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Volunteer opportunities in BOTSWANA

Education and support for disabled children in Mochudi
Mochudi          November 11 - November 23, 2014

Volunteer project: The Community Rehabilitation Centre in Mochudi is a non-profit welfare project. Prior to its establishment, most people with disabilities in the village were found lying around their homes without any provision for rehabilitation, welfare and education. The staff of the centre is trained to identify people with disabilities, teach and demonstrate prescribed physical exercises at basic level. The centre offers rehabilitation, education and skills training for children with disabilities in order to enable them to achieve their maximum potential.

The volunteers will assist in the daily education of the kids, gardening, sports coaching & mentoring and general counseling of the kids. Moreover, volunteers can assist the centre on some renovation work that arises and maintain the kids library. Volunteers will also help at the horticulture and poultry production, which have provided employment to the special youths, both males and females, capacity building by co-funding staff scholarships and partly funded one of the classroom blocks. Spare time is usually meant for interaction with the kids and music practice sessions.

Orientation: An orientation is scheduled for the day before the project starts.

Language: English

Accommodation: The Centre provides accommodation in their shared hostels/houses. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tents for their privacy.

Location: The Rehabilitation Centre is situated in the western part of Mochudi village. It is linked by a tarred road from Gaborone and the centre of the village.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 270.00 USD

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Protecting the endangered rhinos of Botswana
Khama          December 8 - December 21, 2014

Volunteer project: Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located around 25 km north of Serowe and 320 km North West from Gaborone, the capital city of the Republic of Botswana. It is defined by Kalahari Desert sands and quite a range of vegetation. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conservation park for endangered animals, mainly white and black rhinos. It also hosts a wide range of other animals including kudus, impalas, gemsboks, giraffes, and a variety of small animals and birds.

The volunteers will assist in the maintenance of the footpaths, park fence, fire breaks and trails and will help in the day to day maintenance of the park. The volunteers will participate as a team in the whole duration of the workcamp. Volunteers are encouraged to share and exchange different cultural forms during the project.

Volunteers at the nature reserve can enjoy day and evening game drives and educational lectures on some days. Volunteers can also arrange to join the rangers for their animal counting exercises and patrols along the park fences.

Orientation: An orientation is scheduled for the day before the project starts.

Language: English

Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary provides accommodation in camping sites. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tents. Internet, supermarkets and banking are available in Serowe town which is 20 minutes drive form the sanctuary.

Location: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 270.00 USD

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Wildlife conservation project in Botswana
Gaborone          November 18 - November 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Mokolodi Nature Reserve is located only 10 km south of Gaborone, the Capital City of the Republic of Botswana. It is defined by hilly terrains and wide range of vegetation. Mokolodi hosts a wide range of wild animals including rhinos, leopards, giraffes, elephants, different antelopes, warthogs, and many more, plus a variety of small animals and birds, as well as reptiles including snakes and crocodiles.

 

The volunteers will assist the general work of the park, including maintenance of the footpaths and trails, maintenance of pipelines providing water to the animals and to the camp sites, and helping in the day to day management of the park. The volunteers will participate as a team in the whole duration of the workcamp. Volunteers are encouraged to share and exchange different cultural forms during the project.

Orientation: An orientation is scheduled for the day before the project starts.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in tents at the camp site. They are therefore encouraged to bring their own tent. Internet, supermarkets and banking are available in Gaborone, just 10 km from the reserve.

Location: Mokolodi Nature Reserve, 10 km from Gaborone

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 270.00 USD

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Care for children affected by HIV and AIDS
Gamodubu          December 2 - December 14, 2014

Volunteer project: In the small town of Gamodubu, there is a plan to establish a facility where infected and affected by HIV children will be taken care of day and night, with educational facilities for pre-school goers. However, the centre is still at its initial stages and the children come daily from their homes to feed and get counselling, and go home after that. This is mainly because there are no hostel facilities where they can spend the nights.

Gamodubu is approximately 30 kilometres west of the Capital City of Gaborone. The centre cares for children from Gamodubu and three other neighbouring villages of Mmanoko, Gakgatla and Mmakanke. The centre helps with feeding, clothing, educating and counselling the children who were born with HIV or whose parents have died because of the pandemic. HIV prevalence in these four settlements is high, with approximately half of the population living with HIV and AIDS.

The project intends to provide psychological, social, education and counselling support. The volunteers will be actively involved in caring for the kids, some of whom are at pre-school level, feeding them, educating them and counselling them on a daily basis. They will also help with organising sports activities and cultural exchange. The group will also meet with the villagers and educate them on the importance of taking care of these children.

Orientation: An orientation is scheduled for the day before the project starts.

Language: English

Accommodation: The centre does not have enough facilities to accommodate all the volunteers. They will therefore be housed in camping tents. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tent for convenience. Bathrooms and toilets are available at the centre.

Location: Gamodubu village is located just 20 km from Molepolole, the Capital town of Bakwena Tribe. There are a number of historical sites in and around Molepolole, and volunteers can visit Kgosi Sechele I Museum in Molepolole, Dithubaruba - where the Bakwena first settled after moving from Kolobeng, the royal cemetery, and the famous Kobokwe Caves in Molepolole. There is also Mmokolodi Nature Reserve near Gaborone, Gaborone Game Reserve and a number of other sites to visit in the region.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 270.00 USD

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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