Spend your days making a difference in hugely under-resourced rural clinics in Zimbabwe, and your free time at our lion project in the breathtaking African bush!
Antelope Park Medical And Community Programme Antelope Park in the Zimbabwe Midlands
Volunteers on this project are based at our world famous Lion Release and Conservation project at Antelope Part and work in surrounding communities. Most of Zimbabwe's hospitals and clinics have been severely affected by the past economic situation and suffer from an acute shortage of medical staff and supplies – and they particularly need people to help. As a result, sick people in Zimbabwe not only suffer from their own ailments, but also from the shortages of an underfunded healthcare system. Those few healthcare providers who have remained dedicated to helping communities would be so grateful to have your support. By joining this programme, you have the opportunity to aid healing, bring a better quality to life and have an impact on the lives of so many people that you will interact with. You do not need to be medically qualified, only willing!
Right on the door step of Antelope Park is the high density area of Mkoba. This is the area where the majority of Gweru’s population live, most of whom do not have access to private healthcare facilities so most are totally dependant on the poorly staffed and serviced local clinics; specifically Mkoba Polyclinic.
In 2002, Mkoba Polyclinic catered for 47 580 people in one year. Currently it is estimated to be catering for over 90 000 people. It is ill equipped and poorly funded and above all severely understaffed. This service provider is heavily dependent on goodwill and support for donor agencies.
Their maternity ward caters for all surrounding areas and records on average 125 births per months yet only have 2 delivery beds.
The Opportunistic Infections Department process about 2500 cases of HIV/AIDS a month and the Extended Programme for Immunization Department does a minimum of 1900 immunizations a month.
3 weeks GBP 1050 / EUR 1365 /USD 1840
4 weeks GBP 1295 / EUR 1685 /USD 2265
6 weeks GBP 1725 / EUR 2245 /USD 3020
Please note volunteers staying longer than 4 weeks will require a “temporary residence permit”. This costs US$500 and will be at the volunteers expense.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Antelope Park in the Zimbabwe Midlands
What will I be doing?
Help to aleviate the severly understaffed health care system in Zimbabwe, aid healing, and promote a better quality of life
- Gain basic medical experience in local clinics through interaction with nurses and local staff
- Playing an influential role in the community by facilitating HIV/AIDS education and awareness
- Experience hands-on involvement in medical tasks such as baby weighing, taking blood pressure and body temperature
- Engage in healthcare opportunities such as home visits and night duty at the clinics
- Facilitate nutrition awareness, immunization campaigns, healthcare and education outreach projects and general counseling
- Contribute to community upliftment through needed repairs and maintenance
- Explore the African Bush and local Zimbabwean culture
- Enjoy optional excursions to see more of Zimbabwe's natural wonders and wildlife areas such as the world famous Victoria Falls, Matobo National Park, and the ruined city of Great Zim!
- Make friends for life with local community members and other international volunteers on the project!
The Project Cost Includes the following:
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with.
- All transfers to and from and overnights in Bulawayo or Harare International Airports upon your arrival and departure, if required
- Assistance in your projects and comprehensive orientation by various trained guides and staff during your stay
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our Safari Camp dining area
- Unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day
- Weekly laundry service during your stay
- The service of a cleaner to attend to your room each day
The Project Cost Excludes the following:
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Return flights to Harare or Bulawayo International Airports
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement (charged out at cost)
- Any activities and excursions outside of your planned itinerary in Zimbabwe e.g. visit to the Victoria Falls
- Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for repatriation
- Soft drinks and other food items not included in your meals
You do not need to be qualified in any particular area
On arrival at Antelope Park you will be introduced to the Scientific Researcher and given a project orientation that will include:
- You will receive your introduction and orientation to the project upon arrival. You will be introduced to your Volunteer Co-ordinator and to the Volunteer Manager, and will be shown around the volunteer accommodation and surrounding area. Your Volunteer Co-ordinator will brief you on Africa, Zimbabwe and the projects and will prepare you for your work on the various parts of the project.
- You will receive relevant information about the clinics you will be volunteering in, common diseases and illnesses that you will come into contact with (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria etc.) and also about safety precautions for working in the clinics to ensure that you start work in a well-prepared and safe way.
- Following orientation at Antelope Park, you will also be orientated to each clinic by project staff, who will provide you with ongoing support throughout your volunteering experience.
Minimum 18 years, unless a specific arrangement is made and consent forms signed.Maximum age dependent on participants’ health