Volunteer in South Africa


Strengthening children’s personal and cultural identity through arts and culture
Mabopane, Gauteng       May 7 - May 21, 2018

Volunteer in South AfricaVolunteer project: The theme of this project is using arts and culture to facilitate young people’s participation in skills and development activities. The project entails traditional drama program which is intended to build a sense of pride among the youths so that they can have a clear cultural identity on who they are and where they are going with their lives.

The project will be conducted in Mabopane which is an area where quite a number of young people do not have much hope for their future. Most young people in South Africa often complain on how they are not given a fair opportunity in the workplace.

The program will require volunteers to be involved in arts and cultural activities such as learning local South African arts and cultural activities, and creating and using objects which will be used when the volunteers meet the children for daily activities from 2pm to 4pm. Volunteers will work in groups. They will travel to 4 different primary schools and will interact and teach children cultural and artistic activities they had acquired before the school visits. Trained teachers will be available for assistance on the activities at the schools.

This is an exciting project as volunteers have opportunity to work with different communities and interact with children in cultural and arts activities and have also the opportunity to be hosted by individual family members for their period of stay in the country.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food; ready to do academic work on the project.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture. There may be some weekend excursions with students to different areas of Pretoria.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a house. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Mabopane. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with local languages such as Sotho, Zulu and Tshwana to name a few.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Celebrate Youth Day in South Africa
Pretoria, Gauteng       June 11 - June 25, 2018

Volunteer project: The project provides a week long platform in recognition of Youth Day events of June 16th. Sports and cultural activities will be held for the celebration of this day and international and local participants will take part in the activities together.

The highlight will be on June 16th when international volunteers will join the country to recognise the youth of 1976. Volunteers will conduct a full day of soccer, netball and ruby tournament in Itereleng squatter camp. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to conduct some voluntary work at a local orphanage home in Itereleng squatter camp for the duration of the week.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture. There may be some weekend excursions with students to different areas of Pretoria.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a school. Participants will be required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Pretoria. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with some local languages such as Ndebele and Zulu.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Leadership and community development
Johannesburg, Gauteng       July 2 - July 16, 2018

Volunteer project: This project is about empowering volunteers with Leadership and Community development skills. An intensive program will be offered with lots of volunteer activities in Johannesburg.
The participants will get first hand leadership and community development skills training and will be able to implement these skills in different areas of their volunteer project and even when they return back home.

The project includes a full week of training in Riverlea where there will be fully trained lecturers who will give participants activities to conduct. Volunteers will be taught Basic Strategic Planning, Management Process (including Organizational skills, Types of Personalities and Leadership skills) and Facilitation skills for leading voluntary activities. The training also includes hands-on activities while volunteers conduct voluntary service in less developed areas in Johannesburg. They will visit Early Childhood Development centres and will work with the management to identify and improve their management techniques. The training starts at 9 am until 4 pm with breaks in between.

Volunteer in South Africa with CADIP

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture. Excursions to different areas of Johannesburg will be organized.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a hall in Johannesburg. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Riverlea, Johannesburg. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with some local languages such as Ndebele and Zulu.

Terminal: Johannesburg

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Providing care and support to orphans
Atteridgeville, Gauteng       August 6 - August 20, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will help provide support and care to orphans and improve their emotional state and their level of acceptance through daily routines at an orphanage home in Atteridgeville near Pretoria.

The Home provides a caring environment for children that are at their most vulnerable. Their mission is to render services and programs that are in the best interest of each individual child. The main focus currently is to create better opportunities for the children to develop in a stable and caring environment, and to improve their life skills. 44 children aged between 6 and 19 reside at the Home on a full time basis. The children attend regular workshops on various topics including hygiene, health matters and ethics amongst others. The children have an abundance of talent. They have violin classes, they are great chorists and are excellent gumboot dancers. Music is a great way of teaching the children about life, and also provides them some escape from their own experiences.

Volunteers will get involved in first hand activities such as baby minding, cleaning the home and other activities as needed. The team will also run a multi-cultural exchange program for the children with the help of art, music and dance. A final show (party) is planned for the last Saturday night (1-2 hours long) including performance of the kids with music and dances prepared during the 2 weeks of the project, short surprise performance by the volunteers for the children and free dancing session moderated by the volunteers.

Child Abuse is rife in South Africa and unfortunately not nearly enough is being done to protect the children. Abuse and poverty are the main contributing factors to street children and abandoned baby statistics in the country.

