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"Care for Life made an enormous difference in Mbatwe. Before we were in darkness, but Care for Life showed us what needed to be done."

—Souza Chatima,

Mbatwe Village

Leader

 

Volunteer FAQ

Q: WHAT COUNTRIES CAN I VOLUNTEER IN?
A: Right now Care for Life only works in Mozambique. If you are interested in volunteering in the USA, please visit the
Volunteer in the USA tab.

Q: WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
A: Anyone who is at least 18 years old before the departure of his/her team date, is in good health, and is willing to
work and live in a team situation.

Q: WHAT TYPE OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU OFFER?
A: In Mozambique we offer our H.E.L.P. (Humanitarian Education Leadership Project) teams. Each team varies in length from 3 weeks to 3 months. The length of each team is listed by each project on the “TEAM PROJECTS FOR 2016” page. Most projects will begin the last week of May and run through the first half of August, but other times can be arranged, if needed. The exact departure and return date for your team will be determined after your team is filled in February. Please be flexible with your “vacation” plans until these travel dates are set. If there are dates that you will be unavailable please notify us so that we don’t place you on a team that will be traveling during your unavailable time. We stay at the Care for Life center in Beira, Mozambique where there are separate bedroom areas for men and women. Our living quarters are simple, but we have running water, electricity and internet. We shop for and cook our own meals. We become a family!

To find opportunities to volunteer in the US visit our Volunteer in the U.S. page.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN A H.E.L.P. TEAM?
A: The team fee is $450 per week for teams up to 3 weeks. Each additional week past 3 weeks in Mozambique will be $200 per week. Your travel to Mozambique is your responsibility. Those travel costs can vary, but are usually $2400 – $2800.

Q: WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY TEAM FEE?
A: Your team fee covers housing, food, transportation within Mozambique, project expenses, and some orphanage donations. We offer on optional overnight side trip to Gorongosa Wild Animal Park, which is an additional $200.

Q: WHAT OTHER EXPENSES WILL I INCUR THAT ARE NOT COVERED IN THE TEAM FEE?
A: All travel expenses to Mozambique are not covered in the team fee, and costs prior to travel, such as passport, visa, immunization shots, and travel medications. Personal items such as souvenirs and snacks are not covered in the fee. In addition, if your travel plans require you to overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa before we fly into Mozambique, or on the way home, this will NOT be covered in your team fee.

Q: WILL I BE TRAVELING TO MOZAMBIQUE WITH THE TEAM?
A: Volunteers will usually travel from the US to Africa with other volunteers. Depending on where your travel originates you may travel by yourself to a collector city such as New York or Washington DC, and then travel to Africa with the rest of the group. What is absolutely required is that you travel to Beira, Mozambique through Johannesburg, South Africa with the team you are serving with in Mozambique. No early/late arrival/departures will be permitted. Once you have been accepted to a project team you will receive instructions on how to make travel arrangements.

Q: HOW DO I MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS TO GO TO MOZAMBIQUE?
A: Care for Life has a preferred travel agent that you may use to make your travel arrangements or you may make your own reservations. You will receive contact information for our travel information in your team packet after you have been placed on a team. Make sure you have confirmed team dates before making your travel arrangements.

You must be on the same flight with the team from Johannesburg, South Africa to Beira, Mozambique and depart with them when leaving Mozambique. Each volunteer is required to carry a 50 lb. suitcase with supplies for Care for Life. Getting supplies to Mozambique is very expensive and we rely on our volunteers to carry supplies for projects into Mozambique for us. Please keep this in mind when making travel plans.

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS?
A: It is recommended that you apply by February 1 in order to have a good chance of being placed on a team. Applications will not be accepted after March 30.

Q: WHAT TYPES OF THINGS WILL I BE DOING ON A TEAM?
A: This will depend on what project team you apply for, but there will be some activities all the teams will participate in. All of the teams will have opportunities to visit and work in local orphanages, experience the local culture and go on side trips to local beaches, and Gorongosa Wild Animal Park.

Q: HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WITH THE PEOPLE IN MOZAMBIQUE?
A: Most of the people in Mozambique speak Portuguese. Portuguese language skills are strongly suggested, but not required for most teams. You will either have a Portuguese speaker on your team, or a translator will accompany your team. Any Portuguese skills that you can learn before your departure will greatly help you with your work in Mozambique.

Q: HOW DO I RAISE MONEY FOR MY TRIP?
A: Please investigate scholarships or grants with your college program to help you if you are using your experience in Mozambique as an internship. If you need to raise money yourself for your trip we can provide you with a sample donation request letter, which you can give to friends, family and businesses. Care for Life is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Q: WHO WILL BE WITH THE TEAM IN MOZAMBIQUE?
A: Our teams are accompanied by a supervisor who has had previous experience in Mozambique. The teams will also have a team leader who has lived and worked in Mozambique, and knows the people and culture well. There is also a full-time Care for Life staff member in Mozambique.

Q: WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A VOLUNTEER?
A: You will be expected to take ownership of your project and work with your team to make sure the necessary preparations are made before you arrive in Mozambique. You are expected to communicate with your team and the Care for Life staff to plan your team project. We will make every effort to make sure your project is a success and that you have the necessary tools for success, but the final responsibility is yours. You are expected to work hard and devote your energy to those you are working with and serving. Being a team player is essential, and you need to be fully invested in the experience.

It is also crucial that while in Mozambique you listen to your Team Leader and Team Supervisor whenever they give you direction. They will have the final word in matters of safety and conduct. You will also need to follow direction from the staff in Mozambique and be respectful of their advice. They live there and work in the villages daily. They know how to best interact in the Care for Life villages. There may be projects or activities that may take you out of your comfort zone at first, but you need to be open to learning new skills and having new experiences.

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