Established on Tati Company Land, your project Tachila Nature Reserve covers approximately 8 200 hectares of well preserved natural habitat in an area adjacent to Francistown city. Francistown lacked environmental conservation due to which Recreation and Environmental education took the brunt of it. This further led to the community to a stage where they could no more experience and enjoy their natural heritage of years. Tachila’s mandate is to serve as a recreational facility for residents of and visitors to Francistown, to provide environmental education for Botswana schoolchildren, to promote wildlife and other natural resource conservation, to increase eco-tourism potential and to help diversify the largely mining dependent economy, thus creating employment opportunities. Naturally occurring wildlife species include leopard, hyena, kudu, impala, bushbuck, steenbok, klipspringer, rock dassie and warthog. Eventually, rhino, sable and roan antelope, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and eland will be introduced. Sports and species that have disappeared from the area will be re-introduced to re-establish their historical value and, generally, sustain the areas with biodiversity.
While participating in this project, you are expected to be involved in Environmental and rehabilitation work. You will be working with the reserve management staff in the day to day activities, managing the ecosystem and assisting in the renovation of the nature reserve. But again, all work and no play are not good for the young force like you. We at GWC encourage you to take a break from the regular charity related activities to boost up your much needed energy. And you have a host of activities to choose from like visiting Supa Ngwao Museum museum which contains exhibitions on the culture and history of the Kalanga people, Birds and Game Botswana – An animal orphanage established by Uncharted Africa, serves as a refuge for injured or orphaned wild animals since past twenty years and Domboshaba – an iron age, stone wall dating back to 1450AD, Domboshaba (meaning â€˜red rock’ in Kalanga) was occupied towards the end of the Great Zimbabwe period. You can have these outings planned with your co participants and other volunteers to make it more enjoyable and a learning experience too. If you keep this fire of bringing in the change raging, you will be able to achieve it paving way for more youngsters like you to take it on.
IMPORTANT: Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of children you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at airport in Gaborone, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation in Mochudi. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you have a choice to roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring local surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Botswana Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location of SOS (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Socio – Psychological counseling & Education) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Botswana along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
Note: For volunteers under the age of 18, you need to submit both permission letter and volunteer application signed by either of the parent or legal guardian giving you consent to volunteer.
GWC partner organization will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. The accommodation is provided as room or tents. To maintain your privacy it is suggested that volunteers bring their own tents. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real Botswana’s culture.