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Volunteer opportunities in BOTSWANA

Care for children affected by HIV and AIDS
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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental and wildlife conservation in Francistown
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.

                                                                                                         

 

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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