Volunteers will spend mornings and early afternoons at a pre school/creche and their afternoons working with vulnerable and orphaned children (7 – 15 years). Volunteers will also get the chance to visit other projects, exploring local community and the natural wonders that surround us.
At the pre-school, volunteers will help the children develop their creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, colouring and playing games. Volunteers will assist teachers while children take their lunchtime nap in helping around the kitchen or to organize classrooms.
Volunteers will grab a lift with our team to and from the volunteer project, make lunch at the volunteer base or at our favourite volunteer lunch and connecting points.
The Aim of the program is to give love and care to township children and orphans.
Most of your time will be dedicated to an informal township crèche and an orphanage for small children in Cape Town. Volunteers assist teachers in organizing educational games as well as arts and crafts activities. You will be introduced to projects within the community and spend time with children in this diverse African community (Age 1-7 years). This opportunity will allow you to use your creative skills working at a crèche in the morning and an orphanage in the afternoons, serving the poorest area of the township and thus helping to provide the care and attention these small children crave. This will include feeding, playing and cuddling as well as coordinating activities.
Your evenings and weekends are free to explore the cities culture and restaurants, relax on our beautiful beaches, hike in the great outdoors or enjoy the buzzing nightlife. Experience African culture at its best in the beautiful city of Cape Town
Once you have arrived you will be taken on a tour of the Cape Peninsula, you will visit Penguins, Explore Cape Point, do Wine Tasting, Mountain Biking… and so much more.
|Type of project:||Social|
|Duration of the project:||2 – 12 weeks|
|Safety:||Safe and secure location|
|Location:||The project is based in the Western Province, South Africa|
|Airport:||Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town (code: CPT)|
|Laundry:||Washing is done at a nominal fee|
|Accommodation:||Volunteers will live in shared rooms with comfortable beds in the volunteer house or with a South African host family|
|Work Schedule:||Monday through Friday – Spend mornings and early afternoons at a pre school/creche and afternoons working with vulnerable and orphaned children ( 7 – 15 years ). Also visit other projects, exploring local community and the natural wonders that surround us. Weekends you are free to enjoy your free time!|
|Outings:||Visit Penguins, Explore Cape Point, do Wine Tasting, Mountain Biking, visit to a traditional healer; or walk in the mountains with rap artist a heritage walk – exploring the Khoisan people (Original people of the Cape ), a gospel tour, visit Emzantsi Carnival project, turn plastic into art, learn how to make a puppet, take a healing journey with Themba, his drums and African songs|
|Required||We want our volunteers to have an open mind, a love and respect for the less fortunate, and that you are excited to have a hands-on experience in our lovely country!|
|Based in a community on the Cape Peninsula. We have many community projects, which include children, the community and conservation. You will be placed at a project where you can best share your knowledge, skills and experience and simultaneously develop yourself and learn. We work closely with crèches, run by local women in the township (65 kids +) and a safe house or orphanage for 20 – 30 children. Many volunteers love to work at this project, which are typically understaffed, underfunded, and struggle with so many challenges and basic needs. You will assist children and teachers by providing them with love, care and support. The children speak a variety of African languages however English is the most widely spoken language.|
Your work as a volunteer, will be to support the women and grandmothers of the community, who open day care centers and other spaces in order to look after and care for the many children coming into Masiphumelele from the rural areas. Children of refugees – who have come to South Africa from other African countries eg. Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, DRC and Somalia also reside at these centres. These women form the backbone of the community, but often take strain, as they are under resourced and often have to deal with many challenges just to feed the children. We take in children who are HIV positive, whose families are often living on the breadline and orphaned children, who are being looked after by the community.
|Shared accommodation at the Volunteer House (Shared 3-4 per room) or with a South African Host Family. Our volunteer home is situated 2 minutes from the beach, with mountain walks footsteps away. Situated on the South Peninsula, with a unique and special blend of beach, mountains, sea, nature and surf. This home is beautiful to live in, remarkable for a day trip, and an amazing base for volunteering. We are situated 10 minutes from the township projects, where you will be volunteering.|
|SCHEDULE AND DATES|
|Volunteers arrive every Thursday for a FREE 3 day Orientation, the program officially starts on a Monday|
|Breakfast is self-serve and provided by the volunteer house or host family. Lunch is on volunteers’ own account. Supper is a cooked meal provided by the volunteer house or host family|
|Noordhoek, Cape TownTransport: Airport/Cape Town pickup and drop off at beginning and end of project. Daily project to/from project from Volunteer House/Host family to project – this is 10 minute drive. Kommetjie is situated 40 minutes from the city center and the nearest train station is 15 minutes away. Take a scenic train trip into the city. Noordhoek taxi service is available and most volunteers share the taxi costs, which makes getting around cheaper and cost effective.All transport and tours can be booked at your volunteer home.|
|WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU|
|SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY|
|3 nights accommodation, orientation that covers everything you need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city as well as a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday).
