TEACh abroad: public schools and orphan care in zimbabwe
Background to the Programme
The programme was set up to support mostly primary schools in underserved communities, which are servicing orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) within communities and specialised homes. We run this programme in Mt Darwin and Matopos. The Mt Darwin programme supports a home for children as well as Rukururwi Primary & Madziwi Secondary Schools. 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.
The second placement site is based in Gulati, Matopo in Matebeleland South Province – 45 kilometres from Bulawayo (2nd largest City in Zimbabwe). The programme operates in a very remote part of the country, and the programme mostly looks after orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) as well as sick people in the community. We pair up international volunteers with the over 200 community volunteers who have received training on assisting the full-time staff.
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.
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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…
Rise & shine: prepare meals for the under 5 years children, have a hearty breakfast with them
Start of the school day: each day has a lesson plan prepared by local teachers
Class continues following the lesson plan
Lunch: either packed lunch or back at the orphanage
After-school activities: sport, debate among others
Help children with homework
Start with dinner, and time to relax and reflect on the day
Volunteers & interns are accommodated in a house strategically located near the school, and in very close proximity to the income generating projects that support the project in Matopos. This is usually the meeting hub for all things relating to the projects, making it easier logistically. Volunteers & interns also have a unique opportunity to participate in homestay, with local families – whereby you will live alongside Matopos residents, learning their culture and culinary practices, whilst you also teach them about your own culture as well as culinary preferences.In Mt Darwin, volunteers & 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.