About the local hosting organizationTsodilo Hill was declared a heritage cultural site in 2001 for its unique paintings attributed to the spiritual and artistic diversity of the San people, first habitants of Botswana. It is therefore important to preserve the intangible reflection of the traditional way of life of the San People or commonly known as Bushmen. The Tsodilo hills is regarded as spiritual home to the nearby communities, which the San and Hambukushu people dominates and practice subsistence hunting and pastoral farming.
About the volunteer work
The volunteers will provide support in the renovation of the camp sites and exhibition sites. Since the declaration of the Tsodilo as Heritage site, a lot of people especially interested in Archaeology and human studies throng the area frequently. Thus, the volunteers will participate in the educational tours. The nearby Okavango Delta, recently recognized as World Heritage site provide the much need excursion to the volunteers during the workcamp rest days.
Maintenance and preservation of the rock paintings, creation of camp sites and preparation of workcamp materials
Tshodilo Hills Heritage Centre provides accommodation in camping sites. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tents. Showers and bathrooms/toilets with running water are available. Please remember to bring very warm clothes, sleeping bags and working boots. Most importantly, workcamp is a platform for cultural exchange, volunteers should bring meal recipes and music of their own countries.
About the project location
Tsodilo Hill is a UNESCO world heritage site situated in northwestern parts of Botswana, approximately 900 km northwest of capital city Gaborone.
About the leisure activities possible
Okavango Delta, another heritage site, is the best site for leisure.
Commitment of volunteers: projects or workcamps are not just cheap holidays, so hard work and full participation is required. Volunteers should be self driven, adaptable, people oriented and tenacious,
Specific motivation may be required for some projects.
English is the medium of communication in work camp. Note: Workcamps are form of cultural exchange as such participants are encouraged to learn each other language
Participants who are not good in English are also accepted to participate as BWA encourages non-discrimination.
About the meeting point
When using South African route, participants can take an intercape and Flight Connect buslines from Johannesburg in South Africa to Gaborone, Botswana or they can also the Air Botswana flight and/or South African Airline. The website for Intercape bus: w ww.intercape.co.za From Parkstation-Johnnesburg to Gaborone, bus fee is US$ 30 single trip.
BWA organizes transport for participants from the airport in Gaborone to Mochudi (BWA Head Office) at a nominal fee of US$ 30 per participant, where participants are inducted prior to departure to work camps destination.
An orientation is normally organized a day before the start of the work camp with the intentions of briefing participants about BWA as an organization, Botswana `s socio-economic background, cultural issues etc. In fact, the orientations shall be held on Sundays before departure to the workcamp sites and the participants must arrive on the Fridays or Saturdays to have rest time and also to get to know each other, as well to get knowledge of the host village before the orientation. The orientation is the first contact between volunteers and BWA to discuss the preliminary workcamp programme, workcamp menu and expectations. The local culture is also presented to the volunteers through showcasing traditional music, food, dress, language and architectural structures in the village of Mochudi. The understanding of Botswana culture is a journey such volunteers will keep learning about cultural items and values as they maneuver with workcamp programme. Participants will also have a chance to go the city, Gaborone from Mochudi and to do their necessary travel and camp logistics before they depart for the camp. All workcamp orientations are held at BWA head offices. Please, ensure that your travel arrangements would allow at least two days of reaching BWA head office, rightly so, in lieu of rest and orientation before leaving to the workcamp.
Extra info about the project
The work camp participation fee is US $200 per participant, which covers simple work camp meals, arrangements for the whole work camp preparation in terms of communication, electronic mailing and transport for meeting with different stakeholders.