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Ethical Volunteering with the best range of Community, Childcare, Wildlife and Conservation Projects in South Africa.
We are passionate about ethical volunteering, and only support sustainable long term projects that are developed through genuine community and conservation needs.
We will provide you with excellent support to help you prepare for every aspect of your journey, and will make sure you have all the information you need to plan your trip.
During your stay, our team will be available to assist you with organizing activities, giving advice, getting you to a doctor if needed and lots more.
I thought that by doing volunteer work I could make a difference in this world. After eight weeks at Masigcine Childrenâs Home I understood that I wouldnât be able to...Read more
I thought that by doing volunteer work I could make a difference in this world. After eight weeks at Masigcine Childrenâs Home I understood that I wouldnât be able to make a difference in this world, but I could make a huge difference for 25-30 kids for eight weeks! I could give them someone to hug, play with, talk to and to share everything with for eight weeks. And thatâs simply everything a kid in their situation needs. They need love. And being able to give them that for eight weeks is amazing.
By doing volunteer work through Via Volunteers, especially at Masigcine, you really get to experience the huge differences in South Africa. In the weekends you stay at Ashanti hostel and live your best life with all kinds of activities that Cape Town has to offer. And during the week you live in a township where you are helping kids who have experienced things that anyone never should have to experience. I learned a lot from this experience. I met a lot of awesome people. I had the coolest weekends with awesome activities. But most important I learned to know 27 amazing kids that Iâm thinking about everyday.
If youâre ever considering doing volunteer work, then I will highly recommend Masigcine childrenâs home. I will also highly recommend travel through Via Volunteers. Thank you so much for all the help Ed and Heather!!
I am forever grateful for this experience. Iâll be back at Masigcine someday.
My 5 weeks at Baphumelele childrenâs home were absolutely incredible and extremely eye opening. During my time, I spent most mornings in Baby house and most afternoons in either the...Read more
My 5 weeks at Baphumelele childrenâs home were absolutely incredible and extremely eye opening. During my time, I spent most mornings in Baby house and most afternoons in either the clinic or doing homework help with the older kids. Baphumelele is an amazing space to grow for anyone interested in a youth serving profession as you get to wake up each day and make the most out of your time with any project that interests you.
During my time, I was lucky to be able to work with the child-headed home project and go into the township to help build shacks as well as sit in on their support groups to get a deeper understanding of life in Khayelitsha. To all future volunteers, do not be afraid to dive in head first and reach out to staff about other projects you can get involved with.
My biggest piece of advice to future volunteers is to stay for as long as possible and make the most of every second. Although this was my second time at Baphumelele and the mamaâs teach you routine right away, it still takes a week or two to fully settle in and get to know the kids. As tiring as the days may be, take advantage of your lunch breaks to recharge in order to spend as much time as possible with the kids. The kids you will meet radiate happiness , love and passion. Not a day goes by that I do not think of the kids and the lessons they taught me.
Ed and Heather were extremely helpful and responsive both before my arrival and during my time in Capetown. They were always available to answer any questions, set up weekend excursions and offer support when needed.
I experienced that the manager at St. Georges Home for Girls was very kind and helpful. Whenever I had a question he would answer me. All of the other employees...Read more
I experienced that the manager at St. Georges Home for Girls was very kind and helpful. Whenever I had a question he would answer me. All of the other employees was also very kind and really showed their appreciation. Quickly I connected with both employees and the children, and grew friendships that I will never forget.
Furthermore I could use my education – I had workshops with groups of 6-8 girls. In these workshops I used my knowledge from my education as a social worker. I found this very rewarding and the response was positive.
I´m happy with the information and support I got both before and during my stay. Whenever I had a question I got an answer fast.
Volunteering at Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre was simply amazing! I spent 7 incredible weeks here, and I wish I could have stayed longer. Time flies here. Before you...Read more
Volunteering at Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre was simply amazing! I spent 7 incredible weeks here, and I wish I could have stayed longer. Time flies here. Before you know it you are on your way home.
In this program, you get the best of both worlds: you can explore Cape Towns magical places during the weekends and interact with wonderful children monday-friday. Every day is different and you will always have something to do. You will have lessons (planned by a qualified teacher) with some of the older children who need extra help . When I look back at my time volunteering at Fikelela, this is what I miss the most. Not only do you get to know them better, but you also get to make a difference in their lives by helping them a lot. I learned a lot about myself and others.
In addition to all of this, you will also meet a lot of people, especially during the weekends, and probably make friends for life.
Via Volunteers will help you with everything and anything during your stay. Thank you Ed and Heather for always answering questions, planning amazing educational lessons for the children, booking activities and being my ‘Cape Town parents’! I am forever grateful for this incredible experience.