Mandatory Documents to keep with you on the Plane:
- Passport (valid for 6 months): Important! Keep a copy of your passport at home.
N.B. You must bring a passport and not just a Travel Identity Card.
- 2 photographs
- Parental and school authorization: approval from both required.
- International Vaccination Card or Yellow Certificate International de Vaccination up-to-date for TB, hepatitis B and C.
- Details of your return flight booking.
- Sufficient cash, and/or credit cards.
- Mobile phone.
- Driving licence (for longer-term volunteers).
Items strongly recommended:
- Working clothes for building, together with good gym shoes
- Shorts & T-shirts; Skirts for ladies
- Sturdy socks
- Sweater (at least one: evenings may be cool)
- Hat (broad-rimmed), & Sun glasses
- Towel, facecloth, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene products
- Pyjamas, preferably with long shirt sleeves and long legs
- Sleeping bag and mosquito repellent
- Padlock (for baggage)
- Torch/Headlamp with spare batteries
- Medicines against: diarrhoea, headache, and fever.
N.B. Doxycycline is the recommended prophylactic against malaria.
Mefloquine or Chloroquine are NOT recommended
Gifts for children:
- Pens, Pencils, Stationery, and Old clothes in good condition.
- Visas are available on arrival, upon payment of US$ 30-50.
- Credit cards are of limited use in the city only; you are advised to bring US$ cash (especially with a supply of small denomination notes), in a zip-up wallet.
- A mobile telephone network is readily available in the city, and in some places in the rural areas.
- Water supplied is safe to drink.
- Wild animals and snakes are very rarely encountered outside game parks.
- The mid-day sun is strong: this is why sunglasses and a broad hat are advised.
- Insurance is the student’s own responsibility.
- Rural folk are conservative in matters of dress: you are asked to respect their dress-code.
- Advice regarding visits to important sights Victoria Falls, and Game Parks will be readily given, but arrangements for such visits are the volunteer’s responsibility.