Volunteer Placement Opportunities: South Africa
Volunteer in South Africa

Soccer power for social change
Zanzibar, Tanzania & Mabopane-Gauteng, South Africa       September 20 - October 28, 2018

Volunteer project: This project takes place in two countries - Tanzania and South Africa.
Soccer is a very special sport since it crosses all the boundaries of language, culture and geography. While almost everyone on this planet knows of, plays or has watched others play soccer, aside from goals scored and long-standing team rivalries, rarely do we hear about the more important value and ability of this and other sports to effect positive social change. This initiative aims to utilize “soccer power and influence” to keep young men and women engaged meaningfully in the community and increase their ability to deal with various challenges affecting them including poverty, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS endemic, etc. Through this project a number of soccer teams will participate in soccer competitions with the aim of promoting entrepreneurship mindset and youth self-reliance. The winning teams will be awarded awards that will be used as seed for establishment of project for self-reliance (e.g. fishing boats, farm equipment, etc.)

Volunteers are expected to participate in the following activities:
• Development of young players' basic skills and techniques. This will include coordinating coaching sessions around topics such as development of ball control, accurate passing, keeping possession, game tactics, and moving into space
• Assist to plan match strategies and take practice games
• Assist in team selection and to be 'on the bench' for weekend or evening matches
• Organize the final competitions and awarding.
• Use sports to increase awareness on various challenges affecting young people such as unemployment

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be open minded, flexible, ready to learn and adapt to other cultures, interested in physical/outdoor activities, sports, youth, and able to work under less supervision and minimum resources.

Leisure activities: Exploring Zanzibar's historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town, etc. Enjoying wildlife and marine life. Jozani forest National Park, Blue safaris swimming, tour to small islands, variety of water sports, spice tour among many other options.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a communal house in the community, in shared rooms.

Location: This project will be hosted for the first two weeks in Zanzibar, Tanzania and the last two weeks will be hosted in Mabopane-Gauteng, South Africa.
Tanzania: West Unguja is the administrative district of Zanzibar. Due to the size of Unguja Island, the host community is very close to the Zanzibar stone town (about 20km). Various social facilities like banks, markets, shops are available. The community is accessible by both private and public transport throughout the day.
Dimani is a community located in Zanzibar Island rural area. Inhabitants of this community include farmers, fishermen and small business owners. The community is located about 7 Miles from the Centre of Zanzibar stone town making the community easily accessible. Small shops, market, and health facilities are available in the community. However things like banking and other big stoppings can be done in Zanzibar stone town.

South Africa: Mabopane was proclaimed in 1959 as a black-only residential settlement by the then Transvaal administration. Before its proclamation the area was under the administration of Transvaal government little more than grazing lands with small communities in Boukenhoutfontein (which later became Block A), Winterveldt and Hebron. The initial residents of Boukenhoutfontein were victims of forced removals from Wallmansthal, Lady Selborne, Boukenhoutkloof and other farm areas around Pretoria. Other residents of Mabopane were Mapulana people who were evicted from the farms near Primier Mine and settled in a non-developed area commonly called Mapulaneng, which is between Block A, Lebanon and Block U. With the financing coming from the South African government the first block houses were constructed similar to those found in Soweto beginning with Block A which had two roomed houses, Block B, Block C, Block D and Block E. The areas within Mabopane were planned according to the class of its citizens; for example Block D (with many mansions which housed the politically connected) in comparison to Block E (block–houses).

Terminal: Zanzibar International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Promote sustainable living and environmental awareness in Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng       October 1 - October 15, 2018

Volunteer project: The Gardening Project is a community led initiative to encourage young people to promote low environmental impact living and eco-friendly practices. The emphasis is on sustainable living and environmental awareness against climate change.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to get hands-on training from relevant training personnel from the Department of Agriculture and also some community based organisations working with the people. The group will visit an informal settlement where various activities will be carried out.

The main goal of the project is to provide information and services to community programs for Laudium and Itireleng informal settlement, and this will be done through the gardening program and provision of nutritional supplements for disadvantaged households.

South Africa volunteer adventure

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a home in Pretoria. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Pretoria. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with some local languages such as Ndebele and Zulu.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Building community vegetable gardens in Mabopane
Mabopane, Gauteng       November 5 - November 19, 2018

Volunteer project: The aim of this international volunteer project is to contribute to the improvement of the well-being of the community of Mabopane through increasing the access of its residents to food by establishing productive vegetable gardens.

The activities include digging up and making food gardens for the local community. We will clear up marked arable land and plant food plants such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, etc. The gardens will benefit disadvantaged members of the community such as orphans and old peoples’ homes.
The work will be conducted in groups and proper training will be given from qualified people.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food; ready to do manual work on the project.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in dorms at the project center. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Mabopane. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with local languages such as Sotho, Zulu and Tshwana to name a few.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community service and promoting voluntarism in Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng       December 3 - December 17, 2018

Volunteer in South AfricaVolunteer project: The project activities will include community work in and around Pretoria and includes working at orphanage and old peoples home and also voluntary services to the community. We will honour volunteers for the month with one day activity dedicated to all volunteers.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a home in Pretoria. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Pretoria. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with some local languages such as Ndebele and Zulu.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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