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SOUTH AFRICA - COMMUNITY BASED PROJECTS

CARING IN THE CAPE COMMUNITY

This project is multifaceted as volunteers can be based at the organic farm in the morning, but can choose to work at other community projects in the afternoons. Volunteers will be taught how to do basic organic farming and have the opportunity to apply what they have learned into the surrounding community from planting to the market, while getting insight into the local culture. The afternoons will consist of working on children's projects including reading and homework, playing games, being a role model, arts and crafts, as well as sports activities.

  • Min:  1 week
  • Location:  Cape Town – South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates

HEALING THROUGH HORSES

This non-profit organization was established in Cape Town over 25 years ago to provide free riding instruction, as well as other activities associated with riding, for people with disabilities. For the children who come to ride here, the location is perfect as many come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, and the safety and beauty of the surroundings provides further benefit to their well-being. 

  • Min: 4 weeks
  • Location: Cape Town - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays

JOZI SKILLS SWAP

Help South African people improve their lives by helping them develop basic business skills. You will get the chance to learn and experience diverse markets and how to support their needs. You would work with adults on different subjects such as working on business skills and ideas, helping to build a workspace, developing a new product, exploring the green economy, and make it possible for them to start a small business from home.

  • Min: 2 weeks
  • Location: Johannesburg - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates

ORGANIC AFRICAN FARM

Do you have Green fingers and want to help in the community?  This project takes organic farming to the next level.   Volunteers will be taught how to do basic organic farming and have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the surrounding community so that they can become more self-sustainable.  

  • Min: 1 week
  • Location: Cape Town – South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates.

THIS WAY UP

Be part of this dynamic family-orientated organization enabling youth and young men with troubled pasts to catch up their education.  Help them become citizens able to earn a living so they can contribute to the communities they've come from. This is an excellent project for mature volunteers who can offer wisdom and insight to those they are working with.  Run as a family, this home is a safe environment where young men (aged 17 – 25) are supported while they complete their schooling and get ready for the job market. There is a strong focus on reuniting the young men with family, and volunteers assist the Social Worker in establishing contact and visiting families.

  • Min: 8 weeks
  • Min Age: 18 for men and 25 for women
  • Location: Cape Town - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates.

YOUTH AT RISK

Help to establish and run Rural Youth Clubs on farms and in surrounding communities, assist at youth camps mentoring, guiding and coaching, assist with football practice and other activities.  Work also involves meeting and interacting with homeless youth and adults working towards getting them off the streets.

  • Min:  1 week
  • Location: Cape Town - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays.

NOTE: There is a minimum number of weeks that a volunteer must do for each program.  These minimums vary depending on the program. Please keep this in mind when choosing a program. It is also possible to do two or more programs back to back.  Contact the CCUSA office for specific details.