This internship takes place at a home for former street children, and provides a safe place for those formerly living on the streets.
This Child and Youth Care Centre takes care of 22 boys and 12 girls. Currently, the organisation provides full-time residential care for children between the ages of 5-19 years.
The centre is registered with the Department of Social Development and all children receive counselling, education, and life skills and sport-based programs. It is a full-time home for the children, who have all endured extreme abuse and trauma.
The centre operates 365 days a year, including over holidays, where they need volunteers who can assist in providing stimulating activities for the children.
Many children are fluent in three languages, namely English, Afrikaans and Xhosa – all children receive schooling in either English or Afrikaans and understand English as a medium of communication.
This internship focuses mainly on providing care in the forms of therapy, education and life-skills to vulnerable children that are traumatised and have behavioural problems. It can be challenging to work here, but this is nevertheless a great opportunity if you love to work with children and are driven to assist those most in need of help.
The organisation needs support from enthusiastic interns or trainees who can improve services to the children with their social background and social skills. This internship is ideal for groups of students who wish to do their internship together. Areas of study which would be appropriate for this internship are:
GUIDANCE AND SUPERVISION
Volunteers will be offered professional guidance throughout your period of internship at this organisation from the social workers linked to it. You will also be supported by our Khaya coordinators, who look after you outside of your working hours.
The Eastern Cape and the surroundings of Port Elizabeth show a large variety of natural beauty and make PE a great central place to visit the variety of South Africa. To the East you will find the Wild coast (former Transkei and Ciskei) which is mostly rural and undeveloped, but closer you will find Addo Elephant Park and great coastal villages such as Port Alfred. To the North you will find the great Karoo; a semi desert area with wide open spaces, large nature areas and long open roads with historical places such as Graaff Reinet, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness and much more. To the East towards Cape Town, you will be amazed by the Tsitsikamma National Park, holiday villages such as Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and natures Valley or the surf mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay. This gives you plenty to see and visit while you are here.
During the weekends or after work there are a few beautiful places in Port Elizabeth as well that you can visit. Such as SAMREC, where you have the biggest penguin colony in the world, Sardinia bay, or catch a boat and go sandboarding on the Sunday river.
You will be picked up at the airport. Just tell us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be ready to pick you up and will bring you to your accommodation!
Option 1: You will stay in our comfortable communal volunteer house, close to the beach. This house is fully furnished and provides accommodation for a variety of young people from all over the world.The rooms are shared (twin or dormitory) and have communal toilets and showers. Where possible we provide long term interns with private rooms.
Option 2: You stay in the more private intern house centrally located in the city. This 7 bedroom house offers comfortable living with other internationals
All your meals (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) are included. We do the shopping while you and your fellow interns and volunteers can take turns to cook and surprise us with your cooking skills (or lack thereof, but warn us first!). We cater for gluten-free diets, vegetarians and other dietary requirements, if you let us know beforehand.