Volunteer in a Childrens Home in South Africa

The benefits of volunteering extend to you - the volunteer, and to the community and project where you serve.  Personal benefits include development of life skills, personal growth, friendship, increased self confidence, social awareness, and building independence.  An international volunteer experience will also enhance career prospects.

When you volunteer with GVN, you can be assured you are helping a local grassroots organisation.  Volunteer efforts directly benefit local groups, local communities, and local people. We work with our partner organizations to support them in achieving their goals and ensuring that their projects are sustainable and effective.

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What to Expect?

Volunteer work includes childcare at local pre-school or crèches, childrens homes, or day care centres in the Venda region. There is also the opportunity to work as teacher assistant at a primary and secondary schools in the Venda region. Volunteers may work in settings such as day care centres or "places of safety" in the community.

The town's Children's Home and certain foster home situations are referred to locally as "places of safety". As a volunteer, you can help by working with children ages 2-6, helping with general caretaking like handing out porridge and brushing teeth, teaching English, reading, writing and pronunciation. Simple mathematics and counting, body hygiene, crafts and educational games for younger children may be available as well. Volunteers will be able to use this time to display their mentoring experience, and motivate the students toward a positive future.

Volunteers with varying skills will be able to help in areas of academic and skill development through mentoring and tutoring activities. Currently there are schools in South Africa that struggle to meet their achievement goals, achieve specific skill sets, and motivate young people. There are many factors contributing to this challenge from high student to teacher ratio, lack of resources, and most important history. Volunteers can assists teachers in core subjects, such as English, mathematics, life skills, and science. The subjects will be relative to each school's needs; however the greatest need is typically in mathematics and science. There will be additional opportunities for tutoring, career development, and organizing extracurricular activities for students.

Volunteers will be located in the main town of Thohoyandou, Venda and its surrounding villages: Manamani, Dzwerani, Shayandima, and Itsane.

  • Program ID: # 2355
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    South Africa
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Various locations available
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Women's & Youth Programs
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