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Zimbabwe Volunteer Project

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Dates for 4 Weeks Volunteer Project: 21 May – 18 June 2017
Price: US $1595
*SPECIAL OFFER – Secure your placement before 31 January 2017 and get US $100 discount

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and home to 1.6 million people, living in a country with the lowest life-expectancy on the planet (34) due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and perhaps the worst economic crisis in recent history. Despite these horrific statistics, Zimbabwe is a peaceful, beautiful country – a country that was once the breadbasket of Southern Africa. In this traumatic socio-economic climate, Zimbabwe remains open to the gospel and has long been considered the gem of the continent. Being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, as well as Hwange National Park (a game reserve the size of Belgium), it is a haven for travelers, game viewers and adventurers from around the globe. Unfortunately, it is also home to one million orphans (amongst many other issues), and so there is a great need for volunteers to come and assist in various orphanages and school.

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ACTS Volunteers work with various different local projects and church–based initiatives. The love, time and resources poured into these projects by ACTS Volunteers massively support and empower the local ministry teams, who continue the work after volunteers have left, ensuring that the ministry done is sustainable and effective.

The exact ministry schedule will be determined by our ministry coordinators and will be adjusted closer to the time, so as to best meet the exact needs of the communities we serve in. As we get to you know you and the team, we will adjust the schedule to play to the teams strengths. Generally speaking, ministry opportunities will include:

Orphan Care:
Zimbabwe has an estimated 5 million children and according to the UN, 1.6 million are orphans – that’s almost one in three! In serving in this area we have adopted and work closely with a number of homes that look to cater for the needs of these vulnerable children. The various homes focus on children of differing ages, ranging from abandoned babies to school leavers.

We continue to maintain relationships with those we have served in the past. Below a number of the homes are described. Your stay may involve some level of interaction with them but they are no longer the primary focus of our volunteer program. The vision of the projects we are involved with has grown bounds and leaps. In partnership with Living Hope, what was one project, became a project serving many more needs.

Grace Mugabe School:
This school hosts about a 1000 children (500 in the morning and 500 in the afternoon). The children’s ages vary between 6 and 12. The building is in a relatively good condition, with 7 classrooms, but only two rooms have walls.

Regai Dziveshiri
This school’s name means ‘Allow them to become birds/let them fly.’ This is a small school with around 25 children (varies), aged 2 to 5 years. We have been involved in repainting the pre-school recently.

Success Academy
The Success Academy is a large school with over 1000 children. The children’s ages are between 6 and 18. The school is too small for the amount of children, as they are based in a 3 roomed house. They do have the basics in terms of desks and blackboards, so space is the essential problem. They may move to a new building, but ideally a new school needs to be built in the future.

Danai Orphanage
This orphanage is home to 30 children, aged 3-17. These children are form different backgrounds. In some cases they do have parents who do not have the means to care for them, whereas in others, both parents have passed away. The name Danai means ‘to love onanother’ in Shona.

Zimkidz
Zimkidz have various out reaches that they are involved with and have a team of around 6 on the ground volunteers. Volunteers may participate in various forms of outreaches, including primarily caring for the vulnerable.

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ZIMBABWE YOUTH AND ORPHAN CARE SUMMER PROJECT – 4 WEEK

Itinerary

Project Arrival:
You must make sure that your flight arrives at Harare International Airport on either the 20th or 21st of May. Upon arrival, you will be met by an ACTS representative who will be holding an ACTS sign as you exit the arrival hall. From there you will be transported 25 minutes to your project accommodation.

The first part of your first week will be spent on giving you a practical orientation and briefing on what the next few weeks will entail. A tour of some of the initiatives, team building, cross-cultural training and ministry overview set the focus for the first part of this week. To the end of the week you will receive a ministry schedule for the next couple of days. Friday will be spent doing more ‘hands-on’ ministry at one of the initiatives.

Here is how a typical day in the life of a Harare ACTS volunteer might take shape.

Please note that your actual itineraries may differ from this schedule, as it depends on your own experience/ interests and the number of other volunteer placements at the same time.

EXAMPLE OF DAILY SCHEDULE

07:00 Breakfast/ Clean up
08:15 Devotionals
09:00 Depart for morning activity
12:30 Lunch at Team House/ Project site
13:30 Depart for afternoon activity
17:00 Back at Team house free time
16:30 Dinner/ Clean up
20:00 Free time

Evenings
Evenings are very sociable affairs. Generally, volunteers discuss their day among each other whilst having supper together at the guest house, and prepare for your project the next day. Flexibility is important, if the team is tired and ‘run down’ the day can be adjusted to be more restful.

