volunteer at wildlife sanctuary
Volunteer with an animal rescue sanctuary that is proud of its significant positive impact.
This facility was opened to help heal and rehabilitate both domestic and wild animals. This animal care centre is run by enthusiasts who never turn away a single animal. The centre is home to previously abused lions, several cats, primates, birds of prey, hedgehogs, bushbabies, monkeys, baboons, reptiles, dogs, tortoises and more animals that have arrived there from many different parts of Zimbabwe. All of the animals there are rescued, and some of the young orphans may even share a house with the staff and volunteers as they require special, around-the-clock, care.
Volunteers and interns take part in the weekly community veterinary clinic, providing rabies vaccinations free of charge to the dogs owned by members of the surrounding community.
Veterinary, pre-veterinary and vet tech students who would like to immerse themselves in further work in their field will have the opportunity to assist the resident vet at his practice in the city centre.
Volunteer with a Rhino & Wildlife sanctuary with a track record of releasing animals back to the wild.
The second programme we offer is run primarily as a Rhino breeding sanctuary. It is well known that Africa’s Rhinos are at risk of extinction due to poaching. We have taken a stand to ensure that Rhinos do not become extinct. If you want to get involved in protecting and preserving the future of Rhinos, this is the programme for you! Conservation through education is a recurring theme within the conservancy and is extended to the surrounding communities. A huge investment was dedicated to building a primary school so that local children and future generations can receive a good education. Further community development goals include opening a community clinic as well as being able to provide much-needed assistance to local orphaned children through their foster families. A significant part of this project is also community outreach, combining conservation education with healthcare improvement programmes. This creates a win-win situation whereby local community members’ healthcare needs are considered and met, whilst they are encouraged to take care of the local environment and its wildlife. A computer lab was built with the support of volunteers who donated their time and resources in order to ensure that the surrounding community members can connect, and engage with, the rest of the world.
- Immerse yourself in local communities through impactful conservation outreach programmes
- Help implement effective environmental awareness and conservation campaigns
- Get involved and become part of the family and daily life at the conservancy as well as at the school
- Enhance your knowledge related to conservation and wildlife management at the most authentic project sites in Zimbabwe
- Make new friends for life, both among locals and other international volunteers
- Interact with vulnerable wildlife, restore them to health and freedom after having experienced suffering, injury and loss
- Feed lions, duikers and other wild animals
- Ride horses and participate in the Rhino and elephant conservation efforts
AS A VOLUNTEER/INTERN YOU GET TO:
- Animal rescue expeditions
- Wildlife population control programmes, including sterilisation of domestic animals such as dogs
- Anti-poaching activities
- Ongoing animal game counts, data collection and reporting (wildlife research)
- Animal clinics, immunisation of domestic animals from the surrounding communities
- Wildlife conservation and environment outreach work within local communities and schools
- Animal tuberculosis, rabbis, foot and mouth testing and treatment
- Environmental management and wilderness rehabilitation
- Teach children on conservation through non-traditional, interactive adventures both within the classroom as well as in the bush
- Wildlife conservation events planning and management
- Night walks
A DAY IN THE LIFE…
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.
Rise and shine and head out to start feeding the animals
Lead a conservation tour for a visiting school group
Lunch and a swim in the summer
Community outreach, dog clinic and feeding
Feeding time: we feed the rescued lions daily (just like the doctor ordered)
Dinner: you fed the lions, birds, monkeys and dogs, it’s your turn now
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!"
Volunteers and interns live on the property, one is a farmhouse styled in the heart of the animal sanctuary. All meals, snacks and drinks are provided apart from Sundays, however, there are shops nearby and a fully equipped kitchen.
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:
- Degree / Masters / PHD in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environment, 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
Interns – require some of the following:
- Student or training for a college 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.