Motswedi Centre is situated on western part of Mochudi village. It is a newly developed area with close proximity to Primary School, Secondary School and a Clinic. Motswedi (means a fountain) Community Based Rehabilitation is a Church related non-profit making welfare project initiated by the Mothers Union of the Dutch Reformed Church in Mochudi Botswana, which is a member of Botswana Council of Churches (BCC). The Mother’s Union besides meeting for Spiritual nourishment has since its inception been involved in Welfare and Community Development. The services are anchored on the premise that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me”. During the course of Mothers Union’s work in the community most people with disabilities were found lying around their homes without any provision for rehabilitation, welfare and educational needs. The reasons for involving non-professional is to train them to identify people with disabilities in the community, teach and demonstrate prescribed physical exercises at basic level. One other important reason is to give the community a feeling of ownership – and sustain continuity of the programme.
While working at the project, you will assist the local NGO staff with daily education of the kids. You can also assist the centre on some renovation work that arises and can even help in maintaining kids` library and help at Horticulture and Poultry, which have provided employment to the special youths including both males and females, capacity building by co-funding staff scholarships. Volunteers are encouraged to take a break from their work and engage in fun activities during spare time. It is a good way of rejuvenating and creating a great bond with co volunteers. You would love to explore the traditionally painted houses in the village of Mochudi. You will get to see â€˜Kgotla’ (a local tribal meeting place) which traces its inception to the Bakgatla people. Other attractions in and around includes the Puthadikobo Museum and an archaeological site full of legends of Tswana relating to Basarwa people also known as Bushmen. Amidst the fun think of the beauty and value you would be adding to the local community. It will surely turn out to be a life changing experience to you and all.
IMPORTANT: Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of children you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at airport in Gaborone, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation in Mochudi. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you have a choice to roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring local surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Botswana Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location of SOS (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Socio – Psychological counseling & Education) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Botswana along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
Note: For volunteers under the age of 18, you need to submit both permission letter and volunteer application signed by either of the parent or legal guardian giving you consent to volunteer.
GWC partner organization will manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work at the project. The Centre provides accommodation in their shared hostels/ houses. Hot showers and bathrooms/toilets with running water are available. You’ll be served 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real Botswana’s culture.