BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Background to Programme
Tiritose is an organisation that organises international programmes for overseas students to come to Zimbabwe and explore the country for fun and/or learning purposes. We welcome you from the time you get off the plane, arrange your accommodation, entertainment and help you achieve your trip goals. For MBA students or recent graduates from business school, we have come up with 3 programmes that you can participate in, either as part of your study programme or for work experience. Why not rough and tough it out in Africa?
We work with some of the best organisations in the country to make sure that when students come to Zimbabwe for work placements, they receive the best work experience that will make a firm foundation for their careers. This programme will match your field of study to placements available here in Zimbabwe. All you have to do is contact us and let us know your area of interest, and we will find the best internship for you. We have experts that have international training in their respective fields who know what will work best according to global business standards.
Some of the areas you can expect to work in are as follows, although this is not an exhaustive list:
MBA students and graduates from business school have a unique opportunity to work with orphanages, which are supported by foreign missions/embassies in Zimbabwe as well as local stakeholders. The local staff is very passionate about helping vulnerable children, however, lack the necessary business skills to apply for grants, allocate available resources as well as use those resources in a responsible/sustainable way. Business school students and graduates are able to come on board and help orphanage staff with identifying potential funding streams, and then writing proposals acceptable by donors.
As part of the business & professional skills volunteering/internship, you will be able to take organisations through the growth cycle, and then develop ways to keep them sustainable even after you have long left Zimbabwe. You will be able to look back at an internship that helped make a lasting impact on the vulnerable section of the population in Zimbabwe, while you would have advanced your resume better than anyone in your graduating class.
This placement will expose you to consumer credit financing, cementing your knowledge of development finance and the ins and outs of credit retail distribution networks. The flexibility of this placement is like no other – you will be able to rotate between financing for energy products, furniture, electronics, home appliances, hardware, and clothing. There are over 100 stores in Zimbabwe, in very different parts of the country – and the locations bring their own challenges that will demand a different skills set, which you would have to learn during your work placement.
Talk about finding purpose in life: you can rest easy knowing you have made a difference through improving people’s standards of living by implementing innovative and easily accessible credit solutions. Through the work you would have done during your MBA work placement, you will help local Zimbabweans who are financially illiterate develop a credit history, which they may use to purchase their first homes as well as secure other lines of financing in the future.
Travelling to a foreign country is a daunting experience and can even be dangerous. You need to have a clear plan of what to pack, where you are going to stay, how you are going to get around and most of all, if what you are planning to do there is legitimate. In a situation where you have applied to a company or organisation and have been accepted, Tiritose will be your support system and will assist you by verifying whether the company you want to come and work for exists and is reputable. We will arrange for your accommodation, transportation from the airport, getting around, and entertainment for when you are off work. You simply cannot come to Zimbabwe and not explore the insanely epic tourist attractions that make Zimbabwe unique.
Highlights of the Business & Professional Skills Volunteering and Internship Programme
Full experience of a developing economy work life
It’s quite unfortunate that Zimbabwe’s economy has declined in the past two decade, nevertheless, you won’t find a better place to learn how to do business and how not to do it (which is equally important). You can’t learn everything you need to learn in a place where everything is going well. You need to live through a failed business administration to get first-hand experience of how the other half lives. At the same time, walk on the streets of Zimbabwe and see how Zimbabweans have created business opportunities out of what would seem to be impossible circumstances. You will learn how to do business in a dog-eat-dog environment.
We want you to see as much of Zimbabwe as you can while you are here but we will never let you forget the reason for your trip. You will be assessed and where it’s needed, Tiritose will attest to your conduct as well. We created these programmes in order to mould you into an exemplary professional and we will stand by our word. Your study/work trip to Africa will be one of the most beneficial experiences of your career.
Experts assisting you in mapping out your career
The decision about what you want to focus on for the rest of your life is not one that can be made lightly. Getting out of your usual environment and going away to clear your head is the best thing you can do when you are still studying or have just graduated. It’s even greater to have experts in your field to help you see things from a different perspective. It wouldn’t hurt to go and see some wild animals and unique pieces of art in-between your thinking and working sessions too! That is the charm Zimbabwe has to offer and Tiritose experts will make sure that you go back home surer of your life goals than you were when you came.
