Musha Care Foundation

Building & Construction Worker

Mutare, Zimbabwe show on map
Come and assist our local workmen to build a school and community buildings. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the Program

Musha Care is currently working with local schools outside the town of Mutare. The school is currently run in an old  building where there are no windows and four classes are all taught in one room. Therefore, our goal is to build a proper building for the primary and secondary school. This will enable children from local community and the surrounding communities to get proper education otherwise unavailable to them. The new building will provide volunteers with a space where they can work in a professional and well-structured environment.

Volunteers work alongside a local builder, who will teach you all the necessary building and construction skills to enable you to take part fully in the construction process, and assist with all levels of building. The buildings are made using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. The construction techniques are simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited resources. No electricity is required at the site and everything is done by hand!

Your Tasks

  • The work of the volunteers is varied but may include digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, constructing roofs, plastering, or putting the finishing coat of paint on a completed house.
  • The building work takes place early in the morning and late in the afternoon so you'll have plenty of time to get involved in township life. Each site is overseen by a qualified builder from the community who will help volunteers with the construction process.

This is a long-term project that will last 6 months to a year. Once the school is completed it will be staffed and run solely by Musha Care volunteers. We have already received a wonderful welcome from this community, who really see the value of having the volunteers here. We are excited for this opportunity to contribute to the community in such a lasting way and eager to have volunteers join the effort!

Volunteers do not need any building experience to take part in this project, although anyone who does have any relevant skills is welcome and will get a role assigned.

Volunteers will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community. Please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a long period if you choose to volunteer for a shorter period.

Whether you are a on summer vacation, on a gap year, or a career break, if you want to get your hands dirty and see physical results volunteering overseas, our Building project in Mutare Zimbabwe may be ideal.

Typical day

Volunteer Timetable

Monday to Friday:

07.00 - 08.00am Breakfast at host accommodation
08.30 - 13.00pm Work at project site
13.00 - 14.00pm Lunch
14.00 - 15.00pm Cultural insight visit and sightseeing
15.00 - 16.00pm Project planning meeting

Details on Arrival

THE PROGRAM
Programs start every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, with arrival Sunday prior to the program start at HIA (Harare International Airport).This programs are available all year round.
Upon arrival you will be picked up at the airport and driven to the volunteer house or coordinator’s place.During 1-3 days, depending on the length of your voluntary work, you will get a general briefing. These first days will offer you glimpses into the Shona  language, as well as Zimbabwe's various cultures, religions, and local ways of life.
This introduction will be held in Mutare, Harare  depending on your work area.

Free-time activities

Volunteer are recommended to visit tourist sight seeing areas like Bvumba Nature Resorts where they will see endangered species and View Point for the Mozambique Side.

They will love the beautiful lodges and botanical garden in Bvumba and also visit Leopard Rock Hotel and rest and relax in the beautiful side of Mutare.

They will visit Inyati Eco Game Reserve about 126 km away from Mutare with wild animals, they can play with cubs and enjoy canoeing in that ranch of Headlands.

Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera

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)
Education Requirements
at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Communication skill
- Self Motivated
- Self Confidence
- Hardworking
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Musha Care Foundation
  • In country supervision
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Internet
  • Food
  • Induction and orientation
Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport

Volunteers will be picked at the Harare International Airport by the local coordinator and will be driven 3 hours away to Mutare and then will be debriefed about their program by the local staff.

Accommodation

The volunteer will be provide with accommodation by the host family in Zimbabwe. They will share a bedroom with two separate beds and the food will be provided by the local host family. The host family has experience of hosting many volunteers from overseas. 

The host accommodation is close the the Mutare town where banks and ATMs are available.The host will provide internet for the volunteers to communicate with their relatives and friends back home.

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers will get 3 meals a day and local drinks will be provided by the host family.The water is clean in Mutare and volunteers will be recommended to buy bottled water for their own costs if they prefer.

Internet Access
Good 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.
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$834.00
3 weeks
$1,113.00
4 weeks
$1,391.00
5 weeks
$1,669.00
6 weeks
$1,947.00
7 weeks
$2,226.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,617.00
Average fees
$359.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mutare/Zimbabwe between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation 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 Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Zimbabwe  Mutare, 81 Second Street

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