Meaningful Travel - Africa - Botswana International Volunteer Projects
Volunteer in Botswana

Support the educational and social programs of Children’s centers
Tlokweng & Serowe       August 20 - August 31, 2018

Volunteer project: Tlokweng is located about 10km south-east of the center of Gaborone, the capital city of the Republic of Botswana. Serowe is 300 km north-east of Gaborone. The Children's Centers in Tlokweng and Serowe are home to close to 300 kids affected by different social issues. These include being homeless after being dumped by their mothers mainly immediately after birth or chased away from home due to infights in some households. Some of the kids have mothers in prison, others escaped the hardships of staying in very poor households living on less than one dollar a day.

The kids at the Children's Centers stay in a family like format headed by mothers volunteering at the centers. The family models are done so as to give the kids an opportunity to grow in a family setup. The kids are taught during the day depending on their education level. The center mainly offers pre-school/kindergarten and primary schooling for free.

The volunteers will assist in the daily education of the kids, gardening, sports coaching, mentoring and general counseling. Moreover, volunteers can assist the center with some renovation work that arises and maintain the kids' library. Spare time is usually meant for interaction with the children during their music practice sessions.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Accommodation: The Centers provide accommodation in their shared guest houses. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tent for privacy.

Location: Serowe and Tlokweng

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Protecting the endangered rhinos of Botswana
Khama       2 projects of 2 wks in September and December

Volunteer project: Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located around 25 km north of Serowe and 320 km north-west of Gaborone, the capital city of the Republic of Botswana. It is defined by Kalahari Desert sands and quite a range of vegetation. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conservation park for endangered white and black rhinos. It also hosts a wide range of animals including kudus, impalas, gemsboks, giraffes, and a variety of small animals and birds.

The population of rhinos is currently facing a serious threat due to poaching, therefore Khama is a safe haven for them. South Africa is donating more rhinos to the park, as 2 rhinos are killed in the country every day. The park has now doubled in area to accommodate over 80 rhinos. The park is being guarded by the game rangers as well as the military who form part of the anti-poaching unit.

The volunteers will have the following duties:
- maintenance of trails and fire breaks;
- trimming trees that overlap the road;
- monitoring rhinos and other wild animals during patrols;
- construction of new roads;
- making and installing signage in the park;
- repairing park fence.
The volunteers may be asked to assist with any other task that may be deemed important at that particular time. Volunteers at the nature reserve can enjoy day and evening game drives and educational lectures on some days. Volunteers can also arrange to join the rangers for their animal counts and patrols.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: Places of interest to visit around are the Serowe museum, the Royal Cemetery, Makgadikgadi Pans. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located along the way to Moremi game reserve.

Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary provides accommodation in camping sites. Volunteers must bring their own tent and sleeping bag. Internet, supermarkets and banking are available in Serowe town which is 20 minutes drive form the sanctuary.

Location: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 3 - September 14, 2018
December 10 - December 21, 2018

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