Counselling and Social Work skills experience

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Coordinateur | Sharon
Coordinateur | Sharon
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Give support and assistance to Men Care, “Women of Worth’ and Parenting Skills program in the local community with trained counsellors
Assist in the preparation of and attend community workshops and training on various topics from mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence grief to anger management
Work as part of a team of community counsellors and spend various periods of time in the week attending community networking activities with various stakeholders
You’ll learn a lot about all the areas of counselling, social work, trauma support and training that the NGO has to deal with in various socio-economic situations .
Jam packed weekends filled with extreme sports, whale & dolphin watching, local markets, lagoon cruises, beach & forest walks, wildlife safaris & animal sanctuaries
Volunteer with social workers, psychologists and community counsellors who provide counselling services, training and workshops to people and groups in need of support This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 21+
Seul voyageur

Your role and the types of work/activities you are given may vary and may depend on certain factors such as what’s required at the time that you’re there. You’ll work as part of the team and may spend various periods of time during the day attending community networking activities, assisting in the preparation of and attending community workshops, attending case study groups, data capturing and reporting, administration, attending the Family Foundation counselling courses that run throughout the year (aside from South African school holidays) amongst other things.

Mainly adults are counselled. You will not be doing one-on-one counselling

You will assist in some or all of the following services:

You could attend small case study discussion groups which meet monthly covering marriage preparation and enrichment, relationships, individual, family, re-marriage, divorce, trauma and mediation counselling. You may assist the Counsellors in group sessions (no counselling). Due to the nature of the work, counsellors themselves must undergo compulsory monthly supervision.

Trauma Support
This take place at the FAMSA offices. FAMSA provides a trauma counselling program to victims of crime and violence. Other forms of trauma support are sickness, suicide watch, accident, rape, death/loss, family violence, abuse, and HIV/AIDS. With the client’s permission, sessions may be observed.

FAMSA offers various forms of training that you can get involved with, from basic counselling skills, trauma support, group work training, stress management, life skills, personal growth and intimate partner violence throughout the year as part of  their Family Foundation counselling course. Training does not run during the South African school holidays. These are aimed at local volunteers, international volunteers, professionals and the public to provide them with the tools to be able to assist with counselling, support and effective listening skills.

Parenting support
Community workshops are given to parents to help them gain skills to be better equipped parents, assisting them with effective parenting skills and addressing specific problems in groups and individual counselling.

FAMSA runs various programs giving support and assistance to groups of mainly women and men. These include the Men Care and the “Women of Worth’ program. These are programs for men and women which are aimed at equipping them with knowledge and skills to cope with daily situations they find themselves in.

Occasionally an “Anger-in, Anger-out” workshop takes place at the local Knysna Correctional Services Facility where they impart life skills and information to the Inmates, thus assisting in rehabilitating and empowering them.

Fundraising and Marketing
If you have any skills in fundraising and marketing, you will be welcomed with even wider arms! As with any work of this type in the NPO sector, funds to support it are always difficult to come by, so any help that can be enlisted is always very deeply appreciated. You could also be involved with fundraising and marketing projects while you are on the placement.


As this is a skills experience you will also be involved with the daily activities that take place in a Non-Profit Organisation in South Africa which can include administration, data capturing, minuting team meetings, report writing, client intake and attending stakeholder meetings and engagements, for example with the Community Policing Forum and other community networking forums in the NPO sector. Sexual Offences forum is also attended monthly. 

Journée Typique

07:30 Breakfast
07:50 Get picked up at your volunteer accommodation by our driver to be taken to the centre
08:00 Arrive at the centre and take part in one of the various services allocated for the day
13:00 Lunch break(this can differ day to day)
13:30 Back to work 
15:00 Finish for the day at the centre unless a particular program or training is being run that day. Our driver will fetch you and take you back to your volunteer accomodation
15:30 Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the town or

Mondays start with a team meeting at 8am and Fridays you will finish early at 13.30pm

Activités de Loisir

Knysna is one of South Africa’s favourite towns based around the beautiful Knysna estuary with views of the iconic headlands. It is not known as the jewel of the Garden Route for nothing and is surrounded by magical forests, farmlands and a breath-taking coastline dotted with blue flag beaches which are great for swimming, barbequing or just simply watching dolphins surfing in the waves. It is also home to the famous elusive Knysna elephant which are the most southern free roaming elephants in the world and there are still hot debates about the numbers with some saying there is only one left and others a small herd of about 4.

The area that Knysna is situated is the Garden Route of the province of the Western Cape and it is a dream for animal lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts as there are numerous private wildlife reserves, national parks, whale watching, predator sanctuaries, primate sanctuaries, elephant sanctuaries, wolf sanctuaries, skydiving, paragliding, sandboarding, numerous interesting markets and so much more so boredom is not an option.

Sports Nautiques
Concert /
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Shopping /
Safari /
Musée /
Des sports
Yoga /


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 21 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau de base)
Vérification des Antécédents Criminels
Exigences de Formation
Social Work, Psychology, Counselling à niveau Students, qualified or retired professionals
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Any volunteers with great marketing, social media or fundraising skills are also welcome
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 08:00 - 15:30

Services inclus

Services de 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.
Transfert de l'aéroport George Airport
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. On completion of your project, you will be driven back to George Airport for your return flight. If arriving by coach from Cape Town, you will be fetched and dropped off at the coach depot in Knysna
The volunteer accommodation is a lovely self-catering apartment in the town of Knysna close to shopping malls, restaurants, take-aways, gyms, nightlife, entertainment areas and essential services. There is security and the area is safe to walk around. Accommodation is either shared with another volunteer or single depending on volunteer numbers with each room having its own bedroom with either double or twin beds, a TV, bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet, living area and a kitchen. There is also WIFI. Couples, friends, and families can be accommodated.
Chambre double Chambre simple
Aliments & Boissons
You will also receive a food allowance for your basic food essentials for your self-prepared meals. You will be taken for a grocery shop as part of your induction on your arrival. This means that you can choose the specific food if you have set dietary requirements. There is a kitchen for cooking
Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est George Airport (GRJ) à George. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Afrique du Sud.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Afrique du Sud te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Afrique du Sud, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Afrique du Sud.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

Starting days are Monday to Friday from mid-February to mid-November
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
4 - 12 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
4 sem (durée min.)
$1 935
5 sem
$2 322
6 sem
$2 709
7 sem
$3 096
8 sem
$3 483
9 sem
$3 870
10 sem
$4 257
11 sem
$4 644
12 sem (durée max.)
$5 031
Coût moyen
$452 /sem

L'organisation facture ses frais en GBP. Le tableau des prix en USD est soumis à la fluctuation des devises. Volunteer Int. Adventures t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Volunteer Int. Adventures durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Counselling and Social Work skills experience

Volunteer with social workers, psychologists and community counsellors who provide counselling services, training and workshops to people and groups in need of support


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