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ZIMBABWE

HIV / AIDS ORPHAN CARE AND TEACHING ASSISTANCE IN GWERU, ZIMBABWE

Assist with loving and caring for as well as mentoring orphans and physically disabled, from the very young to high school age. Despite the difficulties they have faced, these children are still so full of warmth and joy and are sure to be an inspiration to anyone who works alongside them.

You'll be accommodated on a stunning private reserve and have the opportunity to experience hands on interaction with lion cubs, elephant rides, canoeing & fishing, and horse riding, to name a few exciting activities you can enjoy in your time off.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • PRICE:
    £1,045 (approx. US$1,375) for 2 weeks
    £250 (approx. US$350) for each additional week.
    Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
  • Duration: From 2 weeks to 8 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
  • Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Projects start every other Monday. See list of start dates under "Work Content" below.
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17. No qualifications needed but you should have lots of enthusiasm.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Accommodation
    Food
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Transfer to and from your Project
    Local in-country team support and backup
    24-hr emergency support
    Certificate of Completion
  • What's Not Included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas.
  • Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.
    Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in healthcare, teaching and working with children or local communities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping these disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The upliftment of orphanages and care homes.
  • Adding value through services and practical help.
  • Changing the living conditions for disadvantaged children and making a positive impact on their future
  • Interaction with underprivileged children and babies, enriching their lives
  • Encouraging and mentoring the young people of Zimbabwe
  • Assisting in preparations and execution of school lessons
  • Assisting with marking and assessing Children’s Progress
  • Making teaching aids
  • General counselling and support to students
  • Assisting in sports days with the children
  • Help the teachers with arts and crafts, games, storytelling, drama and singing
  • Experiencing the way of life in a third world country, immersed in the culture, rather than as a tourist.
  • Seeing the beauty of Africa with many new experiences
  • Being a part of the revival and renewal of an amazing country, and her people
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers on the programme

WORK CONTENT - HIV/AIDS ORPHAN CARE:
Make an impact on the lives of underprivileged and disabled children! Act as a mentor, and a guiding and helping friend to the youths at the homes. The need is so great; there are many different activities volunteers can get involved in, depending on their expertise and passion.

Activities include Teaching assistance, study programmes, workshop hosting, sports coaching, repairs and maintenance at the homes, painting, gardening, youth camps and life skills training are just a few areas in which you will have to opportunity to impact on these young people’s lives.

Your help in caring for babies and younger children will involve changing and feeding as well as assisting with planned activities and games at the homes.

Maintenance of the orphanages is a major problem, and despite the lack of funding, there is also a need for manpower to assist with things such as painting and general repairs, as well as the maintenance of vegetable gardens, depending on what the current need is.

This is a chance to make a difference in someone’s life, as well as spending some time living in a third-world country with different cultural norms. Take advantage of the beauty of an African country, which offers many new experiences.

WORK CONTENT - TEACHING ASSISTANCE:
Teaching is leading a child to responsible adulthood through imparting academic and life-skills. The children that you will come into contact with on this project are keen to be taught and molded.

Through the academic support you will give them and their teachers, you have a chance to address the issues of oversubscribed classes and poor teacher-student ratios. With approximately 2184 students at Mkoba 4 Primary School, the average class size is 55 students with one teacher, with around 312 students per grade.

Classes are hot seated as there are not enough classrooms and resources such as text books and teaching aids are also grossly inadequate. Here you have the chance to make teaching aids that can assist the teaching and learning process.

Although Somabula Primary School, with a total of about 280 children, is much smaller than Mkoba 4, they also need volunteers to assist. With student – teacher ratios being about 40:1, you can offer valuable support to the students who lack sufficient individual attention. The teachers also find themselves overwhelmed at times and welcome fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

This school also has a significant number of boarders. These children are desperate for extra ‘homely’ attention assisting with their studies and social skills, but also caring for and making them feel special and important. Your presence on this project can make a meaningful difference to the lives of the children you come into contact with.

You will also have the opportunity to assist the teachers in two Pre-Schools. Mickey Mouse and Hopeful Life Orphan Care Centre have 160 and 60 children respectively. They both aid in the development of younger children before they enter Primary School and you will be able to play a vital role in that.

START DATES:

The start dates for 2017 are:
Jan: 2nd , 16th and 30th.
Feb: 13th and 27th
March: 13th and 27th
April: 10th and 24th
May: 8th and 22nd
June: 5th and 19th
July: 3rd, 17th and 31st
August: 14th and 28th
September: 11th and 25th
October: 9th and 23rd
November: 6th and 20th
December: 4th and 18th

ACCOMMODATION

The setting of your accommodation is not only very beautiful (with almost all the buildings thatched and very African), it's also very conveniently located just yards away from where you work, eat, swim and play.

You'll share a room with other volunteers or young staff members. All the rooms are in small clusters, and are reasonably spacious. Some of the rooms form a square with a courtyard in the middle, with some grass, trees and shrubs - from time to time some of the very young lion cubs will be kept in the central courtyard ... which means that you could open your door in the morning and be greeted by a cute baby wanting to chew your shoelaces! And all this in the middle of Africa!

