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Mission Botswana

Thanks for visiting the Mission Botswana project page.

When is the trip going to happen?

The dates we are planning for the trip are for two weeks in July 2019. Applications are open now.

You'll need to submit the following forms by the application deadline, which is Friday 15 February 2019.

As well as your application form, please send a two-minute video explaining what skills you can bring to the project, and why you think the experience will change you as a person.

Mission Botswana application form 2019

Mission Botswana tutor form

If your application is successful, we'll email you and ask you to complete these two forms:

Health Questionnaire

Volunteer Agreement

Important dates

You're also expected to fundraise a minimum of £200.

Compulsory briefing meetings

We'll be running two compulsory team planning meetings, where we plan the trip and learn a little more about the local culture and history of the community.

If you want to talk about the project, or if you would like to get involved in fundraising or supporting our global community based education project in any way (such as creating healthcare education posters to raise awareness of healthcare issues or educational activities) then, please contact me. I would love to hear from you:

Tel: 01245 68359
Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
William Harvey Building (4th floor)
Chelmsford campus

Background information

For the first three years, Mission Botswana worked at the Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind. You can read about what we did in the Reports at the bottom of this page.

Due to circumstances beyond our control in 2017, Mission Botswana had to change projects and now works at the SOS Children’s Village, about a ten-minute drive south of Botswana's capital city, Gaborone.

The Village is an orphanage for around 150 children, aged from babies through to young adults. They live in 17 houses in the village, with around eight to nine children in each house, and a housemother to look after them.

Some of the houses have not had much maintenance done on them for many years, and so show the neglect and wear and tear that energetic young people do.

Who we need for the next trip

The work will be a continuation of basic building maintenance and the development of staff and community-based training programme. We are looking for people who are proactive, adventurous and willing to contribute to team work in a fun, friendly and rewarding environment. You will use the soft skills that you are continuing to develop during your studies and will apply these in a different context.

You’ll learn new skills in developing a small community run library. You don’t need to have particular building skills, just a willingness to wield a paintbrush and learn on the job with like-minded people. We aim to refurbish a tree-house, repurpose an old laundry into a music room and continue training of staff on cross-contamination protocols and first aid. There could be the opportunity to work alongside the orphanage’s professionals (social workers, educationists, sport, music, psychologists, youth leadership) as internships for a week where cross-cultural learning will take place.

Each trip is rounded off at the end with a two-day Game Park trip into South Africa to an eco-lodge, Mosetlha in Madikwe Game Reserve

What we hope to achieve

During our trip we will:

Mission Botswana reports

Mission Botswana - 2018 report

Mission Botswana - 2017 report

Mission Botswana - 2016 report

Mission Botswana - 2014 report