Volunteering in Mozambique is the best way to spend time abroad, to gain life experience, to learn about other cultures and to get to know locals and other volunteers from all over the world to make friends for a lifetime. You will help others and you´ll use your own knowledge and abilities to reduce social injustices. By volunteering in Mozambique you can participate in development to encourage a non- privileged country on their way to economic and social strength. It will change your life because there are not many places on our Planet Earth where contrasts are so close: black & white, wealth and poverty, justice and injustice, love and hate, corruption and fairness, civilization and wilderness.
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If you are looking for a very special destination untouched by mass tourism, you have found what you are looking for right here on the coast of Mozambique.
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Voluteering in Mosambique
Minimun age: age 18 years
Language skills: good English knowledge
Program start: at any time
Minimun duration: minimum stay 2 weeks
Field of application: Teaching English in a school, teaching English in the church, teaching simple IT programs, Construction works for social projects, Nature reserve project, HIV project
Accommodation: Newly built house with WLAN, AC, a huge garden leading directly down onto the beach
Highlights: Bazaruto Archipelago, 2-Miles-Reef, Red Dunes of Vilanculos, Whalesharks
What is included
✓ Transfer to projects (schools, churches, Marine Centre, hospital, orphanage)
✓ Cooking of local dishes
✓ House and security staff
– Nightlife activities such as bars, restaurants, clubs
– All leisure activities
Teaching English in a school
Requirement: good English skills
Teaching English in a church
Requirement: good English skills
Teaching simple IT programs
Ask for discounts for longer stays
After accepting your application and after clear up any unresolved questions your requested dates will be reserved for 2 weeks. Within this 2 weeks a deposit of 15% is required to oblige your booking and to secure your requested dates. The remaining balance must be paid two weeks prior to your departure for adventure in Mozambique.
What´s the role of our volunteers
In the schools around Vilanculos, one teacher supervises up to 150 pupils in each subject. Many children attend the school only until the 5th grade. In many Western civilizations, it seems to be quite normal to start a course of study or education through second chance education. Not in Africa. The school system follows a stringent path. Due to the size of the classes, there is not enough time for the few teachers to take care of the many children.
At school, more than 600 children between the ages of 5 and 15 are waiting for you. The approximately 15 teachers need your help in just about every subject – math, English, physics, biology, sports. Of course you can teach in the subject you like the most! Our volunteers support the teachers in the classroom in different subjects, give tutoring in small groups and are role models for the children.
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Since Vilanculos is a tourist destination, the children without proficiency in English have very little chance of finding a job. Through your volunteer work you set a milestone to enable the children and their families a better future. During the breaks, you just spend time with the kids. You will see that they will quickly look to you as role models, learn from you and spend time with you.
Kululekus English Teaching program in Mozambique aims to provide the local schools with support in a variety of ways, helping to teach children English, Maths and other subjects, at the same time transferring skills and sharing cultural perspectives. Our volunteers work together with the teachers of the respective school as well as the children between the ages of 6 and 15 years. Furthermore, our volunteers will have a lot of contact with our local guides, who will accompany them on all trips and activities. During the week (Mon- Fri) you will picked up between 7:00 am- 7:30 am from the Kululeku House by bus. The bus will drive you to your project and give you a ride back between 3:00 – 4:00pm. The rest of the day is free time to explore and engage in the numerous activities in and around Vilanculos. We will have a barbecue once a week at the house.
No previous teaching experience is required. All you need is to be creative and proactive. We will help you settle into a role that will be beneficial to the children you work with, while gaining valuable skills yourself.
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- Trip to Bazaruto and Benguerra to see the flamingos
- Trip to Red Dunes north of Vilanculos for sunset
- Local fishing on a Dhow boat
- Trip to Tofo
- Horseback Riding
- Kite Surfing
- Trip to Gorongosa national park
For everybody 18 years old and older that is willing to have an amazing volunteering experience in Mozambique.
A valid passport (At least six month after the expected arrival)
Good English knowledge
International Health care insurance
Visas to Mozambique are required for all non-SADC passport holders. It is best to obtain them before arrival to Mozambique by application to your local embassy. However if necessary you can still obtain a 30 day visa on arrival at the airport.
Mozambique is one of the most caring and open African countries. However we do also expect our volunteers to respect local habits and to adjust to their practices. On this note, please bring appropriate clothing (locals dress very casual) such as shorts, Jeans, shirts, flip flops, flat shoes – don´t worry, you´ll be able to wear your bathing suit often enough ☺
What we expect from our volunteers?
We expect our volunteers to be open-minded towards a foreign country, its culture and habits. Mozambique is a developing country in many areas, which makes it necessary to understand some of the circumstances, such as power outages, long waiting times, etc. Parts of the country are very poor. You are therefore sometimes asked for money or work.
