South Africa is a stunning country where you won't miss anything: epic landscapes, wild biodiversity, excellent wines, unique barbecue traditions and remarkable hospitality. In contrast, the very moving past of apartheid has not only shaped the face of the country but also the fate of generations. In addition to the cafes, shopping malls and stores that shine in the city center in western standard, a large part of the population still lives in townships whose houses consist of nothing but corrugated iron.
This is where the programs catch on that we support with our partners in South Africa. Volunteers can teach in various nursery and primary schools, helping out in children's homes and orphanages or fight against the oppression of women. Because of the existing poverty in the townships, the decision to travel to Cape Town, is often a very critical one. Our former interns and volunteers prove that danger and violence in Cape Town are not a constant companion. On the contrary, they enthuse about their time abroad and are the prey of "South Africa virus ". Cape Town offers simply authentic experiences in all areas and "anything your heart desires."
Nelson Mandela once said: "Education is the gateway to freedom, democracy and development ". Education is also a prerequisite to keep children away from violence and crime. Many schools are therefore supported by international volunteers who not only teach but also take a role model for the children. You can teach, for example in a primary school in the Bo-Kaap . The school offers a comprehensive full-day care and specialized learning facilities for a total of 462 children who come mainly from the district of Bo-Kaap.
"Educations is the gateway to freedom, democracy and development."
Volunteers and children at a school
Domestic violence against women and children is a big problem, especially in the townships. Many women see the power of their husbands extradited because they financially depend on them. For women it is difficult to find a job and take care of home and children. Many projects support try to offer a better future for the children and women; asf the women's project in Lavender Hill , for example. Victims of sexual or domestic violence are supported here. They get access to education and a safe place where they can live freely and without fear. In a children's home will be granted a shelter that have been abused or are due to poverty, crime, violence, and drug consumption. Your responsibilities generally include:
- women and child care
- logistical support to the projects
- the planning of sports activities or other excursions
The wildlife and animal welfare projects in and around Cape Town include a wide range of animal welfare, animal care, veterinary medicine and work in wildlife. The background of all programs is to protect animals that are threatened with extinction or have been abused and neglected by human. Volunteers can work for various endangered species like the African penguin or the cheetah.
Anyone who thinks that this is always very monotonous work, perhaps may even be right, because the animals need to be fed in the regular procedure every day, humanely cared for and the stations have to be cleaned. Right there, the local zoo keepers need assistance. The volunteering in animal welfare also holds some new challenges in store: animal releases , special PR or marketing campaigns or educational events provide an exciting variety in the zookeepers everyday business. In addition, you work as a volunteer in animal rights side by side with local zookeepers and learn a lot about South African culture and you can improve your English skills.
Do they only need experienced veterinarians? No, this is not correct. Everyone can help even without prior experience, who brings the appropriate dedication to the animal and nature protection and who is ready to leave his "comfort zone" – because animal care does not always mean hugging cute pets.