Care Work Volunteer Project in South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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50 people
35 days
Code: ZAVCW1
Activity and Adventure, Care Work, Children, Community, Orphanage, Volunteering Abroad
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This community work placement is based at two care centres in Port Elizabeth (this may change depending on the needs at the time of your visit). Your time will be split between the two so that your skills can be utilised by both centres, which are in desperate need of volunteer support.

Your Care Work Role
Your role at both of the centres will involve looking after the general welfare of the children, helping out with meal times and assisting staff with education. Your love and attention can make a huge difference to the children you meet, whether it’s through teaching English, playing games or simply listening to them talk about their families. The heartfelt hugs and smiles you will receive in return are unforgettable. You will work alongside local staff and should be prepared for the unexpected; a sense of creativity and the ability to improvise when things don’t go according to plan will go a long way. This is a challenging placement but the local staff will be by your side to help you in any areas you are unsure of.

Many of the children at both centres speak the local language, Xhosa, and the staff tend to speak Xhosa and English, as well as Africaans. You will almost certainly learn bits and pieces of both African languages during your stay in Port Elizabeth and you are sure to leave having made some extremely close friends and having had a truly eye-opening experience.

We have set start dates throughout the year with January and July being our busiest months.

We need you to do a minimum of 5 weeks because we want you to add value to the projects and also develop yourself and make good friends throughout the experience. You can come for a maximum of 12 weeks (3 months).

Please contact us to check availability for when you would like to visit us.

Accommodation and Food
Your accommodation is basic but comfortable and you will stay in a dormitory style room, although you can upgrade to a single room for an additional charge and if we have availability. The accommodation has a very sociable atmosphere and you will find it a great place to relax and unwind in the evenings as there is a swimming pool, games room and bar in site. The accommodation is also centrally located to your volunteer project with shops and other useful amenities either a short walk or taxi ride away. With so many volunteers living together, you will soon find our communal house your new home, away from home.

You will be provided with three meals a day. Breakfast is help yourself from a range of cereals and toast. You will be provided with a packed lunch because of being on placement during this time but will return to a lovely home cooked meal in the evening made by our great cooking team. There will be a mix of Western and local style foods... South Africans love their meat so you'll be sure to have a braai (BBQ) or two on this visit with us.

Social Life in South Africa
We believe it is important to give our volunteers the chance to unwind and have fun while they are away. Our in-country team therefore organises a variety of social activities to bring volunteers together, to share their experiences and, above all, have a good time. The social life in South Africa really is second to none and you will return home with some truly unforgettable memories and friends for life. With so many people living together, social sports teams are pretty much unavoidable and there are plenty of local teams to play for. For the less competitive, why not head to the beach for some casual volleyball and football matches in the African sunshine?

And, if animals are your thing, volunteering in South Africa is an ideal choice. With trips to Kragga Kama Game Park, the Lion Park, the Addo Elephant Park and the Oceanarium, you will certainly experience your fair share of big game and African wildlife. You'll also get the chance to experience a Boma (an authentic South African meal under the stars). What more could you want from a social life abroad?

Most foreigners will only require a visa to enter South Africa if they intend to stay for more than 90 days. We recommend you check the visa requirements for your own nationality by visiting the South African High Commission website.

In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.

24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), project transport, full support in-country and UK, pre-departure advice and access to a personalised travel centre full of extra information to help you be well prepared for the trip.

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