Volunteers – Zimbabwe Workcamps Association (Zwa)

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Deadline: 14 February 2022
Voluntary Services for Archaeology: 27 February – 05 March 2022

About
Zimbabwe Workcamps Association (ZWA) is a local inspired Youth Volunteer Organisation founded in October 1993. It is a non-political, non-sectarian, not for profit, membership organisation which uses voluntary services as a double-edged sword namely education and community development. Zimbabwe Workcamps Association seeks to promote intercultural education, national understanding, community development through voluntary services. ZWA is registered with the Zimbabwe Youth Council under the Ministry of Youths, Sports, Arts and Recreation. ZWA is a member of the Southern Africa Workcamps Cooperation (SAWC), which is a regional body that promotes development and voluntary work. ZWA is also a member of a continental platform Network of Africa Voluntary Services (NAVO), a continental body which aim to achieve prosperous and peaceful Africa through youth empowerment, volunteerism and pan Africa exchange as well as scaling up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities for the benefit of the country. ZWA is also a member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS).

ZWA’s fundamental principles
Volunteerism is an effective way of providing alternative education and training opportunities to people. Participation in volunteer projects allows people to broaden their horizons, to familiarize themselves with different social and cultural environments, and develop self-esteem. They will be able to put their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to good use by participating in practical activities which they have a say in defining. They will learn about taking responsibility and working in a team. The other basic fundamental principle is the contribution made by volunteers at grassroots level. Projects with strong local roots provide the best opportunity to integrate volunteers into the host community. This usually increases the educational value of experience for the volunteer and the host community; in this regard volunteerism has tangible impacts to all stakeholders involved.

Khami national monuments
Khami ruins national monument is located to the west of the Khami River, 22 km from the City of Bulawayo. The property, located on a 1300 m, covers an area of about 108 ha, spread over a distance of about 2 km from the Passage Ruin to the North Ruin. The property was the capital of the Torwa dynasty, which arose from the collapse of the Great Zimbabwe Kingdom between 1450 -1650 and was abandoned during the Ndebele incursions of the 19th century. It is composed of a complex series of platforms of dry-stone walled structures, emulating a later development of Stone Age culture. The chief’s residence (Mambo) was located towards the north on the Hill Ruin site with its adjacent cultivation terraces. The population lived in daga huts of cobwork, surrounded by a series of granite walls. These structures display a high standard of workmanship, a great number of narrow passageways and perambulatory galleries and impressive chevron and chequered wall decorations. Khami conforms to Great Zimbabwe in a number of archaeological and architectural aspects but it possesses certain features particular to itself. Revetments or retaining walls found expression for the first time in the architectural history of the sub-region at Khami, and with it were elaborate decorations; it still has the
longest decorated wall in the entire sub-region.
The architecture of the site and the archaeological artefacts provide evidence for an exceptional understanding of strong, united, early civilizations. They also offer information on the property’s complex socio-economic, religious and spiritual significance for the local communities and for the overall chronological development of Zimbabwe tradition. Khami is the second largest stone-built monument in Zimbabwe. Its historical importance lies in its position at the watershed between the history of Great Zimbabwe and the later Zimbabwe period. It is one of the few Zimbabwe sites that were not destroyed by treasure hunters and its undisturbed stratigraphy is scientifically important in providing a much clearer insight into the history of the country.

Project overview
ZWA in close cooperation with the Khami National Monuments are organising a one-week volunteer project at Khami Monuments. The primary objective of this national volunteer
the project is to assist in the preservation of our national heritage. The work will consist of general cleaning and maintenance work at the national monuments such as cutting down grasses, repairing walking trails, all things being equal volunteers will be given the opportunity to work on the restoration of the walls at Khami Ruins. Experts from the Department of museum and national monuments will dictate the pace. The volunteers will also perform any special task assigned by the department

Expectations from projects
The project will take place at Khami National Monuments. This project is not that difficult at all, what is only needed is flexibility, positive mentally attitude as well as openness to new culture, new experience. The secret remedy to make the most of your time while volunteering with ZWA is to adapt to the local environment. It is important to highlight that each and every project is unique. It is critical to mention that volunteers should make the most of their time with the community they serve, since this is a chance of a lifetime, to work and live with people in their respective communities, just like them.

Accommodation and food
All volunteers will be accommodated at Khami Ruins and each volunteer should bring a camping tent. Basic meals will be provided from what is locally available in the local community. Volunteers are therefore advised to be flexible and open minded. This will make it easy for them to negotiate their entry into the Khami community.

To Apply
Send your cv and motivation letter, not later than 14 February 2022: To info@zimworkcamps.com copy to vitalis@zimworkcamps.com and zwa.workcamps@gmail.com

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