Enrich the lives of orphaned and underprivileged children as you immerse yourself in local Zimbabwean culture through direct engagement with the community. Care for, educate and inspire vulnerable children and experience a new sense of appreciation unfold in your own life.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Join African Impact and enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in impoverished communities
- Offer teaching assistance and mentoring for students who need special attention
- Facilitate book club, sports, arts & crafts, singing & dancing and other extracurricular activities
- Serve as a role model for disadvantaged street children by offering care, guidance and support
- Teach the youth of Zimbabwe our Conservation Education Curriculum – the first of its kind!
- Get to know the African bush on overnight horseback safaris – camping under the stars!
- Help care for our 4 rescued elephants and go on lion walks as part of our lion conservation project
- Explore optional excursions to see more of Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas. This could include visiting the Majestic Victoria Falls, going rhino trekking in Matobo National Park, or taking a day trip to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
“I loved the fact that I was able to do work with both the kids and the lions while I was at Antelope Park. Visiting the second and more needy orphanage was the thing that made the most impression on me. It was hard to see their reality, but comforting to know that they will get the help they need from now on. I am lucky to have everything I need and being able to buy what I want.
It was really hard seeing the kids at the orphanage and realizing that they still smile even though they own nothing and live on one meal a day. I have realized that it is the small things in life that matters and I love the fact that I felt so welcome in Zimbabwe. I loved my stay and will definitely go back!!” Siren Boden, Norway
“I feel so lucky to have been able to experience Zimbabwe. The people I met and the students I taught have shaped me and hopefully I have contributed to shaping them. It is clear that there is so much happiness and beauty in a place that the rest of the world views as simply a poverty stricken country. ” Denali Blumert, USA
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
Set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is a private game reserve and a serene haven, welcoming guests and volunteers alike. Your volunteer accommodation is on site and has a volunteer lounge where meetings and fun evening events or activities take place. There is a coffee shop with yummy treats and a variety of curios for some last minute shopping. You can enjoy lazy evenings having a local beer at the high deck bar area which has stunning views overlooking the water.
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. Residing in Antelope Park gives you the opportunity to walk with and interact with lions, ride through the wilderness on elephant or horseback and view the abundance of wildlife in the Park. During the evening, an exclusive Night Encounter offers you an amazing, close up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment.
This volunteer project definitely offers you the best of both worlds as you volunteer with children abroad and volunteer with communities, yet at the same time experience the beauty of the African bush and all the delightful surprises it will reveal to you along the way.
Work & Impacts
Street Children Support
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Fun & Travel
Fun & Travel
There is a wealth of wildlife for you to explore during your off time. Besides going on a safari, you can get a little closer to the animals by walking with lions, riding atop rescue elephants or doing a horse-back trail ride.
Fun & Travel
Culture & Leisure
Your volunteer experience will allow you to immerse yourself in a new cultural environment. Around Gweru 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. Your free time could also seeing you visiting the stables to prepare for a horse ride in the reserve, or riding on elephant back by the light of the full moon.
Fun & Travel
Opportunities to indulge in adventure in Zimbabwe are endless. Take a trip to the Victoria Falls and view this magnificent site of cascading waters. While you are there you can bungee jump, river-raft, zip-line, take a Zambezi Safari cruise, abseil and much more! Sometimes, and depending on demand, we also run a day trip to Motopos to go Rhino Trekking where you will spend the entire day learning about the bush and spotting rhinos in their natural habitat.