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Michel teaching Samba for the Children at a Daycare in South Africa

Michel has been teaching samba rhythms to the children of a daycare in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. The children enjoy playing with him, and say even “I Love you Michel”, and “Come to South Africa”.

A picture tells more than thousand words, here are the videos clips:

Samba rhythms at the daycare:

“I love you Michel”

“Please come to South Africa”

How to be a Child Care Volunteer in South Africa?

Visit our page with the child care volunteering project in Cape Town, where you can teach children at Doreen’s Crèche in a poor neighborhood on the southern peninsula.

As a volunteer teacher, you can bring something of you culture, like Michel brought Samba. The children will appreciate!

There are so many beautiful stories of our volunteers working with the children in Masi:

Isabella Neves - Freiwillige Kindererzieherin in Südafrika

A dream come true: Isabella traveled to South Africa and cared for children in a kindergarten

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Camilla Bartholomei Santos volunteering at Doreens Creche

Camilla has been Volunteering in a Creche with children in Cape town

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Hugo Tolomai lawyer Brazil advocating for children

Advocating for Children in South Africa: Dr. Hugo Tolomei from Brazil

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Rodrigo from Brazil makes children smile in South Africa

Rodrigo from Brazil makes children smile in South Africa

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Teaching Children in South Africa

Teaching Children in South Africa: Marsha from New York and Enzo from France

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Enzo Klein mking children smile in South Africa

Making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa!

Enzo Klein, from France, smiling and making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa. Thank you ...
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A dream come true: Isabella traveled to South Africa and cared for children in a kindergarten

This trip was first and foremost a dream come true, I had long wanted to visit South Africa and this country did not leave anything to wish for, was everything I expected and a little more. The voluntary work option came because I’m passionate about this type of trip, so I went to an NGO where most of the money was spent on the project and found Iko Poran, who also had the advantage of being much more into account that tourism companies that offer this kind of trip, I chose a project with children in a township, and then, with the tickets bought (TAAG airlines) I went to what would be the best and biggest adventure of my life.

My first days in Cape Town

Crianças na Creche de Doreen

A dream come true in South Africa

The first few days were quiet, I was introduced to the other residents of the house (who later became good friends) and then the next day I met the group of children I would be a volunteer teacher, I was received with shouts and celebrations, “teachá” was like they called me every day, it is impossible not to fall in love. The Township where I worked was called Masiphumelele, but called Masi affectionately, it was not the hostile and dangerous place they painted, so the importance of entering a culture before to judge her, as soon as I arrived, the transfer company’s own girl said that it was very dangerous to take the vans leaving from the townships, that was the transport I took every day and I never had any kind of problem, people from the townships are cheerful, friendly and very helpful and the children are very well cared for despite all the poverty that can not be denied that exists there.

Volunteer work at the day care center during the week and weekend trips

I worked about 3 hours a day in the morning and had the afternoon and the free weekends, I usually stayed with the other volunteers at home during the week and during the weekend we would make group tours to explore the region. In contrast with the poverty of Masi, it was the place where the volunteers’ residence was located, Fish Hoek, is a rich region and I did not suffer any kind of harassment or insecurity during the whole stay there, definitely a place I recommend, mainly for those who will stay longer, besides having one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in life. Fish Hoek is an hour by train from Cape Town and is 20 minutes from Muizenberg, one of the most famous beaches there and where are the largest surfing schools, I even took a chance and got waves, I got to stand on the board by 20 seconds, what for me is a win hahaha :D

Dream like Beaches: Penguin Beach near Cape Town

Praia dos Pinguins

Praia dos Pinguins

Because of the distance from the Cape Town sights, I only got to know two (yes, I did not go up to Table Mountain, I did not go to Robben Island or Cape of Good Hope) but I want to go back to do everything, I met the V & A Waterfront and to Boulder’s Beach, the famous Penguin Beach, I really enjoyed Cape Town and despite the reports of harassment and insecurity I was able to walk around quietly without any of it, my tip is: do everything in a group if possible and try to stay close to the tourist areas.

