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Volunteer in Mozambique

Volunteers looking for an inviting community in an African paradise should look no further. Mozambique is a winding, beautiful country in southern Africa with an enormous coast that mirrors Madagascar directly to its east. Mozambique consists of low-lying coastal plains covered with palm trees, rising to higher plateaus toward the western border which are covered in grasslands and mountains. Two of southern Africa’s largest rivers, the Zambezi and the Limpopo, flow through the country. After years of political strife, Mozambique’s constitution was adopted in 1990, and the country is now a fairly stable presidential republic. Locals in Mozambique are relaxed and informal, and volunteers take pleasure in the traditional art and music scene that abounds here.

United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Mozambique, you will be hosted by Ajude, ICYE’s partner organization there. A group of students started Ajude in 1993 as a way to help with reconstruction after the long and devastating civil war. Today, volunteers in Mozambique continue to play an important role.

Mother and son sit outside house in Mozambique

Project Information

Education

Volunteers teach classes in specific areas such as music, sports or language. Volunteers can also assist teachers with tutoring as well as providing extracurricular activities for the students.

Social Work

Volunteers work closely with at-risk children such as street children, orphans, disabled children and those who have suffered abuse. Volunteers can also support families in low-income communities through work with local organizations.

HIV/AIDS Awareness

Volunteers are welcome to assist with civic education and awareness campaigns against HIV/AIDS and drugs. In addition, volunteers may have the opportunity to help the local organizations develop new fundraising strategies.

Art Education

Volunteers have the opportunity to work with an organization that trains young Mozambicans, who possess exceptional artistic talent, in web design and other related fields.

Country Highlights

Explore Maputo

Visit the natural History Museum and learn more about the plants and animals that inhabit Mozambique.

Visit one of Mozambique’s national parks

Gorongosa National Park in Sofala offers guided drives that give you a tour of the conservation area. On this tour, you’ll be able to see the animals that live in the park as well as the natural beauty of Mozambique.

Go to one of Mozambique’s beaches

Some of Mozambique’s best attractions are its beaches. One of the beaches that you can visit is Xai Xai, where you can see different kinds of tropical fish through the clear water of the Indian Ocean.

Celebrate Mozambique’s Independence Day

Mozambique’s Independence Day is celebrated on June 25 and is the most popular amongst all of Mozambique’s national festivals. In the city of Maputo, there are numerous cultural events that take place like parades and music as well as dance performances. Take part in celebrating a huge day in Mozambique’s history.

Quest Fees and Details

United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.

Included in Your Quest

  • Extensive pre-departure preparation, including a training weekend in New Hampshire with United Planet staff
  • Food and lodging in your host country
  • Airport transfers
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • In-country orientation upon arrival and ongoing support and supervision throughout your Quest
  • Language training
  • Mid-year camp (for 1 year volunteers) and final camp
  • Monthly stipend for incidental expenses

Requirements

  • 18 – 30 years old (upper age limit is flexible)
  • Citizen or resident of the United States or Canada

Start Dates and Travel

  • Long-term Quests begin twice a year, in January and August.
  • Volunteers are responsible for booking and covering the cost of their own flights, both to the training weekend in New Hampshire and to and from their host country.
  • Volunteers will obtain the necessary visas with support from our Long-Term staff to volunteer in their host country.

Quest Fee and Deadlines

 Start Date 6 month fee 1 year fee Early Bird Deposit Deadline Regular Deposit Deadline
August 2015$7,775$11,175Monday, March 23, 2015Monday, May 18, 2015
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
About Our Quest Fee

We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.

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