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Musha Care Foundation

Special Needs & Education Supporter

Harare, Zimbabwe

Volunteers on the project assist with providing daily hands-on support and disability education among families and local communities.

Volunteer work

As a volunteer on a special needs education project you will work with trained local staff in Harare and Mutare who are supporting a range of children  who have cerebral palsy, down syndrome, physical disabilities or who are deaf.  

You will help to run activities, assist with dressing and meal times and participate in fun activities such as music and art sessions. 

The projects

Children need help with learning how to perform day to day tasks as well as with traditional education and incorporating their therapies into their daily lives. Certain projects also focus  physical development and if you have skills in this area you may be asked to help out. 

Some projects are short of resources so be prepared to improvise. Some of the projects run activities focused on arts, music and dance to bring joy and fun into their lives.  

There is often a lack of experienced professionals so if you have skills to share you will be accepted with open arms.

Who we are looking for

All volunteers are welcome as long as you come with an open heart and mind and are willing to help out where needed.   

You will very much follow the needs of the projects and participants at the time of your placement so come full of energy, as you will be kept busy!   

 If you have experience working with people with learning and social difficulties, physical disabilities or those who are deaf or blind then you are sure to be an asset to the projects.

Join us  and make a difference by sharing your time, efforts and compassion with those who lack support from society and who perhaps need it the most.

Orientation

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.

Typical day

Weekdays: After the initial orientation day, you will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day and a typical schedule is as follows:

7.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.

8.00 AM Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating on (some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning free, or can join another project).

2.00 PM Break for lunch. You will travel back to the accommodation for lunch or in some cases eat at your placement. After lunch, you will continue your volunteer work (where applicable).

4.00 PM/5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. You are free to return to the volunteer accommodation, plan for the following day’s activities or use your free time as you wish.

7.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Please note this schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular project.

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can begin the volunteer program on the first and third Monday of every month. 

Upon arrival you will be picked up at the airport and driven to the volunteer house or coordinator’s place.

Free-time activities

The volunteers are recommended to visit the local tourist places which is Nyanga Nature Resorts,where they will see the beautiful scenery and waterfalls in cultural resort areas.There are also good places for sight seeing like Chinhoyi Caves,traditional ruins,museum and the beautiful wonder areas of Great Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls,Hwange National Parks and Mana Pools.

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good communication skills
Self motivated
Flexibility
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Musha Care Foundation are happy to help you.

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Services by Musha Care Foundation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Program orientation Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation Meals
  • Admin Costs
  • Internet
Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport

Most volunteers fly into the country anytime of the day and you will walk across the tarmac to the arrivals building, and pass through immigration control to the baggage reclaim area. Once you have your luggage, you need to go through customs, and be ready to have your bags opened by security staff as this is done routinely even when you go through the "nothing to declare" channel.

As you walk out of the airport building you will be met by a number of people on the other side of the entrance, waving meeting signs. One of our staff will be there to meet you with a sign, and will greet you with your full name (do not go with anyone who cannot tell you your name). If your placement is in Harare, you will be taken from the airport straight to your host family. If you are going to a placement away from Harare you will usually stay overnight in Harare before traveling to your Mutare the following morning.

If your flight arrives in the morning, you will travel straight to your Mutare.


Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated predominately in one of two neighboring volunteer apartments. Each apartment accommodates up to 4 other volunteers with a maximum of 8 volunteers of the same gender per room. This accommodation is based centrally and is within minutes walking distance of the ​local team’s office, and steps away from cafes and restaurants. 

An Accommodation Manager lives in a self-contained apartment onsite, and he is responsible for general maintenance of the accommodation and purchasing food for your meals. The apartments are cleaned once per week by a cleaner, however volunteers are required to keep their rooms and the common areas tidy.

Our staff know all our host families well. In most cases, our staff do background checks with our host family for your preparations. The levels of comfort in these houses do vary, we monitor families regularly to ensure that every host meets our required standards for such things as security, cleanliness, and availability of water.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day. On weekdays breakfast and dinner is self-catered, and lunch is provided with an african dish and local drink.Food is purchased on a regular basis by the Accommodation Manager, and volunteers have the option to place their specific requests on a whiteboard in the kitchen.

Bread is commonly served with all meals and as it’s made with potatoes it can be quite heavy. Vegetarians dishes are available.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$520.00
5 weeks
$590.00
6 weeks
$660.00
7 weeks
$730.00
8 weeks
$800.00
9 weeks
$870.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,080.00
Average fees
$110.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Harare/Zimbabwe between 4 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.
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