Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an intern?

Internships

We strive for the internship experience we provide to be beneficial to both participants and the institutions, medical & conservation professionals as well as patients and animals our interns work with. We want to ensure a win-win situation for all. Therefore, because we thoroughly screen our institutional partners and programme facilitators, we also need to do some screening and preparation work when it comes to selecting participants.

You’ll need to send proof of your:

  • Education, skills and work experience in the form of a CV
  • Documentation from your school and reference letters 
  • Current enrolment in a professional, accredited programme of education
  • A copy of your passport valid for at least 6 (six) months from the date of your intended travel to Zimbabwe.

 

We’ll also need:

  • To have an initial online interview with you to determine your communication skills and enthusiasm about coming on an international internship abroad in Zimbabwe.

 

Volunteering 

Please visit individual volunteering abroad pages to find out more about their specific requirements.

Generally, for all volunteering programmes, we require:

  • Proof of your education and work experience.
  • Solid references from your current or former employer and/or educational institution.
  • A police clearance certificate issued no later than 6 months prior to the date of your application.
  • A copy of your passport valid for at least 6 (six) months from the date of your intended travel to Zimbabwe.
  • A personal interview with you via Skype to assess your motivations and your communication skills.
How can I apply?

The process is really quite simple.

Make sure you have the required supporting documentation available, such as your CV, your educational transcripts and proof of active study at an accredited institution, and reference letters.

Fill out the application form by clicking here

One of our queen & worker bees will contact you to schedule a call by Skype. We will then verify and confirm the supporting documentation you provide us with. Once that process is complete, you will make your deposit and start planning your adventure!

Please start your application at least three (3) months before your preferred start date.

What's happens between application approval and travel to Zimbabwe?

Pre-departure support

We are available on-demand, around the clock to assist you with the application and preparation process from your initial enquiry and application to confirmation of your placement and accommodation.

You will receive information on your exact destination city, town or rural village, and details about the project and placement. You will be introduced to a placement advisor who will be your point of contact throughout the process.

He or she will personally help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

What happens on arrival?

Orientation

From the moment of your arrival, starting at the airport, you will be welcomed by our staff and assisted with settling into your accommodation. We’ll gladly answer any questions that may come up and guide you to local amenities.

You’ll then participate in a comprehensive orientation aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe. We’ll focus on specific considerations regarding the city, town or rural area you will be staying in. The volunteer or internship activity schedule and expectations will be further confirmed and provided to you in an organised manner. These aspects are all intended to adequately follow-up on an initial online orientation that you will complete prior to heading out to Zimbabwe from your home country.

 

The two orientations will explain the local transportation system, appropriate dress in the local communities and during your work. We’ll also address cultural sensitivity, emphasise the proper expression of mutual respect and appropriate public conduct.

You’ll be introduced to the history of the specific area where you’ll be staying and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks. Similar to other countries that are home to buzzing big cities and lively towns, some common sense and following the local rules and cultural norms will further help ensure your safety.

You will also receive your placement schedule during the initial orientation. We do, however, also value your input and so we are open to amending the schedule according to your feedback. We want to work collaboratively with you to create the greatest, most responsible and meaningful impact that is beneficial for both the people we are helping and you, too!

 

Our staff member(s) will accompany you as you travel together to the location of your first placement. You’ll also be taught the basics of some of the local languages: Shona, Ndebele, Tonga. Being able to string a sentence together in the native language will go a long way to helping you genuinely connect with people.

How do I get my placement area?

Rest assured that we’ll take care of all the details! We provide airport pick up, take you to your initial accommodation and provide some refreshments and snacks.

After a good night’s rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be conducted with the goal of preparing you for the specific programme placement you are participating in. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places and turn your African experience into a true adventure! From your in-country orientation, we will transport you to your placement site and introduce you to your supervisor. We’ll guide you through settling in and preparing to start your placement.

Tiritose Sustainable Travel also operates a shuttle service at a small additional cost. You may book this service if you want to venture out on personal excursions either during the week or on weekends.

common questions

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Will I have free time?

You’ll have your late afternoons and weekends free to explore. Whether you want to socialise with fellow interns and programme guests or sightsee, you’ll have time for both.