Weekends
From time to time weekend events take place and the volunteers will be ‘working’, we will always discuss this with you and will look to make up the ‘time off’ during the week if necessary. Also, during your time in Zimbabwe you will have several opportunities for weekend/ holiday excursions. Please see the schedule below; this is flexible depending on what you agree as a group.

Weekend Excursions:

Saturday 1: We travel 90 km East of the Capital City to a private game lodge called Chengeta Safari Lodge. Here we will spend the day enjoying a buffet lunch and your choice of two pre-included activities (horse ride, clay pigeon shooting, game drives, elephant interaction, etc).
Saturday 2: We visit a number of markets in Harare, including ‘Doon Estate’, known for its souvenirs, traditional crafts, artwork and pottery. This afternoon we will head north out of the city into rural communal land where we will have a picnic supper at one of locals favorite sunset spots.

Last Week
(Wed, Thurs, Fri): An adventure awaits you, this morning we travel for 4 hours into the interior where we will be staying in rooms at Antelope Park. Once settled in, our guide will talk us through some of the many activities on offer. Antelope Park is world famous for its lion breeding program and was the base for the documentary series “Lion Country”. The park is home to a wide variety of antelope and bird species. Pre-included in your stay is your choice of one of the following activities – cub viewing, game drive, cub feeding, elephant interaction, horse safari and carriage ride. Extra activities such as lion walks, sunset cruises, canoe use and elephant swims are optional.

Departure Saturday
Having said some sad goodbyes, we will take you to the airport for your return flight home.

**Please note that your return flights needs to be booked so that you depart from Harare International Airport on the 19th of Jun 2017. If you are only able to book your return flight for the 20th of July 2017 ,then ACTS Africa will be more than happy to help you to make alternative accommodation and airport transport arrangements for the extra night, and a transfer to the airport in the morning. This will be at an extra cost and needs to be arranged prior to your arrival. Add on trips to Victoria Falls can be arranged at the end of your stay, in which case flying home from Victoria Falls would be more appropriate.

Accommodation
Our volunteer house is a comfortable and safe home shared with other volunteers during your time here. You may be required to share ablutions and bedroom with other volunteers of the same sex. All bedding is provided, unless there are a large number of volunteers on the project simultaneously. Should you need to bring your own bedding, your project facilitator will inform you nearer to the time of your arrival. All meals and transportation to and from your projects will be provided and organised by your volunteer coordinator. Laundry is not included, but can be done for you at the project for a small fee. ACTS staff are also available to organize additional tourist activities, which will be at your own cost.

Meals
All meals will be provided for you by ACTS staff during your stay at various houses, camps and while travelling between sites.

Includes:
• Transfer from the airport in Harare to the project accommodation in Newlands
• Orientation and introductions to project work
• All daily transportation to and from the ministry and included tours
• Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at your accommodation
• Assistance in your projects by our volunteer coordinators. Full support from ACTS throughout your time at your placement
• 10 % donation of your project fee, which entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with
• Sightseeing on Saturdays include Dombashawa, Doon Estate, Chengeta Safari Lodge (including 2 activities there)
A weekend away to the Eastern Highlands
• 4 day Antelope Park adventure vacation, including 1 medium budget activity.
• An over-night village stay

Excludes:
• Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement (expected to include cover for repatriation)
• All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
• Telephone calls and soft drinks
• All visas
• Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Zimbabwe
• Any flights
• Optional activities
• Meals not mentioned in the tour itinerary

ZIMBABWE YOUTH AND ORPHAN CARE SUMMER PROJECT – 4 WEEK

Project Arrival:
You must make sure that you flight arrive at Harare International Airport on the day before the project starts. Upon arrival, you will be met by an ACTS representative who will be holding an ACTS sign as you exit the arrival hall . From there you will be transported 25 minutes to your project accommodation .

First Week:
The first part of your week will be spent on giving you a practical orientation and briefing on what the next few weeks will en-tail. A tour of some of the initiatives, team building, cross-cultural training and ministry overview set the focus for the first part of this week. To the end of the week you will receive a ministry schedule for the next couple of days. Friday will be spent doing more ‘hands-on’ ministry at one of the initiatives.