– Orientation walk around township and introduction to project
|You will be required to sign an indemnity form upon arrival.|
|Select your Departure by Clicking on the Date|
|Weeks||Price (US Dollar)|
|2 Weeks||$1 360|
|3 Weeks||$1 780|
|4 Weeks||$2 200|
|5 Weeks||$2 615|
|6 Weeks||$3 035|
|7 Weeks||$3 455|
|8 Weeks||$3 880|
|9 Weeks||$4 300|
|10 Weeks||$4 720|
|11 Weeks||$5 140|
|12 Weeks||$5 560|
|Q||IS THERE A PREFERABLE TIME TO SUBMIT MY APPLICATION IN HOPES OF GAINING A SPOT ON THE ROSTER?|
|A||There is no real cut off period in terms of time to apply as we run our programs all year around. We do however have peak periods, so the earlier you book, the better chances you have of securing a placement.|
|Q||WHAT ARE THE AGE LIMITATIONS FOR PARTICIPATING IN VOLUNTEER SOUTH AFRICA PROJECTS?|
|A||We have a minimum age of 16 and there’s no maximum age.|
|Q||WHATS THE MIMIMUM STAY?|
|A||The minimum stay at The Hearts for Orphans is 2 weeks|
|Q||HOW DO THE ARRIVALS WORK/WHICH IS THE ARRIVAL AIRPORT?|
|A||If arriving by air, we will be waiting for you at the Cape Town International arrivals hall.|
|Q||ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?|
|Q||WHAT ARE THE FLIGHT ARRIVAL TIMES|
|A||Arrivals should be on a Thursday.|
|Q||DO I NEED A VISA?|
|A||Please inquire through the South African embassy in your country.
Do see the South African Home Affairs link for countries exempt from acquiring VISA’S
Please note, we are not responsible for your travel documentation
|Q||WHEN DOES THE PROJECT START?|
|A||The project starts on Thursday, where you will be met either at the airport or a pre-arranged address for your transfer to the project. You will start off with 3 Days of free orientation and a tour. The project then starts on the Monday and ends on the Sunday. If you are flying out, we will ensure your arrival at the airport in time for your departure flight. You can also elect to be transferred to any address in Cape Town at no extra cost.|
|Q||AIRPORT TRANSFERS INCLUDED?|
|A||Yes, 2 airport transfers included|
|Q||IT DOESN’T SUIT ME TO ARRIVE ON A THURSDAY|
|A||For a nominal additional cost, of US$60 we can arrange for a special pick-up for you.|
|Q||CAN ANYONE APPLY|
|A||Yes, anyone can apply to join our Hearts for Orphans program (subject to being 16 and above, please refer to question 2 of this document)|
|Q||DO YOU CATER FOR VEGETARIANS/ OTHER DIETARY REQUIREMENTS|
|A||Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements, please inquire with us.|
|Q||HOW DO I PAY FOR THE PROJECT/|
|A||We require a US$300 deposit to secure your place and the balance 60 days before your arrival.|
|A||We have two payment options, you can either pay via International bank – transfer/Wire (please ensure the administrative costs are at your expense) OR you can pay via a safe and secure online credit card facility|
|Q||DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT OPTIONS?|
|A||Yes, you are welcome to discuss them with us.|
|Q||IS THERE A BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO GO?|
|A||We are lucky to have incredible weather in Cape Town. Our winters are from May to August. We have beautiful warm days, blue skies, no rain – with an average temperate of about 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit). Evenings can be cool where you would require a warm jumper
Our summers range from September to March. The days can be quite warm – around 31 degrees celcius (88 degrees Fahrenheit), the afternoons have a chance of spectacular thunderstorms which only last about an hour.
|Q||WHAT INSURANCE COMPANY IS OFTEN USED FOR THIS TYPE OF TRIP?|
|A||We offer insurance – please indicate that you require insurance on your online application form. You should be covered for travel insurance in general; this covers any medical costs etc|
|Q||WOULD I NEED ANY VACCINATIONS /ANTI-MALARIA MEDICATION.?|
|A||You do not require any vaccinations|
|Q||ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL FACILITIES ON SITE TO DEAL WITH SERIOUS ISSUES QUICKLY?|
|A||We have a private hospital within 25 minutes of the project.|
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