This is one of the most nature-rich game reserves in the country and the only one in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare. The nature reserve provides researchers and conservationists great resources that facilitate research and teaching. Apart from that, it hosts school children from all over the country, and thousands visit the reserve each year to learn about the environment and also just for fun with their families. Eco-schools programmes awards are supported by the European Union Commission in Zimbabwe, and are held inside this Woodland, which is only fitting since it is the source of a lot of knowledge about the ecosystem.
You will experience Zimbabwe in one of the most exciting ways by assisting in organising and setting up the activities that take place here. You will join the reserve’s staff and they will let you know where they need you to assist with their day-to-day work.
- Experience nature and wildlife within a city setting.
- Feel good knowing you have made a difference by teaching children conservation and environmental management
- Enjoy night walks within the nature reserve, either on foot or horseback
- Participate in the equine programme
AS A VOLUNTEER OR INTERN YOU GET TO:
- Participate in bush camp management
- Go on horseback safaris
- Assist with bird park management
- Teach children about conservation through non-traditional, interactive adventures both within the classroom as well as outdoors across the reserve
- Assist with the development of environmental awareness campaign programmes
- Plan and manage wildlife conservation events
- Harvest (and of course, eat) wild fruit
- Conduct team-building activities church groups, corporate guests and more
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…
Our days at the nature reserve are typically planned out, and you will usually know what your day is going to be like ahead of time, except for emergencies when an animal is injured. Your days will always start early, with rounds on the property checking for any poaching activity from the previous night and ensuring the fence was not tampered with. Then, it’s important to do final checks for any school groups that may be coming in that day, as well as the walk-ins. You can expect gaps within your daily schedule. We expect you to take initiative, and explore the reserve, including by networking with other conservation organisations operating within the premises. For those with a positive attitude, they can certainly make themselves useful.
Arrive at work: start at the horse stables, working with the groomer to clean the horses, the bed and let them out
Patrol of the premises, checking for fence breaks, observing animal behaviour, and what they feed on
Tea break: utilise time to write a report on the morning patrol
Lecture room with a visiting school group
Tree planting, nutrition and herbal garden maintenance, water testing
Wildlife supplementary feeding
Enter information in the timebook, which serves as your diary/journal
Departure from work to your accommodation
Volunteer/ Intern accommodation greatly depends on the budget. Tiritose offers from homestays (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.
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.