Social Work Outreach

Transform the lives of street children by feeding, clothing and providing them with showers and social services.

The Y-Justice programme takes place on a Tuesday and a Thursday, with other days of the week as the programme demands. The core values of YMCA should be maintained throughout and these are CARING - RESPECT - HONESTY - RESPONSIBILITY - UBUNTU (uu-BOON-tuu; Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼú]) is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to "human kindness.")

Every week this programme reaches approximately 30 young people living on the streets. Volunteers who are dedicated and willing to give their time to young people who have had to survive harsh conditions, will enable us to transform the lives of those forgotten and/or neglected.  All you need to volunteer for Y-Justice is a huge heart, a gentle spirit and tons of compassion.  Y-Justice normally runs on a Tuesday and a Thursday from 10am to 3pm and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for outreach and ministry on the streets. You will be equipped to provide the children with food, clothing, showers, devotions and life skills during this programme.  
Volunteers must attend training and this is critical for the success of each project.  Volunteers should have a positive outlook on life and strive to find the best in everyone and anything and they should have a huge heart, a gentle spirit and tons of compassion. Willingness and dedication to help those in need and some previous social work will be an added advantage. Ability to plan, organise, complete a task as well as the ability to move quickly from one task to another and to work under pressure at times with a smile.  If this is you, then we need you.

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Other Skills
At least 1 year experience in working with children aged 6 to 18. Enthusiastic, energetic, bubbly personality, patient and a good sense of humour.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

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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


What's included?
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.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

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.


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 at least 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
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks
20 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Pietermaritzburg/South Africa between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Samaritans will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 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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The nearest airport is Pietermaritzburg Oribi (PZB) in Pietermaritzburg. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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