ZIMBABWE

HIV / AIDS ORPHAN CARE AND TEACHING ASSISTANCE IN GWERU, ZIMBABWE

This Project has now been concluded. Our achievements at the Orphanage over the past 20 years are best described by some of the volunteers who gave their valued assistance. Our thanks to all of them! Please scroll down to see their reviews.

Also please see our Press Release below:

Travellers Worldwide has a long history working with orphanages, providing volunteers who have made a massive contribution to the wellbeing, education and care of thousands of children. Regrettably, over the years, many disreputable organisations have sought to “create" orphanages or work with vulnerable institutions to take advantage for purely commercial gain. This has, in some cases, removed children unnecessarily from their families or communities, which is clearly not acceptable or in the interests of the children.

As a leading, responsible international provider of voluntary projects, Travellers Worldwide has over the past two years slowly withdrawn from the Orphanages we have been working in, at the same time seeking educate local communities in the benefits of providing their own orphan care.

However, we are continuing to work with a number of other worthwhile care projects that will enable you to give your valuable assistance to disadvantaged children in the safety of their own communities. All these projects are fully assessed, ethical and you can participate (subject to stringent checks and our Child Protection Policy). To see what opportunities art on offer please see a list of all our Care Projects.

Press Release | Travellers Worldwide | 6th December 2017

REVIEWS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: FEEDBACK FROM VOLUNTEERS ABOUT THIS PROJECT:

YVONNE KEAY
British
HIV / Aids Orphan Care and Teaching in Gweru, Zimbabwe

What experience do you feel you are gaining?
Teaching experience with kindergarten, special needs and street kids.
Teaching reading, writing, comprehension, geography, conservation and also life skills such as STD's causes, symptoms and treatment.
Nutrition and regime adherence with HIV/AIDS children.

The best thing about my placement is the variety of the projects, every day is different.

This placement would suit anyone who is interested in social care, teaching or community work or just has a desire to make a positive impact on someone else. Some pointers, though, are - Take a mosquito net!! Also when in the community you will need to ensure that you are wearing a sleeved tshirt/top and your knees need to be covered when you are away from camp.

Can you describe a typical day?
Meet at 7:30am to plan day, breakfast at 8, leave 8:30 for project. This varies from kindergarten to bush school to drop in centres to clinics. More often than not lunch is a packed lunch consisting sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and crisps together with water and can if soda. Lunch in camp is at 12. Afternoon generally move to different project and usually back in camp by 4-4:30. Free time until 6:15 for volunteer meeting and then dinner at 6:45pm.

I spent some evenings creating lesson plans and researching topics for discussion. Saturday nights always party night for volunteers, so I would recommend taking at least one "nice" outfit for that 😊

And be prepared to try everything! I have been white water rafting and ridden a horse for the first time in 40 years. Age is not a barrier, but you'll need to be emotionally resilient.