Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities Yes
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning No

Program & Schedule

Family and smallholder farms are the primary resource for income and food supply for households in many parts of the country. They account for 90% of domestic food supply in Mozambique.

In this program, you will get the chance to experience the authentic countryside of Mozambique by living amongst locals and helping out in village farms. 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 depending on what is needed at the time.

Working up close with local farmers will not only teach you new skills, but will also get you immersed in a new culture and lifestyle.

Aims & Objectives

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

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • 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.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements.

Living & Location

You will be staying in Fidel Castro Village located just outside Xai Xai, the capital of the Gaza Province. Being only 30 minutes 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.

You will be staying in our program center. The accommodation is shared between 12 people with 4-8 people per room and 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.

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) in the weekend at the program center.

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.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Some places to visit nearby are:

Xai Xai Beach

30 minutes away from our center. 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.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Mozambique

Population:        28 million

Capital:        Maputo

Language:        Portuguese

Currency:        Metical (MZN)

Time zone:        CAT (UTC +2)

Country Information

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.

Climate

Almost all of Mozambique falls within the tropics resulting in a warm, mostly tropical climate along the coast and higher temperature and rainfall in the interior. Evenings are rarely cold, except for a few nights in June and July and the rainfall isn't too high. In summer, temperatures and humidity can soar with temperatures being typically higher in the north, around Pemba and the Zambezi. The mountainous regions generally remain cool throughout the year.

Mozambique has two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on altitude. There is an average of 590 mm (23.2 in) of precipitation annually with cyclones being common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo are from 13-14°C (55.4-75.2°F) in July to 22-31°C (71.6-87.8°F) in February.

Culture

The culture of Mozambique is rich with the arts, cuisine, and entertainment and is derived from its history of Bantu, Swahili, and Portuguese rule. The main ethnic groups in Mozambique are Makua, Tonga, Makonde, Shangaan, Shona, Sena, and Ndau.

Local dances and rituals vary from tribe to tribe and include singing, music, and the wearing of carved wooden masks. These dances are usually intricate, highly developed traditions throughout the history of Mozambique.

Many groups believe in an all-powerful God and practice traditional animist beliefs, where the spirits of ancestors can affect the lives of the living. The Ujamaa are totem-type carvings which illustrate lifelike faces of people and various figures. These sculptures are usually referred to as “family trees” because they tell stories of many generations.

Mozambique has a mixture of religions. Around a third of Mozambicans are Christian, a quarter are Muslims, mainly in the northern regions. Other religious groups include Buddhists (mostly Mahayana and Chinese), and Hindus (virtually Indian and Pakistani) which are also important.

Gastronomy

Mozambican cuisine is rich and varied, including flavourful spicy stews eaten with rice or steamed cornmeal dough, fish is also a key part of the national diet and can be incorporated into a number of dishes, fresh, smoked or dried. Like its African neighbors, Mozambique is also blessed with a wide variety of fruits, including citrus, bananas, mangoes and coconuts.

Staples and crops include cassava, cashew nuts, and pãozinho. The use of spices and seasonings such as bay leaves, chili peppers, fresh coriander, garlic, onions, paprika, red sweet peppers, and wine were introduced by the Portuguese, as were maize, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and sugarcane.