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volunteering

An increasing number of volunteers are reacting to a desire to reach out to the poor in a more personal way than purely donating money.

Central to the GIV Foundation’s vision is the desire to see groups of people giving a period of time (from a few weeks to several months or even a year) to living on Morning Star ranch and serving the surrounding community in a variety of ways.

Over the last eight years, the camp, which can accommodate up to 30 people, has seen volunteers come from the USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, Zambia and Malawi. 
 

Volunteers participate in a range of activities in the local community and on the ranch itself, according to their skills and desires. Volunteers may be of any age from 17 upwards – college students taking a summer break; working folk who feel led to take a 'timeout' from their employment; students who may receive credit hours towards their educational studies etc.
 

What can Volunteers do?
 

WITHIN the COMMUNITY:

  • assistance in schools with reading, drama, music, art, sport, counselling etc

  • maintenance of school buildings and facilities

  • running workshops for inexperienced teachers

  • health, agriculture and education projects

  • work crew for youth camps

  • home visits to the sick and vulnerable

  • farm help for the elderly and infirm

  • adult skills training

  • outreach to the community through drama, music, Sunday school etc

  • spiritual/leadership development programmes

  • counselling and life-skills programmes

  • activities/functions at the Community Resource Centre
     

on MORNING STAR RANCH

  • assistance in daily activities including agriculture, construction, maintenance, clearing invasive plants, small livestock management etc

  • acting as work crew for youth camps

  • cooking and cleaning

  • assisting with sewing club

  • preparing educational crafts etc for use in schools
     

FACILITIES at MORNING STAR CAMP

  • separate dormitories for males and females (14 in each)

  • three chalets for couples (6 people)

  • hot and cold showers

  • dry (Blair) toilets

  • laundry and ironing done by staff

  • limited satellite cell and internet connection (30 minutes daily)

  • three wholesome meals prepared by our staff each day (excluding weekends)

  • vehicle transportation for community and school work

  • bicycles for venues close to the ranch

  • transport to Bulawayo for necessary supplies and/or recreation

  • recreational activities – volleyball, mountain biking, swimming (in summer), bouldering, rock climbing (over 30 bolted climbs on the ranch), bird-watching, hiking, visits to rock painting sites, indoor games, DVD’s

  • shop for sodas, candies etc
     

COSTS

Prices vary according to size of group and length of stay.  

Click here to read previous volunteer experiences at Morning Star.