Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes
Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
Donation per month to the Volunteer Project, to assist in their funding
Two meals a day - Breakfast and Dinner
Appointed Supervisor for duration of program
All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program
Volunteer to Teach Business Skills in South Africa
50 People are researching this program
From $1066 USD for 2 Weeks
2 - 6 Weeks
Select Start Dates
18 And Older
Set in an impoverished part of town, the Jozi (short for Johannesburg) Skills Swop aims to offer underprivileged South Africans new trades and skills to learn. It provides opportunities to those lacking proper education and support to help them realize their full potential. You might just realize your own potential as well, becoming a true leader who gives those without means to elevate themselves a chance to make vast contributions to society.
To earn an income, South Africans must learn how to maximise their abilities to earn money without compromising their sense of self. Volunteers will teach skills that make it possible to earn a living from home by starting a small business. This means people will be home and able to have more time with their children once they return from school. In essence, parents can reel in money while reeling in their children from exposure to dangers South Africa’s tough streets can offer. From gang warfare, drug running, all evils and vices that can trigger a life of crime, a parent’s ability to provide for their offspring without having to leave their home is essential.
A wide range of skills are facilitated through this Hero Holidays program. These include sewing and embroidery, quilting, soap making, candle making, jewelry-making, sandblasting, screen-printing, knitting, bead, tin and wire work, catering, woodwork, computer literacy, computer repair, sustainable vegetable growing, creating sellable goods from recycled products, ceramics, and glass.
Participants in this project can become do-it-yourself types, successful entrepreneurs, farmers or technicians. Not to mention, volunteers can learn a few things themselves from this venture. It might make you want to ditch that job you hate so much and start fresh on your own. Helping South Africans realize their dreams could give you added motivation to chase your own!
A creche (nursery) lies on the premises where children will receive care while you teach their parents how to become a money maker. They’ll thank you later, believe us!
If you are at least 18 years old, speak English and study marketing, economics, IT, financial management or any business or development courses, this is ideal for your career progression. South Africans deserve to have basic knowledge necessary to become a game changer in their community and beyond. They can’t have a chance to do so without that knowledge and your insight of various and specific fields needs to be shared with others. Why not share it with the less fortunate? We all want to make it in life, and through this project, both you and those you are fortunate enough to teach will have an outlet to do just that.
Arrival and Orientation
From Thursdays to Saturdays, airport transfers to and from the project site are available. Once you arrive, you will be given a free three-day orientation to get caught up with local customs, city treasures and other important things to know about Johannesburg. Fun, facts, and food. Here’s how orientation pans out each day:
A full day walking tour of Johannesburg.
Getting to know Africa’s rich culture, beautiful treasures and sparkling people.
Tasting different types of original African cuisine.
A chance to take in an evening movie, music or any other entertaining experience.
Get a four-hour tour of Soweto by bike or foot.
You will understand South Africa’s struggle for freedom and its deep history during a walk. through Vilakazi Street. This street historically houses two Nobel Peace Laureates – Tata Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Try customary foods including Shisa Nyama (barbequed meat), Makwenya (doughnut) or, if you’re brave enough, a Smiley (sheep's head).
Evenings are free.
Kick your feet up and relax with a lovely late brunch at a gourmet artisanal food market before being transferred to your accommodation.
Volunteers have multiple accommodation options. You can share a room with up to three other volunteers and enjoy leisure in a communal lounge as well as a kitchen. You can also stay in with a South African host family in the local community, where you can have your own room or bunk with a fellow volunteer. Monthly socials are also organized so you can meet and greet volunteers. Making a friend or two always ensures a smoother transition.
The Jozi Skills Swop program is established in one of the poorest parts of Johannesburg, where this propram is severely needed. The center, itself ,is a professional and supportive environment, and the work, itself, poses little to no risk. The center is open every day from Thursday to Saturday from 9:00 till 5:00.
Outside of work and, in general, Hero Holidays encourages adult volunteers to take personal responsibility for their health and safety, including sexual relationships (generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa).
