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African Samaritans

Ikhwezi Skills Development

Education Youth Teaching

International Life Skills & IT Training Courses for underprivileged youth between 18 and 35 who want to improve their chances of gainful employment.

Ikhwezi assists underprivileged youth in finding gainful employment.  Volunteers are needed to assist the team in a facilitating role.  The Ikhwezi Campus is in a rural area, but it is well-established and secure thanks to many donors that provided funding for the building and IT equipment. Ikhwezi could host 300 students and there is an obstacle course and recreation area as well.

The youth of the area grow up in families that are affected by the HIV / AIDS epidemic, conflict, violence, and gender and ethnic discrimination, which as a result already puts them at a disadvantage. The challenges children and young people regularly face are many, and require more than even the best numeracy and literacy skills. Around the world, Life Skill Training (LST) is being adopted as a means to empower young people in challenging situations. 
The LST Course covers topics like job preparation, careers, goal setting, communication and entrepreneurship to name a few.  The IT Training Course is based on an Internationally recognized Hewlett Packard Computer course covering Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, Power Point Presentations and using the Internet. Volunteers should have an enthusiastic energy about them, with a positive outlook on life, love to work with people and strive to encourage those that very often have lost hope. 
Volunteers will start off as facilitators to the teaching staff of Ikhwezi, but depending on their energy, abilities and skills could become more hands-on with the students and even lead classes. There is a curriculum already prepared and with the assistance of the on-site staff, volunteers will be guided the entire time. Anyone with a passion for teaching and basic understanding of computers will do well as a Volunteer at Ikhwezi.
At least 30% of the youth that complete these courses find gainful employment, which is higher than what the local government education provides.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
Wheel Chairs

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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers should love to work with people and strive to encourage those that very often have lost hope. Volunteers should have some IT skills and an international drivers licence an advantage.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at African Samaritans are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Karkloof Canopy Tour – (1km long zip-line divided into 8 slides over treetops, past a cliff face and waterfall)
Butterflies for Africa (walk amongst the world’s most stunning butterflies with waterfalls, exotic birds etc.)
Ecabazini Zulu Homestead (learn about Zulu culture, medicinal plants, traditional food, singing and dancing etc.)
Moses Mabhida Stadium (Explore promenade of Durban and go to top of the stadium in the Skycar, etc.)
Natal Lion Park, African Birds of Prey Sanctuary, many hiking trails, many historical churches to view, white water rafting, Game drives, Explore the Battlefields Route (Natal Rebellion 1906), Microlighting over the breathtaking Midlands, Visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Durban Harbour Cruises, Ride a Ricksha, just to mention a few.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$455
/week
$455
/week
6 - 50
weeks
6 - 50
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Accommodation provided with 2 meals per day, with a few options to choose from per meal. It is important to us that our volunteers are well-rested and eat healthily.
Transport to and from the airport as well as all transport between projects and accommodation as well as to excursions and back.
All excursions INCLUDED, except for spending money on personal purchases.
Free WiFi in all rooms and recreational areas within walking distance from room.

Airport Pickup at Pietermaritzburg Airport

We collect volunteers from Durban International Airport as well as the Pietermaritzburg Airport and will return the volunteers on the day of departure to the airport. Fees also include transport in-between projects, accommodation and excursions.

Accommodation

The standard option is a bed-and-breakfast type accommodation, but we also offer dormitory and more luxury options, if you are willing to pay a bit more. All accommodation is safe with tranquil surroundings. Volunteers could also look forward to recreational areas where you could mingle with fellow Volunteers or play a game of pool, darts etc. and all rooms have access to free WiFi.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with a buffet-style breakfast and two meals to choose from for dinner. Special diets could be catered for is needed. There are options of water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices or sodas to have with your meals and volunteers only have to provide for themselves for lunch. If the volunteers are at the accommodation mid-morning, coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
6 weeks (min. stay)
$2,730.00
7 weeks
$3,185.00
8 weeks
$3,640.00
9 weeks
$4,095.00
13 weeks
$5,915.00
21 weeks
$9,555.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$22,750.00
Average fees
$455.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Pietermaritzburg/South Africa between 6 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Samaritans will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with African Samaritans during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Airport
The nearest airport is Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) in Pietermaritzburg. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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