Volunteer In South Africa (trip)

Volunteer In South Africa

  • Ben Shoeman Airport in East London
  • Volunteer Vacations
“"The most memorable event for me was at the end of our two week stay, hearing my, just barely 16-yr-old… ”
South Africa, Africa

from $2,595* per person14 DaysJanuary, March, July, September, November
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Global Volunteers 20 people max
Home of Nobel Peace prize-winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President Nelson Mandela, South Africa is a land of contrasts and promise. The peaceful transition of South Africa from one of the world's most repressive societies into a stable democracy is one of the 20th century's most remarkable success stories. Today, the people of South Africa inspire freedom- seeking societies worldwide.

Our development partnership with the village of Malungeni builds on local people's progress since the end of apartheid. You can help this small rural community improve its educational, economic and social capability while gaining a rare, first-hand perspective of villager's daily life. If you are especially flexible and enjoy the challenge of establishing new relationships, help us build a foundation for intercultural understanding and respect in South Africa!

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South Africa, Africa

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: Silver Hjellen located in AK
    "The most memorable event for me was at the end of our two week stay, hearing my, just barely 16-yr-old granddaughter express what she had received from the experience. Inviting her to share this Global Volunteer program with me will always remain one of the most important events in my life."

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Family oriented trip.


South Africa Work Projects

Global Volunteers' unique philosophy of service ensures your work projects help advance the host community's current development vision and goals. Always serving at the invitation and under the direction of host community partners, each Global Volunteers team member works alongside local people, and personally contributes to needed project financing through their service program fee. Our long-term commitment to work in partnership on sustained community development projects enables you, in just a short time, to serve as a critical link in a chain of lasting community enhancements.

The major projects in Malungeni are teaching, labor, and capacity building. The needs are immediate and enormous, and the opportunities to make a genuine difference are many!.
Teaching in the primary school:
One of the tragic legacies of apartheid is that many rural classroom and teachers have not received the resources needed for a thorough curriculum. Here's how you can help: Trained general elementary educators (kindergarten through grade nine) as well as professionals working in or retired from the following fields can teach at the elementary school:

    English (writing, spelling, speaking, composition)
    Math (all areas)
    Natural sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics)
    Social sciences (sociology, politics, history)
    Life skills (health, personal development)
    Economics and managerial sciences

Moreover, native English speakers, regardless of background, can provide drills in conversational English.
Building repair:
South Africa farm land You're needed to help renovate community buildings, including painting interior and exterior walls, repairing the water tank, windows, and ceiling. It's not difficult work for anyone handy with a hammer or paint brush!
Capacity Building:
Volunteers skilled in agriculture, micro-business management, marketing, project development and fundraising can help local leaders plan enterprises in areas such as community gardening, retail baking, sewing and brick-making.

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