New Hope Volunteers

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Social Services Project (Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Albertinia, Knysna)

volunteer in social services project in south africa
  • Provide assistance for disabled people, students with special needs, and senior citizens
  • Gain hands-on experience working alongside local professionals
  • Live with a local family and enjoy the day-to-day life of a South African
  • Enjoy the world-renowned wildlife attractions, beautiful natural wonders and the diverse South African cultures in your downtime

Be part of one of the most rewarding projects that helps a group of people who needs it most! Facing difference kinds of physical and mental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, water heads, hemiplegic, autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndromes and Tuberculosis, and hearing, speech and sight impediments, this group of people are in desperate need of help. The Social Services project aims to help the disabled (physically as well as mentally) and senior citizens. This project provides special education for students struggling with learning disabilities, and assisting senior citizens with their day-to-day activities. In addition to helping people with disabilities, this project will also prove essential in creating friendly environment for these disabled in the society. Volunteer in South Africa, and help improve the lives of a disadvantaged group of people in a very gratifying project. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to enjoying Africa’s best!

Volunteers' Responsibilities

By volunteering in South Africa in the Social Services project, you will be improving the lives of disabled people, students with special needs, and senior citizens. Depending on the individual’s skills and expertise, and the needs of the local staff, your daily duties include but are not limited to:

  • Spending time with the disabled and senior citizens and having fun with them,
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dance, etc.
  • Helping to monitor physical and mental health
  • Assessing physical and mental health
  • Supporting organizational and management tasks
  • Assisting staff with routine tasks and chores
  • Assisting staff with rehabilitation activities such as working for institutional development, fundraising, administration, event management research, communications, and program development
  • Reinforcing the information taught in workshops or classes
  • Assisting the patients with rehabilitation and therapeutic activities
  • Leading educational classes or workshops
  • Support program development
  • Working on the maintenance of the facilities
How You Can Make a Difference

This project deals with providing assistance for disabled people, students with special education needs and senior citizens. In the special education group, most students have learning challenges and short attention spans. In most cases, basic age-dependent reading and writing skills have not yet been achieved. Learners are divided into class groups according to their functionality. In one class group teachers may have to work out different individual programs according to the intellectual abilities and capabilities of the learners. All learners require specialist services like speech & occupational therapy. Physiotherapy and services from social workers and nurses are essential. Volunteers opting to provide care for senior citizens will help with the physical stimulation classes. Many participants of the older group simply need help stretching and walking. Much of the elderly support project is completed during the physical stimulation classes at Rusthof Old Age Home.

Skills and Qualifications

No specific qualifications are required to join the social service project in South Africa; however, interested individuals should have a passion and eagerness to share their time with disabled people, learning-challenged children and/or senior citizens. Patience and high-flexibility are a must. Volunteers must also respect the rules and regulations of the center, be resourceful, and must not hesitate to become involved in different activities.

Project Location

This project is located in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Albertinia and Knysna. All projects and our Cultural Program originate in Cape Town, but most placements are located are located outside of Cape Town. All placements offer access to activities that are considered “authentic South African” experiences and all locations are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and natural beauty.

A few of our projects are located in Stellenbosch in The Winelands. This town is the second oldest and one of the richest towns in South Africa. The wines, historical buildings, oak lined streets and university offer a beautiful backdrop for free-time excursions. Stellenbosch is centuries old and the town was founded primarily to support the region’s wine production. Historic Cape Dutch architecture rules the town and most buildings have been carefully restored. Vineyards and wineries are the main pull here, but hiking trails abound at local nature reserves.

Our Garden Route projects are based in Albertinia, Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Riversdale. The Garden Route is wrapped along the coastal area along the Gouritz River, up into the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains. There are a few local wineries and the local Garden Route Game Reserve offers a chance to see animals in their natural environment. The 2nd highest bungee jump in South Africa is located at the famous Gouritz Bridge. Beachside towns are only 30-45 minutes away and offer a great afternoon of relaxation and playing tourist. There are water sports and trails for hikes, horses and cyclists. Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich feather capital of the world and also boasts caverns and caves to explore. Riversdale is the flower kingdom of the garden route and there are mountain activities as well as many local markets at which to buy local artists’ works.

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