Musha Care Foundation

Orphanage Care Assistant

Mutare, Zimbabwe show on map
You can volunteer on a care placement as part of a gap year, a summer vacation, a career break, as part of an extended vacation, or during your retirement. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

About the Program

Care volunteers have the opportunity to work with orphans in an orphanage in Nyanga .The placement is safe and secure for volunteers and had the opportunity for them to experience the life of an African child. The homes provide full-time care for orphaned or abandoned children and are places where children are given friendship and support while they wait to be reunified with their relatives and community. The children who have made it to these homes and centers will benefit from the emotional support that volunteers have the time and energy to give. This is where your help is most needed. Volunteers also organize occasional trips out from the orphanage and sometimes assist with fundraising events.

The orphanage always provides a safe haven where children can be free to play and learn away from the stresses of their home or street lives.

Volunteers will meet and work with children ages 4 to 18 who are either former street children or otherwise at risk. 

Apart from fundamental childcare activities such as feeding and making sure all the children have suitable clothing and access to bathroom facilities, volunteers will find themselves getting involved in other essential activities.

 Volunteers will help children to learn to count, do homework, organize games or letting a child braid your hair, A Care volunteer  will make a difference to the quality of their daily lives.

The orphanage will give you an opportunity for volunteers to provide an extra dimension to the children’s education by giving them some informal English lessons. 

Volunteers will have a change to help an over-stretched local staff by talking care young children and the centre through also providing counseling and administrative duties assigned to them. And though the staffs are competent and professional, they lack the necessary resources to properly look after so many young children, and are grateful for volunteer help.

As Care Placement volunteers the opportunity is sure to be challenging but there will not be a single moment when you will doubt that you are needed and valued.

Typical day

Weekly Schedule


  • Orphanage Work 
  • Preparing Breakfast
  • Preparing kids to go to school
  • Washing Laundry
  • Ironing Clothes for Children
  • Cleaning 


  • Lunch Preparing
  • Teaching Homework
  • Counseling
  • Supper Preparation
  • Essential activities
  • Playing games

Details on Arrival

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 have an opportunity to work in a tourist area which is popular with lots of mountains and good environment of ecotourism resorts places in Nyanga.

Volunteers are adviced to visit the most known tourist areas in Nyanga like Nyanga National Parks and other mountain areas,they will visit interesting places liek Trout beck Inn and play snooker and enjoy funny with the local community. Nyanga in Zimbabwe is a tourist destination for visitors from the developed world, this will make volunteer who love mountain climbing an ideal place and it has also a Nyanga National Parks for sigh seeing.


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
Education Requirements
Counselling and Social Work at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in childcare
Good communication
Self Motivated
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 18:30

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
  • Induction and Orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • Airport pickup
  • Internet
  • Local Travel
Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport

Volunteers will be picked at Harare International Airport by the local staff and taken to Mutare which is about 232km away from Harare.


Volunteers usually stay with the host family who are experienced with hosting international volunteers..You will get a single room or share a room with another volunteer. All meals will be covered when staying with your host family. Volunteers stay with host families to fully embrace the culture of the region. These homes provide the volunteer with living conditions make them feel at home.

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Most of our meals are vegetarian, including African dishes, potatoes, rice, and beans. On occasion, we may help volunteers to do take aways or eat at local western tailor made restaurant in Mutare. Food is a combination of traditional cuisine and basic American style. Meals can be made to a volunteer’s reasonable requests, but are limited by the local constraints. 

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Mutare/Zimbabwe between 4 weeks and 11 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.

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