The dining area is beautiful - there's no other word for it. Again it is set under an open-sided thatched roof and overlooks the lake and the sweeping plains of the game reserve, as well as the beautifully kept grounds of the main camp.

There is also a lovely swimming pool on the lake shore that looks out over the lake and the game reserve.

FOOD:
You'll eat the same food as is prepared for the tourists, and the quality and standard is very good. At Gweru there is an almost constant stream of overlanders camping on site and they have the choice of either barbecuing for themselves or having meals in the dining area. There are lots of socialising opportunities with the overlanders, which is great fun because they come from all over the world.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

THE GAME RESERVE AT GWERU:
The Gweru location is a 3,000 acre Game Reserve and tourist spot about 10 kilometres from Gweru. The main camp facility - made up of thatched African rondavels and buildings rests on the shores of a beautiful lake and is a Game Reserve with many species of wildlife and bird-life.

The species in the reserve include non-predatory animals like Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Kudu, Warthog, Jackal, Duiker (and many other species of buck and antelope), as well as 150 species of birds. The 3 Km lake in front of the camp is also host to an abundance of bird life, including the great African Fish Eagle.

Because the animals in the Reserve are all non-predatory, this makes it a safe place to explore and view game either on foot or on horseback, or even riding on an elephant or in a mule-drawn buggy. If you like jogging every day, what better place to run around than a reserve where you jog past zebra, wave to a curious giraffe, or watch a group of warthogs cavorting in the grass.

And you're not short on modern facilities either. This is one of the only places where you have nearly all the modern facilities you could require and yet you still feel as though you're camping in the middle of the African bush.....

One minute you could be in the office surfing the Internet, the next you could walk outside, pour yourself a cup of coffee in an open-sided, thatched roof dining area and go and sit on the grass with a spectacular view of the lake in the forefront with swooping vultures, and the rolling expanse of the game reserve in the background.

To make sure that you're totally spoilt(!), there's also a lovely swimming pool on the lake shore where you can cool down and do some serious sunbathing while looking out at the magnificent view of the lake and the game reserve. This is paradise at its tranquil best.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Your Arrival: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Coming Soon!

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

During your stay at the Park, you'll be able to enjoy an excursion to some of the other spectacular spots that Zimbabwe has to offer. Day trips are offered to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins as well as Granite Ridge in the beautiful Matobo National Park, and once a month a trip to the Victoria Falls is organised for those volunteers who are interested. These trips are also a great time for volunteers to interact and get to know each other better.

The expedition such as the example trip outlined below (to Victoria Falls) will cost you approximately US$500 (at time of writing). This includes National Parks fees, transport, meals (excluding meals in Victoria Falls), and accommodation.

  • Day 1: Leave after breakfast from Antelope Park for Miombo Safari Lodge (Hwange National Park); the largest national park in Zimbabwe. Enjoy a game drive in Big 5 territory where you could get up close and personal with a herd of elephant, buffalo, a pride of lion and many more.
  • Days 2-4: Leave after breakfast from Miombo for Victoria Falls, adrenalin capital of Africa! You have the option to bungee jump, white water raft, visit the Falls, gorge swing across the Batoka Gorge below the Falls or just enjoy the great social atmosphere at this tourist hot-spot! Dinner at the amazing “Boma” Restaurant is included whilst at the Falls.
  • Day 5: Depart early morning from Victoria Falls to return to Antelope Park.

This particular trip only operates with sufficient volunteer interest and is only available to volunteers joining the project for a minimum of 3 weeks.

There is also the option of a day trip to Great Zimbabwe – the ancient founding city of modern day Zimbabwe or to Matopos – a National Park to go on a wild Rhino tracking safari. The costs of these trips are dependent on the number of people going.

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

YVONNE KEAY
British
HIV / Aids Orphan Care and Teaching in Gweru, Zimbabwe

What experience do you feel you are gaining?
Teaching experience with kindergarten, special needs and street kids.
Teaching reading, writing, comprehension, geography, conservation and also life skills such as STD's causes, symptoms and treatment.
Nutrition and regime adherence with HIV/AIDS children.

The best thing about my placement is the variety of the projects, every day is different.

This placement would suit anyone who is interested in social care, teaching or community work or just has a desire to make a positive impact on someone else. Some pointers, though, are - Take a mosquito net!! Also when in the community you will need to ensure that you are wearing a sleeved tshirt/top and your knees need to be covered when you are away from camp.

Can you describe a typical day?
Meet at 7:30am to plan day, breakfast at 8, leave 8:30 for project. This varies from kindergarten to bush school to drop in centres to clinics. More often than not lunch is a packed lunch consisting sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and crisps together with water and can if soda. Lunch in camp is at 12. Afternoon generally move to different project and usually back in camp by 4-4:30. Free time until 6:15 for volunteer meeting and then dinner at 6:45pm.

I spent some evenings creating lesson plans and researching topics for discussion. Saturday nights always party night for volunteers, so I would recommend taking at least one "nice" outfit for that 😊

And be prepared to try everything! I have been white water rafting and ridden a horse for the first time in 40 years. Age is not a barrier, but you'll need to be emotionally resilient.