Rural Community Assistant

founded in 2015
Ratidzo Trust
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Coordinator | Richard
Coordinator | Richard
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Experience real rural Zimbabwe life and immerse yourself in the culture.
Make a real difference in peoples lives
Visit a local game park to view Zimbabwe's wildlife
Hands on work with animals
Helping in running sustainable projects
Experience rural life while working with us on our community projects. (poultry, beekeeping, vegatable garden, fish & pig farming and community shop. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

For this volunteer program we are looking for eager volunteers that would like to support us in the realisation of our community projects. You will be actively involved in reaching out to the community. If you would like to join our social project long term, please check out our other volunteer program. We are looking for long term support in the coordination of all our community empowerment projects.

Your work will be to assist us with all our projects, these are many and varied and you will be working with and alongside locals.  You will be involved in helping with our income generating projects run at our centre including chickens, rabbits, bee keeping, pigs, fish and vegetable gardening.  You will be shown how the projects work and how to look after the animals. You will help look after the animals and help set up similar projects with families in the community.   

There will be other projects that we are working on and you could end up turning your hand to anything!

Typical day

A typical day will involve feeding poultry, cleaning fowl run, working in the vegetable garden, checking bee hives, helping planning and setting up new projects.  Running our community shop and going out into the community setting up income generating projects.  We tend to have an early start 6am (this is mainly due to the temperature in the area later in the day). Breakfast and meeting around 8am, with lunch around 1pm.  There are breaks during the day, especially during the hottest months.  The day finishes around 6pm and ends with an evening meal.

Free-time activities

We are in a very rural area, most of the time we make up our own entertainment, chill out in the evenings around a fire, bbq (braai), exchange stories & play games. You can explore the local township and visit the local river and there is the possibility for some local fishing.

We will end the trip with 2 nights at a local game park, enjoying their beautiful lodges with warm showers! You will be able to book additional activities at the park, horse riding, canoeing, game drives etc



In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A willingness to get involved and to be flexible is very important.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Ratidzo Trust

Includes, transfer from airport, overnight hotel in Harare B&B, accommodation & food in Sanyati, game park trip B&B, 

return to Harare for overnight hotel B&B and transfer to airport. (The cost of the trip does not include flights, insurance and visa).

The cost includes a donation used by the Trust for its work. If however you wish to raise any additional funds to put towards the work of the trust, this would be greatly appreciated.

Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport

Harare Int Airport, overnight hotel in Harare, Drive to site is approx 4hrs


Accommodation is basic but comfortable on site.  Each room has its own toilet and shower (cold water only) and there is solar power. (we can supply hot water for washing in if required)
2 people sharing a room (when fully booked - but where possible we will try and allocate you your own room)

Our centre is strictly non smoking

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Please advise us of any dietary requirements. We generally eat from the land, using what we grow, poultry and livestock.

We will provide water & tea for drinking, any soft drinks and alcohol can be bought locally at low cost.  Coffee is fairly expensive but available for you to buy.

You will have access to basic cooking facilities and have the option to cook for yourself if you wish.

At this time due to our rural setting we are unable to accommodate restrictive dietary needs - i.e Vegan. (Vegetarian is ok)

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Zimbabwe provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Zimbabwe you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zimbabwe.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You can join our program at anytime during the year, (depending on availability).  October to December are the hottest months, with rainy season Nov - Feb.  It is cooler May - August.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$500 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Ratidzo Trust will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Ratidzo Trust during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rural Community Assistant

Experience rural life while working with us on our community projects. (poultry, beekeeping, vegatable garden, fish & pig farming and community shop.


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