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Event / Project details

Project start
22 Jul 2013
Event / Project end

Event / Project duration
This project is ongoing

Event / Project ID
2642

Event / Project Name
HIV / AIDS ORPHAN CARE AND TEACHING
Event / Project City
GWERU
Event / Project Country
Zimbabwe
Preferred skills
No qualifications needed
Number of volunteers

Minimum age
18
Event / Project types
Child welfare and Education

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Brief overview

HIV / AIDS ORPHAN CARE AND TEACHING ASSISTANCE IN GWERU 

During the past few difficult years in Zimbabwe, the most vulnerable members of our society have suffered from the breakdown of educational and medical infrastructures. Our aim is to make an impact on the lives of these children, from babies to teenagers, some who have no families to support them.  

You will assist with loving and caring for as well as mentoring orphans and physically disabled, from the very young to high school age. Despite the difficulties they have faced, these children are still so full of warmth and joy and are sure to be an inspiration to anyone who works alongside them.

You'll be accommodated on a stunning private reserve and have the opportunity to experience hands on interaction with lion cubs, elephant rides, canoeing & fishing, and horse riding, to name a few exciting activities you can enjoy in your time off. 

Location: Gweru

Start dates: Available all year round, you choose your start and finishing dates.

Duration: From minimum 3 weeks to maximum 8 weeks, subject to visa requirements

Requirements: No qualifications needed. You should be willing to muck in with anything. Minimum age 18.

Compensation: Unpaid

Price: £1,295 for 3 weeks, ranging to £2,545 for 8 weeks.

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What's included:

►Arranging your Programme,

►Full pre-departure support and assistance,

►Payment Protection insurance

►Meeting you at the nearest airport/station

►All accommodation

►Food

►Transfer to the placement site

►In-country team support and backup

►24-hr emergency support

►Certificate of Completion.

What's not included: Flights, travel insurance, cost of visa.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • The upliftment of orphanages and care homes
  • Adding value through services and practical help
  • Changing the living conditions for disadvantaged children and making a positive impact on their future
  • Interaction with underprivileged children and babies, enriching their lives
  • Encouraging and mentoring the young people of Zimbabwe
  • Assisting in preparations and execution of school lessons
  • Assisting with marking and assessing Children’s Progress
  • Making teaching aids
  • General counselling and support to students
  • Assisting in sports days with the children
  • Help the teachers with arts and crafts, games, storytelling, drama and singing
  • Experiencing the way of life in a third world country, immersed in the culture, rather than as a tourist
  • Seeing the beauty of Africa with many new experiences
  • Being a part of the revival and renewal of an amazing country, and her people
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers on the programme

WORK CONTENT - HIV/AIDS ORPHAN CARE

Make an impact on the lives of underprivileged and disabled children! Act as a mentor, and a guiding and helping friend to the youths at the homes. The need is so great; there are many different activities volunteers can get involved in, depending on their expertise and passion.

Activities include Teaching assistance, study programmes, workshop hosting, sports coaching, repairs and maintenance at the homes, painting, gardening, youth camps and life skills training are just a few areas in which you will have to opportunity to impact on these young people’s lives.  

Your help in caring for babies and younger children will involve changing and feeding as well as assisting with planned activities and games at the homes.  

Maintenance of the orphanages is a major problem, and despite the lack of funding, there is also a need for manpower to assist with things such as painting and general repairs, as well as the maintenance of vegetable gardens, depending on what the current need is.  

This is a chance to make a difference in someone’s life, as well as spending some time living in a third-world country with different cultural norms. Take advantage of the beauty of an African country, which offers many new experiences.

WORK CONTENT - TEACHING ASSISTANCE

Teaching is leading a child to responsible adulthood through imparting academic and life-skills.  The children that you will come into contact with on this project are keen to be taught and molded.  

Through the academic support you will give them and their teachers, you have a chance to address the issues of oversubscribed classes and poor teacher-student ratios. With approximately 2184 students at Mkoba 4 Primary School, the average class size is 55 students with one teacher, with around 312 students per grade.

Classes are hot seated as there are not enough classrooms and resources such as text books and teaching aids are also grossly inadequate.  Here you have the chance to make teaching aids that can assist the teaching and learning process.  

Although Somabula Primary School, with a total of about 280 children, is much smaller than Mkoba 4, they also need volunteers to assist. With student – teacher ratios being about 40:1, you can offer valuable support to the students who lack sufficient individual attention. The teachers also find themselves overwhelmed at times and welcome fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

This school also has a significant number of boarders. These children are desperate for extra ‘homely’ attention assisting with their studies and social skills, but also caring for and making them feel special and important. Your presence on this project can make a meaningful difference to the lives of the children you come into contact with.  

You will also have the opportunity to assist the teachers in two Pre-Schools. Mickey Mouse and Hopeful Life Orphan Care Centre have 160 and 60 children respectively. They both aid in the development of younger children before they enter Primary School and you will be able to play a vital role in that.

 

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