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Community Outreach & HIV Awareness Volunteering in Africa

Community Outreach & HIV Awareness Volunteering in Africa
Spend your time on a diverse range of projects that empower local communities and give volunteers a broad experience of community outreach work.

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Operator rating 9.7/10 from 6 trip reviews
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GBP £695 per person
Volunteer Project
14 days
This Volunteer Project can be customised
South Africa
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Tsitsikamma NP (South Africa)
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Programme Summary
By becoming a Community Outreach Volunteer you will assist us in providing opportunities for members of Knysna’s underprivileged communities.

Help us to provide access to education, social and health support and eradicate poverty. Through projects aimed at empowering locals and providing unique opportunities we encourage locals to gain a sense of pride in the projects they are involved in, and hopefully we are creating a brighter future for the poorest communities.

This initiative targets the main areas of concern in the local community: Health, Education and Nutrition, and aims to provide an all round service to the poorer areas of the community.

We work hard to ensure that our community outreach and teaching projects work to empower local communities. We believe that education and mobilisation are the best gifts that you can give a community.

You will be able to make a tangible difference to the lives of individuals who have little or no opportunity to improve their access to a decent education or livelihood.

Our projects are established in association with the local communities and monitored on an on-going basis to meet the basic life needs of many of the most underprivileged of our community members and together we work towards a common goal!

Community Outreach & HIV Awareness Projects
Joining this Initiative means that you will be helping us with the following Volunteer Projects (please note, you will be involved in all of the projects below, but DO have the option to focus on specific projects too depending on your skills and interests):

Recycling Swop Shop
You will be providing an opportunity for children to gain an understanding of the value of working for goods through a recycling exchange incentive scheme. Children of 18 years and under, exchange recyclable materials that they have collected for points with for donated items in the Swop Shop such as clothes & toiletries that they may not normally have the opportunity to purchase.

You role may include:
• Running of the shop and registering children on the project
• Weighing and monitoring recycling
• Calculating points earned & data entry

Food Security
You will be helping us to build healthier communities using a number of innovative methods.

Your role may include:
• Assisting with the building of eco-friendly greenhouses
• Planting and maintaining vegetable gardens in conjunction with the local community.
• Assisting with nutrition workshops and implementing a vegetable exchange scheme in the local community

Adult Literacy
Many adults in South Africa have had limited opportunities to gain an education and therefore English Literacy is often poor. Nowadays it is often vital to be proficient in English in order to secure employment; therefore through this project we provide an opportunity for adults in the local community to improve their English Literacy skills.

Your role may include:
• Assisting with the facilitation of simple weekly workshops
• Creative input into development of our educational material

Homework Club
Often children don’t have support at home to assist with basic homework tasks. You will be supporting the education of local children by assisting them in the completion of their homework assignments, while ensuring that they gain a better understanding of the material.

Your role may include:
• Assisting young learners with homework assignments
• Providing extra tutoring in specific subjects (depending on your own skills)
• Assisting with food preparation for children attending

HIV/AIDS & TB Workshops
You will be an important part of the fight against HIV/AIDS & TB by increasing peoples' awareness and knowledge of this epidemic.

Your role may include:
• Running workshops and facilitating discussions involved in workshops
• Further development of workshops
• Assisting with food preparation for children attending

TB Screening
South Africa has one of the highest rates of TB in the world. In partnership with local health authorities, we have implemented a Screening survey. You will be providing members of the local community with an extremely beneficial service by conducting door to door TB screening.

Your role may include:
• Visiting homes of local people and conducting TB Screening (involves asking a series of 10 questions relating to a person’s health, completely non-invasive and no medical experience necessary)
• Providing useful information on TB to local people
• Data Entry

Social Survey
This project was initiated in order to gain an insight into how people in various underprivileged areas feel about their community and the resources that are available to them; to ascertain what local people think needs to be improved; and to establish what various skills locals have. The vital information that you will gather through this project will help to guide the progress of our various community outreach projects.

Your role may include:
• Visiting individual houses, conducting surveys in the local township
• Data entry and analysis
• Further development of questionnaire

Support Groups
We have established various support groups within the local community. Through these groups we are able to provide teenage girls and boys with an opportunity to discuss some of the issues they face in their lives and to develop the confidence and the skills required to make informed and positive decision in their lives.

We also provide a platform for pregnant women and new mothers to discuss everyday problems that they encounter with the hope of improving their understanding and sense of well-being. You can take part in on or all of these groups depending on your interests and what you feel comfortable with.

