BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME
This is one of the most nature-rich game reserves in the country and the only one in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare. The nature reserve provides researchers and conservationists great resources for teaching and for conducting research. Apart from that, it hosts school children from all over the country, they come in their thousands to learn about the environment and also just for fun with their families. Eco-schools programmes awards are supported by the European Union Commission in Zimbabwe, and are held inside this Woodland, which is only fitting since it is the source of a lot of knowledge about the ecosystem.
You will experience Zimbabwe in one of the most exciting ways by assisting in organising and setting up the activities that take place here. You will join staff and they will let you know where they need you.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
- Experience nature and wildlife within a city setting. We understand it’s not everyone who enjoying roughing and toughing it out
- Feel good knowing you have made a difference by teaching children conservation and environmental management
- Enjoy night walks within the nature reserve, either on foot or horseback
- Participate in the equine programme
AS A VOLUNTEER/INTERN YOU GET TO:
- Bush camps management
- Horseback safaris
- Bird park management
- Teach children on conservation through non-traditional, interactive adventures both within the classroom as well as in the bush
- Environmental awareness campaign programmes development
- Wildlife conservation events planning and management
- Wild fruit harvesting (and eating of course)
- Conduct team building activities for school children, church groups, corporate, et cetera
A DAY IN THE LIFE…
Our days at the nature reserve are typically planned out, and you usually know how your day is going to be like ahead of time, save for emergencies when an animal is injured. It’s always an early start to the day, with rounds on the property checking for any poaching activity from the previous night, ensuring the fence was not tempered with. Then, it’s important to do final checks for any school groups that may be coming in that day, as well as the walk-ins. You can expect gaps within your daily schedule, and so we expect you to take initiative, and explore the reserve, including other conservation organisations operating within the premises. For those with a positive attitude, they certainly make themselves useful.
Arrive at work: start at the horse stables, working with the groomer to clean the horses, the bed and let them out
Patrol of the premises, checking for fence breaks, observing animal behaviour, and what they feed on
Tea break: utilise time to write a report on the morning patrol
Lecture room with a visiting school group
Tree planting, nutrition and herbal garden maintenance, water testing
Wildlife supplementary feeding
Enter information in the timebook, which serves as your diary/journal
Departure from work to your accommodation
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!"
Volunteer/ Intern accommodation greatly depends on the budget. Tiritose offers from homestays (with a local family), backpackers (shared rooms or single occupancy), dormitories, shared or single apartments, house shares, and hotel stays for both individuals and groups. Please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer when applying to this programme.
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.