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Zimbabwe, located between two rivers in southern Africa, is an amazing destination for any kind of volunteer trip! Full of cultural wonders you won't find anywhere else, Zimbabwe offers the opportunity to learn and give back at the same time. Whether you want to work outdoors with animals or inside a research lab, there are plenty of volunteer options.
Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife Conservation: It doesn't come as a surprise that wildlife conservation is the most popular type of volunteering in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's variety of wildlife goes beyond the common "Big 5" - buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino - also including wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, and antelope. These animals can commonly be found on private ranch land or public national parks. Since the Wildlife Conservation Act was put into practice in the 60s, Zimbabwe has been a leader in wildlife conservation management - making it a perfect place to get experience in wildlife conservation and management!
Healthcare: Volunteers with experience in healthcare and medicine are sorely needed. Since its independence, Zimbabwe has been considered a country with a good public health record. Unfortunately, since the influx of cases of HIV/AIDs in the 90s and their economic crisis in 2000, general public health and the health system itself have been in decline. Whether you're interested in assisting at a local clinic or midwifery, your skills will be of great use in Zimbabwe.
Education/Youth Development: Just because Zimbabwe's literacy rate is high, doesn't mean the education system and the Zimbabwean youth don't need your support. Many hardworking Zimbabwean teachers lack the resources and support they need. Volunteers can work in classrooms to assist teachers, spend time playing with children in orphanages, or whatever interests you the most.
There are an endless number of reasons to consider volunteering in Zimbabwe. From its natural wonders to its vibrant culture, you will fall in love with Zimbabwe and all it has to offer. Volunteering here will allow you to go past the tourist point of view and understand local life and the daily issues faced by Zimbabweans, like lack of proper healthcare and resources. By being part of a volunteer project and making a real impact, you will have a special connection to Zimbabwe for the rest of yourself.
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