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Volunteer opportunities in BOTSWANA

Protecting the endangered rhinos of Botswana
Khama          May 25 - June 5, 2015
Khama          July 13 - July 24, 2015
Khama          September 14 - October 2, 2015
Khama          December 15 - December 27, 2015

Volunteer project: Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located around 25 km north of Serowe and 320 km north-west of 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 population of rhinos is currently facing a serious threat due to poaching, therefore Khama is a safe haven for them. South Africa is donating more rhinos to the park, as 2 rhinos are killed in the country every day. The park has now doubled in area to accommodate over 80 rhinos. The park is being guarded by the game rangers as well as the military who form part of the anti-poaching unit.

The volunteers will have the following duties:
- maintenance of the trails;
- trimming trees that overlap the road;
- construction of new roads;
- monitoring rhinos and other wild animals during patrols;
- making and installing signage in the park;
- aligning barrier stones by the pans;
- repairing the park fence.
The volunteers may be asked to assist with any other task that may be deemed important at that particular time. Every day there will be game drives, as volunteers work in areas where there are more wild animals.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: Places of interest to visit around are the Serowe museum, the Royal Cemetery, Makgadikgadi Pans. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located along the way to Moremi game reserve.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in tents at the Khama camp site. 4-person tents to share will be provided, but volunteers can also bring along their own tent. 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: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Education and support for disabled children in Mochudi
Mochudi          March 16 - March 27, 2015

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. Moreover, volunteers can assist the centre with 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: A two-day orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can visit the Phuthadikobo Museum, Gaborone Museum and Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

Accommodation: The Centre provides accommodation for the volunteers in tents or in classrooms. Participants can also bring their own tent if they want.

Location: The Rehabilitation Centre is situated in the western part of Mochudi village, in close proximity to a primary school, a secondary school and a clinic. It is linked by a tarred road from Gaborone and the centre of the village. Mochudi is only 40 km from the capital city of Botswana, Gaborone.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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          April 13 - April 24, 2015
Gamodubu          July 27 - August 7, 2015

Volunteer project: In the small town of Gamodubu, a Children's Centre provides care and support for children who are infected and affected by HIV. The centre cares for children from Gamodubu and the neighbouring villages of Mmanoko, Gakgatla and Mmakanke. These villages have been severely affected by HIV/AIDS with over 50 percent of the people living with the virus. The centre helps with educating and counselling the children who were born with HIV or whose parents have died because of the pandemic. They also provide a feeding program for children at the primary school.

The project intends to provide psychological, social, education and counselling support. The volunteers will be actively involved in caring for the kids. Their main duties involve:
- teaching children in the kindergarten;
- preparing meals and help feeding children from the school;
- educating children about personal hygiene;
- mentoring and general counseling.
The volunteers 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: A two-day orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can visit Gaborone Museum and Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated at the centre, in tents and a room. Volunteers can bring their own tent.

Location: Gamodubu village is located just 15 km from Molepolole, the Capital town of Bakwena Tribe and 30 km west of the Capital City of Gaborone. 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: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Education and therapy program for disabled kids
Otse          June 8 - June 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The School for people with special needs in Otse was opened in 1990 to try and meet the long term needs of children and adults with disabilities by offering vocational training, employment, and, where necessary, accommodation and social support. The school has the following main objectives:
• to offer a range of working environments and levels of social support so that people with mental and/or physical disabilities can find a working role that suits them;
• to be self-supporting through the operation of income generating workshops;
• to offer services and goods that help to maintain relevancy and integration within the wider community
The school benefits greatly from the work of volunteers. As the community expands, the tendency and intention is to employ local people to fill administrative and management roles.

The volunteers will assist in the daily physiotherapy sessions and education of the children, gardening, sports coaching & mentoring and general counseling of the kids. Moreover, volunteers can assist the school in some renovation projects and help maintain the kids library. Spare time is usually meant for interaction with the children and music practice sessions. Volunteers can share and exchange different cultural forms during the project.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteers can visit Gaborone Game reserve, Mokolodi Nature reserve and Gaborone Museum.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in the school houses.

Location: Otse is a village in the South-East District of Botswana, located 45 km south of the capital Gaborone, close to the border with South Africa.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental and wildlife conservation in Francistown
Francistown          June 15 - June 26, 2015
Francistown          August 17 - August 28, 2015

Volunteer project: The Republic of Botswana covers an area the size of France in the heart of Southern Africa and is home to some of the world’s remaining wild and un-spoilt areas – the inland delta of the Okavango, the Kalahari Desert, the palm-studded Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and the pristine bush areas of the north, that is teeming with wildlife including elephant, lion and buffalo amongst others.

