Trip Details

Experience rural Mozambique and get to experience for yourself what the country and culture is all about once you step away from the guide books. In this program you will live amongst locals in the authentic Mozambique countryside, where you’ll be helping with planting, watering, fruit picking, caring for livestock, cleaning up grassy areas around the farm and overall community work. Your daily activities will reflect the changing, seasonal needs of the area, and whether your harvesting crops or planting seeds, you will learn more about how the locals practice sustainable farming.

You will experience a real cultural immersion by working up close with local farmers. You will develop new skills and develop a greater understanding of their culture and lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to experience the vibrancy, language, and cuisine of Mozambique, a Portuguese-speaking African country. This project is a fantastic way to dip into a rural lifestyle and develop life-long skills and knowledge through an interesting and rewarding program, that not many people get the chance to experience.

Aims & Objectives

  • Promote agriculture in Mozambique
  • Support local farmers with labour
  • Increase your knowledge of local Mozambican farmers and farming methods

Trip Itinerary

The itinerary for this program is designed to be flexible, and meet the ever-changing and seasonal needs of the local farmers. Your tasks will include cutting and cleaning up grassy areas around the farm, planting, watering, picking fruits, helping take care of the livestock and overall community work

Sample Monday to Friday Schedule:

Breakfast
Working at a farm location
Lunch
Working at a farm location
Evaluation
Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

You will be staying in a local village located just outside Xai Xai, the capital of the Gaza Province. Being less than an hour away from downtown Xai Xai, you’ll have access to many local shops, banks, grocery stores, cafes as well as surrounding beaches and towns including Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.

Accommodation & Food
You may be staying at our program centre or in a local homestay. The accommodation is shared and may accommodate anywhere from 4-8 people per room with shared bathrooms.

All participants 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. Please note that accommodation location may be changed if conditions require it.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Free beverages (Water,Coffee,Tea)
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • WiFi in public areas (WiFi may be available depending upon accommodation location. Local SIM purchase is advised.)

Food Arrangements
Meals are inspired by the local cuisine which is rich in fish, cassava, nuts, paozinho, spices, seasoning, maize, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, fruits, and sugarcane. We provide 3 meals during weekdays (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) on the weekend at the program centre.

Facilities
Local transport modes include buses, minibuses and taxis which can take you to around the local area and out to surrounding towns. Banks and ATMs with VISA and MasterCard are available. Our center has access to nearby ATMs, restaurants and local shops which are within walking distance.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Xai Xai Beach
    30 – 60 minutes away from our center or homestay. Many water sport activities are available in Xai Xai and surrounding beaches, these beaches are also a great place to relax.
  • Wenela Tidal Pool
    2 kilometres south of Xai Xai which has a natural tunnel and blow hole linking the pool to the Indian Ocean, or maybe you may go snorkelling along the coral reef which runs parallel to the Praia Do Xai-Xai beach.

Trip Country Info

Mozambique

Population: 28 million
Capital: Maputo
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Metical (MZN)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Mozambique is a country with a 1,000km long coastline adjacent to the Indian Ocean in Southeastern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

In 1500, the Portuguese established posts up and down the coast, starting with present day Ilha de Mozambique, where the Portuguese operated spice and slave routes from Mozambique up until 1891.

Following the end of World War 1, Portuguese investment in commercial, industrial, agricultural, educational, transportation, and health care infrastructure for the indigenous population started providing for better social and economic possibilities. This continued up to the country’s independence in 1975. The country is generally a low-lying plateau broken up by 25 rivers flowing into the Indian Ocean. The largest is the Zambezi, which provides access to central Africa. Mountain chains in the country’s interior form the backbone of the country.

Wildlife in the country’s national parks is attracting many visitors as it does in the neighbouring countries.   Mozambique is known for its vibrant culture, a blend of African and Portuguese influences that translates into a fantastic music scene and excellent cuisine.  There is something for everyone on offer here.  Why not let yourself take it all in whilst taking part in one of our amazing volunteering experiences, which will help you develop personal skills that you will keep and use for the rest of your life.

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa