A unique opportunity for young people to change the life of children in Africa and, in turn, leave a great legacy behind
What is your legacy?
In a world on uncertainty and doubt, leave a lasting mark that will change your life forever and will connect you with lives from all over the world.
Become a volunteer with Pilgrim and you will achieve both things!
Details about the program:
- There will be 4 periods of the year when the program is running: January, July, September and December. There will be 2 groups of maximum 10 volunteers for each period for 10 days each group.
- The program runs on first come/first serve principle therefore each application will be considered chronologically and the places will be filled according to the date the fee is deposited. This way, even if you apply first but someone else deposited the fee before you, they will get priority in getting to Africa.
- Each group will be involved in a variety of projects. From building fences to construction, installation of water systems powered by solar technology, to working with our orphans in feeding programs as well as gardening, agriculture and supporting the surrounding villages. Each group will be informed what needs to be done during their stay.
- Pilgrim Movement will provide food, local transport and accommodation in double safari tents (with beds, fan, electricity and shared toilets and showers) for the duration of the stay. There will be water, juice, coffee and tea provided. No alcoholic beverages are included.
- Daily routine looks something like this:
6:30 am, Wake up
7:00 am, Breakfast
8:00 am departure for the project
8:00 – 12:00, work
12:00 -13:00, lunch break
13:00 – 16:00 work
16:00 – 19:00 free time
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 personal time
Work days will be Monday to Friday. Weekends will be used to play with the children, visiting villages and interesting sites around our project location. This could include safaris, Victoria Falls, traditional evenings, etc. This way you will also learn about the culture and history of the place you are involved in.
Fees, Legal and logistical information:
- Each volunteer will be responsible for their flight to the destination and back home. All details will be forwarded to you at least 3 months in advance.
- The fee for participating in this program is US $1500 per volunteer. This fee will be used to provide building materials, water systems, sponsorship for orphans in school or any local project that we have. This way the community and the orphans benefit not just from your time but you will leave something long lasting behind you that will change their life forever. The fee needs to be deposited in Pilgrim’s account no later than 3 months prior to departure. Therefore, if you want to go in January, your fee needs to be deposited by October, if July, the fee should be in by April and so on.
- You will need to fill up an application form, as well as sign a liability waiver form before being considered into the program.
- Minimum age of volunteers is 18 years old and maximum is 30 years old. At this stage, we will only accept young people between these ages. As we develop our projects and grow, we may increase the age, depending on the skills we will need for more complex projects.
- Our first group of volunteers will be accepted for January 2022, with 2 separate groups of 10. The exact date will be communicated to the selected volunteers. NOTE: even if the first groups might be filled when you apply, remember that we will keep your application in chronological order so you will be automatically accepted in the next periods.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
We receive applications from all over the world, from a variety of backgrounds, races, religions and beliefs. It is imperative that we respect each other’s culture and belief system and not use this time to create animosity and conflict while we are working to help the orphans and these poor communities. You are here to bring hope and love to children that lost their parents and give water to thirsty communities. No radical views on politics, religion and culture will be accepted while you work with us. This program is meant to enhance your view of life and to give you unique knowledge and understanding of how other people live around the world.
To receive the application pack, please contact us by email: pilgrim.movement[at]gmail[dot]com
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For volunteers located anywhere else please click this link
We are currently supporting 200 orphans in Zambia. The country has over one million orphans mostly AIDS orphans. This support consists of education sponsorship, feeding programs and medical care. To be clear: we DO NOT believe in the institution of orphanage; orphanages are abusive institutions which leave the children without any skills for life. Our orphans grow in the local villages under the care of local families. We support the family with everything the child needs, so we place no burden on them. This way the orphans grow up as a confident human being, speaking their own language and learning the culture of their own people.
We believe in the saying: “give a man a fish and you feed him for one day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for life”
We established complex agricultural programs that create a self sufficiency that will sustain them for the rest of their life. We have established orchards, organic gardens and vegetable fields that will give this children food and will teach them how to grow food.
This way we will not be dependent on donations for our food programs and use this funding to other self-sustainable projects and skill improvement programs.
Solar powered water systems
We have installed over 110 water systems powered by solar technology that feed over 30.000 peoples in the Kalahari desert. We have also installed 6 water catchments on the island of Espiritu Santu in Vanuatu.
These water systems are completely environmentally friendly and self sustainable. They provide up to 10.000 litres of water per day for each village. This gives them a new chance of survival becouse they can wash, drink clean water and plant food around their yards.
A solar powered water system can pump clean water for 20 years.
Support Programs for the Inuit Communities of Canada
Starts: April 2022
The Inuit communities of Nunavut Canada are long survivors of the North. We will establish youth programs in close cooperation with the Inuit leaders.
These programs involve specialized equipment, tools and qualified teams.
Disaster recovery programs for South Pacific Islands
Starts: April 2022
The devastation of hurricanes in the South Pacific is extensive, especially in the context of global warming.
We will establish a complex program that will support the local communities with rebuilding their villages and their lives.
Marginalized villages of Romania
Starts: April 2022
Romania is a mountainous country in Eastern Europe, making it difficult for some remote villages to have proper access to education, sanitation and electricity.
We will provide their children access to this services by creating the infrastructure.
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