Zimbabwe is an enchanting and cultural destination located in Southern Africa between two rivers, with Victoria Falls at the border. You can expect friendly locals and spectacular coastlines. Zimbabwe offers the opportunity to learn and give back at the same time. If you want to work outdoors with animals, in a research lab, or with children -- Zimbabwe has plenty of options for you!

Wildlife Conservation: You can make a difference in conserving and protecting the beautiful endangered giants of Africa. Over 70% of Zimbabwe’s wildlife has been lost in past decade. Conservation volunteer programs are essential in helping to protect and conserve some of the planet’s most endangered species. Commonly known as the “Big 5” – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinos – also including giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, are found on private ranches or public national parks. Zimbabwe would be the perfect place to gain experience in wildlife conservation.

Healthcare: Volunteers who are seeking experience in healthcare and medicine are greatly needed in Zimbabwe. Typically, they have a good public health record but since the influx of HIV/AIDS cases in the 90s and the economic crisis in 2000, the system has declined. Local clinics and midwifery’s could use your skills! There are several options whether you work inside the lab doing biological research or hands on in the field. The healthcare field is a good one to get involved in.

Education/Youth Development: Zimbabwe has high literacy rates but the teachers in Zimbabwe lack the resources and support they really need. Volunteers are able to work in classrooms, assist teachers, or spend time with children in orphanages.

Know Before You Go

Here are a few tips to help you fit in with locals as a volunteer in Zimbabwe...Always tip locals, as their livelihoods depend on it. Don’t discuss politics and other controversial topics with Zimbabweans as they can be sensitive to your perceptions of their homeland. Although English is an official language of Zimbabwe, locals will appreciate your efforts to learn and understand their culture and language. Practice some common phrases in Shona, the most common local language, before your trip.

When and where to go?

The best place to spend your time volunteering depends on what you’re looking for. Southern Zimbabwe has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife and nature. Northern Zimbabwe is more industrialized and is the source of the nation’s mineral wealth. Therefore, most volunteer projects take place in the southern parts of Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba and the Lower Zambezi are a bit of an exception though - located in the northern tip of the country, is a popular destination for locals and offer a variety of national parks. Some tourist hot spots to check out in your free time include: Victoria Falls, the Great Zimbabwe ruins, Mana Pools National Park, and the capital city Harare.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Zimbabwe

Security risk for travelers to Zimbabwe has been relatively low since 2009. However, officials expect unpredictable political unrest because of the controversial 2013 elections. This is a great example of how every visiting volunteer should be knowledgeable about the country's current political, economic, and security situations. In most cases, political unrest won't directly affect foreign volunteers but you should always be cautious and aware of your surroundings.There are several diseases/illnesses you should be aware of when heading into another country and this is the same for Zimbabwe. Just make sure you have all of your immunizations up-to-date so you can stay clear of ones such as: malaria, cholera, and HIV/AIDs are prevalent in much of Zimbabwe.

Contributed by Kalee Fambrough

Volunteer Programs in Zimbabwe

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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Victoria Falls from $1000
Zimbabwe
46 reviews2 interviews

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary Volunteer Program - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
21 reviews5 interviews

This unique Sanctuary provides a safe haven for an array of animals in...

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Most Affordable Elephant Conservation Projects with IVHQ
Multiple Countries
2 reviews

Do you want to support conservation initiatives focused on the...

GoEco
Top Volunteer Projects in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
7 reviews1 interview

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and see how you can make a difference! GoEco's...

Imire: Rhino and Wildlife Conservation
Black Rhino and Elephant Conservation in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
10 reviews4 interviews

Contribute to a long term, sustainable conservation programme focusing...

Conservation Travel Africa
Rhino and Elephant Conservation
Zimbabwe
13 reviews1 interview

An amazing opportunity to get involved with the conservation of the...

Tru Experience Travel
TRU Experience Travel: Volunteer Projects in Multiple Locations
Multiple Countries
5 reviews

Tru Experience Travel have some of the most amazing volunteer...

Aspect Africa
Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom
Multiple Countries
2 reviews1 interview

Aspect Africa enables community-based organizations around the Great...

Natucate
Field Guide Courses Africa – Become a Game Ranger in Africa's Wilderness
Multiple Countries
3 reviews1 interview

If you are interested in Southern Africa, an adventure seeker and...

Worldwide Experience
Black Rhino Conservation in Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe
4 reviews1 interview

The Nakavango Conservation & Community program is based at the...

Conservation Travel Africa
Horse Riding and Rhino Conservation
Zimbabwe
3 reviews

An absolute must for horse-lovers everywhere. Combine rhino and...

Conservation Travel Africa
Primate Conservation, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
2 reviews

Gain hands-on wildlife experience with a variety of animal orphans...

Imire: Rhino and Wildlife Conservation
Horse Riding, Cattle Ranching and Wildlife Conservation
Zimbabwe
2 reviews

A unique and exciting programme combining horse safaris with valuable...

Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Volunteer Programs in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
1 review

Zimbabwe is a remarkable country, from its immensely diverse...

MovingWorlds
Experteer your Videography and/or Photography Skills Anywhere!
Multiple Countries
1 review

Videos and photos are a powerful tool that give locally led social...

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