Volunteer Abroad in Zimbabwe

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Volunteering Abroad in Zimbabwe

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Volunteer Opportunities in Zimbabwe with Kaya

Discover Zimbabwe. Kaya Responsible Travel offers volunteer placements focusing on Teaching and Community Assistance, Wildlife Conservation, and Health Awareness. Volunteers may spend time working in communities near Victoria Falls and Bulawayo. Prospective participants must be above the age of 18 to apply.

Volunteer Work in Zimbabwe with African Impact

African Impact offers volunteering programs in Zimbabwe. Participants can do exciting hands-on work with lions at the Lion Rehabilitation Project, or assist with projects at the local communities found near Victoria Falls. Volunteers will have a rewarding time engaging in the Zimbabwean culture.

Conservation Travel Africa

Conservation Travel Africa was established to provide meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences throughout Southern Africa, initially focusing on Zimbabwe. We are based in Africa and work in partnership with our volunteer programmes and partners in Southern Africa and with volunteers worldwide. Our passion is for Africa and the preservation of its wildlife and wild areas and we believe t...

Affordable Volunteering in Victoria Falls: Fees from USD880!

Join International Volunteer HQ living and volunteering on a private game reserve, with the UNESCO World Heritage site of Victoria Falls as your backdrop! IVHQ volunteers abroad can join a very special Wildlife Conservation project, where you'll assist in conservation management activities.

Volunteer in Zimbabwe
GoEco - Volunteer Abroad in Zimbabwe

Make a difference in the treasured yet vulnerable African ecosystem while experiencing the beauty of Zimbabwe as a volunteer. You can touch the lives of underprivileged children, contribute to lion behavior research work, orphaned elephants, or assist in health care programs.

Zimbabwe Black Rhino & Elephant Conservation

Once known as the bread-basket of Africa, Zimbabwe has a flourishing international tourism industry, not only at Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park, but throughout the country. Unfortunately with the collapse of the economy, the currency collapse of 2007 plus often over-exaggerated negative press coverage, Zimbabwe now often evokes images of political unrest and corruption. However, the re...

Victoria Falls - Nakavango Conservation Programme

The Nakavango Conservation & Community Student programme is based at the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. The reserve is a mere ten minute drive from the town of Victoria Falls, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Volunteers from across the globe are provided the unique opportunity to gain...

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation

Horse riding safaris, equine husbandry, cattle mustering, camping out with your horse AND rhino conservation - what more could you ask for from a volunteer programme? With 4 of Africa's Big 5 game, Imire is the perfect location for volunteering on horseback. On horseback you can ride into animal herds and interact closely with the wildlife, who are not afraid or threatened by horses as they som...

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Volunteering Abroad in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country of about 14 million people in southern Africa. Like many countries in the region, Zimbabwe has seen a long and tumultuous history which most recently manifested in full independence from the United Kingdom in 1980. President Robert Mugabe has held power ever since independence, and while a champion of the revolutionary movement, he has also faced much controversy throughout his tenure for human rights abuses. Today, volunteers from around the world are welcomed to join volunteer programs in Zimbabwe and lend a helping hand with anything from community building to wildlife conservation.

Locations

Zimbabwe is somewhat divided between the southern regions, where this is a lot of wildlife and forestation, and the northern regions, which are more industrialized. The capital and largest city of Zimbabwe is Harare, with nearly two million residents. Harare is the the country’s center of culture, politics, and finance, and is also an important trade hub of the region. The country’s main institution of higher education, the University of Zimbabwe, is also located in Harare.

Other cities where you may find volunteer programs in Zimbabwe include Bulawayo and Chitungwiza, the country’s second and third largest metropolitan areas.

Volunteers can also find opportunities for volunteering in Zimbabwe’s rural areas working within small villages and communities which often lack the resources of the larger cities. There are also many organizations which spearhead wildlife preservation efforts and allow volunteers to complete volunteer work in environmental habitat conservation areas.

Some sights worth seeing in your free time while volunteering in Zimbabwe are the Victoria Falls, which share a border with Zambia, Mana Pools National Park, and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a fascinating glimpse into the thriving Shona civilizations which date back nearly a millennium.

Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Healthcare and community building is an area which can benefit greatly from volunteer programs which can aid development in Zimbabwe. The country has quite a low life expectancy rate and a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection. Many of these health issues are due to lack of education and preventative effort – which means healthcare volunteering is an area where volunteers can make a real difference. Leading workshops in small communities, teaching, or working at a health clinic are examples of volunteer work in Zimbabwe that individuals can commit to on a daily basis.

Wildlife preservation is also a popular focus for volunteer programs in Zimbabwe. The country’s tourist industry, formerly one of its main sources of income, has suffered greatly in recent years because of massive deforestation and poaching problems which have led to a severely dwindling wildlife population. Volunteering in Zimbabwe with an organization which works in the areas of environmental and wildlife conservation can not only aid the protection of Zimbabwe’s large and diverse population of indigenous animals, but can help the human population through economic development as well. You will also get to work with some of Africa’s “Big 5” animals - lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinoceri - if join a wildlife conservation volunteer program in Zimbabwe. 

Costs & Affordability

Zimbabwe has had significant problems with inflation in the past, including one period of hyperinflation which saw the Zimbabwe dollar soar to such a level where $100 trillion banknotes were not altogether uncommon. Today Zimbabwe uses a mixture of currencies, ranging from the South African Rand to the Indian Rupee to the U.S. Dollar. Corruption and political turmoil continue to raise issues for the local economy, the result being that Zimbabwe is naturally an inexpensive place to volunteer abroad. Most of your expenses as a volunteer in Zimbabwe will come through the upfront program fees.

Accommodation & Visas

Your accommodations will differ depending on where you decide to volunteer in Zimbabwe, but it is safe to say that you should not expect to be living in a five star hotel. Zimbabwe is a developing country and in the rural areas especially you should not expect such commodities as air conditioning, internet, or running water. The upside is that you will be taken care of – small villages take in volunteers as part of the community and are extremely appreciative of volunteer organizations and programs. You will also discover through volunteering abroad in Zimbabwe how much Western accommodations are really just luxury, and how living simply can be extremely refreshing.

If you are planning to volunteer abroad in Zimbabwe for less than three months than it is possible to obtain a visa upon arrival that will cover your stay. If your volunteer program in Zimbabwe exceeds this amount of time then consult your program because you may need to apply for a special visa.

Benefits & Challenges

Volunteering abroad in Zimbabwe is the unique opportunity to contribute your services to a population which is underserved while also gaining invaluable life experience living abroad in a developing country with a rich history and culture. The country has undergone significant political and economic turmoil in recent decades and also faces the continued threat of environmental damage stemming from human activity. For those who are up to the challenge, volunteering in Zimbabwe can be a great service to local communities and a truly enriching developmental experience.

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