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Volunteer opportunities in BOTSWANA

Support the educational and social programs for kids in a Children’s center in Serowe
Serowe          September 7 - September 25, 2015

Volunteer project: Serowe is situated in eastern Botswana and is about 250km north of the capital city of Gabarone. Serowe is the largest village in the country with a population of around 90,000. Its history is tied up with the Ngwato people, and has been their main village since King Khama moved here in 1902. Approximately 30,000 orphans live in the Serowe area and that number is steadily increasing. The Children's Center is located on the outskirts of Serowe. Currently 120 children live there.

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 with some renovation work that arises and maintain the kids' library. Spare time is usually meant for interaction with the children on their music practice sessions. Volunteers can 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 Centre provides accommodation in their shared hostels/ houses. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tent for privacy. Hot showers and bathrooms/toilets with running water are available.

Location: Serowe

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200.00 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          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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental conservation project in the Okavango Delta
Okavango          October 5 - October 16, 2015

Volunteer project: Okavango delta is located in the North West of Botswana.
We plan to have community gatherings at Kgotlas (Traditional gathering places) where we will educate the locals on the importance of conservation of the Okavango Delta and its fauna and flora. We will engage the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, as well as the Department of Forestry, in educating the public. We will also engage Conservation organizations in the country in the project.
The plan is to train members of the local NGOs and Trusts, so that they can carry on with the message after the workcamp.

Other volunteer tasks include:
- Cleaning the delta, picking up plastic and any hazardous materials that are dangerous to the flora and fauna in that region.
- Training and establishing environmental green scorpions; this group will be formed by young people who will guide against people endangering the delta and also will serve as secret agents of the wild life department.
- Educating people in the dealta about alternative means of survival apart from hunting and gathering .
The government has developed so many programmes that benefit the nation, so the knowledge and engagement in these programmes will reduce dependency on hunting and gathering.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a camp site. Tents will be used. Volunteers can bring their own tents.

Location: Okavango delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large inland delta formed where the Okavango River tectonic in the central part of basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the delta in ultimately evapourate and transpire, does not flow into the sea or ocean. The statistical significance helped the Okavango delta secure a position as the seven Natural wonders of Africa which was officialy declared on the 11th February 2013 in Arusha Tanzania. On the 22nd June 2014 the Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially inscribed under world heritage site. The delta houses many different species of animals and plants, some of whose population has been estimated to have declined by 90% in the past 15 years! This is due to the changing climate which results in a change in rainfall patterns (leading to drought), extremely high and extremely low temperatures in summer and winter respectively, and this is also due to poaching, often by local people for meat. Some animals found in this region are lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, antelopes and many different birds species. Places of interest within the area: Moremi game reserve.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200.00 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.

                                                                                                         

 

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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