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Living in one of South Africa’s wildlife hotspots and close to the beach, you will have a hand in educating and supporting orphaned and needy village children, as well as entire families and contributing to a brighter future for them. Through educational sessions, support groups and supporting those living with HIV/AIDs, you will leave a huge impact on a rural, but beautiful area in South Africa.

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Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Spend one-on-one time with local village children in pre-schools and creches, providing education and support that helps them prepare for primary school
  • Run creative and inspiring after school sessions at a nearby community orphanage, working with disadvantaged and needy children
  • Support local Zulu communities who struggle daily with the effects of poverty and HIV/AIDs-related issues and help empower them for brighter futures
  • Spend your weekends in the African bush, joining world-class safaris and seeing some of Africa’s most magnificent wildlife
  • Live in the home of South Africa's largest population of hippos and crocodiles and a short walk away from one of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches in Southern Africa
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education Child and Orphan Care
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“Being able to impact the education of so many children and having fun doing it, is such a special thing. And knowing that my impact will continue for years to come and help the children of Zululand to achieve their dreams was life changing.” Sianne Pedder, Business Manager, St Lucia

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 874
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1110
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1345
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 1701
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 1923
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2145
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 2367
2017 - 9 Weeks GBP 2589
2017 - 10 Weeks GBP 2811
2017 - 11 Weeks GBP 3033
2017 - 12 Weeks GBP 3255
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 939
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1192
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1445
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 1828
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2066
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2305
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 2543
2018 - 9 Weeks GBP 2782
2018 - 10 Weeks GBP 3020
2018 - 11 Weeks GBP 3258
2018 - 12 Weeks GBP 3497

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October | 5 & 19 November

2018 Start Dates:

14 & 28 January | 11 & 25 February | 11 & 25 March | 8 & 22 April | 6 & 20 May | 3 & 17 June | 1, 15 & 29 July | 12 & 26 August | 9 & 23 September | 7 & 21 October | 4 & 18 November

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Work & Impacts

As a country with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS anywhere in the world and a large divide between rich and poor, South Africa has a huge need for educational support, especially in the rural villages of St Lucia in Zululand, where many children can be orphaned at an early age and entire families need help.

The remote villages surrounding the town of St Lucia face many problems associated with poverty, scarce resources, lack of running water and also a struggling education system, where access to a quality education for children is limited. Further to this, education regarding topical issues facing the community, such as HIV and AIDS also needs development as the majority of villagers will be living with the effects of this virus.

This is why our volunteering project was set up in 2007 and since, we have seen huge successes in combating these issues through the following initiatives that you will be involved in:

Day care center

Day Care Center

Working with 9 different day care centers throughout the year, each of which can be taking care of anywhere between 40 – 100 local village children, volunteers are a huge helping hand to the passionate, but underqualified women who run them. These day care centers are the only form of education the local children are able to receive before primary school and aim to give them the preparation they so desperately need. However, under staffed and under resourced, they are not always effective.

Volunteers provide assistance every morning to these day care centers and get involved in educational and interactive classes and activities which help the children improve their English language, numeracy skills, reading ability and helping them develop into empowered and educated young children, who are vital to the generation of the area in the future.

Orphanage after school club

Orphanage After School Club

At a community orphanage for children and teenagers, volunteers help run an after school club once a week, which provides a safe and exciting environment for the children to relax, play and learn new skills. Most of all, this club provides a time where the children can enjoy “just being kids” without the pressures of the hardships associated with living in an orphanage and it is something that both volunteers and the children look forward to each week!

It is also an opportunity for the orphaned children to meet international volunteers from all over the world, forming ideas of role models and what they want from their future. It assists in their English language development, social and creative skills and is a very inspirational afternoon.

Empowering families

Empowering Families

The villages surrounding St Lucia are rife with poverty and disease and due to a lack of access to facilities for medical treatment and educational opportunities, plenty of families are struggling on a daily basis without the right level of support. Volunteers take part in our initiative that aims to assist these families, where possible, and improve their quality of life. This can take the form of building work, creating sustainable gardens for healthy living and growing their own food, income generation ideas and working with the children to improve their education.

This project has seen many families improve their quality of life since it’s inception, such as having effective access to clean drinking water, sources of food that they have grown themselves, additional rooms for homes, improved furniture such as bed frames, food parcels and last but not least, assistance in registering their children for school.

