Vic Falls Childcare / Kindergarten

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founded in 1972
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Coordinator | Clyde
Coordinator | Clyde
Volunteer at a creche or kindergarten in Victoria Falls Town, with children aged 2 - 6 years of age. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
About the program

These childcare projects are situated in the town of Vic Falls, Zimbabwe - they currently have between 65 - 80 children, all between the ages of 3 - 6 years. These children come from a variety of home situations and standards of living... some live in the town itself, while others live in extremely rural villages located on the outskirts of the town centre. 
The kindergartens face numerous challenges on a daily basis, including lack of infrastructure and resources, lack of sufficient funding, constant municipal electricity and water-cuts and shortages, as well as high child-teacher ratios. Because of teacher shortages, only basic language and numeracy classes can be conducted. Volunteer help enables these facilities to offer a far more comprehensive education including aspects such as art, sport and music.

Structure and Facilities

Vary according to location, resources and level of trained staff

You will be working with children that are 3-6 years old



Typical day

Volunteer Duties:

-          Assist local teacher in the classroom with lessons

-          Assist with food preparation and serving

-          Run/conduct art, music, sport activities and educational games

-          Cleaning and Admin duties

-          Monitor children during free playtime

-          Assist with kindergarten functions and fundraising initiatives

 

Working Hours:

08:00 – 13:00 (Monday – Friday)

*Transport to/from project included 

Free-time activities

Victoria Falls is best known for being one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – this enormous mass of water, constantly flowing and falling over 110m (twice the height of North America’s Niagara falls), has attracted millions of travelers since its discovery in 1855. These falls, located on the border between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south, are known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”) - they have since given rise to Victoria Falls town (Zimbabwe). With a population of approx. 36 000, the town’s economy is heavily dependent on the tourism industry.

Visitors have an incredible choice of activities to do during their leisure time. These include:

-           Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – US$55.00

-           Victoria Falls Unguided Tour – US$30.00 (additional US$20.00 for guide)

-           Elephant Encounter (no rides) – US$75.00

-           Zip-Line Canopy Tour – US$53.00

-           Bungee jump – US$160.00

-           Vic Falls Gorge Swing – US$95.00

-           Abseiling – US$65.00

-           Boma Dinner with African dance show – US$65.00

-           Devils Pool swim – US$140.00

-           Helicopter flight over falls – US$150.00

-           Zambezi Canoe tour – US$150.00

-           White-water rafting – US$120.00

-           * Please note national park fees may apply – please confirm final price at time of booking

-           * All prices include transport to/from volunteer house   

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Non-Criminal Record Certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A love and passion for children, patience, ability to use initiative, and a willingness to help where help is needed.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

Included Services

Services by Stay Africa Volunteers

Cost includes the following:

·        All meals i.e breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days per week.

·        Accommodation at our Volunteer House

·        Project based transport

·        Arrival and Return airport transfer

·        Orientation upon arrival

·        24/7 emergency in country staff support

·        Internet access

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Cost excludes the following:

Flights 

·        Laundry services charged at USD$5.00 per bag upon request

·        Bottled water

·        Leisure activities which can be arranged separately

·        Medical or Health insurance cover 

*Volunteers are required to get a 30-day Double-Entry Business Visa Stamp upon arrival at VFA airport (approx. cost USD45) - please consult your local authorities to ensure you have current/updated visa info. 

*Volunteers wishing to volunteer in Vic Falls for more than 30 days are required to apply for a Temporary Work Permit, at a cost of approx. USD500. We advise volunteers to only go for this option, for stays of 90 days or longer (not cost-effective otherwise).

Airport Pickup at Victoria Falls Airport

Arrival and departure airport transfers are included in the package, from/to Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA). Volunteers will be met at the airport by one of our team members - he/she will be holding a board with the volunteer names, so look out for us. The airport is relatively small so finding us will not be difficult. Free Airport Wi-Fi is available.  

Accommodation

All our volunteers will be accommodated at our volunteer house in Victoria Falls Town. The house can accommodate 20 volunteers and has the following features:

-           Located approx. 3.5kms from main town centre – 20 - 25mins walk.

-           4 bedrooms available (one large with 4 bunk beds plus en-suite bathroom, perfect for a small group)

-           2 full bathrooms (1 with bath tub; en-suite with shower) plus additional single toilet

-           Air-conditioning in all bedrooms

-           Large open-plan lounge and dining area (with cable tv)

-           Kitchen with stove, microwave, fridge, etc.

-           Wi-Fi available but capped at 35GB per month so only for social media, emails, etc.

-           Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided daily

-           Very safe and quiet neighbourhood

-           7-eleven convenience store approx. 5mins walk

-           Transport to/from projects included

-           Laundry service is provided at the volunteer house and charged at 5USD per bag

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

3 meals per day (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided at our volunteer house, 7 days a week. 


Breakfast: Cereals, bread/toast, butter, jam, peanut butter, cheese, eggs, coffee/tea/juice, etc. are provided for a self-serve breakfast.

Lunch: Either a cooked meal at the volunteer house, or packed sandwiches to eat at your project (dependent on working hours)

Dinner: Cooked meal at the volunteer house. Over weekends, this could be a barbecue or takeout/restaurant meals.

*A fruit basket is always available at the volunteer house.

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 Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The Victoria Falls Childcare Volunteer program runs continuously from mid-January to mid-December. All volunteers are to arrive on any Sunday, during this period, as orientation days are held on Mondays.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,120
6 weeks
$ 1,310
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,600
Average fees
$ 240 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Stay Africa Volunteers 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 Stay Africa Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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