Social Work & Youth Development

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High­lights

For Social Work students, get practical credits for your Social Work studies with the onsite social worker to oversee your work
Great for those interested in creative arts for art therapy and music for the marimba band
For qualified Counsellors, Social Workers and Psychologists this is a great opportunity to get assist youth at risk in the NPO sector
Help take basic literacy and numeracy classes or one-on-one reading sessions
Jam packed weekends filled with extreme sports, whale & dolphin watching, local markets, lagoon cruises, beach & forest walks, wildlife safaris & animal sanctuaries
Assist with youth at risk and street children with social work, sports, art, music, teaching and counselling for their personal development This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Join a team of caring childcare workers in South Africa at a daily drop-off centre for youth at risk. This is fantastic project for educators, counsellors, social work, psychologists or those with similar interests. The main aim is to assist and support the social worker and auxiliary social worker in their daily program with the youth that are all there voluntary. For those wishing to do this project as a social work internship, that can be arranged too.

The centre is set in one of the poorer areas of Knysna, the town in which the project is based, and the youth that attended the centre are fetched every morning and dropped off later. There is a daily program and the youth have programs from life skills, art therapy, sports, numeracy, literacy, reading, music to personal development and more.

As many of the youth are school dropouts, the project runs in the school term with the long term aim of facilitating the youth back into local schools if at all possible and preparing them to deal with the challenges that they face in the education system and in life.

Many of the youth have challenges at school due to learning disabilities which in the long run ends up with them dropping out of school. The childcare workers try and address those challenges so that help can be given. They also actively have parenting sessions too so that families are equipped to be a solid support structure.

Occasionally adolescent development programs are run in nearby schools to try and prevent future dropping out of schools by leaners who are battling.

We love any volunteers with a passion for youth upliftment and helping with socio-economic issues so any skills or just enthusiasm will be of a great benefit. Please let us know if you have any special interests or talents that we can utilize to enhance your time and to benefit the project

There are a few activities that you can take part in after-school. You can either help with the children at the local safe house with their homework, the after-school club with the youth development centre, assist with grassroots soccer coaching, visit the local elephant park, shopping, have lunch at the Waterfront on the estuary edge, hike the Pledge nature reserve or just getting a well deserved nap as the children can be exhausting as they have so much energy. Please note that after-school activities do not take place every afternoon.

Typical day

7.30 to 8am- Get up, get ready and have a bite to eat. It is advisable to prepare a snack for the day especially if you are staying for the after-school group. 

8.30am - Be collected at your volunteer accommodation and taken to the centre. The youth that attend the centre will be arriving around the same time after being collected from 8am and they will also make sure the centre is tidy for the day's activities

9am - Sylvia the cook serves the youth a nutritious breakfast to give them energy for the day. This is the perfect time to get acquainted with the youth and form a rapport. You can also assist Sylvia if you have some ideas for a fun breakfast- or even prepare a typical breakfast found in your country. After breakfast some of the youth will take care of the chore of washing dishes

9.30am- Now it is time for a fun short session of motivation  which has lots of singing and dancing to set the mood for the day and get energy levels up. It is also a great icebreaker for new volunteers and new youth registered at the centre

10am- The daily sessions now start and depending on the day of the week could be any of numeracy lessons, literacy lessons, art therapy in the form of working with clay or banner painting projects, personal development sessions dealing with topics like anger management, peer group pressure, substance abuse, children's rights, bullying and skills development like cooking and sewing 

13pm- Lunch is served for the youth followed by some last minute chores of making sure the dishes are done and the centre is tidy. After lunch is a perfect time to enjoy some sports development with the youth before they get dropped off for the day

2 to 2.30pm- The youth are dropped off for the day and you will be fetched and taken back to your volunteer accommodation unless you are staying for the after-school club. Your time is now your own for a little shopping, sightseeing or other activities that the project offers like helping with homework at a local children's safe house

Volunteers are also welcome to stay later for the optional after-school club which takes place between 3.30pm and 5pm. The after-school club  is open for all school attending  children in the community and sports, board games, helping with homework and other fun and educational activities take place

Free-time activities

There is a wealth of activities in the area to suit most volunteers from the extreme sports lovers who would like to jump the world's highest bridge bungee which is only an hour away, paraglide, skydive, hike the magical forest home to the last most southern free-roaming elephants, take a surfing lesson or snorkel one of the ship wrecks in the lagoon to those who love animals and wildlife with primate, bird, predator and elephant sanctuaries in the vicinity, horseback and vehicle wildlife safaris and whale and dolphin boat based viewing. For those who enjoy shopping there are plenty of interesting shops and many local weekend markets filled with delicious food and unique arts and crafts. A variety of restaurants cater for those looking to try some of the delicious food South Africa is known for and also included is a Saturday tour of markets and wildlife viewing and a Sunday South African braai (BBQ)  

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers with qualifications in education, social work, psychology, counselling, arts and crafts and sports coaching are very welcome
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Int. Adventures

The cost of the project includes accommodation, a food allowance, daily transport to and from the project, airport collections and drop offs, staff on the ground available for emergencies 24/7 and to oversee your stay and safety, marketing costs, donations to the project, a Saturday tour and a Sunday braai (BBQ) either at the beach or the forest.

Airport Pickup at George Airport

Airport collection and drop off is included . You will need to fly into George Airport for your airport collection where you will be met by your Volunteer International Adventures representative and driven to your volunteer accommodation in Knysna.

Accommodation
The volunteer accommodation is either a comfortable apartment or a hostel a few minutes walking distance from the main road of the town of Knysna close to shopping malls, restaurants, a gym, nightlife, entertainment areas and essential services. Both options have great security and bedrooms and bathrooms are shared or private depending on the volunteer numbers. Couples, friends, and families can be accommodated.
Bedroom (Double) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will receive a food allowance for your basic food essentials and will be taken for a grocery shop as part of your induction on your first day in South Africa. This means that you can choose the specific food is you have set dietary requirements. There is a communal kitchen for cooking

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is George Airport (GRJ) in George. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Starting days are Monday to Friday in the South African school term. A more fun based holiday program is also available in school holidays. Closed from the 15th of December to the 15th of January
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,096
5 weeks
$2,424
6 weeks
$2,751
7 weeks
$3,079
8 weeks
$3,406
9 weeks
$3,734
10 weeks
$4,061
11 weeks
$4,389
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,716
Average fees
$459 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Volunteer Int. Adventures will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Int. Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Assist with youth at risk and street children with social work, sports, art, music, teaching and counselling for their personal development

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