Early Childhood Development and Health​

You will work at kindergartens with a difference, where children from under-resourced
households receive medical checks and nutritious meals free of charge.

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TRUSTED AND RECOGNISED

Our team has been the first Zimbabwe-based turnkey provider of cross-cultural exchanges through volunteering, and internship placements at matched organisations.

This unique volunteering and service-learning programme has helped launch over 200 pre-schools that are now serving over 18,000 children. The country-wide HIV Pandemic has claimed the lives of many parents, leaving more than 1 million HIV-affected orphans in the care of their grandparents.

This programme supports such orphans and their caregivers and opens up opportunities for volunteers in Zimbabwe to make a difference by working within local communities.

PROGRAMME BACKGROUND

Some of the work involves renovating classrooms, whilst training community members to become teachers at the pre-schools, which are established within existing schools. The programme literally converts a kindergarten into a healthcare centre! Ownership of these programmes remains within local communities, ensuring the sustainability of the programmes long after development partners, interns and volunteers have left Zimbabwe.


The programme operates within four districts in Mashonaland West Province: Zvimba, Mhondoro Ngezi, Chegutu and Sanyati. Our volunteers in Zimbabwe will join the local staff in providing children with early childhood learning experiences, immunisation and routine medical checks. Additionally, the children receive protein and vitamin-fortified daily meals prepared by volunteers and interns. UNICEF recognised the achievements of this project with a 2010 “Best Practice Award” after reviewing 77 similar programmes in Southern Africa.

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
  • Provide support to children, youth, and educators in Zimbabwe 
  • Support and train local community workers 
  • Leave knowing you created viable results, such as a repainted classroom
  • Assist medical professionals with medical checks and immunising children, forming part of essential medical missions abroad
  • Make friends for life with the local people as well as other volunteers from all over the world
Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme

We expect volunteers and interns to lead fundraising activities both while they are still at the project as well as when they return to their home country. We’ve all heard that, “it takes a village to raise a child”. This programme lets you become an important member of that village. This is undoubtedly one of the most amazing opportunities to volunteer in Zimbabwe.

TimeActivity
06h00 Rise & shine
07h30 Food preparation for the children’s breakfast
08h30 Children health checks & immunisation
10h30 Break time
11h00 Classes take place according to the lesson plans.
13h00 Lunch time
14h00 After school activities
16h30 Home time
Where will you stay?

ACCOMODATION

Intern accommodation is in a leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant in Harare. It is a shared house with communal areas such as the kitchen, dining room, lounge and the garden. There is a swimming pool, an orchard, borehole water, solar hot water boiler, washing machine, Wi-Fi and cable satellite TV with over 100 channels.

We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house.

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What do you need to apply?

Volunteers – require some of the following:

  • Degree / Masters / PhD in the areas of education, youth work, community work or a related field
  • Work experience as an education professional, community worker, youth worker or within a related field
  • Confident with planning, teaching and evaluating lessons
  • A valid police clearance from your country of residence that is no more than six (6) months old
  • Passport valid for at least (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe

Interns – require some of the following:

  • Students enrolled for or training towards an education-focused programme
  • An interest in working with children and youth
  • Some experience would be beneficial
  • An interest in, and ability to teach, activities such as; art, sports, music, drama, writing and more

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WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY

This unique volunteering and internship programme has helped launch over 200 pre-schools that are now serving over 18,000 children. The country-wide HIV Pandemic has claimed the lives of many parents, leaving more than 1 million HIV-affected orphans in the care of their grandparents. This programme supports such orphans and their caregivers and opens up opportunities for volunteers and interns seeking to make a difference by working within local communities..

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Testimonials

BENEFIT THAT GOES FULL-CIRCLE – WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE SHARED:

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Jasmin Lopez United States, Ohio State University

Volunteering here was an amazing experience. You truly get some hands-on experience, and are able to learn so much from the handlers that work here. I learned so much more about what it means to work for the care of animals.

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Zach Karr United States, Ohio State University

Going on this trip was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was truly an incredible experience. The people I met were all amazingly kind and helpful. Twala was inspiring. I’m still amazed at the passion everyone there had for animals.

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Nicole Hasan United States, Ohio State University

We were taught so much about the animals including species that I had never even heard of before. I would absolutely go back, although it would probably be even harder to leave next time!

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