Agricultural & Nutritional Education Volunteer in Zimbabwe
Help improve the health of local villagers by ensuring they have nutritious food to eat. In this project you’ll be working in community gardens, teaching agricultural lessons at local schools and improving the overall nutrition intake of villagers. That’s because you will be using the food you grow in the village garden to serve up nourishing meals for everyone living there.
You will be working in community gardens, teaching agricultural lessons at local schools, and improving the locals nutrition intake through our village gardens. You will also have the hands on task to cook and serve nourishing food from this nutritious garden to the local villagers!
In rural Zimbabwe, some villages need a bit of support to get healthy, nutritious food for themselves or their families.Kids at school sometimes aren’t functioning at a high level as the food that is available and provided by the school, such as plain porridge, do not have enough nutrients or vitamins for the growing children’s minds.In order to help nurture this next generation we work with nutrition gardens that are committed to educating the community on how to practice good, balanced, nutrition in their own homes.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the village children’s nutritional intake
- Give you an experience of local Zimbabwe through agriculture and teaching
- Assist the program staff with extra hands
- Develop your gardening and culinary skills using local Zimbabwean practices
Monday to Friday
Every morning you will breakfast before heading out for a day’s work at the project. This could involve working in the local gardens, teaching at schools and demonstrating the importance of a balanced and nutritional diet to the local community by cooking for them.
Each day on this volunteer project in Zimbabwe will be similar but none exactly the same. Volunteering hours will vary between 9am and 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. The evenings and weekends will be yours with which to relax and explore this very beautiful country.
***Schedule may be adjusted due to weather and/or local conditions***
You will be staying on the outskirts of Rusape. Specifically, in Cheneke Village, Tandi located in the Manicaland province. Being only 30 minutes away from downtown Rusape, you will have access to local shops and other things that you may visit in your spare time. You may also take the opportunity to visit historic and natural sites such as Victoria Falls and surrounding reserves around the country.
About the Accommodation
You will be staying at our program centre which accommodates around 20 people.
All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Your rooms will be cleaned daily by staff but please try to clean up after yourself and help play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
Meals are basic and healthy, inspired by the local cuisine consists of staples such as rice, cornmeal for preparing ‘sadza’ or ‘bota’ (porridge), spinach, chomolia, spring greens, beans, chicken, goat, mutton, and beef.
Three meals on weekdays and Two meals on weekends
Since our centre is located just 30 minutes out of Rusape, there are many restaurants, ATMs, shopping malls and services that you can easily access at the main township in your free time.
Sights & Surroundings
Some places you may want to visit in your spare time:
Otherwise known as Uka uka ähläm “the Smoke that Thunders”, Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest waterfall in the world having a continuous sheet of falling water spanning 1,700 meters across and 108 meters down. The notorious Devil’s Pool is found here but please be warned that, whilst beautiful, this location can be dangerous if you are not careful, so visit at your own risk.
Zimbabwe is known for its numerous national parks scattered around the country, some of the more well known ones being Matobo, Mana Pool, and Hwange National Parks. These parks give you an opportunity to see native wildlife including giraffes and rhinos, visit sites of ancient paintings, and take in the beautiful natural landscape dotted with unique rock formations.
Trip Country Info
Language: English, Shona, Ndebele
Currency: United States Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), Botswana Pula (BWP), Pound Sterling (GBP), Renminbi (CNY), Indian Rupee (INR), South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique.
From the late 1800’s, the British had control over the territory they named Rhodesia in honour of Rhodes. Southern Rhodesia would later become Zimbabwe while northern Rhodesia became Zambia. Many forts were set up and guarded by British armed police, one of the forts known as Fort Salisbury is now known as Harare. With settling of Europeans taking place, the British took control over labour, precious metals and other natural resources in the area.
Zimbabwe gained full independence from Britain in 1980 when Robert Mugabe became prime minister.
Zimbabwe has a tropical climate with arid areas in the south, extreme heat in the Zambezi valley, and cool temperatures with highest rainfall in the Eastern Highlands. Temperatures at higher altitudes vary from 12o in winter to 24o in summer. Temperatures are usually higher in lower altitude areas reaching up to 38o during summer in lowland valleys.
Rainfall increases towards the east due to location of high plains with southern areas receiving limited rainfall. The rain season is from November to March while the cool, dry season stretches from May to August.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance