In South Africa, you can help change the lives of young children aged 0-4 years that live in orphanages. As a volunteer you make a big difference by giving children the attention and love they need while the centre works to find them a loving family.
Volunteer at an orphanage
Project fee from EUR 1,890
Your Role as a Volunteer
The orphanage is located in Athlone, a suburb of Cape Town. There are many areas around Cape Town where people live in less than adequate housing and neighbourhoods. At this project you will volunteer at an orphanage for abandoned, abused, neglected or HIV/AIDS infected children. Ages of the children range from 0-4 years old. Working as a volunteer at the centre will require great patience and a lot of love. Your tasks is to take care of the children, feeding them, changing diapers or simply playing with the children and organizing activities for them to do.
The permanent staffs at the orphanage do as much as they can to make the orphanage like a home and not simply an institute for the children. They place great emphasis on trying to reunite children with their parents or family, if possible. If the children do not have any family, then the centre looks for adoptive parents for the children.
Please note: As a volunteer at the project you will need to spend a minimum of eight weeks at the project. The orphanage is open year round except for a few days at Christmas time. You will have Wednesday’s off as the orphanage is fully staffed on this day.
During school holidays the project is closed for volunteers.
The Project’s Mission
As someone with time to love the children, you are an extraordinary resource for the orphanage. This orphanage aims to provide children with loving and caring homes that they deserve. You are a part of the process by providing children with the care they need before the centre can find them a home, or reunite them with their families.
This project runs in partnership with a local organization responsible for the relationship with the orphanage centre in Athlone. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer Travels can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
The program begins on Thursday starting in Cape Town. You will be picked up at the airport and taken directly to the volunteer centre where you will meet up with any other volunteers that are there. On Friday you will go through the project’s orientation which will tell you more about safety and other important information for your stay. Your orientation will also include a trip to a museum which will show you a good picture of South Africa’s history. On Saturday your orientation will take you on a guided tour to visit some of the area’s tourist destinations. You will also visit a church where, if you’re lucky, you might meet Desmond Tutu! He was the first black South African archbishop and he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. On the Sunday you will be able to tour the city on your own or meet up with the host family that will be looking after you during your time at the orphanage.
Accommodation and Food
During your orientation you will be staying at a backpacker hostel along with other foreign visitors to Cape Town. Following your orientation you can choose to stay at the hostel or be placed with a local South African host family.
The backpacker hostel is located in Observatory, a suburb in Cape Town. There are rooms with 3-6 beds in each, together with a communal bathroom. Also at the backpacker hostel is a wireless network where you can connect to the internet. Breakfast and dinner is included with your stay at the hostel, however, you will need to provide your own lunch and take it with you to the orphanage. There is a kitchen at the centre if you wish to cook for yourself.
If you choose to stay with a host family, they are primarily located in Athlone, the same area where the orphanage is located. You can choose to either share a bedroom with another volunteer or have a room for yourself. Most of the families are from the middle class however, the living standards vary. Normally they are lower than what you will be used to. There is always a bathroom, running water and it will be clean and tidy. Breakfast and dinner will be eaten with the family; however you will need to arrange lunch for yourself.
Local transport, to and from your place of work, is included in the tour price. Our partner will drive you to and from the orphanage to your accommodation each day.
You can also choose to rent a car along with another volunteer, costing around €85 per day. You will need to be at least 19 years old and have an internationally recognized driver’s license to rent a car.
Trains can also be caught between Athlone and Cape Town, with a weekly tickets costing around €33.00 for the week.
When you are not working you are free to explore Cape Town and surrounding areas on your own or simply just enjoy life in Cape Town! Our partner can help you book tours and to plan any trips that you might like to make. Please note that any costs for these are not included in your tour price.
About South Africa
South Africa is one of Africa’s most exciting countries. It is an interesting mix of Europe, Africa and Asia. Some of the challenges South Africa faces is to reduce poverty and injustice, to consolidate democracy and promote respect for human rights. The landscape is as diverse as the cultural characteristics, aptly named the “Rainbow Nation”. South Africa provides the excitement of Africa with the luxury of the “first world”.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book flights through a travel agency of your choice, please just be sure to arrive in Cape Town on your allocated start date a Thursday. Your last work day is a Friday and your ticket home should be booked for a Sunday. Make sure to double check this and let us know of your travel arrangements.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
You are responsible to get insurance that covers you for illness, injury and theft while working as a volunteer in South Africa. You can get these options from the travel agent you book your flight ticket through. Included in your tour price with Volunteer Travels is insurance called “Living Abroad”. This is classified as liability insurance and will cover you for time when you as an individual are required to pay for damages you unintentionally have caused, either to someone or to someone’s property. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] for more information about this insurance.
HIV / AIDS and TB are common diseases in South Africa and they appear on all of our health care and social-oriented projects. During the introduction, training about how infection is passed on and how to protect yourself from infection is taught. It is very important that you are aware of the risks and that you follow the instructions given.
For any questions about vaccinations, you should contact a vaccination centre close to you or consult your doctor. We do recommend however, that you get Hepatitis A, B and tetanus.