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Town Childcare Volunteering Program

  • Africa, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
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  • Duration : 4 to 12 Weeks

Program Highlights

  • Visit Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
  • Find time to witness Zimbabwe’s unsurpassable natural beauty and wildlife.
  • Experience a relaxed way of life and witness Zimbabwe’s culture all around you.
  • Take joy in volunteering and making and everlasting difference in the lives of underprivileged communities of Zimbabwe.

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:

No Poverty Quality Education

This program is ideal for

Volunteers who love to spend time with children and would love to have an everlasting impact on their lives. You should e open to trying and honing the ability to communicate with and understand children. As your tasks will vary based on various factors, you should be open to helping out in any kind of activity that is prioritised while you’re there.

These childcare projects are situated in the town of Vic Falls, Zimbabwe - they currently have between 65 - 80 children, all between the ages of 3 - 6 years. These children come from a variety of home situations and standards of living... some live in the town itself, while others live in extremely rural villages located on the outskirts of the town centre.

 

The kindergartens face numerous challenges on a daily basis, including lack of infrastructure and resources, lack of sufficient funding, constant municipal electricity and water cuts and shortages, as well as high child-teacher ratios. Because of teacher shortages, only basic language and numeracy classes can be conducted. Volunteer help enables these facilities to offer a far more comprehensive education including aspects such as art, sport, and music.

 

Structure and Facilities

Vary according to location, resources, and level of trained staff

You will be working with children that are 3-6 years old

Volunteering in Zimbabwe offers a chance to experience a rich culture and make a positive impact on the community. During your free time, you can explore the country's natural beauty and engage in various activities. Here are some popular options:

  1. Wildlife and Safari Adventures: Zimbabwe is known for its incredible wildlife and stunning national parks. Explore Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, or Gonarezhou National Park on a safari to spot lions, elephants, hippos, and more.
  2. Victoria Falls: Visit the iconic Victoria Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls. Enjoy activities like helicopter rides, white-water rafting, and bungee jumping for an adrenaline rush.
  3. Cultural Experiences: Immerse yourself in Zimbabwean culture by visiting local villages, attending traditional dance performances, and learning about the customs and traditions of different ethnic groups like the Shona and Ndebele.
  4. Adventure Sports: Zimbabwe offers a range of adventure sports, including kayaking, zip-lining, and hiking in the Eastern Highlands. You can also go caving and explore the Chinhoyi Caves.
  5. Volunteering Continued: Use your free time to contribute to ongoing community projects or collaborate with local organizations. This can help you deepen your impact and build stronger relationships with the local community.
  6. Bird Watching: Zimbabwe is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 670 bird species. Visit bird-rich areas like the Zambezi River, Eastern Highlands, and Matobo National Park.
  7. Rock Art Sites: Explore the ancient rock art sites in Matobo Hills, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. These paintings provide a glimpse into Zimbabwe's history.
  8. Visit Local Markets: Explore local markets and craft fairs to discover unique Zimbabwean crafts, textiles, and artwork. Engage with local artisans and support their work.
  9. Local Cuisine: Try traditional Zimbabwean dishes such as sadza (maize porridge), nyama (meat), and mazondo (tripe). You can also explore local restaurants for a taste of Zimbabwean cuisine.
  10. Relaxation and Reflection: Zimbabwe's peaceful landscapes and serene environments offer an ideal setting for relaxation and self-reflection. Take time to contemplate your volunteer work and the impact you're making.

Ensure that your free time activities align with the ethical guidelines of your volunteer program and respect local customs and traditions. Zimbabwe is a country with a wealth of experiences to offer, and your volunteer work can be enhanced by exploring and engaging with its culture and natural beauty.

 

Free-Time Activities available in Vic Falls

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – US$55.00
  • Victoria Falls Unguided Tour – US$30.00 (additional US$20.00 for guide)
  • Elephant Encounter (no rides) – US$75.00
  • Zip-Line Canopy Tour – US$53.00
  • Bungee jump – US$160.00
  • Vic Falls Gorge Swing – US$95.00
  • Abseiling – US$65.00
  • Boma Dinner with African dance show – US$65.00
  • Devils Pool swim – US$140.00
  • Helicopter flight over falls – US$150.00
  • Zambezi Canoe tour – US$150.00
  • White-water rafting – US$120.00
  • * Please note national park fees may apply – please confirm final price at time of booking
  • * All prices include transport to/from volunteer house   
     

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