Volunteer Abroad for Healthcare in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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Global Vision International

  • From $2090 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

Discover the beautiful city of Cape Town when you volunteer in sunny South Africa alongside an international team running educational workshops on general health and hygiene practices for child-carers, teachers, children and their parents. Visit the local beaches, winelands and mountains in your spare time for the ultimate Cape Town experience.

Live and work with the GVI (Global Vision International) team in the beautiful city of Cape Town and experience the wonderful culture and people of South Africa.

The project work involves working with children that have special needs at a local Sanctuary for children. The program provides support, stimulation and therapy for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. We work one on one with the children tending to their individual needs. The children enjoy spending time in the sensory room where most of the therapy takes place. It is essential that these children also have access to learning and we are active in trying to help the children with special needs reach their full potential through their therapy and stimulation programs. We also run educational workshops on general health and good hygiene practices. These are aimed at child-carers, teachers, children and their parents. You will be directly involved in setting up and implementing these workshops to create a fun and interactive, informal environment.

This project will ensure that these communities will be better prepared to care for and protect their young children from general illness and will offer advice on how to live in a healthy environment.

Volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities. Optional side trips are available to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Town wildlife safari and wine tasting in Stellenbosch, to name but a few! Any side trips you wish to take can be arranged on arrival in Cape Town. For those travelling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town.

Volunteer in Cape Town

GVI Community operations in South Africa are based out of Gordons Bay, a picturesque coastal village nestled at the foot of the Hottentot Hollands Mountain Range, just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town. The area is home to beautiful swimming beaches, magnificent wine farms and popular restaurants and bars. Gordons Bay is also the beginning of the scenic and well-known Garden Route, making this the perfect base to explore the best sites and activities the Cape has to offer.

Arrival and Orientation

Information about arrival and orientation will be provided after your application is accepted by the program.

Accommodations

Accommodation is in houses/apartments with shared rooms and bathrooms, with access to hot running water and electricity.

Field Conditions

The project work involves working with children that have special needs at a local Sanctuary for children. The program provides support, stimulation and therapy for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. We work one on one with the children tending to their individual needs. The children enjoy spending time in the sensory room where most of the therapy takes place. It is essential that these children also have access to learning and we are active in trying to help the children with special needs reach their full potential through their therapy and stimulation programs. We also run educational workshops on general health and good hygiene practices. These are aimed at child-carers, teachers, children and their parents. You will be directly involved in setting up and implementing these workshops to create a fun and interactive, informal environment.

Workshops will include a combination of lectures, stories, interactive games, activities, drama and role plays. Some of the topics you would cover will include:

– General hygiene practise

– Healthy food and its importance

– The importance of exercise and some examples

– Common illnesses and their symptoms

The workshops aim to inform local children about basic healthcare and also to educate parents and child-minders on how to adequately care for their infants and children - including how to identify common childhood diseases as well as symptoms which require immediate medical attention.

Each child has resources and materials suited to their needs which ensure the children have access to a range of different types of stimulation. The resources include tactile, aural and visual stimulation. We also have booklets that show stretching routines which helps ensure the children are receiving consistent support.The warmer weather certainly allows more flexibility with the children’s programme. We are able to take the children outside more frequently where the children are able to interact more readily with the other children in the group. Where possible, we include children with special needs in the group times and activities, even if it is just to observe the other children and feel part of what’s happening. Books and stories are a crucial part of our programme and reading to the children with Special Needs is no exception. Our volunteers read stories to the children providing both visual and aural stimulation.

During training you will learn about the different customs and cultures in South Africa, general life inside a township as well as some common local language sayings. You will also be given training on how to work with individual children and how to best cater for their needs and monitor their progress.

You will spend the week days in the townships working with the local communities and later in the day you will return to your shared accommodation and prepare for the next days.

Your Impact

How this project makes a difference:

In South Africa, approximately 75,000 children die before the age of 5 due, in part, to a lack of education in general healthcare practises. This project aims to increase knowledge and awareness about healthy eating and general hygiene in township communities.

Cape Town's short, mid, and long-term objectives

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Cape Town:

Improve the quality of education in Nomzamo and Zola.

Promote gender equality in the local community.

Increase the health and wellbeing of less privileged people in the community.

Increase in-country capacity by providing training to less advantaged people in South Africa.

Location

Cape Town, South Africa
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be working primarily with children, including special needs.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be staying in houses or apartments.

  • Nearest Airport
    Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town

Cost

2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$2090 USD

What’s Included

  • Welcome meeting

  • Transport to and from the project

  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)

  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)

  • Long term experienced staff

  • Location orientation

  • All necessary project training by experienced staff

  • All necessary project equipment and materials

  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)

  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • 24-hour emergency phone

What’s Not Included

  • Visa costs

  • Police or background check (where necessary)

  • Personal kit

  • Medical and travel insurance

  • International and domestic airport taxes

  • Airfare

  • Additional drinks and gratuities

  • Additional drinks and gratuities

Project Start Dates

Select Saturdays Year Round

Organization

Founded in 1997, Global Vision International (GVI) is an award-winning organization that provides volunteer and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. GVI has sent more than 25,000 volunteers overseas on programs ranging from construction, to animal care, to education, and beyond with 95% of past volunteers stating they would want to travel again with them again.

GVI has been featured by National Geographic, CNN, the Daily Telegraph, and the BBC. Their university partners include Duke University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and Ohio State University.

Since 1998, GVI has been running multiple-award winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide. At the core of who we are and what we have managed to achieve is of our team of passionate individuals.

We are committed to our mission of making a difference because we believe in what we do and have seen the impact we make in the field first-hand. With most of our staff having started out as GVI volunteers themselves, they have confidence in our projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.

Partners

All our projects are directed by our local partners and we ensure all rights and credits stay in the country.

Through our various partnerships with prolific organisations such as Save the Children, The Red Cross, WWF, SANParks and The Jane Goodall Institute, to smaller community based organisations on the ground, we are able to provide quality programs that provide aid when and where it is needed the most. So you can be assured that our projects are legitimate and are making a difference.

Impact

GVI supplies funding and manpower to multiple grassroots initiatives in developing countries all over the world.

Some of our biggest achievements to date have been awarding over 3,865 education scholarships; providing support to over 380 organizations worldwide; investing over 35,000,000 USD in our projects and running over 900 environmental sustainability initiatives in over 350 locations, including over 100 protected areas covering more than 12 million hectares.