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SOUTH AFRICA - YOUTH BASED PROJECTS

BABIES IN THE BUSH

This baby safe house was born of a desire to provide holistic care that would not limit children in such a way that they would suffer in later years because they didn't have the opportunity to grow and develop normally.  Duties in the house would include playing and entertaining the babies, changing diapers, bathing, feeding, assisting with upkeep of the house like mowing the lawn, beautifying the day care center and preparing for creative activities!

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

CHILDREN OF THE TOWNSHIP

Focuses on the children of the townships of Gquebara/Walmer in an effort to provide a more uplifting environment. Many of the children have to deal directly or indirectly with HIV/AIDS because they are orphaned or living with family members because their parents died of AIDS related diseases.  It is very important that volunteers are enthusiastic and independent.  Be ready to sing, dance, help with schoolwork and contribute to a brighter future!

  • Min:  1 week
  • Location:  Port Elizabeth - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays

ENABLING DISABLED CHILDREN

Improve the quality of life for children suffering from Autism; a severe, life long, neurological disability. As a volunteer, your duties would include assisting the teacher in class, stimulating autistic children in a creative environment, as well as supervising afterschool play time.  You also may help with administrative work at the school, when not directly interacting with the children.

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

HEART FOR ORPHANS

Enrich the lives of orphans and abandoned babies, who have no one else to hold them, or play games with them. Choose to work either with babies/toddlers (newborn - 4yrs) or children (5 – 17yrs) at their orphanage after school. Bring your creativity with you, and prepare to become a close mentor and positive force in the life of many young ones!

  • Min:  1 week (Junior Program) in Noordhoek / 8 weeks (Junior Program) in Athlone / 4 weeks (Senior Program) in Athlone
  • Location: Cape Town - Noordhoek for Junior program & Athlone for Junior or Senior Program - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates.

HELP TRANSFORM A CHILD'S LIFE

Focus is on providing education to children and adults from the local, historically disadvantaged communities.  Provide learning support for children, plan activities, and cultural enrichment events, setup meetings with parents and school. Empower young children and adults through education and gain an understanding of the challenges facing the majority of South African youth.

  • Min:  2 weeks
  • Location:  Hout Bay Cape Town - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays

HOPE JOURNEY/CHILDREN’S RECOVERY HOSPITAL

This Children's Convalescent Hospital is a home for children in recovery who have been discharged from provincial hospitals. The mission of the hospital is to provide expert nursing and medical care, in a homey and loving environment, for infants and children recovering from acute medical and surgical conditions and who are, for social or medical reasons, unable to return to their own homes. Assistance is needed with laundry, food preparation, and classroom help, to fundraising and managing of donations, ideas, and much more.

  • Min:  4 weeks
  • Location:  Cape Town – South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates.

LOVING CAPE TOWN KIDS

Loving Cape Town Kids was established to provide hope for the future through early childhood education and care to the community of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.  Volunteers work within a school in the morning and at an aftercare center in the afternoon.  Morning tasks include assisting the teacher, music activities, help at meal times, and one on one special attention for certain pupils.  Afternoon tasks include assisting in the after-school care program, organizing a quarterly outing, improving marketing, and running a fundraising event.

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

MAKING WAVES - SURF PROJECT

Help disadvantaged kids gain confidence and life skills through surfing.   Through mentoring, coaching and training individuals will be equipped with skills that will enhance self-worth and create opportunities for complete social integration. Learn how to surf and then teach others (no experience necessary). Volunteers need to be able to swim and enjoy working with young kids.

  • Min:  2 weeks
  • Location:  Cape Town – South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays

MANDELA'S SOWETO KIDS

You will be based in Orlando, the township with a population of over 4 million, is the biggest black urban settlement in South Africa with a rich history.  Soweto was the center of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state.  You will be introduced to a melting pot of culture, work with primary school children, get involved in a variety of community projects, and participate in song/dance/story-telling with the children and other sports & leisure activities.

  • Min:  2 weeks
  • Location:  Soweto near Johannesburg - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays

SKATEBOARDING FOR CHANGE

This is a platform for rural children to rise above the limitations of their socio-economic status and develop self-confidence while they are provided the tools for skills development within the skateboarding industry and beyond.  Skate for Change runs programs from early childhood development, to art, dance, drama, video technology, photography, woodwork, skate park construction to English language improvement.  Your role will include preparing the clubhouse for activities, making lunch packs, gardening, chasing goats off the land, outreach projects in the area, monitoring water quality, assist with reading instruction with illiterate adults and more.

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

STREETWISE SOCCER

Volunteer your skills and time to inspiring street kids, helping them to develop their love for the game into a meaningful journey where they can rediscover themselves.  It is said that sport is the tool to unite the hearts and minds of a nation and to overcome borders and issues of race and religion.  Goals include developing a Soccer Club in Cape Town to participate in competitive leagues.

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

WILD COAST SCHOOLS PROJECT

Help make a real difference in the lives of South African children by introducing computer literacy skills as well as a sports program to rural schools on the Wild Coast. 

  • Min: 1 week
  • Location: East London - South Africa
  • Weekly arrival dates but closed for school holidays

WORDS CHANGING WORLDS

Empower children through the gift of reading. Volunteers work at a literacy program to support children at English-speaking inner-city schools, whose first language is not English.   All you need is love for children, books, and the willingness to donate your time.

  • Min:  4 weeks
  • 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.