Volunteering in Zimbabwe
If you follow world news, you’re probably aware of the political changes Zimbabwe has been facing in recent years. Politics aside, this is a country known for its incredible wildlife and striking landscapes. None more famous or impressive than the mighty Victoria Falls. To the local people this massive sheet of falling water (the world’s largest in terms of length x width) is known as Mosi-oa-Tunyahis or “the smoke that thunders”. The village of Victoria Falls sits on the banks of the Zambezi River and is the perfect location for adventurous individuals who want to blend highly-impactful volunteering projects with some of the most extreme adventure activities you’ll find on Earth!
Fast Facts on Zimbabwe
Capital City: Harare
- Harare is located in the northeast part of the country
Currency: Zimbabwe uses the US Dollar as its primary currency
- Find your currency’s exchange rate here
Languages: There are 16 official languages in Zimbabwe
- English is one of the most widely spoken languages in Zimbabwe
Population (2016 estimate): 16 million
- About the same as Cambodia
Size: 150,872 square miles or 390,757 square kilometers
- Slightly larger than Japan
2018 Global Peace Index Ranking: 124 out of 163 nations (Low)
- For comparison: USA (121 – Medium), Canada (6 – Very High), United Kingdom (57 – High)
Our NGO partner in Victoria Falls has nearly a decade of experience hosting volunteers. Their primary goal is to promote the development of the Victoria Falls community. Their projects empower local youth through volunteer-supported activities and sustainable development initiatives. The non-political, non-religious organization believes that the inequalities between the world’s rich and the poor are perpetrated by lack of understanding and appreciation of human diversity, the power of sharing knowledge and helping one another. It is for this reason that they seek to engage people from all walks of life to offer their expertise, skills and passion in making the world a better place for all.
HIV/AIDS Prevention & Support
The HIV/AIDS Prevention & Support project aims to provide sexual and reproductive health education to children and youth in the Victoria Falls region. HIV prevalence rate in Victoria Falls is 25% with a total population of close to 35,000 people; most of which are children. HIV continues to increase among young people but is stagnant or at least decreasing among the adult population. These children are living in abject poverty and are in dire need of support. For those volunteers who truly want to extend a compassionate hand to children, this is your program.
Do you think little kids are the cutest thing ever? Obviously! If spending time and caring for the littlest of humans makes you absurdly happy, then this project was made for you! On the Child Care Volunteering in Zimbabwe project, you’ll be helping underprivileged kids with their communication skills and overall development. It’s guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Volunteer coaches can change the lives of disadvantaged children through sports coaching and helping out in their local communities. This project will change your life as you inspire young children through Africa’s most common sporting activity: football (soccer). Our project facilitates volunteer attachment to established soccer teams in Victoria Falls in the second division to impart their expertise in conditioning, skills development, and game play.
Children are our future and it’s important that they’re given every opportunity to succeed in life. Those kids who grow up in developing countries often lack access to extra-curricular activities to help promote their growth and development. The Youth Development Volunteering in Zimbabwe project aims to combat that by providing children, teens, and young adults in Victoria Falls with the support they need to grow up and determine their own futures.
The Children’s Home Volunteering in Zimbabwe project supports an orphanage that acts as a safe house for abused and vulnerable children in Victoria Falls. Many of these kids have come from from unwanted pregnancies or worse and have nowhere to call home. Their stories are heartbreaking, but their bright smiles are enough to shine a light on all the possibilities of their futures now that they have a loving home to care for them. Volunteers on this project play a critical role in providing compassion, friendship, and educational support.
It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteering in Zimbabwe at a school is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
Included: 3 meals per day (upon arrival at project) • Shared room in volunteer house or home-stay • Local transportation for project activities • 24/7 local support • Dedicated field officer at project •
NOT Included: Flights • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For project duration not listed, please Contact Us.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Volunteers participating in all projects in Zimbabwe have the opportunity to pre-book various exciting activities. Victoria Falls is the perfect place to check off lots of items on your adventure bucket list! Click the buttons below for more information.
The climate of Zimbabwe is considered sub-tropical and is characterized by two main season: dry and wet. Located in the northwest, Victoria Falls experiences the following climate norms:
Dry Season: May to October
Wet Season: November to April
Temperatures vary throughout the year but are generally tolerable highs and lows.
Hottest Month: October | average highs of 93° F (34° C)
Coolest Month: July | average lows hovering around 44° F (7° C)
Special Considerations | Volunteering in Zimbabwe
Please keep in mind that Zimbabwe is a developing country. That means that infrastructure, amenities, and sustenance will likely differ from what you’re accustomed to.
The tap water is not drinkable, but purified water is provided.
Victoria Falls is packed full of incredible opportunities for adventure. The famous Devil’s Pool, bungee jumping, canyon swing, whitewater rafting, and safaris are all available (depending on season). Keep in mind, that all of these activities carry with them significant potential for risk, so participating in them is solely at the discretion of the volunteer.
All activities are optional as some/all may incur added costs to the volunteer. You can join in on the fun, do your own exploring, or just relax at the volunteer house.
Activities in Victoria Falls can be pre-booked through GOAT Volunteers; visit the links in the Trip Add-Ons drop-down menu above!
For additional information, please visit our Resources page.