Volunteer with children in South Africa

Volunteer profile: Volunteers are expected to be open minded and the Doer type, ready to stand out in front of the others and coordinate the children. Any knowledge of musical instrument, singing or dancing is highly welcome.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in rooms at the center. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Atteridgeville is a township located about 15 km west of Pretoria. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with local languages such as Sotho, Zulu and Tshwana to name a few.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Soccer power for social change
Zanzibar, Tanzania & Mabopane-Gauteng, South Africa       September 20 - October 28, 2018

Volunteer project: This project takes place in two countries - Tanzania and South Africa.
Soccer is a very special sport since it crosses all the boundaries of language, culture and geography. While almost everyone on this planet knows of, plays or has watched others play soccer, aside from goals scored and long-standing team rivalries, rarely do we hear about the more important value and ability of this and other sports to effect positive social change. This initiative aims to utilize “soccer power and influence” to keep young men and women engaged meaningfully in the community and increase their ability to deal with various challenges affecting them including poverty, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS endemic, etc. Through this project a number of soccer teams will participate in soccer competitions with the aim of promoting entrepreneurship mindset and youth self-reliance. The winning teams will be awarded awards that will be used as seed for establishment of project for self-reliance (e.g. fishing boats, farm equipment, etc.)

Volunteers are expected to participate in the following activities:
• Development of young players' basic skills and techniques. This will include coordinating coaching sessions around topics such as development of ball control, accurate passing, keeping possession, game tactics, and moving into space
• Assist to plan match strategies and take practice games
• Assist in team selection and to be 'on the bench' for weekend or evening matches
• Organize the final competitions and awarding.
• Use sports to increase awareness on various challenges affecting young people such as unemployment

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be open minded, flexible, ready to learn and adapt to other cultures, interested in physical/outdoor activities, sports, youth, and able to work under less supervision and minimum resources.

Leisure activities: Exploring Zanzibar's historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town, etc. Enjoying wildlife and marine life. Jozani forest National Park, Blue safaris swimming, tour to small islands, variety of water sports, spice tour among many other options.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a communal house in the community, in shared rooms.

Location: This project will be hosted for the first two weeks in Zanzibar, Tanzania and the last two weeks will be hosted in Mabopane-Gauteng, South Africa.
Tanzania: West Unguja is the administrative district of Zanzibar. Due to the size of Unguja Island, the host community is very close to the Zanzibar stone town (about 20km). Various social facilities like banks, markets, shops are available. The community is accessible by both private and public transport throughout the day.
Dimani is a community located in Zanzibar Island rural area. Inhabitants of this community include farmers, fishermen and small business owners. The community is located about 7 Miles from the Centre of Zanzibar stone town making the community easily accessible. Small shops, market, and health facilities are available in the community. However things like banking and other big stoppings can be done in Zanzibar stone town.

South Africa: Mabopane was proclaimed in 1959 as a black-only residential settlement by the then Transvaal administration. Before its proclamation the area was under the administration of Transvaal government little more than grazing lands with small communities in Boukenhoutfontein (which later became Block A), Winterveldt and Hebron. The initial residents of Boukenhoutfontein were victims of forced removals from Wallmansthal, Lady Selborne, Boukenhoutkloof and other farm areas around Pretoria. Other residents of Mabopane were Mapulana people who were evicted from the farms near Primier Mine and settled in a non-developed area commonly called Mapulaneng, which is between Block A, Lebanon and Block U. With the financing coming from the South African government the first block houses were constructed similar to those found in Soweto beginning with Block A which had two roomed houses, Block B, Block C, Block D and Block E. The areas within Mabopane were planned according to the class of its citizens; for example Block D (with many mansions which housed the politically connected) in comparison to Block E (block–houses).

Terminal: Zanzibar International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Promote sustainable living and environmental awareness in Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng       October 1 - October 15, 2018

Volunteer project: The Gardening Project is a community led initiative to encourage young people to promote low environmental impact living and eco-friendly practices. The emphasis is on sustainable living and environmental awareness against climate change.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to get hands-on training from relevant training personnel from the Department of Agriculture and also some community based organisations working with the people. The group will visit an informal settlement where various activities will be carried out.

The main goal of the project is to provide information and services to community programs for Laudium and Itireleng informal settlement, and this will be done through the gardening program and provision of nutritional supplements for disadvantaged households.

South Africa volunteer adventure

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a home in Pretoria. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Pretoria. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with some local languages such as Ndebele and Zulu.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Building community vegetable gardens in Mabopane
Mabopane, Gauteng       November 5 - November 19, 2018

Volunteer project: The aim of this international volunteer project is to contribute to the improvement of the well-being of the community of Mabopane through increasing the access of its residents to food by establishing productive vegetable gardens.

The activities include digging up and making food gardens for the local community. We will clear up marked arable land and plant food plants such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, etc. The gardens will benefit disadvantaged members of the community such as orphans and old peoples’ homes.
The work will be conducted in groups and proper training will be given from qualified people.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food; ready to do manual work on the project.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in dorms at the project center. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Mabopane. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with local languages such as Sotho, Zulu and Tshwana to name a few.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community service and promoting voluntarism in Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng       December 3 - December 17, 2018

Volunteer project: The project activities will include community work in and around Pretoria and includes working at orphanage and old peoples home and also voluntary services to the community. We will honour volunteers for the month with one day activity dedicated to all volunteers.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a home in Pretoria. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Pretoria. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with some local languages such as Ndebele and Zulu.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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