre. Volunteers participants at Zimbabwe childcare volunteer project usually help in refurbishing existing buildings, improving facilities, teaching Basic English, drawing, drama, conducting games etc.
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 Zimbabwe volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Zimbabwe. 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.
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.
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!
Visitors to Zimbabwe must obtain a visa from one of the Zimbabwean diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Foreign citizens may apply for all types of visa (tourism, business, residence and study) online through the eVisa system. Visa fee can be paid online or on arrival. It takes an average of two working days to obtain an e-Visa. However the period may vary due to a number of factors. The e-Visa is valid for three months from the date of issue.
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. Buy here Now
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Zimbabwe 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! A wide range of leisure activities during your free time complement this unique volunteer experience. You can choose from horse riding, bird watching, swim in rivers and waterfalls. A visit to the museum completes you volunteer trip, while you also will enjoy exploring the stunning jungle forests.
PROJECT QUICK FACTS
|Availability:||All year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 2 weeks commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Minimum Age:||Families are encouraged to apply|
|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, 3-5 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|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
Program Fee Excludes:
- Personal Expenses
- Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here