- Spend mornings and early afternoons at a pre school/creche and afternoons working with vulnerable & orphaned children (7-15 years). Also visit other projects, exploring local community and the natural wonders that surround us.
- At the pre-school, you'll help the children develop their creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, colouring and playing games.
- Volunteers will assist teachers, while children take their lunchtime nap in helping around the kitchen or to organise classrooms.
- Grab a lift with our team to and from your volunteer project, make lunch at volunteer base or at our favourite volunteer lunch spots and connecting points.
- Support local community: we have a variety of activities which you can participate in, in the afternoons. The additional activities monies goes towards building micro enterprise, and enable the projects to be self-sustaining, here are some of the activities: a visit to a traditional healer, a 'trot' or walk in the mountains with rap artist ' Trigger', a heritage walk - exploring the Khoisan people ( Original people of the Cape), a gospel tour, visit Emzantsi Carnival project, turn plastic into art, learn how to make a puppet, take a healing journey with Themba, his drums and African songs - these are just a few of the enriching experiences this project has to offer.
- Relax in the evenings at our volunteer bases
- Playing, cuddling and coordinating activities
- Provide an extra pair of hands for teachers/carers developing relationships and make a difference whilst being a positive influence on people’s lives.
- Volunteer also at a variety of community projects, meet local personalities & be part of our community. From folk music, gospel walks, to carnival & traditional healers, there is a special place for you.
- Play simple games with babies and children
- Assist with feedings and afternoon nap times
- Read stories to the children
- Assist creche supervisor with keeping children busy and keeping creche tidy
- Assist with cooking, laundry and gardening (optional)
- Initiate and co-ordinate activities: sports, games, drama, art, music, story telling
- Arrange and take out children on outings
- Assist with administration work
Your work as a volunteer will be to support the women and grandmothers of the community, who open day care centres and other spaces, to look after and care for the many children coming into to Masiphumelele from the rural areas, as well as children of refugees - who have come to South Africa from other African countries eg. Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, DRC and Somalia. These women form the backbone of the community, but often take strain, as they are under resourced and often have to deal with many challenges just to feed the children. They take in children who are HIV positive, whose families are often living on the breadline and orphaned children, who are being looked after by the community.
- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson
- On departure: Debriefing and volunteer feedback session with the local coordinator
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- Intermediate English
- Volunteer application form with your reason for choosing this project
- Relaxed and friendly with children, but also firm with the naughty ones
- Ability to comfort and calm distressed toddlers and babies
- Ability to play games and sing songs and be like a child
- Ability to communicate in a warm and simple way - meet children at their level
- Basic counselling and conflict management (for older orphanages)
- Assist with homework from school (older orphanage)
- Creativeness in regards to after school activities
- Good listening skills
- Easy to medium physical work
- Large emotional investment
The work itself is not dangerous. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa, so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.