Izizwe Project supports a variety of projects in Walmer Township such as creches, primary schools, sports coaching, holiday projects and much more.
About the Program
Walmer Township is one of the few places in Port Elizabeth where a specific area where the black community lives exists between neighbourhoods populated mainly by the more wealthy white community. This project focuses on bringing the nations of this community together, as well as building it.
Unlike many other townships, Walmer is in a relatively calm and easily accessible area. Poverty, child neglect, alcohol abuse and a high unemployment rate are some of the many difficult challenges you will be facing here, but at the same moment you will experience it is not all sad. The community is very welcoming and loves having volunteers showing an interest in their way of life.
One of the founders Prof Mtyaleka has been
running several projects here since 2006 and with the support of our local
coordinators you will be guaranteed to be looked after in the township and
getting the support to be safe and enjoy your time.
As a volunteer, you will need to understand the following:
There is a variety of possibilities, suitable to be combined or to be adapted in order to fit your specific interests and to offer you a challenging and diverse experience. These are some of the options:
Besides the daily need for help and assistance, there is also a financial need. Please note that any gifts and donations provided by volunteers are extremely appreciated. There is an ongoing need for more practical support such as:
Guidance and Supervision
Our local coordinators are very involved with the program will supervise your stay and make sure you are looked after. Our coordinators all live in this township and they will introduce you to the people involved in the different projects.
We expect volunteers to be independent enough to try and connect with the community and children and to be pro active. We can´t hold your hand all the time but will help you where we can to make your stay unforgetable.
Volunteer working hours are flexible, but will generally be from 8.30am - 3pm during the week including the following tasks.
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 Part 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.
In Port Elizabeth there are a lot of things to as well. Go sandboarding at the sunday river, to Sardinia Bay for a wonderful day at the beach or visit one of the monuments from Nelson Mandela.
Information and assistance before departure - Pick up upon arrival and drop off at the end of your stay - Welcome pack with information guide, free SIM-card, maps, etc. upon arrival - City Tour and Introduction Program - Accommodation in volunteer house close to the beach (7 nights per week) - Onsite volunteer coordinator available 24/7 - 3 basic meals a day - 15% direct donation to the project’s needs - Transfers to and from airport
We have pick up service from the airport in Port Elizabeth. Just mail us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be there to pick you up!
You will stay in our awesome volunteer house which is walking distance from the beach and other facilities; easy enough to take some surflessons and relax on the beach after work.
The house is fully furnished, has shared bedrooms and bathrooms (so you might share your room), a large swimming pool, 2 lounges with enough space to find a quiet spot to read or to hang out with the other volunteers and interns that live here.
All your meals will be included in the fee. Every week we set up another menu together with the volunteers. So dinner will be different, depending on the preferences of the volunteers.
There will be free thee, coffee and juice. For breakfast you can have toast, eggs, yoghurt or cereal.
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