Since 1994, the year when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa and subsequently became the most well known president of this country, South Africa has changed tremendously. Many non profit community projects have sprung up to develop townships and other previously disadvantaged areas.
Many of these projects rely strongly on volunteer workers from around the world. There are many wildlife conservation volunteer projects as well which offer you the opportunity to help raising animals, feeding them and assisting with research projects.
There are a few companies which you can contact and they will organize a tailor-made volunteering holiday for you. Most of these companies will charge you for your volunteering holiday. Why will you be charged? They will make sure you have transport, accommodation, meals might be included, they provide any documentation which you might need and they offer insurance.
- All Africa Volunteers
- Volunteer South Africa
- Volunteer Abroad
- Global Volunteer Network
- i to i
- Make sure you volunteer to work for a reputable organization. Most organizations will be too happy to provide you with any documentation such as registration certificates.
- Do research into the culture and history of South Africa. If you are going to live among the locals and want to be accepted, you will need to respect their customs and heritage.
- This is not a glamorous holiday. If you were thinking Jimmy Choo and Gucci, you should reconsider. You will get dirty, your nails will break and you will probably have to make do with the very bare necessities.
- Go with someone you know. A strange country, people you don’t know, different cultures and the emotional issues surrounding a volunteering holiday can be overwhelming for some. If you have a familiar face around, it makes all the difference. Plus, you have the opportunity to create very special memories with someone you love.
However, there are many opportunities for you to do volunteer work in South Africa by contacting non profit and charity organizations directly. Opportunities range from building houses in townships to teaching children, providing HIV education, becoming involved in feeding schemes, wildlife conservation and marine conservation.
SANCCOB is always looking for volunteers to help them rescue, raise, rehabilitate and release marine birds. This center is situated in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn, South Africa has a variety of very successful breeding programs with indigenous an exotic endangered species. Here you can help hand raise Cheetah, Bengal Tiger, White Lions and much more.
If you have a passion for primates, the Vervet Monkey Foundation can use your helping hand. You will get the opportunity to feed, hand raise, assist with the relocation of rehabilitated monkeys, cleaning cages and clearing the vegetation for fire breaks.
Home of Hope in Cape Town provides a safe haven for abused, neglected, abandoned and HIV children. They use volunteers in their many community based foster homes and also in their special needs classroom.
iThemba School Capricorn is a school which works selflessly towards improving the grass-roots education of the underprivileged children of poor and disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. They make use of volunteer teachers, assistants and you can lend a helping hand in the grounds as well.
If you are serious about a Helping Hands Holiday, the following tips should help you:
The companies and examples mentioned above is only few of the Helping Hands Holidays which you can look into. Do some research and email various organizations and charities until you find the perfect fit for yourself. Be the solution. Give a Helping Hand.