Help at a children's home in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    Our home trust was founded to provide for the care and nurture of abandoned, abused or orphaned children. It was founded by a family 18 years ago, they never planned to open a children’s home – it was as if it had been planned for them!
    Everything started when they decided to help an existing staff member’s girlfriend when she arrived at their home with a baby on her back and a baby on her hip. They quickly realized that their surrounding community was filled with heart-wrenching stories of babies and children that were in desperate need of a safe place to live.
    Gradually the local community learnt about this safe place for these children, and so the number of children grew. Soon they were receiving frequent calls from local child welfare organizations looking for a safe environment to temporarily place a child, and eventually to possibly even foster these children.
    The need quickly outgrew the available accommodation at their farm, which led to the alteration of an existing stable into a proper home for children. After a couple of years we have developed two safe houses for the children, a school and one small overnight safe house. This would not have been possible without the general support of our constant volunteers and members of the local community. We really do value our volunteers, they contribute to the children's lives but as we are an NPO we cannot afford to have volunteers in our own capacity, therefore we require that volunteers that stay in the premises make a 5 dollar donation per day they stay.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    -Building relationships with children and staff
    -Creating developmental and sports games for the children
    -Playing a role in keeping the Farm and School environmentally clean
    -Helping children with homework and preparation for tests

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and isiXhosa

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is very rustic, shared and ‘backpacker-style’. Ablutions are shared and volunteers are expected to clean their own rooms and to keep them neat and tidy. Bedding is provided, however volunteers are asked to bring their own towels.
    A laundry facility is available on Mondays and Tuesday, but volunteers are expected to do their own laundry and to provide their own washing powder.
    Please note that hot water for showering is not guaranteed. It does not receive municipal water, and so relies on dam- and rain water. Water is thus a precious commodity and should be used sparingly. The only drinking water available is harvested rainwater.
    Volunteers join our children for their meals and as such are provided with three meals a day. Breakfast usually consists of porridge, while lunches and dinners include a mix of local and international dishes.
    Meals are prepared daily by our team of on-site nannies.
    No WIFI in provided on the farm, it is recommended to buy a South African SIM card (Vodacom).
    Meals are generally very simple, but all effort is made to ensure that they are nutritious and tasty.
    We ask that you bear this in mind and appreciate what is provided for you. Those with special dietary requirements, such as vegetarians or vegans, may find the diet here quite restrictive. In this case we highly recommend that you bring suitable food items with you or purchase them after arrival at a local food store.
    Weather and clothes necessary:
    SUMMER: October – March
    WINTER: April – September
    -May – August: These are the cooler months and temperatures can be chilly in the evenings and early morning. The temperatures can drop quite low at night, please ensure that you bring adequately warm clothing.
    -September – November: Hot with occasional rain.
    -December – April: Days and nights can get quite hot and sticky. You need light, summery clothes, although there may be some days that the temperature drops, so please ensure that you do also pack a sweater. It can be a time of heavy rain, especially between mid-November & mid-February, so bringing a raincoat is advisable.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a great variety of extra activities to do on your days off. We have formed excellent partnership with several amazing tourism establishments, including:
    -Morgan Bay Hotel
    -Morgan Bay Yellow Wood Backpackers
    -Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
    -Yellow Sand beach
    -Gonubie
    -Hogsback
    -Cintsa
    -Kei Mouth
    There are numerous other attractions in the Eastern Cape, including many spectacular beach locations and the beautiful Addo Elephant National Park (about 3 hours away by road).
    If you are planning on travelling around South Africa a little, especially along the beautiful coastline, it is worth looking at BazBus as an option.
    Flights to Cape Town are affordable if bought ahead of time.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The children are very keen to teach and exchange all their cultural knowledge with visitors. Africa as a continent is rich in culture and it is no different here in East London. As such volunteers are expected to respect cultural norms and traditions. The Children's Home is run according to Christian principles and values, which are expected to be respected and upheld by volunteers during their time here.
    The organization try to make your stay as productive as possible, taking you to outings on your days off and making it easy to know the area.

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    5hours

Photos


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sunset at the farm
horses at the lake
Outing to the beach
sight from the school
the lake in the farm
all volunteers are offered to go to a game reserve to see all kinds of animals
children after a soccer match
children with the volunteers
Gonubie beach

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