Exposure to a different work culture
Nothing “opens up” the mind like seeing how other people live and how you conduct yourself in a different setting. You will be exposed to a whole new culture, different languages, food, animals, weather and lifestyle. The fun activities and Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions will blow your mind. Everyone who has interned or volunteered in our care has had a great story to tell and yours will be the best yet.
International networking opportunities
You can have as many LinkedIn connections possible, but nothing beats working side by side with students and professionals from all over the world and learning from each other. You will meet people from countries you didn’t know how to locate on the world map, and they will teach you things that you could never learn from your usual circle of connections.
they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!
Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.
It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas
"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"
"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"
AMANDA J THOMAS
"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"
A DAY IN THE LIFE…
It is true that ‘African time’ exists, and phrases like. ‘there is no hurry in Africa’ pretty much sum up the lifestyle. However, the business environment is slightly different because showing up late to a meeting is frowned upon, perhaps not as much as the western world. What this means is you need to bring with you a whole lot of patients, as things don’t typically happen when they should, and the best survival tip is ‘just roll with the punches’.
Wake up & have a hearty breakfast
Arrive at work & get cracking on the tasks at hand
Tea time: because Zimbabweans take this very seriously
Meeting: either in-house or with external stakeholders
Continue cracking on the tasks for the day
Home time: Zimbabweans are religious about leaving work dead at 16h30
Volunteer / Intern accommodation greatly depends on the budget. Tiritose offers from homestay (with a local family), backpackers (shared rooms or single occupancy), dormitories, shared or single apartments, house shares, and hotel stays for both individuals and groups. Please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer when applying to this programme. Some of the options available are listed below, along with accompanying photos.
DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED!
- Do I need experience to Volunteer/Intern
- How do I apply
- What happens before I leave my home country
- What happens once I arrive in Zimbabwe
- How do I get to my Placement Site
- Will I have free time, & what will I do with it
- WHAT DO I WEAR TO WORK
Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme. Our application is split into two categories:
Volunteers – require some of the following
- Degree / Masters / PHD within a business, finance or related field
- A business professional, with vast experience
- Confident with planning, setting strategy, implementation and evaluation
- Valid passport expiring at least six (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe
Intern – education / skills / work experience required
- Enrolled in a business or finance related programme
- Experience within business or finance related field
- Skills: Communication, organisational, strategy, accounting
Very Simple !!
Just fill in the application form,
Hit the button below or the one at the bottom of the page
Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!
We are available on-demand, around the clock to assist from initial enquiry to confirmation of your placement. You will receive information brochures on your exact destination (city) and project. You will be allocated a placement advisor who will be your point of contact throughout the process, and help you prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.
Upon arrival, you will undergo a comprehensive programme aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe and specifically the city/town as well as the volunteer or internship activities. This is a follow-up to the initial acquainting online orientation completed prior to arrival.
Orientation will cover transportation system, renting vehicles, appropriate dress in communities and for work. Cultural sensitivity, mutual respect and appropriate ways to carry yourself in public.
Similar to other countries with buzzing cities/towns, a little common sense and following the rules will ensure your safety. Orientation will include history of the specific area and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks.
Orientation also marks Shona/Ndebele/Tonga 101 classes. You will achieve more especially working with kids if you can string a sentence in the native language.
You will also receive your placement schedule during orientation. However, we operate responsible volunteering and value your input and so the schedule may be evaluated using your feedback in order to have the biggest impact.
Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!
Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions.
Work hard and play hard (that’s the motto). City sightseeing and other excursions in and around your project area – there is a loads to do, and we have it all for you to explore!
We will help you plan adventures across the continent and hook you up with great specials through our various partners inside Zimbabwe as well as the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Have a look at the tours on offer, and if you cannot find what tickles your fancy, give us a shout, and we will make it happen.
Professionals in Zimbabwe attend work in formal dressing, males wear shirts, ties and long trousers. Female doctors are expected to wear below the knee skirts or dresses, with modest, non-revealing tops that do not show too much skin. Zimbabwe is a culturally sensitive place, and we urge interns to be mindful of this fact, and avoid such clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for the workplace. Interns need to be aware that we ask you to cover up tattoos as they may have different meanings or significance in Zimbabwe. For males we ask you not to wear earrings during your time at work, and for females, a simple stud will do.
COULD NOT FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?
Contact Tiritose for further information about education focussed programmes at any of the programme sites. If you have found your own internship placement or volunteering opportunity in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about.