Trip to Jacobs Bay

In my penultimate week we made a trip to Jacobs Bay which was amazing, starting with the hostel called Jacobs Bay Backpackers and had a whole fairy tale, one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed, no doubt. The beaches were indescribable and the Peaceful feeling was something present in any corner, very few tourists and much to be admired. The trip cost 600 rand (about 200 reais) per person, including car rental, gasoline, hostel and food, we were in a group of 9 people .

Dica para futuros voluntários na África do Sul

My tip for anyone who wants to do any kind of volunteer work, especially in South Africa is: ONLY GO! I hope it changes your life, just as it changed mine. – Isabella Neves, Brazil

Read Isabella’s original post on “Mochileiros” (portuguese).

Visit our project for volunteer work with children at Doreen’s Day Care, in Cape Town South Africa. There you also find, how to sign up!

More experiences from our volunteers in South Africa

Michel teaching Samba in South Africa

Michel teaching Samba for the Children at a Daycare in South Africa

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Rescue Cats and Dogs in Cape Town South Africa

Volunteer to Rescue Cats and Dogs in Cape Town

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Camilla Bartholomei Santos volunteering at Doreens Creche

Camilla has been Volunteering in a Creche with children in Cape town

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Ricardo Ramajo orphaned animals

Caring for Orphaned Animals of the African Bush: Ricardo from Brazil

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Hugo Tolomai lawyer Brazil advocating for children

Advocating for Children in South Africa: Dr. Hugo Tolomei from Brazil

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Health Screen of the Children in South Africa: Dr. Ana Elisa & Dr. Fernanda Rangel

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Volunteer to Rescue Cats and Dogs in Cape Town

Animal Rescue Centre with Veterinary Services

Make a difference for the lives of township dogs and cats in need as a volunteer at the animal rescue centre in Cape Town. Of course this animal rescue program is a perfect fit for veterinary students, but anyone who loves animals and wants to help, is welcome. Volunteers can even do a great job with marketing, website developing or renovating the remises.

The animal centres mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals, as well as provide veterinary services to the poorer local communities. The centre aims to care for animals in the poor township who suffered from being abandoned, abuse or neglection.

After rescuing the dogs and cats in the neighborhood, you can assist the centre’s team while applying the best veterinary and animal behavioural practices. Finally, the team prepares the animals for adoption into new homes.

The centre also plays a vital role in re-uniting lost animals with their guardians and carries out veterinary outreach and humane education in low income areas.

Veterinary Assistants focus on Sterilizations and Treatment of Injured Animals

This pro-quality life centre has a full-time veterinarian on site and veterinary assistants who focus on sterilizations and treatment of injured animals. The feral cat project sterilizes over 300 cats alone a month. One of the core aims of the onsite clinic is to control the unwanted births of dogs and cats in low-income areas, and sterilisation of all treated animals is mandatory. Sterilisation drives, including door-to-door canvassing, have resulted in fewer unwanted puppies and kittens. The clinic staff operate two Mobile Clinic vans that, on a pre-arranged schedule, serve the low-income areas offering primary healthcare for animals in these communities as well as free sterilisations, which is carried out at the centres hospital.

This centre is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected, abused, and unwanted homeless animals and being a volunteer means being the best part of a homeless animal’s day!

Highlights of your Volunteer Trip

  • Help cats and dogs get proper healthcare
  • Aid injured animals with their recovery.
  • Help the Vets in the clinic
  • Assist animal welfare officers with mobile clinics in townships
  • Participate in animal rescues (We’d be very happy for assistance from the volunteers however feral cat rescues happen in the evening not during the day also, on weekend.)
  • Assist with animal adoption
  • Assist with animal stimulation

Your Role as an Animal Volunteer or Veterinary Intern

As a volunteer you will receive exposure to a vast variety of cases that you would not normally be exposed to in private practice, making a great working for potential veterinarians, vet nurses, animal welfare officers or companion animals enthusiasts.
As a volunteer you will assist with:

  • Assist at the centres hospital – prepping animals for surgery
  • On mobile units, you can help the animal welfare officers
  • Caring for animals in recovery and ensuring their environment is hygienic
  • Marketing, fundraising and public relations assistance
  • Helping with day to day running of the clinic/hospital
  • Assist with animal husbandry and feeding
  • Cat and kitten socialisation
  • General maintenance, such as gardening, building and painting
  • Please take note that volunteers may not perform any surgical procedures or diagnose animals.

