Ubuntu = African principal of humanity is a 4 week volunteer program Volunteering in South Africa with children and orphans in the township.
Minimum stay: 4 weeks – Pax can stay for longer, but minimum stay of 4 weeks, due to impact on the children
Accommodation: Yoga Shala – Back packer style accommodation / volunteer house – Walking distance to project, with a home away from home feeling.
Accommodation is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Cape Town City Orientation on Red Bus
Programme mentorship & guidance
Cape Diversity Tours tour desk
Additional tours & transfers
Medical / Travel Insurance
Project location : Masiphumelele Township, Cape Town. South Africa
A small township, in an eco-sensitive area, with 50 000 residents. Experience the vibrant African culture whilst volunteering in this diverse and wonderful township. Many challenges affect this community – poverty, unemployment, HIV and AIDS, crime, drugs. Your role as a volunteer will be to help the women of the township, commonly referred to as “mama’s”, in caring for the children.
Project description :
Your role as a volunteer will be to help the women of the township, commonly referred to as “mama’s”, in caring for the children. Your job is to be a positive role model for the children and to share your skills and experience with them. In so doing, helping to broaden their minds, so that they meet young people from all over the world. You in turn will have a deep experience of the African culture, as the children will share their traditional dances, theatre pieces, songs and games with you. You will work closely with the African culture and experience Ubuntu culture, Africa’s gift to the world.
All our township projects are under resourced and lack basic facilities. We work together with the local women of the township, to create safe and happy spaces for the children. Slowly and strategically helping to improve their environment. We work with vulnerable and orphaned children, that have been affected by poverty. Not all our children come from vulnerable situations, but many of them do. Our aim is to develop values among the children, value & respect for their own lives and that of others.
COST : USD $ 1,400.00 per person (4 weeks) or EURO 1,275.00 per person (4 weeks)
Morning : 08h00 – 12h30
Mornings are spent, supporting other projects and day care centres in the township. These children are younger 0 – 6 years; whereas our afternoon project is for slightly older children 6 – 15 years. The children are very small, so help is needed in all aspects of their care. Changing nappies, feeding, cleaning and providing the general love, care and routine – that gives comfort to little ones.
Lunch : 12h30 – 14h30
Lunches are spent at our centre in the township, or at a nearby coffee shop / restaurant. Or a visit to the local shopping mall.
Afternoon : 14h30 – 16h30
Afternoons are spent at our own centre, “ The Ubuntu Centre” and volunteer base in the township, where we take care of 60 – 70 children every afternoon. The Ubuntu centre is based on values – kindness, respect, caring, sharing, non-violence, respect for all life etc. We have a kitchen, where we prepare meals, an organic township garden, a workshop space and a stage where the children are able to have a platform to perform traditional songs and dance.
Whether you have studied social work, law, teaching, nursing, theatre, or if you simply have a little love to give – this experience – will enrich your own life and bring so much experience to whatever field. You will learn so much about development and working with a community / township – the challenges and the success, all part of life.
Age : 18 + to 60 + years
Why volunteer ?
Today’s world is about building character and experience – you might have studied and got the degree; but to develop yourself as a person / human being is real progress. If you are taking a gap year, or are thinking about changing your career, or at a crossroads and needing time out – no better way to find one’s own direction, than to volunteer.
Why pay to volunteer ?
Most of what you pay, goes on hard costs – accommodation, meals, transport, logistics, co-ordinators and a percentage to the projects. In today’s world, no one can afford to host anyone – with rising energy and related food costs, so instead of been a help, one becomes a burden. Through volunteering, one is able to bring valuable skills and resource, during challenging times.The most important thing is that you are paying to develop yourself as a person.
Optional extra’s :
Wellness package : R 2,500.00 per person
Weekly yoga session
3 Day Happiness course
1 Free Massage
Meet the Team