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Healthcare Volunteer Program in Zimbabwe

Are you keen on discovering the wonders of Zimbabwe while also making a meaningful impact? Are you a medical student and eager to lend a helping hand to underprivileged communities in Zimbabwe while immersing yourself in their rich culture and history? Your search ends here – the Global Crossroad medical volunteer program in Zimbabwe is perfectly designed for you.

Zimbabwe is a mesmerizing country, showcasing natural marvels such as Victoria Falls and Matobo National Park.

These destinations provide diverse landscapes and wildlife encounters. Beyond the breathtaking scenery, Zimbabwe offers a rich cultural heritage where ancient traditions blend with modern city life. Zimbabwe is a place where you can explore history, explore vibrant nature, and experience the warmth of Zimbabwean hospitality.

However, Zimbabwe faces significant challenges with poverty, leading to frequent inadequacies in healthcare provision for its people. Rural areas and suburban outskirts, in particular, suffer from limited access to sufficient medical care. Local hospitals and clinics lack essential medical personnel and resources. This is where your help comes in!

When you join our Medical Volunteer Zimbabwe program, you will work alongside the professional doctors and nurses. In the process, you can make a difference in the lives of the needy people and help save lives while gaining invaluable hands-on medical experience.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

In several parts of Africa many people face challenging living conditions with limited access to essentials like water, shelter, and food. Zimbabwe, due to its inadequate medical infrastructure, requires individuals to travel long distances for healthcare. Hospitals and medical centers in the country often lack medicines, equipment, and staff.

To address these issues, our program partners with local hospitals in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. When you join, you will assist with administrative tasks, basic treatments, and supporting patients. You will also participate in community health awareness programs, educating residents about diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria. Additionally, volunteers help with the hospital's Home-Based Programs, aiding HIV-infected individuals and the elderly. Volunteers gain insight into various hospital departments, learning about the Zimbabwean healthcare system. While on-call duties may occur, maintaining a positive attitude ensures a fulfilling experience for volunteers.

Skills and Qualifications

Individuals considering our volunteer medical program in Zimbabwe should have previous experience and training in the medical field. Whether you're a nurse, doctor, or medical student dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable, this project is a perfect fit. Essential qualities include compassion, patience, and a sincere desire to extend healthcare services to those with financial constraints or limited access. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to participate.

When you arrive in Zimbabwe, our local staff picks you at the airport and transport to accommodation. The next morning, our local staff gives you an orientation about country, safety, project, rules and regulations of the project, etc.

After orientation, you will be taken to your respective placement, introduced to local staffs and children. There is not such a fixed daily schedule as volunteering works vary every day. Here is sample daily schedule:

First Day : On your first day of volunteering program, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.00 to 7.30 AM : Breakfast at the accommodation.

7.45 AM: Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

12.00 PM: Lunch

3.00 PM: Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

Volunteer in Zimbabwe: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

Global Crossroad’s programs always begin on Monday of every week of the year. If you have some travel constraints, we can of course let you start on any day that fits.

Our Fees:

Global Crossroad has been a trusted and reputable leader for volunteering abroad since 2003. Our goal is to provide the highest quality volunteer experiences with the lowest fees, making these opportunities available to everyone, including students. Anyone can be part of our programs, and have a positive impact without paying high fees.

We are always fully transparent with our costs, which we divide into two parts:

Registration fee of $299. This money goes directly to paying our daily running costs, or our overhead costs for running an organization.

Zimbabwe volunteering projects’ weekly fee- this part is paid directly to your host family (via the country coordinator) in order to cover food and accommodations. These payments are direct, and involve no ‘middlemen’, or third parties.

    Duration Medical
  1 week   $285
  2 Weeks   $385
  3 Weeks   $462
  4 Weeks   $660
  5 Weeks   $770
  6 Weeks   $924
  7 Weeks   $1,078
  8 Weeks   $1,232
  9 Weeks   $1,386
  10 Weeks   $1,540
  11 Weeks   $1,694
  12 Weeks   $1,848

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
Airport Pick up $75
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Meals i.e breakfast, lunch and dinner provided Monday to Friday. Breakfast only will be provided Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Accommodation at our Volunteer House.
  • Project based transport.
  • Return airport transfers.
  • Orientation upon arrival.
  • 24/7 emergency in country staff support.
  • Internet access.<
Program fees exclude:
  • Lunches and dinners Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Laundry services charged at USD$10.00 per bag upon request.
  • Bottled water and any beverages.
  • Leisure activities which can be arranged separately.
  • Medical or Health insurance cover.
  • Flights

The program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the pro-gram to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the volun-teer abroad in Kenya program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses.

Accommodation and Meal

While participating in our volunteer program in Zimbabwe, you'll reside in a cozy volunteer house situated in a secure and tranquil neighborhood. The house can accommodate up to 20 volunteers and is conveniently located within a 5-minute walk to the nearest store and a 20-minute walk to the town center. Amenities provided include western-style toilets, air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service available at $5 per bag.

Learn more about accommodation and meal in Zimbabwe.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

While volunteering in Zimbabwe, you'll have free time during evenings and weekends to explore the Victoria Falls area. You can enjoy various activities, such as a peaceful Zambezi River Sunset Cruise or exciting adventures like Bungee Jumping or the Victoria Falls Gorge Swing. You can also participate in ethical wildlife tourism with an Elephant Encounter, experience the thrill of a Zip-Line Canopy Tour, or immerse yourself in the local culture with a Boma Dinner featuring an African dance show.

Safety and In Country Support

Your safety is our utmost priority while volunteering in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We carefully assess every aspect of your trip, providing guidance before you depart, selecting secure destinations, and partnering only with trusted local organizations. Our dedicated in-country team is present to offer unparalleled guidance and support, working tirelessly to ensure your experience abroad is both amazing and secure.

Learn more about GCR volunteers’ safety..

Frequently Asked Questions- FAQs

Arrival and departure

You'll arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport. Please send your final flight details to our in-country coordinator, and our filed coordinator will meet you upon your arrival. However, please note that we don't provide airport departure service.

Before traveling, kindly check your country's visa regulations and requirements.


Prior to your departure, it's essential to ensure you receive the appropriate vaccinations, especially when traveling to regions like Africa where there are high rates of epidemics and communicable diseases. It's advisable to schedule an appointment with a travel doctor before volunteering in Zimbabwe. The recommended vaccines for this destination include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, MMR, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza. Please visit CDC website for more detail information.

Why Volunteer in the Medical Project in Zimbabwe?

Helping People Stay Healthy : Join the Medical Project in Zimbabwe as a volunteer to offer essential healthcare support to communities with limited access to medical services, making a real difference in people's lives.

Addressing Shortages: Pitch in to address shortages of medical supplies, equipment, and healthcare workers in Zimbabwe, helping ensure that everyone gets the care they need.

Fighting Health Inequalities: Volunteer to help provide medical services, especially in rural areas where it's hard to see a doctor, so that everyone has a fair chance at good health.

Learning by Doing: Get hands-on experience in a variety of healthcare settings, learning new skills while making a positive impact on the lives of Zimbabwean people.

Empowering Communities: Take part in health education programs to help communities learn how to take better care of themselves, improving overall health for everyone.