We would welcome volunteers with the following experience:

  • ANYONE who loves animals
  • Veterinary qualification
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Website development and electronic newsletters
  • Building, painting and project management

How to join the Animal Rescue Project as a Volunteer

Visit all wildlife volunteering programs in South Africa here. You can find the project for Animal Rescue in Cape Town on our homepage, too.

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Medical Volunteer Program in Ethiopia: Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe gives an interview

Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe, a consultant sonographer and public health practitioner from Birmingham, England talks about his volunteer program in Ethiopia. The interview was published on GoOverseas, find the full interview here.

Dr. Ehiwe served in different NHS Hospitals and currently teaches public health with health and social care courses in higher education colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He works as a clinical instructor for reproductive health (maternal and child) ultrasound program for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Why did you choose this program?

I was inspired to undertake this program as part of the need to give back and contribute to human development and society. My experience of working and providing care to patients gave me the inspiration to meet obvious gaps in practice and level of medical training among youths who are future leaders of the African continent.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program organizers provided me the forum to meet with some youths who are members of the indigenous communities in Addis Ababa. They helped with local arrangements of lodging and accommodation, as well as guidance on moving around the city of Addis. The organizers also provided me with the training environment.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I would give to anyone considering this program is to be very open minded and prepare to meet new people. This is because I found the Ethiopian community locals to be friendly and warm towards volunteers and tourists. I would also advise that you make detailed enquiries about the specific roles and duties you would be involved in before you set out for the program.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day in the program was filled with one tutoring activity or the other. A typical day involved helping the kids review their school home work and getting involved in one public health advocacy seminar or the other in the evenings. Each workshop focused on teaching the youths life saving skills in emergency situations where there is no doctor. We also worked on learning first aid treatments for common injuries and accidents amongst other things.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I did not really have any fears or negative expectations before setting out for this program. This was because I knew and read from the web that Ethiopia is a peace loving and friendly country, particularly when you stay and work within the capital city of Addis Ababa. I had planned and limited my visit to this part of the country.

How can I participate in a volunteer program in Ethiopia?

Find the full detail on our page about volunteering in Ethiopia  on our homepage. There, you also can read about the wellness and health program in Addis Ababa.

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Camilla has been Volunteering in a Creche with children in Cape town

I volunteered in a creche with children of 0 to 6 years old in Masiphumelele, a Township in Fish Hoek – Cape Town. Most of the time I worked with children from 5 to 6 years old, who at home would speak a language called Khosa, and at school they learn English. So, the volunteers teach them the shapes, colors, numbers, and among other basic things in English. In addition to literacy we play a lot, give hugs, lap, care, dance and sing. It is very fun and rewarding, a unique experience and difficult to explain with just words. My heart has multiplied!
I lived in a house with more volunteers from all over the world, I met and made many friends. Moreover, the region is beautiful and has many places to visit, adventures and food to try.

What is your advice to future travelers volunteering at the Creche?

My advice is to volunteer de maximum of time you can. Just 1 or 2 weeks is not enough! All the volunteers I met that only went for a short time were sad they didn’t stayed for longer. So what recommend that is the perfect amount of time is staying for 1 month. The time will pass so fast that you will not even notice. I know it’s hard because you think you will miss your family and friends a lot, but you will make so many new friends in your new home, will go to so many adventures that the time will fly! – Camilla Bartholomei Santos, from Brazil

How to volunteer at th daycare in Cape Town, South Africa

Visit our page with the volunteer project at a daycare in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek in order to find the full information and sign up!

You may also read about more volunteer programs, like wildlife volunteering in South Africa.

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Emmanuel volunteered on Health Coaching for Children in Ethiopia

Emmanuel enjoyed working on Health Coaching for children and youth in Ethiopa and included first aid techniques as well. Great Job!

I had a great experience volunteering and working with children of the Ethiopian Education Foundation (EEF). It was a grand experience coaching the youths on the basics of health and wellbeing lifestyle initiatives. Everyone involved learnt and practiced basic CPR and resuscitation techniques to save lives in emergency situations where there is no doctor.

The students learned how to handle and respond to various forms of first aid treatments for common accidents. It was also a pleasant experience as various groups explored how to recognize and manage signs of worms, diarrhoea and dehydration in children.

