Combine your English course with volunteering. We have a wide range of projects to choose from; simply contact us and we'll arrange the details with the local provider. Scroll down to see some examples: Find more information in our download area.
Human Dignity Centre
The Human Dignity Centre operates an Orphanage Without Walls in Gqebera Township, looking after approximately 290 children in the Walmer Township by finding and supporting carers (such as aunties and grannies) who care for the children. Neighbours and families provide fundamental care, with HDC keeping an eye on this and providing assistance when necessary. Volunteers choose whether they want to work in pre-primary or primary schools or if they want to assist with afternoon classes, home visits, or in the office.
Save Penguins & Other Birds
On one hand SAMREC (South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre) saves, rehabilitates and releases marine birds back to the wild; on the other it informs the public about different programmes. Visitors can spend time at the nursery and can watch volunteers , urgently needed , working to save the environment and animals, in particular the endangered African Penguin. It is on the brink of extinction due to human interference, and it is vital to work towards a different future for these animals. If you want to participate in the programme you must be at least 16 years old and should be interested in conservation of the environment. Each volunteer can work his/her way up to â€œEmperorâ€ status. Experience the wonder of working with animals in distress.
Shamwari Conservation Experience
Participants are exposed to short and long-term projects which are intended to create sustainability for generations to come. Tasks may vary from physical work to interesting and interactive lecture based content. There are several monitoring projects which assist in capturing vital information used in the research and management of all species on reserve. The experience is diverse and structured, yet not prescheduled as result of the nature of working in and around wildlife and a reliance on prevailing conditions.
Khaya Big Five South Africa
This Big Five Safari Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be reintroduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature. Volunteers can be part of this bigger picture and work and live on this reserve and help with all the aspects of running a safari reserve in Africa and maintaining infrastructure, well-kept animals and any initiatives related to this reserve. They will work together with the game ranger who is responsible for all their activities.
Khaya Cheetah Project
The Khaya Cheetah & African Wild Dog Conservation Project, situated on a farm dedicated to returning nature to its original status, aims to ensure our children never have to watch cheetahs and wild dogs become extinct as a result of decades of poaching and exploitation. Several cheetahs have been successfully released into the wild again. Besides cheetahs and wild dogs, the reserve is also home to spotted hyenas, caracals and African wild cats, as well as giraffes, zebras, baboons, meerkats, vervet monkeys, various antelopes such as springbok and a wide variety of birds. Work on the Reserve is diverse, and therefore daily activities vary, but volunteers may be assured of a close and personal experience with the African Bush, and some of its wildlife.
Khaya Orphanage Help
The Door of Hope Orphanage was founded in 1999 by Mama Gladys. Today this Port Elizabeth orphanage offers a home and place of safety to 40 children. The orphanage solely depends on donations and thanks to previous volunteers and their networks they have already been able to plant some vegetable gardens. Now they can provide their own food - a major development. This project is challenging since you will be responsible for around 40 children who all want some of your attention; however, you will also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about their culture and their everyday life.
Khaya Izizwe Project
The Khaya Izizwe Project is located in Walmer. Unlike many other townships, Walmer is in a relatively calm and easily accessible area. Poverty, child neglect, alcohol abuse and a high unemployment rate are some of the many difficult challenges faced here. The community is very welcoming and loves having volunteers showing an interest in their way of life. Through Izizwe projects the community has been able to establish a variety of upliftment projects and real change achieved. The ongoing efforts from Izizwe Projects to provide vital services to the youth and community has been able due to the support of volunteers; both local as international. The teams for the various programs are led by local volunteers, who were previously unemployed, and our international volunteers work hand in hand to provide a range of great activities. The diversity of possibilities creates an opportunity for volunteers to suggest preferences for age groups and specific personal interest to be involved in.
Khaya Missionvale Community Project
The Missionvale Community Project is a non-profit organization that supports the inhabitants of the extremely poor township, Missionvale, with love, advice, participation and self-development, in order to improve their lives. The project's values are respect, dignity, compassion, integrity, equality and commitment to the Missionvale family. The volunteer coordinator will pick you up, show you around and will prepare you for your work and your projects, and will always be there if you have any questions. On weekends you can participate in organised activities and tours.
Calabash Volunteer Programme
The Calabash Volunteer Programme forms a vital part of our commitment to make tourism work for local communities by facilitating skills transfer and knowledge share. Through our trusted partnerships with local communities, schools and NGOs we identified community needs and match them with skilled volunteers from all over the world. Our placements range from home based HIV/AIDS care to primary and secondary school education in the townships of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Volunteers will coach children from the Kwa-Ford Primary School in New Brighton, either after school or on weekends. Sports available include soccer/football, rugby, netball, hockey, cricket and athletics, and the children are enthusiastic and willing to learn and play.