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Volunteers will be staying at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, a wild, rustic and truly African farm in the Copperbelt area of Zambia, whilst assisting in the rural villages inhabited by thousands of people with scarce resources for healthcare. We aim to increase support by partnering with caregivers and local volunteers in the community to provide direct assistance through assisting in a rural clinic, home-based care and outreach visits and educational forums on leading a healthier lifestyle.
DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES
As a volunteer you will predominantly leave Chimfunshi early in the morning and head to the Health Clinic or into the surrounding communities. Lunch will be taken with you and you will return to Chimfunshi towards the end of the day. Typical activities will include:
Clinical Assistance: Volunteers can help with procedures which do not require medical training, for example, taking of blood pressure, temperature and weighing patients. This frees up nursing staff to cover other duties. Any medically qualified volunteers could help with screening of patients before they see the Clinical Officer. Any activities will be agreed by the Clinical Officer.
Home-based Care: During home based care, volunteers accompany community volunteers as they visit bed ridden or immobile patients. The volunteers can provide basic advice, comfort and assistance to the members of the community. This could be by providing basic first aid, wound dressing or discussing topics around hygiene, a healthy diet and exercise. Volunteers may also help by cleaning the house or playing with children to provide a break for the patient.
Health and Nutrition Education: Volunteers assist in delivering approved education materials to patients, either on a one to one basis or through arranged workshops to improve the awareness of agreed topics. These are organized in conjunction with the team in the Health Centre.
Sustainable Gardening Projects: The project aims to use volunteers to help create and maintain a sustainable garden area next to the clinic; to grow crops which will provide nutritional food for the patients. Any excess food can be sold in local markets by Centre staff to raise money for the Centre.
Women’s Club: At the Women’s Club, volunteers will assist with discussions on health topics, nutrition and exercise. Volunteers are also there to provide support for orphans and elderly members along with vulnerable members of society. There will also be fund raising projects going on.
- Rural outreach - visit rural areas and offer home-based care to help with basic medical care, immunizations, family planning and education initiatives
- Support young children with basic medical care and attention, whilst helping to create awareness of immunisations and vaccinations required for children
- Help with HIV education and counselling, family planning, and anti-retroviral drug dispensing for HIV positive patients
- Assist with post natal check-ups, childbirth and delivery, and pregnant ladies healthcare such as providing basic medical care, recording of weight, temperature, and blood pressure
- Care for in-house patients and assist with check-up’s for out-patients
- Help improve the standard of the clinic through infrastructure improvements and organisational help
- Assist with medical tests for malaria, disease and pregnancy
- Get involved with Chimfunshi’s on site clinic once a week
- Facilitate the creation and maintenance of a sustainable vegetable garden at the clinic to provide vital nutrients for the patients
- Promote the Women’s Club by assisting with setting up small shops and businesses and providing them with English lessons, basic accounting skills and computer literacy
- Immerse yourself in the local culture learning all about the customs and also a bit of the language!
- Live on Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in the Zambian Copperbelt – the world’s largest Chimpanzee Sanctuary and get to participate on 1 bush walk a month
- Make friends for life with other International volunteers!
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
Here is an example of a typical weekday on the project. Please note this serves as a guideline only and we ask that you remain flexible as itineraries may change to best serve the community.
7:00 am - Rise and shine! Eat breakfast and get ready for your project
8:30 am - Depart volunteer house to head to Local Clinic or Home-based Care project
9:00 am - Start of your work day
12:00 pm - Lunch break wherever you happen to be!
1:30 pm - Depart for afternoon projects which may include: health and nutrition education, gardening projects, infrastructure improvements, Women's club, Chimfunshi clinic or rural outreach assistance
4:30 pm - End of the working day! You will be picked up from your project and taken back to the volunteer house
6:00 pm - Dinner at the volunteer house where evenings are very sociable affairs! Volunteers discuss their day's work and prepare for the following day's activities while enjoying a cooked meal. After dinner, volunteers usually move to sit around the campfire under the African stars!
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