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Orphan Care and Teaching - Victoria Falls
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Orphan Care and Teaching - Victoria Falls

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

Volunteer work

I had an amazing experience at lion encounter. I enjoyed working alongside all of the other volunteers and have become friends with both volunteers and the leaders. They will all be muchly missed and I hope o get the chance to come back again one day. Whether it's volunteer work or just to see beautiful Victoria falls again.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Community outreach in victoria falls

Amazing experience! It makes a great impact in the community and even more on the volunteers. The staff is very caring, the community very welcoming, activities very flexible, and other volunteer very cheerful. Hope to come back someday!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Community project Vic falls

I've been volunteering for 3 weeks in Vic Falls, and it was an amazing experience and I've learned so much here. I like that there was a lot of variation in the projects, every day was different. But still I went to every place a couple of times and got to know the children/old people/everyone there.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    6

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Community

אוקיי אז כשהגעתי לפה לא ידעתי כל כך לאן אני נכנסת , חוויתי לפני זה פרוייקט תחזוקה בבתי ספר בקייפטאון , לא תיארתי לעצמי שזה יהיה כל כך שונה פה . נחתתי בשדה וכבר שהגעתי לזימבבואה הבנתי כמה החוויה שלי הולכת להיות שונה. הגענו לבית החלתי להבין על הפרוייקט ועצם זה שגיליתי שכל יום יש לי פרוייקט שונה הבנתי לאיזה תקופה מטורפת
אני נכנסת , כל יום וכל פרוייקט היה מיוחד ומספק בשבילי . עברתי פה דברים שלא אשכח , משפחות, חברים, ילדים, בתי ספר , לי דו אותי הרבה יותר מאשר אני לימדתי אותם . חוויה של פעם בחיים. הילדים האלה נכנסו לי ללב ולא יצאו משם. תודה רבה לכולם, לצוות, לטבחים, לנהגים, לבית , לחברים, הפכתם את החוויה הזאת להרבה יותר מהנה! תודה !

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

Community

The people here in Zimbabwe are amazing, most of the staff I have really enjoyed getting to know, and by the end of my three weeks here I fell in love with the kids and elders at the old people's home. Some of the volunteers I will remain friends with, we are even planning trips to visit each other already. I hope to come to Africa again in the near future!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Community project

I had an amazing time here. I loved the people i met both at the lodge and out in the community. wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I got to experience so many new things that i had no idea i would even get to experience a couple months ago.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Good

I volunteered with African Impact, Victoria Falls, for four weeks and they were all unforgettable! Each day is something new and the extra activities and excursions available at this location make staying there amazing. The staff is great, I definitely think very highly of my entire experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Unforgettable experience!

When I decided to join African Impact as a volunteer, I chose Victoria Falls for the for the variety of community activities available, but I had no idea of how incredible it would be! I am not a guy that uses to believe in life changing experience...but definitely this was one!
Every single day was unforgettable, even when we were going to places we had visited before.
My main goal was to help the community, but the project also provided the opportunity of being part of lions research and other conservation programs. Besides all adversities, like the rain and the dirt roads, I was always welcomed with happiness and big smiles. Yes! I taught computer basics to the kids, I taught maths, we did a lot of reading, we played! And I danced and I laughed and I hugged!
But the most important, I came here to teach, but I learned so much about wildlife, about education, about being happy and about appreciating what really matters in our life.
Talking to “Joseph” in the Old People's Home, playing games with that small kids, teaching those regardful and smart students are experiences I will carry through my whole life! Thanks to all the African Impact staff who made my stay in Zimbabwe wonderful! Everyone- the guides, coordinators, guards, kitchen chefs, house cleaning ladies and the others volunteers made me feel home. I am glad I had the opportunity to add some drops to the bucket. If you are thinking about volunteering, consider coming to Vic falls!
As written in the Neluswi primary school, “No one left behind!! “. Be part of it!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Mid-life gap year

I'm Ruth from Cheshire in England. I arrived in Victoria Falls a week before Christmas and received a very warm welcome.

As an older volunteer (I'm 50), I was a bit nervous of sharing a house with lots of younger people. However, I settled in straight away as everyone was very friendly.

I have spent a month working in the community on Kids Club and Reading Club Projects which are great fun, both locally and in the rural areas. It has been a wonderful insight into the lives of local people and has made me realise how much can be achieved with very little as long as their is energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. And I mean that from both the kids (which it is in abundance!) and the volunteers.

Wider projects included working with the community to clean up areas of the town and I personally was very proud to be part of the team that took this from a volunteer only project to one which engaged the local people. The Lion Conservation and Game Counts I have done have been really interesting and a fantastic addition to the community work.

The team here at the house have made me feel a real part of their ever changing family and I am truly touched by their kindness. Chezsus and Sha - thanks for the great food and I hope you continue to make my tuna pasta bake for new volunteers!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Fantastic

The first few days everything was new and I had to get used. I didn't had my suitcase, it's a lot warmer and everything is different. The last three weeks I had so much fun! I've made friends and I'm sure that I'm going to see them back again. You live in a house as a family, you eat together you are living together and sharing your experience together. I look back on a great experience, and I'd love to go back in time.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My second home: Victoria Falls

After I spent one month at the Lion Conservation Programme in Victoria Falls last year I missed everything so much that I decided to return. Back in VicFalls in October 2016 I really enjoyed my stay for 1.5 moth and made again friends for a lifetime. I was 4 weeks at the Lion and 2 weeks at the Community Programme. I felt in love with the kids in PreSchool Chinotimba how I never expected. I also enjoyed it to playing games at the Old Peoples Home and to see the big smiles on their faces. As long as I loved the Community Programme my heart still belongs to the lions. I can't describe my fascination for those animals! Lions are just the most beautiful creature I've ever seen!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Great experience!