You can see the sights in the city and head out on excursions around your project area. There’s a lot to do, and we’re around to help you plan and get organised, as well as arrange transportation. We can help you plan adventures in surrounding countries, too.

 

If you’re looking to trek out further, we can arrange discounted packages with our various partners within Zimbabwe and its surrounds such as South Africa, Botswana, Zambia – or even beyond if you choose to go! Have a look at the variety of experiences on offer. If you don’t see a destination that speaks to your soul – let us know what does, and we’ll work with you to make a custom tour happen!

What should I wear to work?

We cannot overestimate the importance of ensuring that your choice of clothing is culturally appropriate.

 

Medical practitioners in Zimbabwe attend work in business-casual clothing that’s also elegant: Men wear shirts, ties and long trousers. Women are expected to wear skirts or dresses that extend below the knee, and it’s important that tops don’t show too much skin and are not skin-tight, either. Think of the dress code followed by the Queen of England, Elizabeth II: no knees, no sleeveless tops, no plunging necklines. It might feel like stepping back in time; however, we trust that you’ll enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere.

Zimbabwe is a culturally sensitive place. We urge our interns to be mindful of this fact and avoid clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for the workplace.

 

In the wildlife conservancies, walking shoes, cargo pants or shorts, safari shirts or t-shirts, boots or sneakers are useful and helpful during work hours. A sunhat during the summer months along with sunscreen will come in handy during work under the African sun.

 

Interns & volunteers need to be aware that they may be asked to cover up tattoos during community outreach visits as they may have different meanings or significance in Zimbabwe. We also ask men not to wear earrings or any excessive jewellery beyond a watch or wedding band during their time at the hospitals. For the ladies, a simple stud earring is considered professional, while any jewellery that draws too much attention or may interfere with work duties by getting caught in the hair isn’t – so please no dangling earrings, bracelets or fancy necklaces. This is a place to really let your inner self shine and impress others with your knowledge and kindness.

What's the programme about?
    • The application process
    • A pre-departure information package
    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • In-country orientation including a tour of the local area
    • Shared accommodation that offers laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and all utilities ¹
    • Transportation for work related travel
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks) ²
    • 24/7 on-ground support
    • A local SIM Card

    ¹ – please contact us regarding private accommodation or customized options for you or your group

    ² – meals are included in the cost except when explicitly outlined or requested by you or your group

What's not included?
    • Flights
    • In-country transportation for personal travel (we offer a shuttle service upon request at an extra cost)
    • Travel and medical insurance ²
    • Visas (some countries require a visa, which costs between USD$30 and USD$100)
    • Any other items of a personal nature e.g. souvenirs 

    ¹ – Tiritose does maintain comprehensive insurance for the organisation; however, you still need to obtain your own private insurance

Where does the money go?

Tiritose Sustainable Travel is a social enterprise that has been launched in partnership between Tiritose Trust, a registered not-for-profit-organisation, and a Board of Directors with expertise in social development, environmental conservation, and legal policy.

As a company, we channel the revenue from our programmes and experiences to the not-for-profit organisation’s activities, which include:

  • Contributing to local community development initiatives
  • Wildlife and environmental conservation programmes
  • Development partnerships with educational and medical institutions
  • Rural development projects, including a unique village resource centre initiative

 

Tiritose Sustainable Travel operates & runs ethical programmes, ensuring responsible travellers who want to enjoy a holiday, whilst contributing to the local communities, environment & wildlife conservation efforts, do so in a safe & sustainable way.

We maintain a commitment to the highest standards of purpose, transparency and accountability. Please contact us if you would like a copy of our Impact Report for the year 2019.

 

With regards to fee distribution, the following is an introductory allocation structure:

75% of the programme fee is channelled directly towards social and environmental impact initiatives. These funds help support local development and living-wage employment for programme facilitators representing our partners in realising the organisation’s social and environmental impact goals, including healthcare institutions, educational institutions, as well as, secondarily, the contractors we work with such as tour guides and tour programme operators.

 

25% is utilised to ensure that we adequately prepare for your orientation, ensure health and safety, as well as pay our own staff living wages.

We operate a lean model of social enterprise development in order to ensure that contributions to our organisation’s mission and purpose, as well as the realisation of our development goals, social and environmental impact, is maximised to the fullest possible extent.

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