WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This Zulu community volunteering project is located in North Eastern South Africa, where you become part of the community working closely with Zulu families and giving your time to help out where necessary. You will help out with a range of activities such as helping out at the orphanage, teaching English to children, helping homesteads with vegetable gardening, basic maintenance of buildings, basic health education and HIV/AIDs awareness and the possibility to help with the mohair initiative. During your work you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Zulu culture and its traditions.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Working days are from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm with a one hour lunch break. You’ll have three days a week working in the community either at local homesteads, the local school or orphanage and two days a week will be spent teaching young children at a child daycare centre, so there’s lots to keep you occupied in this beautiful location!
You will have the opportunity to teach at a local crèche and school with children of all ages. The number of pupils will vary from 10 in a class to over 50 whilst subjects that you could be teaching could include English, maths, sport, crafts, general learning and even health education. The additional childcare that is offered by the schools and crèches is incredibly valuable, as it provides mothers with the opportunity to develop family businesses, like crafts and the selling of produce, whilst knowing that their children are well looked after. This element of the project provides volunteers with a unique insight into the difficulties faced by Zulu children and the lack of facilities that they are able to access.
You may also have the opportunity to be involved in a range of community regeneration projects, working closely with different households and community groups who have been severely affected by the AIDS pandemic, subsequent health problems and unemployment. We help where we can, providing crèches facilities, maintenance, DIY, childcare, education, micro loans and whatever else is needed. In providing these people with new opportunities where they may feel that they have been failed by government systems and marginalised by health issues it is clear that this project provides them with the help that they dearly need for day to day survival.
If there is any community and household research happening whilst you are staying with us, you may be given the opportunity to participate in important data collection, although this is not guaranteed. Last but not least there’ll be an opportunity for volunteers to spend some evenings each week working with children at a local residential children’s centre, assisting with sustainable vegetable gardening, which is sure to be a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience!
You will also get the opportunity to participate in a hike to the national park, where you can see historical paintings and caves and swim in waterfalls. The caves are lined with San Bushman paintings, whcih will add to your enjoyment of this historic region in a stunning part of the world.
For volunteers participating for three weeks or longer, you can choose either to go on a day trip to Lesotho via the Sani Pass or, conditions permitting, to go paragliding over the Drakensberg mountains.