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Have you finished your studies? Do you need a career break? Are you retired? Do you want to help make a difference?
The volunteer program is open to anyone
As a member of God’s Golden Acre’s volunteer programme, you will get an incredible opportunity to experience African culture, while helping orphaned and vulnerable children whose lives have been affected by the HIV /Aids – pandemic.
Whatever qualification you have, there is something you can do. There is a great variety of areas of interest: there is the cluster care centre for children who can’t live with their families, or have none. Here help is needed in the daily care of more than 50 children, aged between 1 and 20 years.
The older children go to government schools, and need help with their homework in the afternoons. Some volunteers work in a small clinic at the Centre. There are also work opportunities in the outreach program, while the administration office always needs a hand to keep computers going and emails answered. Last but not least, there is a need for someone who is willing to be involved in maintenance and driving of vehicles.
Anyone is welcome to apply
Anyone who is 25 years old and over. You cannot choose in which area you would like to work. You will be placed in the area that needs a volunteer, unless you have specific qualifications such as a nursing diploma or teaching degree etc. Accommodation is adequate but very basic.
Period of stay
Where working with the children is concerned, we prefer long-term volunteers. Generally we require applicants to stay for at least 6 months; a year or even longer is ideal. Exceptions to this rule are considered, but you might be asked to pay for your accommodation and board.
Life at GGA
As a long-term volunteer, you can enjoy very basic communal accommodation on-site, at no cost. Volunteers must provide for and cook their own meals. Provisions cost approx 300 rand (25 pounds, 30 euros) per week.
The hours are approximately 8 hours a day, which also includes working every second weekend. If you are weekend on duty, there is transport to the local supermarket to buy supplies for the following weekend / week. On the weekend off, there is transport to one of the big Malls, or you may simply hire a car and enjoy Africa’s Backpackers to learn more about people and country. A weekend is the perfect chance to experience the coast, the magestic Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho, the Imfolozi/Hluhluwe Safari Game Parks, Swaziland or Mozambique.
Potential volunteers must adhere to a set of guidelines and standards of dress code and behavior. This is in accordance with the culture of the African people they will be interacting with. As an example, no short shorts or revealing clothing.
DOWNLOAD THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM HERE: Volunteer Application Form