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Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE

HIV / AIDS ORPHAN CARE AND TEACHING ASSISTANCE IN GWERU
Volunteering, Gap Year or Career Break in 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.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Price Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
Duration This is a 4-week programme
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Projects start every other Monday. Please see Start Dates for 2015 below.
Requirements No qualifications required, just lots of enthusiasm. Minimum age 17.
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
Return transfer to the airport
All accommodation
Transfer to and from your project
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visa.
Who can do this Project?/span> All projects are open to all nationalities.
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged 18 +
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Zimbabwe or Africa, short breaks, or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the Zimbabwe culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

WORK CONTENT:

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

2016 Start Dates

Jan 4th and 18th
Feb 1st and 15th and 29th
Mar 14th and 28th
Apr 11th and 25th
May 9th and 23rd
Jun 6th and 20th
Jul 4th and 18th
Aug 1st and 15th and 29th
Sep 12th and 26th
Oct 10th and 24th
Nov 7th and 21st
Dec 5th and 19th

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

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

ACCOMMODATION:

Gweru: 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 will be staying in comfortable twin or quad room thatched accommodation at the main reserve camp.

  • Other facilities include swimming pool and internet access (access can be sporadic due to our remote location)
  • Volunteers have separate clean shower & toilet facilities located adjacent to the sleeping area
  • Your room will be cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff, and free use of the laundry service is available to all volunteers
  • You will receive three meals a day, breakfast and dinner is served at the main camp of the reserve, and you will be given a packed lunch for your working day.

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other volunteers and tourists.

 

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe


Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

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.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive, you'll be met at the airport and taken to the accommodation, where you'll be introduced to everyone.You'll be made to feel very welcome by all!

Your adventure has begun :-)

 

Care for Orphans with HIV and Assist with Teaching in Zimbabwe

 

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Coming soon

Any project in Zimbabwe can also be combined with any of our other projects in Zimbabwe or Zambia - thus turbo-boosting your adventure and enjoyment! We would also recommend this combined with any of our children-related projects in South Africa

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

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 one outlined below (to Victoria Falls) will cost you approximately US$475 (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.

  • Day 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  

Please note:  This 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. +/-USD125

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.

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