Heart for Orphans More Info -

Heart for Orphans More Info



GENERAL
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.
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
  • Play simple games with babies and children
  • Assist with feedings and afternoon nap times
  • Read stories to the children
  • Assist creche supervisor with keeping children busy and keeping creche tidy
  • Assist with cooking, laundry and gardening (optional)
  • Initiate and co-ordinate activities: sports, games, drama, art, music, story telling
  • Arrange and take out children on outings
  • Assist with Administration work

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.

ACCOMMODATION
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
MENU
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
LOCATION
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
  • Minimum 18 years old, English an advantage but not required.
  • Relaxed and friendly with children, but also firm with the naughty ones.
  • Ability to comfort and calm distressed toddlers and babies.
  • Ability to play games and sing songs and be like a child.
  • Ability to communicate in a warm and simple way – meet children at their level.
  • Basic counseling and conflict management (for older orphanages).
  • Assist with homework from school (older orphanage).
  • Creativeness in regards to after school activities.
  • Good listening skills.
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
– Accommodation
– Two meals a day
– Breakfast and Dinner
– A South African sim card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
– Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers(cost depends on social)
– Certificate and report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes
– FREE 2 Hour Surf Lesson

You will be required to sign an indemnity form upon arrival.
PRE-DEPARTURE GUIDE
Download the guide here!