Volunteer at the Human Dignity Centre in South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa Construction & Community Development



The Human Dignity Centre, a registered non-profit organization in Walmer Township, works within Walmer Township to help develop and uplift the people, and care for children. It operates an "Orphanage Without Walls," focusing on children's education and well-being. It operates a primary school, an after-school enrichment program, and solicits donations to provide for children's welfare.


HDC provides vital services to the families of Walmer Township, and offers children and adults a place to improve their skills and move forward. Volunteers assist the teachers in one of the four classrooms, supporting the staff with the sports and crafts activities and interacting with the children. After-school, you can organize activities such as soccer matches, homework supervision, arts and dancing. Help the children improve their writing, knowledge of math and English. Community work involves visiting homes with supervisors and helping with the orphanage program, spring donations and preparing parcels for delivery.

Field conditions

As a volunteer, you can customize your work and activities based upon your interest, and your experience. You may choose to work at the primary school, while others may assist the community workers, or volunteer after school. You’ll be introduced to each project and select the one that appeals to you.

Your work schedule depends on the project you choose. Work generally begins at 8:30 and ends at 4 p.m., with weekends off. Some projects however, may begin earlier. In the summer, heat can affect the schedule.

Volunteers must be resilient and independent to accept the poverty and financial hardship that 70 percent of South Africans live with each day.

Arrival and orientation

You will fly into Port Elizabeth International Airport, with pickup arranged by Khaya Volunteer Projects. All drivers have professional drivers’ licenses. You arrive at the accommodation on Monday, get settled in, and meet with your volunteer coordinators. On Tuesday, you will be transported to your chosen project for your work to begin.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers are housed in large, comfortable home close to beach in Port Elizabeth. The house features nine shared bedrooms (shared by gender), five bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Located less than 200 meters from the beach and a 10-minute drive to Walmer Township, the house is easy to reach and well-organized. Shops, beachfront cafés, restaurants and access to other facilities are all within easy reach. It’s the perfect location to enjoy the beach after work or during weekends. The house is shared with other volunteers who work at Door of Hope and Missionvale Care Centre, and offers the following facilities:

Large swimming pool; Large living room and dining room; Free WIFI internet access; Garden with braai (BBQ) facilities; Two washing machines; On site coordinators who do the shopping, take you to the project every day and organize fun activities.


Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.


from $390 USDper week

from $390 USDper week


What’s included

  • Transfers to and from the project

  • Direct donation to project's needs

  • 3 meals/day

  • On-site volunteer coordinator available 24/7

  • Accommodation in volunteer house near beach

  • Free-sim card, maps, etc upon arrival

  • Welcome pack with information guide

  • Pick up upon arrival and drop off at end of stay

  • Information/assistance before departure

What’s not included

  • Weekend drop off/pick up at airport

  • Insurance

  • Costs for weekend outings

  • Private luxuries

  • Airfare

Start dates

Starting your stay with us is generally on a Monday when we will pick you up from the airport. After the first introduction of the surroundings and a City Tour you will start your volunteering on Tuesday. Participation is per full week only and the project will be closed for about three weeks over Christmas and the New Year period.

Established in 2005, Khaya Volunteer Projects offers unique and affordable volunteer and gap year projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zanzibar. Khaya projects run the gamut of volunteer interests with project areas including Children; Communities; Sports Development; Healthcare; Wildlife and Conservation; and Education projects. A common thread running through all Khaya projects is a commitment to ethical volunteering. They work to ensure that your volunteering efforts and your financial contributions are used in the best way possible. In alignment with that goal, Khaya, with its base and several offices in Africa, can and does assist its local partners and projects in Southern and Eastern Africa with keeping the focus on responsible and ethical volunteering.

Their mission is simple but resonant:

“...we provide volunteering opportunities for international travellers that are both unique and as affordable as possible with high standards of service and facilities. Needless to say, we also prioritise our selected volunteer projects’ needs in ways that benefit both project and you, the volunteer.”

Honest pricing, crystal clear information, timely communication, and great service are all hallmarks of how they run a successful organization. True to the meaning of “Khaya” in several African languages, Khaya Volunteers makes sure its volunteers feel secure, well informed, and that they belong to the project to which they commit. Khaya believes that if you join on of their volunteering projects, you’ll have an African experience you’ll never forget.

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