WILdlife conservation internship in zimbabwe
Mavuradonha Wilderness Area is part of the Zambezi Escarpment, and recently, in January 2017, it received status and legal protection as a National Monument of Zimbabwe. There are nine other historical and cultural sites within the Mavuradonha area that were conferred this status by the Government of Zimbabwe. Mavuradonha is likely the last of the intact wilderness areas in Zimbabwe, untouched by tourists, and rarely visited. You’ll find wildlife such as elephants and lions, together with immaculate San Rock Art, surrounded by several historical and cultural sites including the Kraal ruins of Nyatsimba Mutota, who emigrated from the Great Zimbabwe. As the area is seldom visited, there is a lot of ecological, environmental, and conservation work to be done to preserve it in a state that will allow the wildlife and the local surrounding communities to live in harmony.
The second programme runs out of Headlands, at one of the very few eco-game parks in the country. As of this writing, there are seven sahara lions and two white lions rescued from captivity and now enjoying a free life at the reserve. Unfortunately, due to the nature of their former captivity, these majestic animals are unable to adapt well to the wild and have to live out the rest of their lives at the eco-game park. Volunteers and interns play a big part in enhancing their quality of life because they deserve it! There are over 900 other animals that need similar attention inside the park and protection from poachers. Schools visit the eco-game park in order for their students to learn more about wildlife and the environment, so volunteers and interns also help run school and family programmes. Other activities include office work associated with running a game park that also offers accommodation and leisure activities such as golf on the premises.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
Mavuradonha Wilderness Area is part of the Zambezi Escarpment, and recently (January 2017) received status and legal protection as a National Monument of Zimbabwe. There are nine other historical and cultural sites within the Mavuradonha area that were conferred this status by the Zimbabwe Government. Mavuradonha is likely the last of the intact wilderness areas in Zimbabwe, untouched by tourists, and rarely visited. The combination of pristine wildlife such as elephants and lions, together with immaculate San Rock Art, surrounded by several historical and cultural sites including the Kraal ruins of Nyatsimba Mutota, who emigrated from the Great Zimbabwe. As the area is seldom visited, there is a lot of ecological, environmental, and conservation work to be done to preserve it in a state where the wildlife and the local surrounding communities can live in harmony.
The second programme runs out of Hwedza, at one of the very few eco-game parks in the country. We run this programme in collaboration with the department of veterinary science at the University of Zimbabwe as well as private vets. There are seven sahara lions and two white lions rescued from captivity and now enjoying a free life. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the captivity, these beasts are unable to adapt well to the wild, and have to live the rest of their life at the eco-game park. Volunteers and interns play a part in enhancing their quality of life, because they deserve it! There are over 900 other animals that need similar attention inside the park, and protection from poachers. Schools visit the eco-game park in order to learn more about wildlife and the environment, so volunteers and interns run school and family programmes. Other activities include office work, associated with running a game park with accommodation and leisure activities such as golf on the premises.
AS A VOLUNTEER OR INTERN YOU GET TO:
- Participate in ongoing animal game counts, data collection and reporting
- Support research programmes, including animal population dynamics, predator/prey synergies, mapping of vegetation and fire management
- Conduct animal and bird surveys – population monitoring
- Carry out tree planting exercises, while removing foreign invasive species from surrounding forests
- Help facilitate environmental management and wilderness rehabilitation programmes
- Conduct wildlife conservation and environmental preservation and protection outreach work within local communities and schools
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"
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"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…
Activities vary depending on the time of year you travel and level of experience. However, generally, you can expect early morning wake-up calls, breakfast and packed lunches almost daily. On most days, the first activity is checking for any poaching activities the night before, snares and traps.
Rise & shine: head out to start searching, removing snares and traps
Breakfast back at camp (when possible) – *there may be times we have to carry packed breakfast & lunch
Sable breeding centre assisting vets
Permaculture gardening in schools
Lion feeding & safari with visitors
Volunteers and interns live in an unfenced camping area, along a game corridor. Camping and chalets type accommodation as well as wi-fi is available.
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
Interns – 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.