||All year round - you choose your start and finish
dates - but subject to school vacations.
1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications or experience required, just lots
of enthusiasm and a love of children.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 16.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
caring for children, teaching or working with children
overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or
Also available as a summer placement or short break in
South Africa, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
During the mornings you'll look after the children
that are at the House, helping with basic Reading, Writing, Maths.
You'll assist with their
general care as well, and also spend time playing games with the children
in order to build up their confidence and give them some social skills.
In the afternoons you'll
assist with the daily efforts required to run the Soup Kitchen. You'll
also help the children with
their homework and keeping them stimulated and entertained by providing educational activities.
The type of work you will be
allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities,
taking into consideration the children’s
health and safety.
Your hours may vary, but
normally you will work from 8am to 2.30pm but you can stay longer to assist
with the Soup Kitchen. Word days are
Monday to Friday so you will have weekends free for any sightseeing or
independent travel. Here is a list of duties that you may also be asked to
Assisting with the preparation and handing out food.
carers and caring for the children
Helping the children eat.
carers and caring for the children.
General cleaning of the Care Center.
Washing the children, and their clothes.
Assisting with literacy and numeracy with the older children
Assisting with homework
As a result of your
volunteer work, the Safe House, the Carers and the community
benefit directly or indirectly as follows
Get an opportunity to interact and learn
Have access to your invaluable help and assistance
Will improve their own traditional knowledge, skills
and ideas on care work as these will be supplemented by any
initiatives that you and other volunteers come up with
The children have access to your love and care, and
these are fundamental to their growth and development.
EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR PROJECT
You may also have the opportunity
to provide help and support to the local community through the various
afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent way to immerse
yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring hand
to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at:
The Children's Home:Make the afternoons fun and exciting for these lovely
children by playing games, helping them with homework and just being
there to give them the attention that they so appreciate.
After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school to set up after
school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great way
to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If
you'd like to set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you
apply so that we can arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
community projects - Past volunteers have helped to paint the
outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is
now looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was
donated to this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together
for the crèche too! There may be other similar projects available at the
time you're there that you might want to participate in.
Township soup kitchen: On days that your school roster
might allow you to finish a little early, our volunteers sometimes help at a
local township soup kitchen. The soup kitchen is open on a Monday, Wednesday
The project may possibly be
extended to involve local unemployed people, or street kids, or even elderly
people or children's orphanages. These are just a few ideas and it may be that
some volunteers will have more ideas that will help to make this project a
worthwhile one that will benefit the community for a long time to come.
ACCOMMODATION: THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town,
yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and
often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the
volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of
the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to
relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan
in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.
The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained
flat downstairs for couples and families. y volunteer
placements. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels
in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by
our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard
space to store your clothing.
Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining
area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD
player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.
is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have
a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’.
Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’
and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish
is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African
‘snoek’ is a must.
You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic
essentials (but not extras like alcohol, snacks and eating
out). The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might
need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great
seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to
There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food
There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking
distance that offer the most incredible local and international
cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous
for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where
everyone eats and drinks far too much!
The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants
and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees,
cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various
different nationality menus.
Volunteer house in Knysna
View from the house overlooking
Got any questions? Please email us:
ABOUT THE SAFE HOUSE:
The Safe House is situated in a
local township in Knysna. It was started by two wonderful women
specifically to provide a
safe, warm, loving and secure environment to children who have been
removed from their families due to abusive and violent situations.
The Safe House cares for children of all ages, ranging from babies to teenagers.
At present they have 8 children who live there permanently and many others
who stay at the Safe House during the day. Some of the
children attend school and some attend a local crèche. The children who
stay at the Safe House during the day are there because they're unable to
attend school for various reasons, such as learning disabilities and they
are too young.
The safe house works with
the local community in many ways, such as providing a free after-school Soup
Kitchen for all
the children In the local area. Local children who would not get adequate
food can come to the Soup Kitchen after school for a meal.
The Safe House also acts
as a base for the local children where they can come to play and it helps to keep them off the
streets. They also offer counselling, particularly for HIV sufferers,
as well as working closely with the local animal welfare.
The staff at the house are
trained carers, so you'll be able to help them and give general support
where needed. Your support is excellent for the carers as well as the
children, because you will be able to free up some of their time to concentrate on other
important areas that are needed to keep the Safe House running, such as
seeking financial support and ensuring that the day-today administration
is kept up.
“Volunteering at the Safe House was one of the most
inspirational and fulfilling experiences I have ever had. Over the course
of four weeks, I felt a bond with the staff and kids that I do not think
could ever be replaced. I miss everyone dearly and will remember my
adventures there forever”
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
“After 3 weeks
volunteering at the Safe House, I can honestly say that this was the
highlight of my time in South Africa. It is owned and run by incredibly
warm, friendly and helpful staff and the kids they look after (from
toddlers to teenagers) are fun, playful, inquisitive and just plain
adorable. There is so much to get involved in; you will genuinely leave
there every day looking forward to the next”
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely
and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it
feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the
Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our
own very big family, I suppose!!"
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch
dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
is approximately 500km from
the beautiful capital city of Cape Town and voted South Africa’s
favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop, impressively
sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural feel
to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing
rapidly, and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks,
hotels, internet café’s, cinemas and shopping malls.
About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find Plettenberg Bay
(better known simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller
than Knysna, but equally stunning. Its' pure white beaches stretch
as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do, from whale and dolphin
watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.
The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin
sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more
relaxed pursuits such as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one
of the many animal sanctuaries in the area. Your local Travellers liaison
will be happy to assist you in finding interesting things to do and places
to see so make the most of it!
Knysna nestles on the banks of a
beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is
surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil
lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing
with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good
music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow
atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The
main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful
vacation atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.
Most cafes have outdoors
seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun
umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on
your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or
staving off the heat with a cold drink.
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