Botswana

Botswana

Botswana OverviewTravel HighlightsProjectsApplication and Fees
Botswana Quick Facts
Full Country Name: Republic of Botswana
Area: 582,000 sq km
Population: 2.03 million
Capital: Gaborone
Borders: South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Religion: Christian is the main religion of Botswana followed by other indigenous religions
Time Zone: Standard time is two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time
Languages: Official language is English but the National language is Setswana
Country Dialing Code: +267
Climate: Botswana’s climate is semi-arid.  Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months.  Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional.  Often a heavy downpour may occur in one area while 10 or 15 kilometres away there is no rain at all.  Showers are often followed by strong sunshine so that a good deal of the rainfall does not penetrate the ground but is lost to evaporation and transpiration.
Travel Highlights
Botswana is a vast land, highly prized for its safaris and game. Astonishingly, around 17% of the country is designated national park, and when Botswana’s huge private concessions are also totaled up, the figure swells to a proud 40%. Botswana has ensured that its spectacular Okavango Delta region has been well developed for tourists, with its impressive lagoons crammed with hovering birdlife, elephants, giraffes and other exotic animals that amble through its vast grass flats.  Incidentally, this is the largest inland delta in the world, which explains its wealth of wildlife.  It is almost enough to make you forget that most of Botswana is given over to desert. Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest national park in the Southern part of Africa with diverse kinds of wildlife both animals of prey and predators. Having a sundowner, unwinding in the glare of a sunset and hearing the sounds of singing birds and roaming game, Botswana is both a country to relax in and a country to have adventure in.
Projects Available in Botswana

Volunteering Teaching of disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the rural areas schools, orphanages and secondary schools
Volunteering with both domesticated or wildlife animals, children and communities in Africa.
Volunteers can be attached to a specialty group of professionals such as architects, engineers, pharmacists, mechanics etc
Help uplift the community through building and refurbishment projects and community development programs such as construction
Volunteering in the Medical center to help with vaccinations, immunization, treatment, counseling, education and protection of diseases and health care issues!
Make a real impact in women empowerment, legal aid, advocacy and basic human right issues.
Volunteer with organizations and centers that work with disadvantaged teenage girls.
Work with project that cares for environment, agriculture, permaculture, wetlands and natural resources management.
Internship opportunities for students and participants.
Enjoy cultural tours, adventure trips and safaris
Application and Fees

Program Cost
  • All airport pick up and drop off from the project
  • Work permit application and arrangements
  • Detailed Handbook for Volunteerism
  • Country and Project orientation programs including safety briefings
  • Full board and lodging stay, which includes all meals a day
  • Tour and Game drives (subject to project)
  • Assistance from Country coordinators
  • Certificate of Participation

What the fee excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement which must include cover for repatriation
  • All transport to the destination (ie flights)
  • All items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs, curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
  • Email/internet and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks, Medications, and Entertainments
  • All visas for border crossings
  • Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary