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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Childcare Assistant & Buddy

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

This internship takes place at a home for former street children, and provides a safe place for those formerly living on the streets.

ABOUT
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.

NEEDS
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:

  • Child Care
  • Pedagogic Studies
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Any other related social studies

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.
 

Typical day

VOLUNTEER TASKS
Together we will explore your personal preferences and skills to make the most of your stay. You will also be involved in doing research, focussing on your social work or physical studies, developing new programmes and extending existing programmes together with the social workers within the organisation. There are endless opportunities for you to apply to the ongoing needs of the organisation and the children, and make the most out of your learning experience.

Usually you will be picked up to go to the Township at 08.30 in the morning and you will arrive back in the volunteer house arround 16.00 in the afternoon.

Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Social work at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
CONDITIONS
Should you be interested in this internship, we are looking for the following skills:

- Your English is well-spoken and above average
- You have great people skills and are easy to talk to
- You are independent and take initiative
- You have a heart for working with children
- You can respect the mission and vision of the project
- You are flexible and structured with your tasks and activities
- You can provide a police clearance certificate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Khaya Volunteer Projects are happy to help you.

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Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects
  • Transfers to and from Port Elizabeth airport
  • Full orientation and introduction to your project
  • Accommodation in our volunteer home
  • Three meals a day
  • All work-related local transport
  • Necessary equipment and briefings
  • 24/7 in-country attention and support
  • Work experience and reference letters on request
  • Lots of advice on what to do and where to go in your free time and further travels
Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport

Your airport pickup is included in your fee when arriving on Monday or any other day of the week. If you choose to arrive on a weekend, we will gladly organize a cab to pick you up (or you can take an Uber) to any accommodation of your choice. We will collect you there on Monday morning at 9AM to start your stay with us.

 

If you prefer to come to us directly over the weekend, as well as when you depart again, we will charge an extra Weekend Fee of R200 (15 EUR) for your pick up or drop off. An additional R250 (20 EUR) per night for any extra nights outside of your booking dates. Please discuss your personal preference with us to make sure all is prepared for you.

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

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Our full time cook, Melanie will provide all meals at the volunteer house on a daily basis. This means you will be able to enjoy great South African home cooked meals, learn how to cook some of these specialties and have a House Mother to comfort you when needed. Melanie is a lady with a warm heart and even bigger embrace for those that need it and she will look after the house and the meals to provide the best possible.

We believe in participation, so volunteers will not be sitting back and get served, they still need to help her cook at times, chop vegetables, clean dishes and warm up the food for dinner themselves.

Melanie will create weekly menus offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as alternate meals like stews, curries, stir-fry, soups, pastas and other wholesome options. Meals will be prepared and cooked from Monday to Friday, where on weekends volunteers will only have to heat up a meal or make their own similar meals.

There is free coffee, tea and cordial juice available at any time. For breakfast you will have toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal and/or eggs. For lunch you can have sandwiches with cheese, marmalade, cold meats or other spreads. Please tell our coordinators about any wishes, vegetarian wishes and allergies concerning food.

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 Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,100.00
12 weeks
$2,900.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$11,450.00
Average fees
$252.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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