Your role in these groups may include:
• Preparing topics and activities for each group
• Assisting with the facilitation of the groups and running activities
• Assisting with food preparation for children attending

Art Club
Many local children do not have the opportunity to take part in art classes. Through this project we give local children the chance to develop their creative skills and learn new techniques and methods in a fun inspiring environment!

Your role in these groups may include:
• Assisting with the facilitation of the group
• Development of creative activities
• Demonstration of techniques and methods (depending on your skills)
• Assisting with food preparation for children attending

Who should apply?
Specific qualifications are not required although this project would definitely benefit from people working in construction or architectural fields. This project requires volunteers that enjoy being active and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! Volunteers need to be hard working, mature, motivated and able to show initiative. Good health and physical fitness are also required. Volunteers also need to be confident in speaking English. If you have a specific trade such as plumbing, building, tiling etc. then we have plenty of specialist jobs for you!

Typical Day
You will be picked up from the house in the morning by one of our coordinators or drivers and given clear instructions on the day’s activities ahead.

The day’s aims vary according to what the school needs but you will be part of the planning and designing of the school (remember all ideas are welcome and no formal experience is necessary for many of the duties!)

After a hard morning’s work you will be brought back to the volunteer house for lunch (or eat a packed lunch on site before the afternoon’s community work commences).
The community outreach work includes helping children with homework, helping with establishing food gardens or assisting on any number of our projects which need help at the time.
You will usually have a chance to pop into town on your way back from the projects in the evening and be home in time for a relaxing evening on the deck, followed by a cooked supper.

The Knysna volunteer house is basic but comfortable and cleaned daily by our hardworking House Manager. It is full of character and has spectacular views over the mountains. We understand that the work can sometimes be emotionally and physically draining so we ensure that our volunteers have a place where you can relax and unwind. This way we know that everyone will be refreshed each day to put all their energy into getting the most out of their stay.

The volunteer house is also located within walking distance into the charismatic town of Knysna.

Facilities Include:
• Hot Water Showers & Electricity
• Communal Kitchen
• Communal Lounge Area with TV/DVD Player
• Comfortable Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements
• Unlimited WiFi and computer access
• Outdoor braai (barbeque) area & Hammocks
• Private & Family Rooms Available on Request

What's Included?
All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town to Knysna
Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George/ Knysna)
24/7 emergency support
Orientation & Training
Accommodation in our Volunteer House
3 Meals a day
Project Related Transport
Project T-shirts
Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
Assistance with optional activities and tours
Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the volunteer house
Post-project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount

Operator Reviews (6) about our reviews

Andy & Simone - from Australia
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rating 10/10
We took part in the Build Our Schools Program on our honeymoon and had the most enjoyable two weeks helping out in the Khayalethu community.

We both loved the hands on nature of the work helping out at the Ikamvu Lethu pre-school. One of our favourite moments was seeing the reaction on the ladies faces when we showed them the completed new doors in the pre-school made out of an old benchtop, they were so grateful. It's hard to describe how big a difference little things like mending fences makes to the school and the community.

Knysna is a beautiful place and this organisation does some amazing work in the community. We would highly recommend the Build Our Schools Program to anyone who wants a change up to their desk job and get their hands dirty.

Thanks to the team for a wonderful experience. In the end our only regret was that we could not stay any longer and help out more, hopefully next time.
Tejas - from India
currently unavailable
rating 8/10
The experience was really good out there, however, I believe it was more so because of the Game Lodge and the co-ordinators there.

The programme offers an opportunity to really watch the Big 5 (except for Leopard) from close quarters. However, it could have beeN better with some more planning and more time with the animals. Most of our time was spent in the maintenance work of the park (which ofcourse I dont mind), but I just wish we could have spent more time with the animals. Thats probably the only critical feedback I have to give.

Its definitely a wonderful programme, especially for people who want to make a career in game reserve management / wildlife conservation.
Liz Acomb - from United Kingdom
currently unavailable
rating 10/10
We have just returned from an absolutely fantastic month away in South Africa, where we worked at the Game Lodge.

All the staff were fantastic and the whole trip was so expertly organised with a lot of care and attention to detail. We felt at home straight away and would have stayed if our visas didn't run out!

The project itself involved many different activities from tracking cheetah, feeding the baby cheetah, helping vets to dart, capture and release animals and also a lot of general farm maintenance. It was hard work but very rewarding.

Like all volunteer projects, you get out what you put in to it. There is so much to gain from being part of the team. We have learned so much about Arfican wildlife, flora, fauna and the South African culture. Without a doubt I would recommend The Big 5 Wildlife and Conservation Project to anyone who wants to have an experience they will never forget.
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