Environmental Conservation Volunteer in Zimbabwe
Experience Zimbabwe and its local conservation efforts by working with an environmental club in various areas around Rusape. You will have a chance to be involved in teaching classes on environmental conservation, tree planting in surrounding mountainous grassy areas, managing local water resources, and more! This program is part of an important effort to preserve the local environment and offer environmental services to the community.
During this program you will be helping out at an environmental club at a local Zimbabwean school and village hall, where you will have the opportunity to be part of an environmental campaign for students and youth.
You can also expect to be involved with the tree nursery, a recycling project, and water management program to name a few active goals of this program. These activities do not just help improve the environment, they highlight the issue of environmental conservation and provide you with subject matter to discuss at your campaign presentations. You can develop and integrate these activities in the classes, you will be asked to present along with issues such as the the local effect of climate change.
As you work and teach, you will be educating the local community. Your tasks will include:
- Tree nursery
- Recycling project
- Water management
- On top of this, you will participate in a campaign that advocates safe and proper usage and disposal of non-biodegradable plastics.
- You will also describe the basic concept of recycling in order to prepare the locals for the potential of recycling centres in the future.
Monday to Friday
You will be involved in your volunteer project which will run between 9am and 12pm. You will then break for lunch and return to the project at 2pm to 4pm. Evening and weekends will be for you to relax and explore the beautiful cultures and sites of Zimbabwe.
***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