Zimbabwe Project

Dates
March 1 - 14, 2018
Location
Zimbabwe
Participation Fee
$1,450
What's Included

Overview

Join Maranatha to build a new church for the Simangani congregation in western Zimbabwe! The congregation was started in 2005 by two sisters in the village. They, along with their children, met under trees. Over time, the group grew to more than 50 members, but without money for a proper church, the group built a shelter out of branches and a borrowed tin roof that would often blow over on windy days. Finally, after eleven years of meeting like this, the Simangani church received a Maranatha One-Day Church structure in April 2016. In addition to the structure, the church also received a brand new water well that has been drawing people to the church.

However, funds are still limited, and while the congregation has been using the church, they lack the funds to complete the block walls. On this Maranatha project, volunteers will join together to lay the block walls for the building. In addition, the group will also reach out into the community through outreach programs such as children’s ministry and health education. The project also includes a safari in Hwange National Park and a tour of the world famous, Victoria Falls.

Scope

Church Masonry Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Phil Becker,
Project Coordinator
Itinerary
Thursday, March 1
Arrival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Friday, March 2
First Work Day
Saturday, March 3
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, March 4
Work Days
Saturday, March 10
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, March 11
Hwange National Park Excursion
Monday, March 12
Hwange National Park Excursion
Tuesday, March 13
Victoria Falls
Wednesday, March 14
Departures from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (airport code VFA) in the afternoon of Thursday, March 1.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (airport code VFA) in the morning or afternoon of Wednesday, March 14.
Hwange Angling Club
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA). Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Victoria Falls. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information including arrival and departure airports and time is available in an information packet. Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls

At the end of the project, volunteers will visit Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.

On Sunday, Volunteers will travel approximately two and a half hours to Hwange National Park, the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe. The park is home to more than 100 mammal species including gemsbok, hyena, wild dogs, lions, leopards, and cheetah. Hwange also hosts a very large population of elephants which can be seen in vast numbers at water holes throughout the park. Volunteers will have two, full-day, safaris in the park.

On Tuesday, the 13th, volunteers will then travel back to Victoria Falls where they’ll enjoy a tour of the falls as well as time to explore the town. Victoria Falls is one of the seven Wonders of the World and is truly a magnificent sight. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you will
hear the thundering of the water and see the mist that rises more than 1,600 feet into the air. The falls are more than a mile wide, and nearly 150 million gallons of water cascade down the drop off each minute during the peak of the Zambezi River’s high water flow. That afternoon, volunteers can wander through the town or choose to take a microlight flight over the falls at an additional charge. That evening, the group will go on a sunset river tour together before departing Zimbabwe the following day.

Zimbabwe Facts & Figures

CAPITOL

Harare

POPULATION

14.2 Million (July 2015)

LANGUAGE

English, Shona, Ndebele, and numerous but minor tribal dialects.

CLIMATE

Tropical with a rainy season from November to March.

RELIGION

Protestant 76%, Catholic 8%

CURRENCY

U.S. Dollar

Entry Requirements
  • Passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa (KAZA Tourist Visa Recommended $50 USD)

 

Medical Requirements & Precautions
  • Tetanus shot (required)
  • Hepatitis A & B (recommended)
  • Typhoid (recommended)
  • Rabies (recommended)
  • Anti-malarial drug other than chloroquine
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.