kARIBA CONSERVATION IN ZIMBABWE
The programme presents volunteers and interns with a unique opportunity to combine community work with wildlife and environmental conservation. It is our flagship combined programme, with the added benefit of living at the iconic Kariba resort town. Kariba is the only place where humans and wildlife live together with no artificial boundaries. It is not surprising to pass a Zebra or an Elephant on your way to the store! your way to the store!
- Advance your interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment in which you can interact with tourists as well as locals
- Support National Parks and conservation work with other participating organisations
- Undertake crucial maintenance, building and rebuilding of habitats and waterholes
- Teach local school children about conservation, and support after school activities such as debate or sports
- Work on an enriching project that ensures harmonious living between animals and humans
- Veterinary students can monitor animal behaviour and help the vets treat injured animals as and when required
AS A VOLUNTEER OR INTERN YOU GET TO:
- Participate in wildlife and environmental conservation management
- Assist with anti-poaching activities, the removal of invasive vegetation and the replanting of trees
- Assist national parks staff with park conservation activities
- Teach organic vegetable & herb growing to children and local community members
- Facilitate community engagement and education to reduce human/wildlife conflict in and around the resort town
- Mobile clinics: After cattle, donkeys are increasingly becoming Zimbabwe’s most popular working animals and owners need to be educated on how to care for them. With the socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe, working animals are sometimes underfed and overworked. There are programmes underway targeted at educating rural Zimbabwe about animal nutrition, shelter, medical care and workload.
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…
Participants will generally split their time throughout the work week – five and a half days from Monday morning until Saturday at 12h – between programmes. Typically, this means 3 working on environmental and wildlife matters, then 2 days of community service, and then changing this rotation to a 2:3 ratio.
Tasks may change at any time during your stay with us – you may be needed to go on a call out to rescue a snared or wounded animal. When schools are on holiday, our work will move from the classroom to other projects within the community such as organic vegetable and herb gardening, as well as repairs and maintenance for community infrastructure. In terms of your commitment, time-wise, your schedule would fork as follows during your stay with us (remember, flexibility is the name of the game as this plan might change):
Head out early: searching & remove snares
Breakfast back at camp (when possible) – *there may be times when we are out in the field when a packed breakfast may be given
Environmental awareness campaign in schools
Lunch and a Siesta, should you like that (often needed after working in the heat!!)
After School activities (sport & homework with the kids) then community outreach programme
Time to relax, unwind and discuss your achievements with your fellow volunteers, have a swim, a cold drink or whatever you wish to do
Dinner will be available (self service) from this time onwards – relax, enjoy your evening, have a good night’s rest & ease those aching muscles into bed before the day starts again!
Volunteers and interns are accommodated at the edge of Kariba town, a perfect location to be one with nature. Here, you will have the option to stay either in the stunning hostel or under canvas. The area is surrounded by mopane shrubs, right on the shores of Lake Kariba. It a unique environment, in the middle of the game corridor, and so there is absolutely no need for a safari truck to view wildlife up-close and personal. There is no place like it anywhere in the world. You will find wildlife literally on your doorstep. You are guaranteed discounts on any excursions as we have many resources within the hospitality sector. There’s also entertainment galore at the bush bar, and a splash pool to cool off after a day in the sun.
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
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:
- Diploma / Degree / Masters / PHD in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environmental Science, or related field
- Must have work experience within a related field
Valid passport expiring at least six (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe
- Police clearance confirming a clean record with no convictions
Intern – require some of the following
- Student or training for a college diploma / degree or technical school
- An interest and passion for working with animals, and the environment
- Some experience within the conservation field would be beneficial
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.
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.