Here is how a typical day in the life of a Harare ACTS volunteer might take shape.
Please note that your actual itineraries may differ from this schedule, as it depends on your own experience / interests and the number of other volunteer placements at the same time.

EXAMPLE OF DAILY SCHEDULE

07:00 Breakfast/ Clean up
08:15 Devotionals
09:00 Depart for morning activity
12:30 Lunch at Team House/ Project site
13:30 Depart for afternoon activity
17:00 Back at Team house free time
16:30 Dinner/ Clean up
20:00 Free time

Evenings
Evenings are very sociable affairs. Generally, volunteers discuss their day among each other whilst having supper together at the guest house, and prepare for your project the next day. Flexibility is important, if the team is tired and ‘run down’ the day can be adjusted to be more restful.

Weekends
From time to time weekend events take place and the volunteers will be ‘working’, we will always discuss this with you and will look to make up the ‘time off’ during the week if necessary. Also, during your time in Zimbabwe you will have several opportunities for weekend/ holiday excursions. Please see the schedule below; this is flexible depending on what you agree as a group.

Saturday 1: We travel 90 km East of the Capital City to a private game lodge called Chengeta Safari Lodge. Here we will spend the day enjoying a buffet lunch and your choice of two pre-included activities (horse ride, clay pigeon shooting, game drives, elephant interaction, etc).

Saturday 2: We visit a number of markets in Harare, including ‘Doon Estate’, known for its souvenirs, traditional crafts, artwork and pottery. This afternoon we will head north out of the city into rural communal land where we will have a picnic supper at one of locals favorite sunset spots.

Last week:

Wednesday – Friday
An adventure awaits, this morning we travel for 4 hours into the interior where we will be staying in rooms at Antelope Park. Once settled in, our guide will talk us through some of the many activities on offer. Antelope Park is world famous for its lion breeding program and was the base for the documentary series “Lion Country”. The park is home to a wide variety of antelope and bird species. Pre-included in your stay is your choice of one of the following activities – cub viewing, game drive, cub feeding, elephant interaction, horse safari and carriage ride. Extra activities such as lion walks, sunset cruises, canoe use and elephant swims are optional.

Friday
As our time in Zimbabwe draws to a close, we return to Harare for our final night or your flight home.

Saturday
Having said some sad goodbyes, we will take you to the airport for your return flight home.

**Please note that your return flights needs to be booked so that you depart from Harare International Airport on the 19th of June 2017. If you are only able to book your return flight for the 20th June 2017 ,then ACTS Africa will be more than happy to help you to make alternative accommodation and airport transport arrangements for the extra night, and a transfer to the airport in the morning. This will be at an extra cost and needs to be arranged prior to your arrival. Add on trips to Victoria Falls can be arranged at the end of your stay, in which case flying home from Victoria Falls would be more appropriate.

Includes:
• Transfer from the nearest airport in Harare to the project accommodation in Newlands
• Orientation and introductions to project work
• All daily transportation to and from the ministry and included tours
• Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at your accommodation
• Assistance in your projects by our volunteer coordinators. Full support from ACTS throughout your time at your Zimbabwe placement
• 10 % donation of your project fee, which entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with
• Sightseeing on Saturdays include Dombashawa, Doon Estate, Chengeta Safari Lodge (including 2 activities there).
• 4 day Antelope Park adventure vacation, including 1 medium budget activity.
• An over-night village stay

Excludes:
• Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement (expected to include cover for repatriation)
• All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
• Telephone calls and soft drinks
• All visas
• Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Zimbabwe
• Any flights
• Optional activities
• Meals not mentioned in the tour itinerary

Dates:
21 May – 18 Jun 2017 – 4 week program
Cost: USD$ 1585

*SPECIAL OFFER – Secure your placement before 31 January 2017 and get USD$100 discount

Project costs include

  • Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as teaching materials, sports equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Transfer from the airport or bus station in Zimbabwe to the project accommodation in Harare
  • Orientation and introductions to project work upon your arrival
  • All daily transportation to and from the project
  • Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at your accommodation
  • Assistance in your projects by various ministry- and ACTS volunteer coordinators
  • Full support from ACTS coordinator throughout your time at your Harare placement

Project costs exclude

  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement (expected to include cover for repatriation)
  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
  • Email/Internet, telephone calls and soft drinks
  • All visas, including entry visas and visas for border crossings (on extra excursions)
  • Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary
  • Transport after hours and on weekends
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