Despite having a solid education system, Zimbabwe’s public schools are extremely under-funded and the rural schools do not attract top quality staff, which strains the          available teachers. Can you go some way to fill the gap left by 20,000 teachers who have left the country?

  Don’t worry if you not a qualified teacher, the adventures of interning in a developing country’s schools never end. You can assist existing classroom teachers depending         on the needs of your host school. You will appreciate that the students and communities teach you just as much as you teach them. Host schools expect you tobe     proactive in your approach to enhancing the teaching methods and how best to utilise your skills. The students will appreciate your friendship, support and mentorship as a big sister/brother. You will also be expected to lead in the areas that interest you, be it debate, acting, sport or other after school activities. You could even introduce something completely new to them, and they will love that for sure.

Become a charitable traveller, why not combine family vacations to Africa with community projects in Zimbabwe? Our teaching and orphanage care programme accommodates families, high school and university groups – matching your collective passion with a suitable and sustainable project.

Background to the Programme
Child Future Africa Orphanage; Rukururwi Primary and Madziwa Secondary Schools: Established in 2005, the orphanage provides a home to orphaned, impoverished, and vulnerable children in Mt Darwin. Every child deserves a loving family, and so together with the department of social welfare, a foster programme was set up in order to achieve this goal. These families have also helped with the needs of the children attending the local primary (for under 12) and secondary (13-18 years) schools. These schools are underfunded, and understaffed, so volunteers and interns provide much needed assistance, and crucial impact on the lives of the children. Volunteers and interns also participate in the income generating projects based at the orphanage such as agriculture, solar and biogas aiming to reduce the consumption of energy.
Highlights of the Programme
  • Support local teachers within and outside of the classroom

  • Assist overwhelmed teachers by providing one-on-one attention to students falling behind the curriculum

  • Help make the orphanage as close as possible to a normal home for the children

  • Utilise your energy on an impactful and sustainable project, giving a future to the next generation of leaders

  • Make friends for life with the local people as well as other volunteers from all over the world

As a Volunteer/Intern you get to:

You will split your time between the orphanage and the school, starting the morning by bathing the young children, ensuring they are dressed and fed before school. Some of the volunteers and interns will be based full time at the orphanage, and will spend the day taking care of the under 5 years children, taking them on walks, sports, arranging nap times, and art. For those volunteers and interns participating in the combined orphanage care and educational development programme, you will spend the day at the school assisting classroom teachers, and then organising afternoon activities based on your interests. You will also help with the income generating projects in farming, or biogas.



Volunteers and interns generally spend between 4-5 days at the orphanage and schools, combining classroom work with recreational sporting and other after-school activities. We strive to give volunteers and interns at least two 3-day weekends per month for their leisure activities and other excursions.

You can expect to get up between 5:30am and 6am, have a hearty breakfast – help the younger children get ready for their day, and then look over your lesson plan and schedule for the day. School in Zimbabwe starts at 8am, so you will need to be there early. You will need to pack lunch, or you can purchase food from the school store, however, generally teachers eat together in the school staff room. You will then spend the rest of the day doing after school activities, which are highly dependent on the season, as some sports are only done during specific seasons in Zimbabwe.


Teachers in Zimbabwe attend class in formal dressing, males wear shirts, ties and long trousers. Female teachers 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 volunteers and interns to be mindful of this fact, and avoid such clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for school. Volunteers/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 the schools, and for females, a simple stud will do.


Volunteers and interns are accommodated at the orphanage, where they fully embrace their roles as big sisters and brothers to the children. As such, the minimum recommended stay is at least one month, although three months is ideal for the children to develop a bond with you. Weekend visits are also accepted in the form of play-dates.


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 in educational field, youth work, community work or related field

  • An education professional, community worker, youth worker or related field

  • Confident with planning, teaching and evaluating lessons

  • Must have work experience within an educational or community setting

  • A valid police clearance from your country of residence that is no more than six (6) months old

  • Valid passport expiring at least six (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe


Intern – require some of the following

  • Student or training for educational degree

  • An interest and passion for working with children/ youth

  • Some experience would be beneficial

  • An interest such as; art, sport, music, drama, writing, circus skills

Very Simple !!

Just fill in the application form,

Hit the button below or the one at the bottom of the page

(Apply Now)

Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!

Pre-departure support

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.


The programme start date is every Monday, and so please ensure you book your flight to arrive between Friday & Saturday!

Programme cost is calculated on a calendar month basis in American dollars. Please enquire with us should you wish to visit for shorter or longer periods!


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Tiritose operates & runs ethical programmes, ensuring responsible travellers who want to enjoy a holiday, whilst contributing to the local communities, environment & wildlife conservation efforts, do so in a safe & sustainable way.

We are the most transparent organisation as a registered non-profit organisation. 70% of the volunteer fee goes directly towards programme running costs, something you will gain an appreciation of when you arrive in Zimbabwe. 30% is utilised to ensure we prepare for your induction, health & safety as well as staff salaries. Although the operations cost more money to run, we operate a lean model to ensure maximum contribution to the programme.

What Does The Cost Include
  • Application process
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation: including local area tour
  • One weekend excursion
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities
  • Meals: 3 meals per day including snacks
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Mobile phone, and local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • In-country transportation (upon request, we provide a shuttle service)
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  • Any other items of a personal nature


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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☺.

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Tiritose is a non-profit organisation promoting responsible/ethical travel by facilitating volunteering, internships and educational tour opportunities in Zimbabwe. The organisation was established with the purpose of developing Zimbabwe through the exchange of ideas


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