In a place where resources are at a premium, you have an opportunity to provide South Africans young and old with adequate means to learn valuable lessons that will make them successful contributors. From 9 am to 5 pm local time every Thursday to Saturday, you are more than just a person offering advice. You offer the key to a potentially bright future for someone who thought there was no way out. You will see and hear stories of suffering and struggle and feel compelled to offer an outlet for people to make full use of themselves.
You are crucial to not only developing skills sets but also making those you teach more conscious and aware of their capabilities. Once you get caught up to speed on what’s expected of you, you can begin facilitating and sharing all skills on offer. Also, you get a chance to introduce new skills in the green economy so people can learn how to create worldly things while preserving mother nature. Several markets will be broached, which will fine-tune your own entrepreneurial skills, as you understand what makes a good business from scratch thrive.
Your task list during this project includes:
– Working with adults who want to improve their lives
– Sharing basic business skills and ideas
– Helping to build a workspace
– Help to develop new produce
– Exploring the green economy
– Help with market research
– IT and social media development
– Permaculture and food security
Administering these skills in a sociable and detailed manner will help people entrust you with their strengths and weakness. Everybody has a strength, but many fail to recognize it or utilize it to their greatest advantage. If you are at least 18 years old, speak English and study marketing, economics, IT, financial management or any business or development courses, this is ideal for your career progression. South Africans deserve to have basic knowledge necessary to become a game changer in their community and beyond. They can’t have a chance to do so without that knowledge and your insight of various and specific fields needs to be shared with others. Why not share it with the less fortunate? We all want to make it in life, and through this project, both you and those you are fortunate enough to teach will have an outlet to do just that. It’s worth your time and effort.
LocationJohannesburg, South Africa
Where you will be volunteeringJohannesburg, South Africa
Volunteers will assisting in teaching skills.
Where you'll be stayingPretoria, South Africa
Volunteers have a choice of either staying with a host family or room with other volunteers.
Nearest AirportO. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg
What’s Not Included
Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
Towel and toiletries
Lunches (not provided by host/host family)
Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa as You2Africa will be unable to pay for any doctors ac
The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days
Project Start Dates
Arrivals every Thursday. Project is closed for the Christmas holidays.
- January 2019
- 24 Thursday
- 31 Thursday
- February 2019
- 07 Thursday
- 14 Thursday
- 21 Thursday
- 28 Thursday
- March 2019
- 07 Thursday
- 14 Thursday
- 21 Thursday
- 28 Thursday
Hero Holidays was founded by Lorraine Keenan, a proud inhabitant of Johannesburg of Irish heritage. This venture was started after she went on a camping trip in Malawi, where she met volunteers and exchanged several stories with them. It motivated her to start something that would ensure young people were getting the necessary care and experience to become functioning members of society.
Hero Holidays’ Volunteer Programs has long been a registered social enterprise, empowering itself with its firm belief that NGOs and other development projects cannot survive on donations alone. For this program to become profitable and a successful long-term venture, volunteers are needed to achieve these goals. Using your skills to fill needs and fulfill dreams. The project not only benefits people Hero Holidays are meant to help, but those volunteers who provide help that makes a difference. A win-win situation for all involved that makes everyone feel adequate and wanted.
Lorraine has a deep passion and commitment to the development and upliftment of impoverished communities in South Africa. Her work is supported by her 35 years of experience in philanthropic endeavors as well as in sustainable development in Gauteng.
Hero Holidays is accredited with the following:
– Member of the South African Youth Travel Confederation
– Hero Holidays is compliant to the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism (SANS 1162) which is aligned to the International Standard (ISO/IEC 17011)
– Hero Holidays is a registered participant of The Climate Reality Project
Their wish is to change the image volunteer travel often portrays. Too many times, these volunteer missions present imagery of volunteer travel where people jump off a plane saying, “I’m here to help you.” At Hero Holidays, people are welcomed with volunteers who say. "I'm here to learn from you, how I can be of help, now, or in the future." It’s more than just words; it’s an unbreakable commitment that builds hope and trust for an eternity.