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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.

What's the programme about?

Our development partner organisation, which runs this programme was established as a non-profit charitable Trust in 1966 and has gone through various transitions to date. It now focuses on providing educational opportunities whilst simultaneously tackling the toughest challenges and responding to threats to child survival and healthy growth.The programme operates within four districts in Mashonaland West Province: Zvimba, Mhondoro Ngezi, Chegutu and Sanyati.

What are the benefits of signing up?

1. Provide support to children, youth, and educators in Zimbabwe

2. Support local staff with training of community workers Leave knowing you created viable results, such as a repainted classroom.

3. Assist medical professionals with medical checks and immunising children.

4. Make friends for life with local people, other volunteers and interns from all over the world.


Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme
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?

Harare 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.

Intern accommodation at the rural hospital is in a double story, thatched house with a lot of character. The rooms are shared, and it is within 300m walking distance to the hospital. There is a basketball court and old tennis half court that we now use to project films as our very own village cinema. 

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

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

programme highlights

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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..


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.

Volunteers and interns 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.





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