Program Details

Volunteers will assist with various community development initiatives in the greater Kenton on Sea area, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Volunteers will help with pre-primary education, soup kitchens for vulnerable children, after school ed
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Education, Environment, Social Services
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Become a community development Volunteer in Kenton on Sea in South Africa. Projects include teaching English, pre-school volunteering, assisting the elderly, youth guidance, working in soup kitchens, IT coaching and beach conservation. You will work with underprivileged communities across a broad spectrum of age categories; from the children at pre-school programmes through to the elderly on the “Age in Action” project. Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration. We have places throughout 2015 available. Individuals, groups and students all welcome. Cost including comfortable accommodation in a volunteer house, food, training & supervision, transportation when at the project, laundry; starts at £570.

Volunteers will assist with various community development initiatives in the greater Kenton on Sea area, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Volunteers will help with pre-primary education, soup kitchens for vulnerable children, after school education and food gardens just to name a few. You will work with underprivileged communities across a broad spectrum of age categories; from the children at pre-school programmes through to the elderly on the “Age in Action” project. The project's efforts are concentrated in the Ekhupumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein communities on the outskirts of Kenton on Sea. Volunteers generally will work a 5 day week with your day to day activities planned and initiated by your coordinator. Weekends are your own time, which will give you opportunity to recharge, relax on the beach or do some travelling and sightseeing in the area.Volunteers can get involved in a range of initiatives including: early education, primary education, feeding scheme, elderly housekeeping initiative, homework support, youth empowerment, IT literacy and coastal conservation.

This Community Volunteer Programme is the heart of an ecosystem of social change where initiatives are both mutually beneficial and dependent. The approach of this project is termed ‘Adaptive Development’. We listen and learn about what the community needs and we provide tools that can be used in inspiring and unintended positive ways. Our start point is our ethos: even the poorest of communities are resources rich. We believe that the typical “charity model” implemented by most other organisations, does more harm than good. Our focus is on helping empower communities to help themselves. Through the Kariega Project we support an innovative financing system called “Kariega Credits” to empower local communities to fund and implement grassroots economic, social, and environmental development programmes. Communities earn Kariega Credits by undertaking a fixed, amount of community service. Thus community members have to earn funding for community improvement projects by voluntarily doing community work themselves. This model entrenches a greater sense of ownership and pride in any capital improvements made, places a value on improving ones community and motivates those involved to look after and maintain these improvements.
Setting Description:
Volunteers will assist with various community development initiatives in the greater Kenton on Sea area, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The project's efforts are concentrated in the Ekhupumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein communities on the outskirts of Kenton on Sea. The volunteer house is situated in the lovely seaside town of Kenton On Sea. Kenton lies between the Kariega and Bushmans Rivers and boasts stunning beaches and beautiful scenery. The beaches are absolutely breath taking and pristine. Your local "hang-out" is a pub / restaurant overlooking this stunning beach! After your Saturday morning shopping in Kenton (volunteers can stock up on everyday essentials), volunteers often laze around on the beach, swim in the waves or sit in the beach bar while sipping away on a cold drink and taking in the scenery.
Cost:
The project costs are as follows: 2 weeks is £570, 3 weeks is £765, 4 weeks is £960, 6 weeks is £1350 and 8 weeks is £1740. This cost includes accommodation at the volunteer house in Kenton on Sea, three meals per day, all domestic services, cleaning, laundry etc., all transport to and from the community projects and the volunteer house, daily donation to the Kariega Project to help fund various community development initiatives, all volunteer activities and training, WorkingAbroad backup and s

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