Program & Schedule
This program is an essential tool for you to understand Zimbabwe’s culture while giving you an opportunity to learn about the country’s rich history. This week is a good chance to learn and understand the culture of Zimbabwe which will make your stay more comfortable as well as being a good step for the following week’s projects.
It is the perfect way to learn more about Zimbabwean people, culture, customs, language and so much more!
During this week, you will visit numerous highlights of the city of Rusape in northeastern Zimbabwe.
You will have the opportunity to go on a nature walk and see old rock paintings from past generations.
We will also stop at downtown Rusape where you can visit the local market, mini mart, and bus station.
Later on in the week, there will be a tour in Mutare, the capital of the Manicaland province where we will go to a museum, shopping center and park. Following this, we will visit a lake where you can swim and relax.
You will also be having plenty of culture, language, and cooking classes throughout the week!
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
- Cultural introduction
- Village walk/tour and nature walk to see rock paintings
- Welcome dinner
- Language class
- Lake visit
- Visit downtown Rusape (local market, bus station, mini mart, hospital, etc.)
- Lunch outside
- Back to center
- Cooking class
- Dinner (provided by cooking class)
- Visit downtown Mutare (museum, shopping center, nature park, etc.)
- Lunch outside
- Back to center
- Project discussion and project placement visits
- Visit placements and join a program
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
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.
You will be staying in our program centre which accommodates around 20 people.
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.
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.
Since our center 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.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
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.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of Zimbabwe
Population: 16 million
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.
The Zimbabwean culture is rich with its people, arts, music, and religion. Music is still derived from traditional rhythms and sounds created by local instruments such as the ‘mbira’ (miniature piano) and ‘marimba’ (wooden xylophone). Sculptures of animals and folklore can be found around markets and are made of varieties of stones.
Many forms of Christianity are prevalent across Zimbabwe, but some people still practice traditional beliefs in ancestors and prophecy.
Zimbabwe is largely dependent on staples such as maize, corn, rice to create porridges,stews, soups, and starches, which are commonly accompanied by butter, vegetables, and meat. Onions, tomatoes, and nuts are usually found in sauces that accompany the meals. Snacks include dried fruit, potato chips, and fried cakes.
Dishes such as porridge and sandwiches can be found and on the period of British rule over what was then known as Rhodesia.