Go for Zimbabwe
Submitted by Anish Suri - University of Edinburgh | July 24, 2016
I spent 12 days in Mutare volunteering with Musha Care Trust and I must say that my experience there was transformational of my opinion of Zimbabwe and a very fulfilling experience. The members of the organisation were extremely welcoming and devoted an unbelievable amount of time to ensuring we were constantly satisfied and felt safe during the entirety of our stay.
Andrew Sadziwa, the project coordinator kept in close contact with us and addressed any enquiries that we had prior to our journey. Once we arrived, we were picked up at the airport and treated with a warm sincerity as if we were a family member. Andrew and Paul, two of the directors of Musha Care personally travelled with us the entire journey to our home stay.
We stayed with Yvonne, the third director of the project and her four children. They made us feel at home and I did not expect to meet such an incredible family that I loved spending time with. All the children spoke very good English and were constantly excited to hang out with new friends! This family was certainly a very unique and special family amongst an incredible group of people and within the community. They had been exposed to foreigners and hence, were quite easy to get comfortable with.
The entire group is one to trust and certainly to be excited to meet!
The childcare centre that Musha Care Trust is primarily affiliated with is Candle Light Preschool, located in Sakubva. All the children at the preschool were playful and welcoming to anyone. In the duration of our time at Candle Light, we were offered the opportunity to participate with taking over segments of classes to teach english to the children, but also given the chance to help out in guidance and counselling sessions, and in any way we thought appropriate! Make sure you come prepared with a plan and to learn a bit of the local language, Shona.
One of the major highlights from working with this group, was their flexibility. They were willing and able to support us and to make our trip as we liked it. They even helped show us around to a few tourist attractions when we had spare time such as the Nyati Game Park.
The nature of everyone we had met and worked with was warm and kind. Rest assured that the children will be excited to see you!
Submitted by Anish Suri - University of Edinburgh | July 23, 2016
Had an incredible time working with Musha care trust. The members of the organization were very welcoming and devoted their time to ensuring we were satisfied with the project as well as felt comfortable and safe in Mutare. Felt very close with our homestay family and the organizers by the end of it all!
We stayed with Yvonne, one of the coordinators of the project and her four children. They really made us feel extremely at home and I did not expect to meet such an incredible family that I loved spending time with. All the children spoke very good English and were constantly excited to hang out with new friends!
All the children at Sakubva's Candle Light Preschool are equally welcoming, the nature of everyone we had met and worked with was warm and kind. Rest assured that the children will be excited to see you!