The Butterfly Tree is not in the volunteer business but we are very happy for you to work with our charity. We do not charge you any money for this, though you make like to make a donation, through The Butterfly Tree, to one of our projects. We are very flexible as you will be independent, though you will be working alongside a teacher, medical officer or a member of the team. There is a variety of volunteer opportunities to assist with our health, education and community projects. Please note that the schools are closed for the Christmas break during much of December, a month at Easter and for most of August.
If you do decide to go ahead then you will need to sign a disclaimer, stating that the charity will not be responsible for you, produce a DBS certificate ot the equivalent, and sign our Volunteer Code of Conduct document. We strongly recommend that you will have the necessary travel insurances in place. You will need to check with your health practitioner about vaccinations and take the best malaria prevention on offer.
Volunteers usually stay in or around Livingstone. Low-budget accommodation can be found at Fawlty Towers http://www.adventure-africa.com/ ans several other palces. However there are a number of inexpensive hotels such as Safpar’s The Waterfront as well as luxury accommodation, including Minor International’s Avani and the Royal Livingstone, close to the Victoria Falls and the David Livingstone Safari Lodge, all of which we recommend. You can buy virtually anything you need in Livingstone. You will need to take antibacterial wipes and sanitizing gel. Food is readily available in the supermarkets and local markets. There are also local bars and restaurants. We do not recommend that you eat in the villages, and it is essential to drink only boiled or bottled water as hygiene and sanitation is poor. However there are local shops within the community selling bottled water, coke etc.
To get to Mukuni village you can either take the local bus, which changes at the Victoria Falls and takes about an hour – it’s around £3 or £4 return or you can do a deal with a local taxi to take you for around £10 return. The local people are very friendly and obliging.
Besides helping the charity the area has an abundance of activities including safaris, white water rafting, elephant-back riding and micro-liting over the Victoria Falls. It is also close to the Botswana border where some of the best game in Africa can be seen at Chobe National Park.
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