ONE OFF SET START DATES:
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION: 14TH - 28TH APRIL 2020
HOSPITAL REFURBISHMENT: 10TH - 31ST MAY 2020
These unique programs were established by our Zimbabwean partner in 2012 to utilise international volunteers on crucial community development projects in the incredible Victoria Falls area. A truly amazing volunteer opportunity!
Volunteers can choose to participate on either an Environmental Conservation program or Hospital Refurbishment program.
Protecting the World Heritage listed Victoria Falls and wildlife rich National Park are goals we can all understand and support. This project involves hands on conservation and maintenance work both at the Falls and in the park as well as research into sustainable methods and social media promotion. Volunteers will be working alongside locals and within the community to create an understanding and shared goal of social responsibility and environmental protection.
The Zimbabwean Healthcare system is in a serious state of decline and helping hands are desperately needed to bring about improvements. Volunteers on this wonderful project will see for themselves the dilapidation of facilities and will work alongside locals to repair, replace and rejuvenate equipment and infrastructure. Work is hands-on and varied and volunteers can expect to get their hands dirty!
Those fortunate enough to volunteer on either of these projects will experience the incredible beauty, power and culture of this amazing area and know that they have had a hand in preserving and improving it for future generations of locals and visitors alike.
Goals of this Project:
- To preserve the beautiful natural environment of the Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Park areas
- To improve the healthcare services in Victoria Falls
- Support community development initiatives
- Promote social responsibility, leadership and organisational skills
- Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and local communities
How You Can Help
Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Like many conservation and renovation programs, a willing volunteer labor force is essential to success.
Volunteers will be involved in hands-on environmental preservation and maintenance activities, both at the World Heritage listed Victoria Falls and within the Zambezi National Park. At the Falls volunteers will primarily be working on the removal and eradication of an invasive alien plant species, Lantana Camara. Native to America, this plant becomes a significant pest in the African climate; destroying native vegetation and threatening the natural ecology and biodiversity of the area. Its presence on the gorge walls undermines their stability and visual appearance and its removal is critical. As well as physically uprooting the plants, volunteers will research non-chemical, sustainable methods of elimination and promote the project and its goals via social media.
Within the Zambezi National Park volunteers will work to maintain park infrastructure such as roads and picnic sites. Keeping the park sustainably accessible.
Volunteers on this worthwhile program will be making a very real difference to the Zimbabwean Healthcare System, not in a medical sense but in a physical one. Participants can expect to be involved in activities such as repainting walls, replacing window panes and broken doors, creating signage, redesigning the fire assembly point and refurbishing the car park. Work is also underway to promote partnerships with international and regional contacts for the supply of healthcare equipment. Volunteers will work at either the Chinotimba Clinic or Victoria Falls Hospital.
For international volunteers who want to make a difference to our planet, this program provides the opportunity to work on critical projects in stunning locations.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and could undertake the following tasks:
- Remove alien invasive plant species, Lantana Camera
- Research sustainable species elimination options
- Work alongside local children and community groups to achieve environmental goals
- Help to maintain Zambezi National Park infrastructure
- Refurbish hospital facilities for the safety and benefit of the local community
- Promote projects to the international community
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to help protect the natural environment of the Victoria Falls area. This 'hands-on' project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
Victoria Falls township is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Falls of the same name and located within the Zambezi National Park. An absolutely magnificent location in which to volunteer and explore the treasures this amazing area has to offer!
Nature lovers and adventure seekers alike will find much to love about this location and the important projects underway to protect and preserve the beautiful natural environment and improve facilities for the local population.
The local team will be happy to help with booking activities in and around the area.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is a one off, available for 2 weeks
Environmental - from the 14th - 28th April 2020.
Hospital Refurbishment - from the 10th - 31st May 2020.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers are collected on arrival into Victoria Falls and taken to the Volunteer House to settle in. An orientation session will be conducted, normally the following day, covering your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and introductions. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.
- Program Arrival Day:
Environmental TUESDAY APRIL 14TH
Hospital Refurbishment SUNDAY MAY 10TH
- Arrival Airport: Victoria Falls Airport, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (CODE: VFA)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers joining this amazing project are accommodated in spacious Victoria Falls Volunteer House, located 4 kms from the city center.
Bedrooms are shared by 2 - 4 volunteers, split by gender, and are equipped with air conditioning and single beds. Bathrooms have flush toilets and a bath is provided. The spacious lounge is a great place to relax and catch up with current affairs on the TV news and a great outside area is perfect for relaxing with other volunteers. Wifi is available free of charge but volunteers are asked to ration their usage when the house is busy.
Volunteers on this project are provided with 3 meals daily at the Volunteer House. Food is basic, local, wholesome fare with breakfasts including bread, eggs and spreads; lunch normally of rice and local stew and dinner of rice, potatoes or pasta with meat and vegetables.
Victoria Falls has a sprinkling of top class restaurants, several African buffets and a few coffee shops, sandwich shops, and fast food options should you wish to eat out. Easy!
For those who prefer we can arrange accommodation with a host family. In most cases they provide the volunteer with a private room, but during busy periods you may need to share with other volunteers. The families are experienced in hosting international volunteers and will take very good care of you.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.