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At this point, we have identified 6 projects that will benefit from volunteer work:

  • Building Projects
  • Sports Coaching
  • Weaving Project
  • Developing Vegetable Gardens
  • Academic Support Program
  • Establishing Fish Farming & Chicken Rearing Projects
Building Churches, clinics, creches, classrooms and a multi-purpose sportsfield for the local community. We will be making cement blocks on site by using river sand and water supplied by the church. 
Individual talented volunteers will be afforded the opportunity to help improve skills in sports such as football, volleyball, netball and basketball.
Volunteers will help in an existing mat weaving enterprise. In addition to actual weaving, we shall improve marketing and sales.
Get your hands dirty to help plant subsistence vegetables in elevated and manageable gardens which provide a sustainable source of nutrients for the local community.
Volunteers will share their knowledge of academic work, especially in languages and mathematics. We will be guided by the local teachers. Teacher support and training will also be given.
Nurture day old chicks and teach the local community how to successfully rear them. Help build small dams in which we rear Mozambique tilapia which grow quickly. Both are a good source of protein.

 

The projects have been selected so as to offer volunteers with different skills the opportunity to help these deserving people. Not every volunteer may be physically strong enough to take part in building operations, so we have provided alternative activities.

The projects have been chosen with two criteria in mind :

URGENCY OF THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS

Volunteer Safaris has had personal contacts with each project through various previous involvements with each of the principals of the establishments. We have personally been to the schools and parish, and have first-hand knowledge of the situation in all six projects. While there are many more potential projects in Acornhoek, and indeed all over South Africa, we have selected these projects because we know that the needs are urgent. Once these needs have been satisfied, we may well include additional worthy projects in the near future.

THE SAFETY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS

Safety considerations for our volunteers are paramount:

On the day of arrival and departure from the volunteer tour, All Volunteers will have door to door pick-ups and drop offs to and from your respective Hotel, Airport or Hostel in Johannesburg. At the respective project sites, we are constantly evaluating any potential trouble-spots and we monitor the situation constantly. During the volunteer safari, all six volunteer projects have been located in areas where there have been no previous security or safety problems. Our staff will drive all volunteers to and from the project localities and will remain with the volunteers for the duration of their time spent there. The communities themselves are well aware of the benefits that they are enjoying through the work of our volunteers. They will also do everything in their power to ensure that all volunteers are made to feel very welcome and that no harm befalls them whatsoever.

Volunteer Safaris and Viva Safaris’ previous experience in uplifting local communities has been noted and we are aware that the generosity of our volunteers is truly appreciated by the members of the communities.

You can rest assured that your involvement in these projects will not only be of great practical value to the beneficiaries but will also provide a truly wonderful sense of fulfilment to you, our valued volunteer!