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


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  • Description


    Children's Trust was started by a Christian woman who had a heart for saving the life of one of South Africa's orphans. 23 years on and the home has grown into an established place of safety that houses 40 children (ages 2-17) and provides for all their needs, including an on-site primary school.

    We seek to care for and provide for our children and transform them from their broken backgrounds into children with dreams, ambitions and a love for Jesus!

    We aim to achieve this through housing them in 'safe houses' with house mothers, providing primary education onsite, running activities such as sports/art/music etc. to help them learn new skills and ultimately loving them as any child deserves to be.

    Our volunteers are so valuable to us, they allow us to support, love and provide activities for all our children. And in return, our children will make you feel like you have a whole new family that you will hold in your heart even after you have left!

    "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27NIV

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Children's Trust offers an excellent opportunity to interact with children from challenging backgrounds which, while is often challenging, is extremely rewarding and helps give an insight into the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.

    This also provides an opportunity to learn more about South African culture and a chance to visit the surrounding areas (incl. The Garden Route, local game parks, local beaches, local markets, food etc.)

    This is a Christian organisation, ran by Christians who seek to love and serve as we believe we are called to do. These beliefs and values are expected to be respected and upheld by volunteers during their time here.

  • Help


    - Building relationships with children and staff
    - Creating and running developmental and sports games for the children out of school hours
    - Playing a role in keeping the Farm and School environmentally clean
    - Helping children with homework and preparation for tests
    - Providing a positive role model for children who have come from devastating backgrounds
    - Running 'Bible studies' and teaching the children the love of Jesus

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and isiXhosa

  • Accommodation


    - Accommodation is very rustic, shared and ‘backpacker-style’. Showers 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 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. We do not receive municipal water and so rely on dam and rainwater. 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 tasty variety of nourishing meals. (Meals are prepared daily by our team of on-site aunties)

    - No WIFI in provided on the farm, it is recommended to buy a South African SIM card (Vodacom).

    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
    -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.

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    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

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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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