Thank you for your interest in helping the children of Mazabuka Orphanage in a volunteer capacity.
For those serious about wanting to come and help please check out our list of preparations below. Visas and immunisations etc. can take months to organise so plan early and let us know if you are interested so we can work with you to get prepared for a visit. We look forward to hearing from you.
VOLUNTEERING IS NOT VOLUNTEERING WHEN YOU HAVE TO PAY.
All volunteers are responsible for the cost of their travel to and from Mazabuka Orphanage. We can provide pick-ups to and from Lusaka International airport (3 to 4 hour drive) for $100.00 US each way.
At OK we value your input therefore we have NO fees for staying with us, however, we would certainly appreciate any donation toward food expences.
Your Role in the Program
Volunteers do not necessarily need care giving experience. All we ask is that you come with energy, enthusiasm, an open mind and an open heart. With little resources at the orphanage it would be appreciated if the volunteers bring educational resources, art supplies or tapes with children's songs.
Volunteers help in developing creative programs such as art, music, dance, games, dressing, helping with their homework. Additional help on day trips, sanitation, cooking, administration , gardening, building, or helping in one of our community projects may be needed. One of the most wonderful opportunities that volunteering with OK can give is the chance to share your love. Please note that your itineraries may differ from this, depending on your own experience and the number of other volunteers. This is simply a guide.
Skills and Educational Requirements
There is no educational requirement for your stay. Anyone with a heart to serve is welcome at the orphanage, however fluent English is required. People should be patient, committed and willing to learn.
Conditions of stay are:
- There will be no smoking or drinking of any kind of alcohol at the orphanage or on any Oz Kids property.
- No elicit drugs of any kind tolerated.
- Volunteers are asked to be back at a reasonable hour each night.
- No bad language or behaviour acceptable.
- Volunteers wishing to leave the orphanage for a period of time (days) must let staff know.
- Yellow Fever imunisation is esential when flying via South Africa.
- Malaria prevention is recomended.
- Extra Baggage (to bring supplies over for children)
- Sometimes volunteers can get permission to take extra luggage by contacting your airline. Phone and explain you are going to an Orphanage to do volunteer work and you need extra luggage to donate children's clothing, etc and then get written permission from them (not all airlines co-operate).
What should I bring?
Credit and bank cards are best to withdraw money from ATM's in the area. You will need to bring a small amount in US dollars for when you first arrive $50.00 + for Visas, if you have not aquired one prior to entering Zambia, we also recomend $100 (in small notes) just in case the ATM's are not working. Depending on your extra travel plans, extra cash in US dollars is recomended for various fees and visas.
You can buy items here but not all brands are available.
A wide range of cheap clothing and footware are available in Mazabuka markets and stores. Men - Jeans/Cargo pants, shorts. Long sleeve shirts for at night to help protect against mosquitos.Ladies – ( short skirts are not acceptable in this culture) Women are asked to wear modest skirts, long dresses or pants. Tops are fine, although short tops exposing midriff are not acceptable. Two casual/dressy outfits to wear into town or to church if you wish to join us. Mosquito nets, towels andbedding supplied.
We require a photocopy of your passport or drivers-licence before we can approve your stay at the home.
We look forward to your inquiries.