COMMUNITY TEACHING & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME
The programme presents volunteers and interns a unique opportunity to combine community work with wildlife and environmental conservation. It is our flagship combined programme, with an added benefit of living in the iconic Kariba resort town; the only place where humans and wildlife live together with no artificial boundaries. It is unsurprising to pass a Zebra or an Elephant on your way to the store!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
- Advance your interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment, interacting with tourists as well as locals
- Support National Parks and conservation work with other participating organisations
- Undertake crucial maintenance, and building and rebuilding of habitats and waterholes
- Teach local school children about conservation, and after school activities such as debate or sport
- Work on an enriching project that ensures harmonious living between animals and humans
- Veterinary students can monitor animal behaviour and help the Vets treat injured animals as and when required
- Spend time at the local orphanage, making an impact on the lives of abandoned children, while experiencing the biggest impact on your own life
AS A VOLUNTEER/INTERN YOU GET TO:
- Wildlife and environmental conservation management
- Anti poaching, removal of alien vegetation and the replanting of trees
- Assist national parks with park conservation activities
- Teaching organic vegetable & herb growing to children and local community members
- Community engagement to reduce human/wildlife conflict in and around the resort town
- Mobile clinics: After cattle, donkeys are increasingly becoming Zimbabwe’s most popular working animals and owners need to be educated on how to care for them. With the socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe, working animals are sometimes underfed and overworked. There are programmes underway targeted at educating rural Zimbabwe about animal nutrition, shelter, medical care and workload.
A DAY IN THE LIFE…
As we are involved in both social and wildlife projects, we will generally split our time, for the five and half (Monday morning until Saturday 12h00) days that we work, spending, typically, 3/2 days on environmental and wildlife matters to community service one week and then changing to a 2/3 rotation on community service to environmental and wildlife matters the following week.
Your tasks may change at any time during your stay with us – we have no idea when we may be needed to go on call out to rescue a snared or wounded animal and the same goes for the periods that schools are on holiday, where our work will move from the classroom to other projects within the community such as organic vegetable and herb gardens, repairs and maintenance on community projects. In terms of your commitment, time-wise, during your stay with us, the general rule of thumb (remember flexibility is the name of the game here!) would work as follows:
Rise and shine and head out to start with searching and removing snares
Breakfast back at camp (when possible) – *there may be times when we are out in the field when a packed breakfast may be given
Environmental awareness campaign in schools
Lunch and a Siesta, should you like that (often needed after working in the heat!!)
After School activities (sport and homework with the kids) and community outreach programme
Time to relax, unwind and discuss your achievements with your fellow volunteers, have a swim, a cold drink or whatever you wish to do
Dinner will be available (self service) from this time onwards – relax, enjoy your evening, have a good night’s rest and ease those aching muscles into bed before the day starts again!
they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!
Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.
It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas
"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"
"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"
"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"
Volunteers and interns are accommodated on the outskirts of Kariba town, a perfect location to be one with nature. Here you will have the option to stay either in the stunning hostel or under canvas. The area is surrounded by mopane scrub, right on the shores of Lake Kariba. It is such a welcoming environment, in the middle of the game corridor, and so there is absolutely no need of a safari truck to view wildlife up-close and personal. You can imagine that there is no place like it anywhere in the world, where you will find game literally on your doorstep.
You are guaranteed discounts on any excursions as we are well connected within the hospitality sector. And entertainment galore at the bush bar, and splash pool.
DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED!
- Do I need experience to Volunteer/Intern
- How do I apply
- What happens before I leave my home country
- What happens once I arrive in Zimbabwe
- How do I get to my Placement Site
- Will I have free time, & what will I do with it
Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme. Our application is split into two categories:
Volunteers – require some of the following:
- Diploma / Degree / Masters / PHD in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environmental Science, or related field
- Must have work experience within a related field
Valid passport expiring at least six (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe
- Police clearance confirming a clean record with no convictions
Intern – require some of the following
- Student or training for a college diploma / degree or technical school
- An interest and passion for working with animals, and the environment
- Some experience within the conservation field would be beneficial
Very Simple !!
Just fill in the application form,
Hit the button below or the one at the bottom of the page
Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!
We are available on-demand, around the clock to assist from initial enquiry to confirmation of your placement. You will receive information brochures on your exact destination (city) and project. You will be allocated a placement advisor who will be your point of contact throughout the process, and help you prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.
Upon arrival, you will undergo a comprehensive programme aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe and specifically the city/town as well as the volunteer or internship activities. This is a follow-up to the initial acquainting online orientation completed prior to arrival.
Orientation will cover transportation system, renting vehicles, appropriate dress in communities and for work. Cultural sensitivity, mutual respect and appropriate ways to carry yourself in public.
Similar to other countries with buzzing cities/towns, a little common sense and following the rules will ensure your safety. Orientation will include history of the specific area and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks.
Orientation also marks Shona/Ndebele/Tonga 101 classes. You will achieve more especially working with kids if you can string a sentence in the native language.
You will also receive your placement schedule during orientation. However, we operate responsible volunteering and value your input and so the schedule may be evaluated using your feedback in order to have the biggest impact.
Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!
Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions.
Work hard and play hard (that’s the motto). City sightseeing and other excursions in and around your project area – there is a loads to do, and we have it all for you to explore!
We will help you plan adventures across the continent and hook you up with great specials through our various partners inside Zimbabwe as well as the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Have a look at the tours on offer, and if you cannot find what tickles your fancy, give us a shout, and we will make it happen.
Where Does The Money Go
Tiritose operates & runs ethical programmes, ensuring responsible travellers who want to enjoy a holiday, whilst contributing to the local communities, environment & wildlife conservation efforts, do so in a safe & sustainable way.
We are the most transparent organisation as a registered non-profit organisation. 70% of the volunteer fee goes directly towards programme running costs, something you will gain an appreciation of when you arrive in Zimbabwe. 30% is utilised to ensure we prepare for your induction, health & safety as well as staff salaries. Although the operations cost more money to run, we operate a lean model to ensure maximum contribution to the programme.
COULD NOT FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?
Contact Tiritose for further information about education focussed programmes at any of the programme sites. If you have found your own internship placement or volunteering opportunity in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about.