This is your chance to make a real and impactful difference in South Africa as a volunteer.
Soweto is a sprawling community that falls under the municipality of Johannesburg. Due to the drastic numbers of HIV and AIDS related deaths amongst young parents, there is an unprecedented number of children who have been orphaned and are struggling while living beneath the poverty line. Reports have suggested that almost half a million Soweto children are living under the poverty line and there is an urgent need of social service support.
Our local partner in Soweto have been working in the community for years, utilizing volunteers from all over the world. They have a system whereby projects are able to best utilize volunteers where they are most needed. It allows the opportunity to support projects in accordance to their needs.
For the SWAP South Africa Soweto Children's Orphanage Project, we are looking for caring, hardworking team players who are tolerant and open to different cultures and traditions. Volunteers should be flexible and open to assisting with the projects' needs. Working as a volunteer in Soweto, helping the community and making life easier for the children will be sure to be an absolutely rewarding experience!
Volunteer tasks include:
You'll also go on an amazing Kruger National Park safari! On Day 1 you'll travel with the other project volunteers on an air-conditioned bus to your accommodation for an evening dinner. Bright and early on day 2, you'll see breathtaking landscapes, including Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Berlin Falls, and God's Window before continuing on day 3 to Kruger National Park to see the Big 5 of African wildlife! For those brave souls there is also the chance to go on the Graskop Big Swing (or you can just take in the view while on solid ground). Day 4 will take you back to Johannesburg or the continuation of your volunteer placement, so all transportation is taken care of for you.
Note on program lengths: While this program is designed for a 3 week placement, there are longer programs available if you wish to volunteer more time! Extended placements for 4, 6, and 8 weeks can be arranged - just contact us for more details.
Get support from the local staff during your placement! They have been hosting foreign participants for years and will make your volunteer placement as comfortable as they can.
Volunteers are accommodated within the grounds of their project in cottages, which is specifically set aside for the volunteers themselves. Each cottage has shared bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Volunteers are provided a limited preloaded card each month in order to purchase food from the local grocery store.
Your placement is located in Soweto (3 weeks) and the orientation will take place in Johannesburg (3 days).
Being part of the SWAP South Africa Soweto Orphanage Project is easy! Download the Application Package, read through the information carefully and complete the forms.
When you have your application ready, register online HERE.
Your personal help and your funding will provide needed social services and help keep this the Soweto community strong.
Canadians ages 18+
Minimum 8 weeks prior to your preferred start date. The program dates can fill up fast, so register as early as possible - dates subject to availability
Three weeks + 3-day orientation (and a 4-day Kruger National Park safari tour)
3-month tourist visa (you can stay in South Africa before/after your program ends)
Orientations start on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, available year-round!
SWAP's Soweto Orphanage Project is only $1990 CAD! That includes a 3-month volunteer visa, 3-week volunteer placement on the Soweto Orphanage Project, a comprehensive 3-day orientation in Johannesburg, an exciting 4-day tour to Kruger National Park, plus full accommodation and meals for the length of your placementTake the 1st step ››