Tshidilo Rehabilitation Centre is situated in Serowe, 300 km north of capital city, Gaborone in the Republic of Botswana. Serowe is known to be the largest traditional village in Botswana. Tshidilo Rehabilitation Centre is an NGO which was formed in 1989 by the community Service Trust of Catholic Church; however the Catholic Church has handed over the trust to the community and is no more financially associated with the Center. The Tshidilo Centre is a home to over two hundred kids affected by different physiological and social problems. The centre provides rehabilitation services in form of physiotherapy and social support to these kids. The kids are taught during the day depending on their standards of learning.
During the volunteering work at the project, volunteers are expected to assist the local staff and other participants in conducting daily physiotherapy sessions and imparting education to the kids. Volunteers are also expected give a helping hand in gardening, sports coaching & mentoring and general counseling of the kids. You may also assist the centre with any required renovation work and even help in maintaining kids` library. Volunteers can share and exchange different cultural forms during the work camp. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is only 10 minutes drive from the centre and therefore can provide the much needed excursion to volunteers during the work camp. At Khama Rhino Sanctuary, you will not only get to see and the feel of so many rhinos at one place looked after so well, you will also get to see host of other animals including zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, springbok, impala, gemsbok, kudu, steenbok, duiker, red hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog, leopard, ostrich, African wild cat, caracal, small spotted genet, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, brown hyena. Over 230 bird species have also been known here including Abdim’s stork and bearded woodpecker. You can take your time out with your co participants to rejuvenate by getting lost in the wild life. Young generation like you is the true force and enthusiasm in bringing socio environmental changes in bettering the lives of these poor people.
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.
GWS partner organization SOS will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. The accommodation is provided in their shared hostels/ houses. Hot showers facility and bathrooms/toilets with running water are available. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals 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