Spend time at our HIV/AIDS Education and Day Care Volunteering in South Africa to help the local team led by Zulu staff. The team is dedicated to improving education quality in the rural communities of St Lucia. This project focuses on community education by supporting eight local creches (day care centers) that prepare young children for primary school and a range of additional community based activities. The goal is not just to improve the education of the children, but also to develop the skills of the teachers, many of whom have had no professional training.
The project works in two villages located close to St Lucia, a beautiful relaxed small tourist town just outside of the wetland zone of Isimangoliso. Regular meetings involve the community and their cooperation on the project. Additionally, the InDuna (Zulu title for village chief) helps to establish priorities and to discuss the impact of activities.
The HIV prevalence rate in the area is over 45% and even though many are taking ARVs, adjusting to the drugs can be difficult. Families benefit from home assistance and orphaned children benefit from volunteers to keep them company at the children’s home. Many young children are left alone during the day, while their care takers work, so the creches and school clubs provide them with a safe place to play. Working with the project team, you can also assist the elderly, the sick and young mothers through support groups as well as with practical tasks such as gardening, playground repairs and painting. Join this great and impactful project in St Lucia and be inspired by locals’ efforts to improve the lives of their community.
Why choose this project?
Some days there are up to 80 children, aged under 6, for the creche teachers to look after and educate. The support of the local team and volunteers is invaluable to put in place clear plans and child learning assessment tools. Volunteers also provide the overworked teachers with an extra pair of hands to manage the children. As a volunteer, you will learn a great deal about the challenges facing this rural community, and how change can be achieved through community collaboration.
Role of the volunteer
On this project you may:
- Educate and play with small children, through running and structuring lessons, reading stories, singing, and running art activities. You will help with washing hands before meals and feeding babies and children.
- Assist with after-school and reading clubs and will listen to children reading aloud.
- Provide home assistance, including one-on-one time with vulnerable community members.
- Participate in community projects like building, painting, farming etc.
- Run awareness sessions to help to prevent the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus. Visit schools and community centres, using a UN approved method, to explain the virus, how it affects the human body, its transmission, infection prevention, and living positively with HIV.
- Become involved in an HIV support group to help people affected by the virus.
No specific skills are needed, but trained teachers and community workers are gladly welcomed. You will need to be adaptable and ready to pitch in where necessary. Bring songs and games that you are happy to share with the rural children. Interest and knowledge of HIV/AIDS is helpful, but not necessary. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To contribute to HIV/AIDS awareness in the area
To work with a local team, introducing structured learning
To experience efforts being made to develop local teaching capacity and the skills of local teachers
St. Lucia is a charming waterfront town, famous for its wildlife and fishing, on the east coast of South Africa. It is situated at the entrance to a world-renowned wetlands park. The town’s development is restricted by its tree-canopy, though this allows for monkey, antelope and, even, the odd hippo sightings. You’ll be able to enjoy the town’s restaurants, craft shops and supermarkets as you’ll live just a five minute walk away at the volunteer house poolside barbecue where volunteers love to relax. On weekends you can head to the beach, get a massage, go on a hippo and crocodile tour, venture to a safari lodge or just relax at the volunteer house’s pool. St. Lucia is truly is a great location to combine your volunteering with real African adventure.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-8 weeks
- Cost: £1414/ $2262 for 2 weeks
Additional weeks’ costs can be found in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: St Lucia, South Africa
- Project activities: educate and play with small children, raise awareness on preventing the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the local community, teach English to adults, help build and refurbish community buildings
- Working hours: 08:30 – 16:30 (may vary), Monday –Friday
- Project availability: projects start every 2nd Sunday. Schools close during holidays, but the project runs holiday clubs.. please contact a Kaya advisor for more information.
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in a volunteer house with swimming pool, BBQ area and lounge
- Food: 3 meals a day, excluding Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime
- Weekly laundry service (for a small fee0
- Pick up and drop off from Durban International Airport
- Training: pre-departure information pack and on-site orientation
- Daily transfers to and from your project.
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24- hour support
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities (Activity prices will be extra)
What is not included
- Saturday evening meal and Sunday lunch meal
- For odd week departures (3 weeks, 5 weeks, 7 weeks etc), volunteers will be charged 1200 ZAR for their return journey to the airport
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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