Mozambique First Hand Experience with ActionAid UK

The Challenge

Join ActionAid for this First Hand Experience in Mozambique. You will be building a library at a secondary school in Palmeira village, Manhica District. There is no library in the entire district, which means that over 1,500 school children don't have access to the books they need to support their education. The nearest library is over 100km away in Maputo, which is time-consuming for pupils to travel to when they could be focusing on their studies. Many families can't afford the cost of their children taking the journey to the library in Maputo, so some pupils do not get the grades they need to succeed and are often forced to drop out of school.


Day 1: Friday 3rd August. International Departure
You will fly from London to Mozambique's capital city Maputo on an indirect overnight flight. Your ActionAid representative will be at the airport to give you your e-tickets, assist you with check-in and travel with you. Accommodation: Overnight flight.

Day 2: Saturday 4th August. Arrival in Maputo. Transfer to Bilene.
Upon arrival in Maputo this morning you will be met on arrival at the airport and transfer to Bilene (approx. 3.5 hours' drive from the airport). Upon arrival you will check into your hotel and have lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure before a welcome dinner and briefing this evening. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Sunday 5th August. Bilene to Palmeira Village
This morning we will transfer to the project site (approx. 100km / 1.5 hours' drive) where there will be a welcome ceremony with the local community. You will spend the next four days building a library at a secondary school in Palmeira Village. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Days 4 - 7: Monday 6th to Thursday 9th August. Assist at the ActionAid project in Palmeira Village
Every morning after breakfast you will transfer to the project by vehicle from your hotel in Bilene to continue your work. You will be fully briefed on site at the beginning of each working day on the challenge ahead. Tasks will depend on the stage of building you arrived for, but you could be digging foundations, clearing land, mixing concrete or mortar, laying bricks or blocks, helping to install window or door frames, painting or plastering. You will be working alongside the local people and you will be under the direction of an ActionAid construction supervisor and skilled local craftsmen. There is no requirement to have any specific training or skills in advance of travel, and we find the sharing of local techniques just a small part of the engagement between community members and our supporters. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Day 8: Friday 10th August. Bilene to Maputo
We will say our farewells to the local team and community this morning and return to Maputo this evening where we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate your achievements. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Day 9: Saturday 11th August. Depart Mozambique and arrive UK
You will transfer to the airport very early this morning for your morning indirect flight back to London, arriving late tonight. Meals: Breakfast.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, flight schedules, and the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your charity representative, build manager and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Local transfers and transport
  • 2-3* hotel
  • English-speaking local guider
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal kit and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mozambique visa
Trip Dates

3rd - 12th August 2018

Trip Difficulty

Project only challenge

This trip is graded as Project-only challenge


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