. You should treat people with respect and cordiality, be helpful, but also be able to show limits. Despite the many social ills – Mozambique is, in our opinion – one of the most peaceful and warmhearted countries in Africa. In addition, it should be understood that you treat the house as your own and the people you live and work with treat as you would like to be treated – with respect, dignity and decency. We have nothing against boisterous parties and barbecues, but it is very important that everyone knows his own limit and can take care of himself.
What our volunteers can expect from us?
We will give you all the necessary information before starting the “Mozambique Adventure” and will help you with advice and assistance to plan your stay as well as possible and to give you the feeling of security even before you leave. After accepting your application we send you different Skype-Dates, during which we talk in detail (about 1 hour) about your adventure and we will answer all your questions. We assure you transparency and honesty about our financial flows. Once you are there, you will see that the help and money will arrive where needed and that you will become true development workers at the end of your stay. Vado and his team are your contacts – on site and around the clock! We work exclusively with the manpower we have trained ourselves to develop and empower the local population.
Accommodation and Food
No special equipment is required. The house is located 200 meters from the beach, not far from the central market, the Baobab Backpackers and the diving center. The schools are about 15km outside the village in the rural areas. A small bus or a tuk-tuk brings you daily from the house to the project site in the morning and in the afternoon. The house is modernly furnished (shower, toilet, AC, fully equipped kitchen) and is located in a protected and safe environment in the midst of local families. Your home for your stay will be a beautiful newly built house with a huge garden leading directly down onto the beach.
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The house is in downtown Vilanculos and has a ground floor consisting of 4 rooms with air conditioning, windows, closets and ample space. Each room is equipped for 2-6 people. The bathrooms are new and very modern. The second floor is still under construction, but is intended to reflect the ground floor. The garden has hammocks, a barbecue area and plenty of space to let your mind wander under the coconut palms, rest or dance around to African drums. Our office with contact persons – if you need help – is also located there. We have WIFI, our own kitchen, and security staff. Just a 2-minute walk through our garden and you will reach the sea!
We offer you a selection of breakfast and dinner – from bread, cheese, fruits, sausage, jams and cereals in the morning to fish, meat, salads and local dishes in the evening. For lunch you can take a sandwich with you, as you will spend the day at one of the project sites. If you want to cook and buy something for yourself, you can reach the market of Vilanculos in about 10 minutes on foot – it is very cheap! If you are allergic to anything, please let us know about the application form.
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Why do I need to pay for the social aid?
Sustainable develop itself is a very costly project, so unfortunately we cannot pay any wages. The running costs of the accommodation, catering, transport, etc. need to be covered for the duration of your stay and this is what the payment is for. After the costs for your activities, any money left over is 100% invested into social projects in the area.
All services and activities are provided by locals. For us it is very important to support the district of Vilanculos by hiring and educating Mozambicans instead of foreigners. In the last couple of years we have been able to educate and train locals to manage Kululeku on their own out of the office in Vilanculos.
Start of the program
The program can be started at any date. Just let us know your preferences, and we will try our best to place you at the dates you wish. We recommend a minimum stay of 4 weeks, which will benefit both sides equally; you as well as the people you work with will need some time to get used to each other and to the workflow. Your stay can most definitely be extended while you are there.
The closest airport to us is Vilanculos, only a 20 minutes’ drive from the house. Vado, our manager, will pick you up there once we have received your flight details. There are good connections between Johannesburg – Vilanculos or Maputo- Vilanculos. It is definitely the easiest way to get to us.
MaputoAirport will offer the best and cheapest connections, but you´d need to stay in Maputo for one night and take the bus (11-13h drive!!) the next day at 5 am in the morning. This sounds worse than it actually is J But for sure, travelling in African busses can be exhausting. But even from there, a kululeku representative picks you up from the airport and will take you to the backpackers to spend the night and take you to the bus station the next morning. We can also pick you up with a shuttle service, depending on how many people arrive in Maputo. The agency we work with will give you an affordable price.
Another possibility are flights to Inhambane airport (3h south of Vilanculos) or even Maputo.
Please make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before. (Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine).
Malaria: Also, you will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Most volunteers prevent, some don´t take anything. We have proper mosquito nets for the night. The best is to ask your doctor about it.
Yellow Fever: There is no risk of yellow fever in Mozambique. The government of Mozambique requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Hepatitis A: we recommend this vaccine because you can get Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Mozambique, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Mozambique. We recommend this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Hepatitis B: You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so we recommend this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Rabies: Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Mozambique, so we recommend this vaccine for the following groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to Mozambique
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Every aspect of your program has safety as its highest priority.
We organize your program from start to finish. If you arrive at the airport on the day the program commences, there will be a kululeku Volunteer representative to meet you. Vado, our manager will be with your group for the entire duration of the program and will be available 24/7 to help in any given situation. You will either be living in a shared room or single room (whenever it is available) in clean, hygienic, and safe accommodation. You will have constant access to safe drinking water. For the case you become still sick, there is a private clinic, a public hospital many physicians and pharmacies nearby. Please also read the information on recommended vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. All our staff is trained in first aid and speak English.