Make a REAL difference in South Africa with The Imizamo Yethu Childrens Project Program
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Love Volunteers
This unique project makes a true difference to disadvantaged families. Volunteers work in one of two crèches, both of which are based in the impoverished township of Imizamo Yethu. The area was originally created in the early 1990’s to accommodate an estimated population 3,000. Now home to around 40,000 people of diverse nationalities, most live in substandard conditions without basic amenities such as electricity, running water and proper sanitation. Volunteers working here will get a unique insight into how all these different African cultures come together to live side by side. Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the people of Mandela Park, but through sheer resilience and an overwhelming spirit of “Ubuntu” (ancient African word referring to the philosophy of Human Kindness and Compassion), they survive from day to day. Volunteer help is essential in the crèches to help care for the children, keeping costs to a minimum and allowing parents to work, or seek employment and work towards a brighter future. Many have had to flee their own countries and seek a better life for their families in South Africa.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide quality child care to underprivileged children in the Imizamo Yethu township in Cape Town
- Improve the future prospects of these children by providing a solid early childhood education, improving their educational prospects for the future
- Boost the confidence and aspirations of marginalized children and their families
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both students and international voluntee
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the development of South Africa's next generation. While this highly rewarding project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check