Our partner non-profit organisations are actively involved in various settlements in the Blaauwberg area, empowering and fulfilling the communities basic needs. They facilitate various programs in which volunteers can help with supporting both children and adults. One the main programs is educare play groups for children too young to be in school. There is also supporting adults to develop skills and return to work, as well as running training programs for the community. Volunteers can also work in the office with fundraising or administrative tasks as well as in the settlements with the day to day activities and running of the educare centers. Volunteers can also help arrange annual events like Youth Day activities on June 16, a Christmas party and cooking competitions.
The settlement project is flexible and volunteers may need to use their initiative and run part of the project on their own.
We work with 7 different settlements:
- Dunoon: This is a township with over 150,000 people living in makeshift shacks of wood and scrap metal. Many families share one tap and one outdoor toilet.
- Wolverrivier and Onder die Brug: These settlements are on old farms, where the people live in old farm house or shacks. They both only have one running water tap and only one has electricity. There is around 60 children in each settlement.
- Takkegat, Richwood, Radar Bush, Spoorlyn: These are all informal settlements where the people live in shacks in the bush. They do not have any electricity and only one running water tap. There is about 20 – 40 children in each of the settlements.
The main objective is empowering the local community and supporting them with their basic needs. We regularly distribute food hampers to the underprivileged and clothes in the winter. We engage these communities in regular education, motivation, and social upliftment programs and exciting events such as fun at the beach, various sporting activities and movie outings which are hosted throughout the year.
- Working with the educare centers
- Working in settlements with disadvantaged families
- Creating your own educational programs to teach children
- Supporting and training adults
- Learning about running a non-‐profit organization
- Gain experience in working with children and groups
- Flexible projects and hours
- Learning about South African cultures and way of life
- Making new life time friends
- Airport pick up
- Orientation and welcome BBQ
- Three meals a day
- Weekly social events
- Transport to and from the program
- 24 hour support and supervisor on project
- Donation to the NPO to assist with projects
- Certificate of appreciation
Information about the Children
- Most of the children have either Afrikaans or Xhosa as their main language. Older children speak English but younger ones may not.
- Children in the program range from 0 – 18yrs.
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the project, for example:
- Teaching in the educare centres.
- Running fun days and sports activities.
- Teaching computers skills.
- Educating children in life lessons such as HIV, drugs etc.
- Teaching adults in the community.
- Helping with events.
- Office admin.
- Volunteers will work 3 – 5 days a week with the children.
- This program is very flexible and open to ideas.
- volunteers have about supporting the community.
- Project starts: Every Monday
- Location: Blaauwberg/TableView, Cape Town
- Minimum duration: 2 weeks
- Police clearance
- No age limit
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Acceptance subject to availability of position
Average Working Day
- School supplies
A.M : Educare
P.M: Settlement project
P.M: Settlement project
A.M: Settlement visit/off
A.M:Off or activity day with children