Orphan Care & Teaching – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

As a volunteer in Zimbabwe you can bring hope and smiles to the needy and orphaned by simple acts of caring, playing, teaching and helping, all while experiencing the beauty and adventures of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls.


  • Make a positive impact on the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children through activities, lessons and games at afterschool club programmes run at a local orphanage.
  • Spend mornings assisting in rural and urban pre-schools, helping teachers enhance their lessons through arts, crafts, and play.
  • Get your hands dirty while farming or refurbishing local schools, orphanages and other institutions – making them safer and more productive places for learning!
  • Reach out to some of the most disadvantaged in Victoria Falls by assisting once a week at the area’s Old People’s Home.
  • Once a week, enjoy extremely close encounters with captive lions on their daily walks as part of our ground-breaking Release into the Wild Programme, which seeks to introduce the offspring of captive-bred lions into the wild to save Africa’s lion population.
  • Enjoy living in Africa’s adventure capital, where you can fill your weekends with adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting, or take advantage of optional trips to wildlife havens like Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
  • Live a stone’s throw from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, where wildlife such as elephant roam the streets, and play a vital role in the conservation of this World Heritage Site.

Volunteer Reviews

“I’ve had an amazing experience working with a team of wonderful people. There is a great variety of activities so one is never bored. The drivers, community volunteers, coordinators are all awesome! They go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and having a memorable experience. And the country…. I have traveled all over the African continent but this is now my favorite spot. It is breathtakingly beautiful! If I had come all this way to just see Victoria Falls, it would have been absolutely worth it! The project was great. The kids were energetic and excited to learn. The staff on the project make you feel part of the family.” Fatima Alkhawaja, Denmark

“It was a life- altering journey, both externally (for the new location) and internally. The people, the animals, and the environment awaken different parts of your mind that you may never have known about (such as a different view of the world and a hope that you can help in the future even once you have left), and you learn so much about yourself, the people you meet, and the part of the world you visit.” Olivia Frank, Canada

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • 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
  • Laundry
Prices exclude:
  • 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

Victoria Falls Town is not only host to one of the Seven Wonders of the World but also welcomes its guests with warm smiles and friendly hospitality. Volunteers stay at Tokki Lodge, a private property for volunteers and staff, complete with a pool, outdoor living space, fire pit and barbecue area. People are incredibly friendly and hospitable and love to welcome you in sharing the beauty of their surroundings. Victoria Falls is a safe town with the most remarkable sunrises and sunsets.

This beautiful area of Zimbabwe is the perfect place to indulge your senses, with the majestic site of the Falls and the sound of its thunder and feel of its spray. An array of wildlife such as buffalo, elephant, baboons, warthog and elephants are common sightings and occasionally lions and leopards have also been spotted nearby. Bushbuck, waterbuck, crocodiles, hyena, hippo and eagles also make their home in the vicinity of the Zambezi waters.

Volunteers can enjoy some unusual cuisine at local restaurants by trying warthog or crocodile meat, and for the less adventurous you will easily be able to find the standard ‘safer’ fare of pizza, burgers, locally grown vegetables and fruits.

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