Make an impact at medical clinics in Zimbabwe that have been severely affected by the current economic situation, and suffer from a shortage of healthcare staff and supplies. Touch the lives of many whilst gaining valuable medical experience.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Gain valuable healthcare and medical experience while observing patient care within clinics
- Help to make patients feel welcome, comfortable and cared for
- Get involved in tasks such as baby weighing, medical record filing and packaging medication
- Experience night duty in the clinics and assist in bringing new life into this world
- Join house-visits for patients who need extra care and support
- Support clinic staff with medical outreach and education sessions, touching on topics such as HIV/AIDS and immunisation campaigns
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
- Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas. You could visit Victoria Falls, the ‘adventure capital’ of Africa, go rhino trekking in Matobo National Park, or take a day trip to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
“I am a graduate student, following a pre-med track in the United States. Coming to Zimbabwe and being able to have first-hand medical experience has helped me gain an understanding of the clinical aspect here. Although, the environment differs from where I come from, the main aim is still the same, to help those in need. I have been honoured to have the people of Zimbabwe trust me as an outsider and work alongside them as one of the medical team. I could not have asked for a better stay and experience while being here. The staff and team I worked with at Antelope Park were beyond amazing and made my experience one of a lifetime.” Chloe Mesa, USA
“Amazing experience. Learnt about health care in Zimbabwe along with the social conditions in the lcoal area. Was given and took all opportunities that were made available to me and have learnt a lot about Zimbabwe. Have really enjoyed my time here and feel that I may have made small helpful differences at the clinics. Also experienced the drop in for street kids, the bush school, special needs and AET. Enjoyed all the opportunities offered and taken by me. Having been a community nurse in England for several years was particularly interested in the home visits – mostly social in nature of extremely deprived families. Will never forget this experience and would consider returning.” Maggie Williams, UK
Dates & Rates
- All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
- All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
- 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
- Tea, coffee and filtered water
- Medical and travel insurance
- Flights to your chosen destination
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
How your volunteer fee is used:
Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.
African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.
About the Destination
This volunteer project definitely offers you the best of both worlds as you volunteer providing healthcare to communities, yet at the same time experience the beauty of the African bush while living at Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2016, Antelope Park.
Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, you can expect to wake up to the distant sounds of lions roaring, and fall asleep to the sounds of African wildlife all around you.
Antelope Park is home to the world-famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation program. It is Africa’s first authentic program working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.
Volunteers on all projects at Antelope Park will get to play a role in this ground-breaking program if they are interested in learning more about lion conservation.
Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin – or quad – thatched rooms at the reserve’s main camp, with clean showers and toilet facilities located close to the sleeping area. There are plenty of guest facilities also available to volunteers, including a beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and coffee shop/bar. All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast on a long lion walk, will be served at the main camp.
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Health Education & Well-Being
Fun & Travel
Go on Adventure Trips
Fun & Travel
Observe The Wildlife
Being based in Antelope Park gives you the opportunity to walk and interact with both lions and elephants, as well as ride through the wilderness on horseback to view the wildlife in the park. During the evening, an exclusive night encounter will give you an amazing, close up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment.
Fun & Travel
Soak up the Culture... and Relax!
Your volunteer experience will allow you to be submerged into a new cultural environment. In the surrounding area, you can visit some impressive ancient stone ruins called “Dzimbabwes”, and on lazy afternoons, you can relax on a sundowner cruise or do a bit of canoeing. Antelope Park also has stables with horses suitable for all levels of riders – enjoy a sunrise trail ride through the reserve or try your hand at polocrosse.
Fun & Travel
Evenings are a great time to relax after a hard day’s work and socialize with other volunteers and interns at the park. Movie nights, bonfire nights, fundraising events such as an African Culture night, trivia/quiz nights, table tennis, volleyball and football are all on offer. Antelope Park has a beautiful bar area and deck where you can view stunning African sunsets over the river.