Orphan Care & Teaching, 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.

AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • 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

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Victoria Falls – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

Why AI Africa Specialists
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Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

Why AI Measurable Impacts
We are about real, measurable change

Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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We knock it out of the park

But don’t just take it from us, read over 2000 reviews from our past volunteers and check out our awards.

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With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.

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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