Love Volunteers

Medical Internship Supporter

Cape Town, South Africa show on map
Improve the future prospects of the people of South Africa and assist in the provision of quality medical care. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This amazing program has a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate in Cape Town. Most of the medical projects supported by the program are government funded local clinical facilities for people who cannot afford private medical care, and are severely understaffed and underfunded, with a lack of vital resources. Volunteers will contribute a hugely valuable service, however must be aware that this can be a very stressful and challenging environment to work in. The people it supports are impoverished and disadvantaged, making this a very rewarding project to be a part of. This is a great learning opportunity, however the level of involvement and direct patient care is dependent on volunteer training and particular skills. Volunteers can expect to observe while working alongside local staff. As volunteers build rapport with local staff, they may be given more responsibility.

Goals of this Project:

  • Improve the future prospects of the people of South Africa
  • Provide quality medical care to the impoverished people of Cape Town
  • To offer a learning experience to medical interns and healthcare volunteers
  • To create a better cultural understanding between all participants

How you can help

This program can make a truly positive impact on vulnerable people in Cape Town. By providing much-needed volunteer labor, more patients can be cared for and a higher level of care given. Volunteers will gain great healthcare experience from their participation in the project and have the opportunity to work within impoverished communities, gaining insight into how some of the most marginalized people in the world live. Volunteers on this program must have a love and passion for helping people, medical related experience and/or studies in the field, patience and empathy and a willingness to help where help is needed most. Working hours on this project are usually Mondays to Fridays from 07:00 to 13:00 (local clinics). Some tasks volunteers are likely to assist with include dressing wounds, taking blood pressure, pulse and temperature measurements, assisting patients from one service point to another and awareness programs.

Volunteers contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist with day-to-day medical care, as appropriate for experience and training (wound care, measurement taking etc)
  • Assist with awareness and education programs
  • Network with program staff and medical staff

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house

8:00am Bus to your project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

1:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

1:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

1:30pm Bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Volunteers are free to explore the local area, check out the multitude of local restaurants, bars and cafes, or relax with the other volunteers!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

The program is based in beautiful Cape Town, the tourism hotspot of South Africa, boasting a wonderful hospitality scene, gorgeous beaches, scenic landscapes and the iconic Table Mountain. Volunteers on this placement will be excited by all they can experience while based in this city, while also working on an important environmental protection program.

Sea Point is one of Cape Town’s more affluent cosmopolitan suburbs, characterized by high-rise luxury apartments, upmarket restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and cafés. Located just off the Main Road, the Volunteer Hostel is ideally situated close to the city center, V&A Waterfront shopping complex, Long Street (the hub of the city’s nightlife), Cape Town City soccer stadium, and of course the famous white sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay – all of these are just one 5-10min taxi ride away. Within walking distance of the hostel is the Sea Point Swimming Pool complex where a mere R20 gives you access to an Olympic-sized pool, 2 smaller splash pools and a fully-equipped springboard diving pool. There is also the ever-popular Sea Point Promenade – an attractive 11km paved public walkway that runs along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean coast, with spectacular views of the ocean, Robben Island and Table Mountain. It’s a great place to walk, jog, skateboard, or you can even rent a bicycle for a few hours and ride along. The well-manicured lawns and benches provide an ideal place to relax and enjoy the sunset. 

Observatory, or “Obs” as the locals call it, is Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb and lies about 15mins (drive) east of the city center. Located just 2km from the University of Cape Town, this student town is a vibrant, multi-cultural community that attracts young travelers from all over the globe, all year round. Our hostel is a 10min walk from Lower Main Road - the main entertainment area and heartbeat of Obs. You’ll find quirky restaurants, easy going bars, live music (everything from Reggae and Afro-jazz to Contemporary) and tons of cozy little coffee shops and cafés. During the Apartheid era, Observatory was one of the few “grey” suburbs – areas where people of mixed race, religion and cultures were allowed to live together. This spirit has lived on and has resulted in a suburb unique in its diversity. Within a 5km radius of Obs, you’ll find the Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, various shopping centers, museums, art galleries and stage theaters, hiking trails and of course The Old Biscuit Mill - this vibrant spot is home to night and day markets, designer stores, delicious farm-stalls, decadent cafes as well as an awesome line-up of festivals and events.


Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Suitable applicants who are 18 years and over to work alongside qualified medical professionals and gain first-hand insight into the South African healthcare system. It is open to those with experience and/or education in the field of medicine, as well as med-school and pre-med students. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with patients and staff,
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:30 - 13:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Upon arrival into Cape Town airport volunteers will be collected by a representative of the local project team and transported to their assigned accommodation where they will join a short welcome session. On Monday, volunteers attend the full orientation session where a representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience in South Africa. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa (CODE: CPT)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this project are primarily accommodated at one of two fabulous Volunteer Houses located in two of the best suburbs of Central Cape Town – Sea Point and Observatory.

Both Volunteer Houses boast the following features:

  • Accommodate up to 30 volunteers at a time (5 dorm-style rooms sleeping between 4-8 people)
  • On-site, live-in Hostel Manager
  • Fully-equipped Kitchen
  • Communal Lounge Area with satellite TV
  • Fully-fitted bathroom with 4 showers and 3 toilets
  • Individual lockers for each volunteer
  • Pre-paid WiFi internet connection can be purchased at the hostel
  • Located centrally on transport route close to supermarkets, Internet Café, Launderettes, restaurants, etc.
  • All volunteering projects are situated within walking distance or one taxi/Uber ride (10-20mins max)

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
  • Self-service Breakfast served at the hostel every morning (Monday – Friday: 06h00 – 08h30) – consists of cereals, bread/toast with various toppings, coffee/tea, variety of fruits.
  • Dinner served at a nearby restaurant every evening (Monday – Friday: 17h30 – 19h00) – set weekly menu with a variety of hearty full meals (drinks excluded).
  • Lunch and weekend meals excluded
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 Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. 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
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 860
3 weeks
$ 1,044
4 weeks
$ 1,205
5 weeks
$ 1,297
6 weeks
$ 1,389
7 weeks
$ 1,573
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,309
Average fees
$ 311 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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