With independence and the discovery of diamonds in the sixties, the country saw rapid growth in terms of business, infrastructure and population. As worldwide demand for minerals and metals increases, the development in Botswana continues. In and around Francistown, in the northeast of the country, the growth of the city is having a major effect on the natural environment. Unlike other major cities and towns in Botswana, Francistown and the surrounding northeast district lack preserved areas that facilitate recreation and environmental education, and places that provide the local people with an opportunity to experience their natural heritage first hand. Francistown is the second largest administrative centre in Botswana, serving as the regional headquarters for most Central Government Ministries and Departments.

The Tachila Nature Reserve has been established on 8,000 hectares of donated land just under 5 km from the city boundary. Francistown is a gateway to the unique scenic beauties of the Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls. Tachila Nature Reserve is home to kudus, wildebeest, hyenas, baboons, leopards, warthogs, snakes and other species of friendly animals and birds.

The aim of the project is to preserve part of the natural and historical heritage of Francistown in order to provide a practical environmental education and recreational facility for its peoples, promote wildlife and natural resource conservation, and increase local eco-tourism potential and employment opportunities.
The reserve is ideally located and is accessible to all. Employment opportunities will be increased directly through the reserve, as well as through improving opportunities for spin-off businesses related to tourism and conservation. Game species that have disappeared from the area have been re-introduced to re-establish their historical range and, generally, sustain the area's biodiversity. Some endangered and rare species of game will be introduced to increase their conservation status and range in Botswana, e.g. rhino, roan and sable antelope. By creating environmental awareness through a proposed environmental education centre, Tachila will help promote long-term conservation of the biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The international volunteer group will be involved in environmental and rehabilitation work. The volunteers will be working with the reserve management in the day to day activities, managing the ecosystem and assisting in the renovation of the nature reserve. The tasks include:
- making camp sites;
- cleaning snake parks, feeding snakes;
- animal monitoring;
- making roads in the park.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: Francistown is 300 km form Khama Rhino Sanctuary, and 6 hours travel by bus to Victoria falls and Chobe national park.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in 4-person tents. Open fire will be used for cooking.

Location: Tachila Nature Reserve is located in Francistown City, North Botswana, 430 km from Gaborone city.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Rehabilitation program for disadvantaged children
Serowe          June 22 - July 3, 2015

Volunteer project: The project takes place in Serowe, 300 km north of the capital city Gaborone, in the Republic of Botswana. Serowe is the largest traditional village in Botswana. The volunteers will support a Rehabilitation Centre for children in Serowe. The center is a home to over 200 children with different physiological and social problems. The centre provides rehabilitation services in the form of physiotherapy and social support to the kids. The kids are taught during the day depending on their learning abilities.

The volunteers will assist in the daily physiotherapy sessions and education of the kids, general counseling, teaching them survival skills, teaching and monitoring daily routine acts like washing hands before eating, preparing meals and helping children while eating. Moreover, volunteers can assist the centre with some renovation or landscaping work if needed. Spare time is usually meant for interaction with the children and taking part in their music practice sessions.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: Khama Rhino Sanctuary is only 10 minutes drive from the centre and can be a destination for an exciting trip during the project. Volunteers can also visit the Serowe museum.

Accommodation: The centre provides accommodation in 4-person tents. Volunteers can bring their own tent if they like.

Location: Serowe, Central District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Assistance and education for blind and visually impaired in Mochudi
Mochudi          October 12 - October 23, 2015

Volunteer project: The project will support a resource centre for the blind based in Mochudi, which provides support for the visually impaired. The centre provides independence training including braille, orientation and mobility and vocational training in agriculture, business studies, computer skills, etc.

The volunteers will help the staff with caring for the visually impaired clients of the centre. The volunteers will assist in the daily physiotherapy sessions and education of the visually impaired, gardening, sports coaching & mentoring and general assistance to the kids. Moreover, volunteers can assist the centre with some renovation work that is required. Spare time is usually meant for interaction with the children, cultural exchange activities, sport and music practice sessions. Volunteers can share and exchange different cultural forms during the project.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: In their free time, volunteers can explore the area and visit places of interest such as Phuthadikobo museum, Matsieng Footprints, Gaborone game reserve, Mokolodi Nature reserve, Gaborone museum.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a hostel in Mochudi.

Location: Mochudi, 40 km from the capital city Gaborone

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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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