Rural Schools Teaching and Natural Wonders

Zimbabwe

Live in the backyard of Victoria Falls and immerse yourself in the smiles and simplicity of one of Africa's most welcoming communities. Teach English literacy and life skills, work on community infrastructure projects and adopt the culture of Zimbabwe's Ndebele people.

Victoria Falls is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, but what many overlook is a small dirt road at the international airport that leads to an even more impressive wonder created in a small community by a woman with one of the biggest hearts in Zimbabwe.

The Jabulani School was founded in 2003 by the current headmistress, Sefiwe, who began teaching lessons in the shade of one of the only trees in the current school grounds. The school was founded for a community in which children had to once walk over 10 kilometers through dangerous bush just for the opportunity to learn. Today the school teaches over 300 primary and secondary school students and is supported by the dedicated efforts of the Children in the Wilderness organisation.

Children in the Wilderness was formed to facilitate sustainable conservation by teaching rural children literacy, life skills and leadership through fun and engaging lessons with environmental and wildlife themes. At the Jabulani School, international students will be empowered to teach these lessons with training from Children and the Wilderness, who have worked with education experts and government leaders to develop an implementable and effective literacy curriculum.

International students will have the unique opportunity to lead their own small classes, enhance the rural school experience in chess, conservation and traditional dance clubs, and compete in athletic matches with the Jabulani School children. Contribute to formal education as well as conservation education by taking school children into wildlife areas where they can see, touch and feed their nation’s wildlife for the first time.

Not to mention, during your stay you will live in the heart of Victoria Falls town! Raft the white waters of the Mighty Zambezi, bungee, zipline and swing from the heights of Victoria Falls Bridge, safari on elephant back, and venture into one of the countries most beautiful national parks! The adventure and community of the Falls embraces every visitor, engaging every part of you in the same wonder, beauty and heart that captivated David Livingstone in 1855.

Quick Facts

Location: Victoria Falls

Duration: 14 Days

Capacity: Up to 20 students

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Zimbabwe! Meet your leaders at Victoria Falls International Airport before transferring to Victoria Falls town and settling into your dorm-style accommodation. After a brief orientation and introduction to the country and your project, we will board a boat to watch the sunset on the mighty Zambezi River.

Day 2
Begin your teacher training with Children in the Wilderness, a nonprofit organisation that promotes sustainability and conservation by teaching rural children literacy, life skills and leadership through fun and engaging lessons with environmental and wildlife themes. You will receive thorough instruction that will give you the confidence to have the greatest educational impact on your students, in addition to a set curriculum and all the materials you will need to execute your lessons for the week.

Day 3-5
Work with small groups of eager to learn primary school students, teaching English through interactive lessons and games. Participate in extracurricular activities such as planting in the veggie garden and participating in sports matches.

Day 6
Today you will have a break from school to take in the wonder of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. After getting soaked on a guided tour of the Falls through the National Park, you will have the option to test your bravery on the Victoria Falls Bridge bungee jump, bridge swing, or zip line (optional activities).

Day 7
This morning, students will wake up early for a day of adventure and adrenaline rafting the Might Zambezi River. You will have to work as a team to navigate the rapids and conquer the river! This evening, after a well deserved rest after rating, you will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive dinner of dancing, drumming and delicious traditional food at the Boma Place of Eating.

Day 8-10
Return to the Jabulani School to continue your teaching curriculum, engaging with your students and watching them progress through the literacy lessons. You will also have the chance to visit their homes, cook traditional meals with their families, and learn about the Ndebele and Shona cultures.

You will also have the opportunity to take the children into a nearby wildlife reserve to learn about Zimbabwean wildlife and the importance of protecting their natural heritage. Despite their proximity, many of these children have never seen an elephant! It is important that they learn to value animal lives to help combat Africa’s poaching crisis.

Day 11
This morning you will pack up your things and say goodbye to your students and the Jabulani School. After a small “graduation” ceremony and celebration of the hard work, you will depart for Hwange National Park.

Hwange is home to the largest population of elephants in all of southern Africa. Here you will have the chance to experience a true African safari.

Day 12-13
At Hwange, you will have the chance to see Africa’s Big 5: lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard. While you can never guarantee how lucky you will be, your guides will do everything they can to help track down these magnificent animals on game drives and by foot!

Day 14
Today you will depart Hwange and return to Victoria Falls Airport for you flight home. Say goodbye to Zimbabwe and the unforgettable community that has become your African family, and know that you will always be welcome back!

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