Trip Details

Learn more about Zimbabwe, bond with fellow participants, and immerse yourself in the local culture. This is your kick start week into a new country and its way of life!

This week will take you around to important locations related to Zimbabwe’s history and culture. It will feature orientation to memorial sites and places of interest, which will help you easily integrate into the local culture and give you everything you need to settle into this beautiful part of the world!

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you become familiar with your local surroundings
  • Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay

Trip Itinerary

Monday

Breakfast
Cultural introduction
Lunch
Village walk/tour and nature walk to see rock paintings
Welcome dinner

Tuesday

Breakfast
Language class
Lunch
Lake visit
Dinner

Wednesday

Breakfast
Visit downtown Rusape
Lunch out
Back to volunteer house
Cooking class
Dinner (provided by cooking class)

Thursday

Breakfast
Visit downtown Mutare (museum, shopping centre, nature park)
Lunch outside
Back to volunteer house
Dinner

Friday

Breakfast
Project discussion and project placement visits
Lunch
Visit placements and join a program
Dinner

***Schedule may be adjusted due to weather and/or local conditions***

Trip Accommodation

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.

Food Arrangements
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

Facilities
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:

Victoria Falls
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.

National Parks
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

Zimbabwe

Capital: Harare
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

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