Stay Africa Volunteers

Vic Falls Primary School

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Volunteer at a Primary School in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, working with children between the ages of 6 - 13 years of age. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
About the Program

The lack of adequate schooling facilities is a huge problem in Victoria Falls, especially at primary school level (ages 6 - 13). With an ever-growing population and high number of children making up this population, primary schools are often over-crowded, understaffed and lack the necessary infrastructure and resources to provide a solid and well-rounded education service.

School classrooms often see a teacher to student ratio of 1:45 (1 teacher for every class of 45 students). As a direct result of this, schools focus almost 100% on the academic side of things. Having volunteers at these schools enables them to offer additional activities such as sport, art and music. Students who are struggling in class can then also get the individual attention that they require. 

  

Typical day

Volunteer Duties:

-          Assist main teacher with classroom lessons

-          One-on-One sessions with students who are struggling with certain subjects/lessons

-          Admin duties

-          Coordinate extra-mural activities such as sport, music and art

-          Assist with school events and fundraising initiatives

-          Monitor students during free time (lunch breaks)

 

Working Hours:

08:00 – 14:00 (Monday – Friday)

*Transport to/from the school is included

Details on Arrival

The Victoria Falls Primary School Volunteer Program runs according to the Zimbabwe School Timetable. 


2018 final School Terms:
03 Sep - 07 Dec 2018

Volunteers are requested to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) on any Sunday during this period, as orientation days are held on Mondays. 

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 travellers 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.

There are an incredible number of activities for visitors to do during their leisure time, including:

-           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
Enjoy working with children. A basic understanding of local primary schools and the challenges faced within the educational system in Zimbabwe.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site 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

 

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 

Airport Pickup at Victoria Falls Airport

Your airport transfers (arrival and departure), to and from Victoria Falls International Airport, are included in the package. One of our team members will be at the airport to meet you and he/she will be holding a board with your name on it - please look out for us. The airport is relatively small so it won't be hard to find each other.


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 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day are included in the package.


Breakfast: Cereal, bread/toast, butter, jams, peanut butter, tea/coffee, fruit, etc. 

Lunch: 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, take-out or restaurant meal.

*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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 910
6 weeks
$ 1,065
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,325
Average fees
$ 197 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Zimbabwe.
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.
  Africa Eastern Africa Zimbabwe  Victoria Falls, Reynard Road

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