I was in Vic-Falls last year, and I couldn't wait to return this year.
The volunteering was just as fun, and I felt the the impact we were able to make even increased during this past year. The local staff is amazing and very welcoming, and it was great to get to see them again as well.
The group of volunteers was fun to be a part of, and it's always fun to meet new people from all over the world.
I can't wait to come back again when I get the chance!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Margret review

Along with my daughter, we have three weeks as volunteers in Zimbabwe We did the project in the community.
This project was intended for pre-school, primary school, orphanage, Old people House en help with gardening bij people with HIV
Every day was different and you also see the other projects of Africa Impact
The were three fantastic weeks and definitely worth repeating.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Great program all around

This is an amazing program that uses a mixture of a top down, bottom up approach in helping the local community and ensuring they can be self sustainable. Everyone who is here has huge hearts to give!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Better then i could imagine

I already visited Africa for a few times, so i knew what to expect. But this trip gave me a new view on Africa. Because you really get to work and talk with the African people and you will visited places you wouldn't visit on a holiday. This trip was better then I expected. There's so much diversity in the project. You get a family feeling with the other volunteers. And you can do so many awesome activities during your free time. I was on the community program in Vic falls. I would really recommend African Impact and this location because you really feel useful and appreciated. African impact is a nonprofit organization and i think that that is one of the best points of this organization.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Community project

Extremely well done program, giving you a well rounded perspective. The days were pact with activities and each night you would go to bed being satisfied and ready to give more effort the day after. By the end of the stay you definitely feel changed and impacted in your everyday duties.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Three weeks in Vic Falls

The only thing I regret about my trip was not staying longer.

Making an impact on peoples lives, establishing such extraordinary relationships with both community members and volunteers, exposing yourself to things you have never seen before and trying new things, it was all so rewarding. I'll always carry Vic Falls in my heart and can guarantee that I will be back one day.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

A great time!

I really loved my time in Vic Falls. Everything was amazing. Working with a variety of people, anywhere from preschoolers to the elderly at the Old People's Home, really showed me a lot about what life is like here and taught me so much. The volunteer experience really opened my eyes, and I'm so glad I did. The staff worked hard to make the volunteers a family, and it really paid. Plus they try their best to help you enjoy your time off with various activities. Overall, I would highly recommend it!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A M A Z I N G

It was the most wonderful experience in my life. It overrated all my expectations. All the others in the house are so nice, the staff is also great! Same about the organisation. Nothing negative to say.. But maybe I still had to get used to the food ;)

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Victoria falls volunteer

It was awesome and it is a really good organisation. They've planned everything really good. If you wanna change anything, you can do that. I had a great time with the other volunteers and the staff. Everyone is so friendly!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

The best trip ever!

Volunteering with African Impact and its partner Lion Encounter on the Victoria Falls Community project was the greatest decision of my life! Working with the community of Victoria Falls was one of the most rewarding things I've done. If I was at the pre school or the old peoples home, I would always leave with a smile on my face because of how thankful and happy this community is to have us volunteers here. The children you work with on project are amazing. As much as we teach them in school, they always seem to teach us more. I've learned so much just from being with these kids. Volunteering with people from all over the world is great. At first I was a bit nervous to be with so many people I didn't know, but all the volunteers are great. I enjoyed working with all of them and it made the experience that much better. Alanna, the business manager, is fantastic. She's fun to be around and always brings a good laugh to the dinner table, and don't forget her wonderful dog goose. Fiona was my coordinator and she is everybody's "mum" on project. She's always there if you need her and is super fun. Nuppy is also a coordinator and the greatest photographer ever. Don't be fooled by his numerous jokes. The rest of the staff is also amazing! I never once encountered a single rude person here in Victoria falls. Everyone is great! I've enjoyed every aspect about the trip and I will definitely be back!!!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Community experience

Volunteering in Africa was way more than I expected it to be. I was given so many opportunities and constantly surprised myself. The staff and other volunteers were all beautiful and warm and I could not recommend this project more!!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Volunteering in Victoria Falls

I have had such an amazing time volunteering here in Victoria Falls. I have learnt so much and met so many great people. The impact and positive effects the community project has here is very rewarding. The only regret I have is only being here for two weeks, I wish I was staying longer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

My experience on the community project

I have absolutely loved my experience here volunteering with lion encounter. I never have had so much fun while having an incredible impact affecting the lives of others. I wouldn't change a thing about my experience here. The people I have met will be friends of mine for a long time. There is no other way I would have rather spent my last three weeks then being here and working in the community of Vic falls. I truly feel like I have had an impact here and it's amazing to me that it has all been while I've been having so much fun.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A family experience to remember always

Our family of four, including two children ages 12 and 14, spent two amazing weeks doing community volunteering through Africa Impact, Victoria Falls. It was the ideal way to get to know the Zimbabwean people and to feel like we had done something worthwhile. We can't wait to return! We were impressed by the knowledge and hard work of the entire team. I can't think of a better way to be introduced to a new country and culture.

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