The youths loved it as much as I did as they also helped in showing me around the local places of relaxation at the weekends. Would relish an opportunity to work with the staff and organising team again as they made my experience a fantastic one.

I would recommend Iko Poran and EEF to anyone who would like to consider volunteering in Ethiopia. – Emmanuel

How to volunteer on Health Coaching for the children and youth in Ethiopia?

Join our volunteer program for wellness coaching in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the program you may include yoga lessons, wellness coaching, wellbeing strategy and more.

Since there are several different ways of thinking about health and wellbeing, students will get in touch with these different kind of exercises. Finally, they will find out, what is best for them.

Understanding the benefits of having a lifestyle in accordance with their body, mind and soul is crucial for health and wellbeing. Moreover, yoga, meditation and physical exercises help to achieve and maintain physical fitness and mental stability. This is a positive definition of health and wellbeing.

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Caring for Orphaned Animals of the African Bush: Ricardo from Brazil

Ricardo Ramajo from Brazil has been caring for orphaned animals in the African Bush during his volunteer project on wildlife rehabilitation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

It was a lot of fun. I made many friends and learned a lot. – Ricardo Rampajo, Brazil

Volunteering on Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

If you decide to volunteer for the rehabilitation of wildlife in South Africa, you can take care of orphaned and injured animals of the African bush. Throughout your stay, you will live near these magnificent wildlife. You will develop a deeper understanding of African wildlife. While working on wildlife rehabilitation, you’ll have a unique experience that goes beyond the wildest dreams of most people.

Care for Orphaned Animals in the African Bush

During this voluntary journey into the African bush you will be fully dedicated to the rehabilitation of large and small wildlife in South Africa. At the same time, you spare neither time nor effort and make a valuable contribution to the conservation of endangered species from the African bush. Since you live in a nearby lodge, the song of African birds will wake you every morning. After breakfast, spend your days looking after the animals.

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Mathilde Steiness from Denmark enjoys Teaching in Ghana

Mathilde Steiness, a volunteer from Denmark, has been teaching in Ghana:

I’m super happy with the work and the program down here. I definitely acknowledge and see the need for help and aid. – Mathilde Steiness

How to Teach in Ghana as a volunteer?

Volunteer teaching English in Ghana supporting the already established local teachers at the schools run by the children’s homes. When the volunteers pair and team up with the local teachers, they will make success in the classroom. Once accepted into our program, we will work with you to choose the subjects that you are best suited to teach. Additionally, we will match you to appropriate grade levels based on your interest and the needs of the school. The schools serve students from nursery to junior high school levels.

How to become a volunteer teacher in Ghana?

Visit our volunteer teacher project in Ghana, and find all details how to sign up!

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Jessica Mansoto shares her love with children in Tanzania

Jessica Mansoto, from Brazil, is sharing her love with the children in Tanzania, with the child care volunteer project. We are happy to see, that many Brazilians now go for volunteering abroad! Nice work!   

Care for the children in Tanzania at an Orphanage in Arusha

This is an orphanage in an area situated at only 10 minutes from the hostel. Around 25 children aged 4 to 15 live there while waiting for adoption since all of them are orphans. The team at the orphanage offers more than just food, clothing, and shelter; they offer education and a loving home.

When you go ahead and organize all kind of activities for the children, they will greatly appreciate your creativity and dedication!  You can teach them arts & crafts, English, plan outdoors activities, organize a theatre play or dance workshop, etc. They are more than open to anything you want to offer. Also you can help in the kitchen, vegetable garden or in the farm. Most importantly, they need care and affection. With the right effort and ideas, you can really help them change their live paths. Are you up for it? Come and join to leave your mark!

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Advocating for Children in South Africa: Dr. Hugo Tolomei from Brazil

Dr. Hugo Tolomei, a lawyer from Brazil, advocating for children in South Africa. With lawyers like you we can surely build a better future, thank you very much!!

What else volunteers can do for the children apart from advocating

In Cape Town, South Africa, you can do volunteer work at Doreen’s Crèche, educating the children at the day care. Recently, two volunteer physicians from Brazil did even a health screen for the children.

If you are into therapy, or psychology, you can even work with occupational therapy for children with special needs. Moreover, there is a teaching internship available at a school on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town.

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