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 No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Experience Zimbabwe by working with villagers to improve their local environment!

In 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.

A part of your tasks will be taking part in group efforts such as tree planting, something usually needed in public areas of need such as the local school, community centre, and clinic.

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.

Aims & Objectives

  • Increase community awareness of local environmental concerns
  • Provide you with teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!
  • Assist the program staff with extra hands

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working in the fields, tree nursery, tree planting, and environmental club
  • Lunch
  • Working in the fields, tree nursery, tree planting, and environmental club
  • 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 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.

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.

Facilities

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:

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.

Transportation

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

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Zimbabwe

Population:        16 million

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)

Country Information

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.

Climate

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.

Culture

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.

Gastronomy

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.