Reading club

Reading Club

In the center of the village sits a brightly painted and very colorful old shipping container, a donation from volunteers, and in it is a wealth of books available to the local village children. Since it was converted into a library, volunteers help run a reading club once a week and it is definitely a very popular pastime for the local children and teenagers. Children from each of the villages (with a real mixture of ages and abilities) join us to read with volunteers, learn new skills and improve their English. The children absolutely love attending as we have created a points system where they can earn different levels and eventually take on the responsibility of reading with younger children – it’s amazing to see children learning a love for reading!

Other Activities

Further to the initiatives that we run above, you will also get the chance to be involved in plenty of our other on-going community development and HIV/AIDS-related activities that go on during the week. Depending on the needs of the community at the time, you could join:

  • HIV/AIDS Primary School Education Classes
  • Support groups for mothers and children living in poverty
  • Building, farming and refurbishments of houses and schools
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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Spot the wildlife

Spot the Wildlife

St Lucia is a town surrounded by a World Heritage Site, home to the largest population of hippo and crocodiles in South Africa and world-famous game reserves, which means it is one of the best locations in the country to spot the Big 5 – lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and the elusive leopard! Either take a day trip on safari, night drive or even an overnight stay in a luxury tented camp, spending the night in the bush and hearing the sounds of animals around you. If you want to stay closer to town, you can go on a cruise on the estuary to spot hippos and crocodiles, or even just watch out of your window at night when hippos come wandering through the town!

Explore the local area or relax at home

Explore the local area or relax at home

You will finish volunteering for the day in the late afternoon and as you will be based in the tourist town of St Lucia, there is plenty to see and do around town, whether it’s eating out at one of the restaurants, popping to the gym, having a massage or getting a group of volunteers to go and do sundowners at the jetty with a cold drink! Outside of town, you could walk down to the beach and jump into the warm Indian Ocean, take a horse ride or hire a car and drive out to explore the World Heritage Site you live in.

Don’t fancy hiring a car? No worries, we can plan everything for you and arrange tours of the local area, but should you fancy relaxing at home – great! Why not play board games, hold a movie night or have a traditional South African ‘braai’ (BBQ!) under the stars?

Culture

Culture

The town of St Lucia is a tourist town for South Africans, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local culture both in the town and outside in the rural Zulu villages. Whether it’s joining a cultural evening, learning the traditional dance of the Zulus, drinking some homemade Zulu beer or having a traditional meal in the village, there is plenty to do which will help you understand the culture. As well as these activities, you should also visit the fruit markets, which sell freshly gathered fruits, as well as curios and souvenirs which you can bring home!

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About St Lucia

About st lucia

About the Destination

St Lucia is a tropical paradise, based on the East coast of South Africa and surrounded by a World Heritage site, meaning once-in-a-lifetime wildlife opportunities for you to see. A tourist town, it is host to the biggest population of hippos and crocodiles in the country and is where you will be staying and working during your time volunteering.

As an area which is still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family, the villages surrounding the town are still considered very traditional and unfortunately suffer from poverty, a lack of development and are in need of resources and access to facilities. This is where our volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical initiatives which aim to combat some of the issues you will see on a daily basis.

Living in these villages are some of the friendliest and most welcoming locals, but these won’t be the only characters you’ll meet during your time here; you’ll get very used to the monkeys who regularly come and visit the volunteer house, as well as the hippos who take their nightly stroll through town. On safari, you can spot some of the most elusive of these characters, everything from jackals to hyenas and even Africa’s Big 5 animals, including the magnificent elephants who live in the area.

That’s just on land, wait till you hear what you can see and do in the beautiful waters surrounding St Lucia!

Whether it’s setting sail on the Ocean to spot whales out to sea (June – Nov), or watching endangered turtle hatchlings take their first swim in the warm waters (Nov – Mar), St Lucia’s marine life is amazing. You can even take a trip to Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins or grab your scuba diving gear and head under the water yourself.

Failing that, you could always just relax at the volunteer house, which is fully equipped with everything you need (including a pool!) and spend the night under the stars having a traditional South African braai (BBQ!) with your fellow volunteers and staff.

Meet the Team

Zululand team

The team here in St Lucia is filled with the most passionate, hardworking, caring and fun loving people you will ever meet. Everyone  brings something different to the team, but we all share a love for the people and the communities we work with. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sarah Cooke, UK

I can't even begin to explain how amazing my time with the St. Lucia team was. The staff were so helpful and knowledgeable, and an absolute laugh! I had a great group of volunteers to work with, from all over the world. It was so rewarding teaching the children every day and seeing them learn and respond, playing the hilarious apple game!

I got to help teach English to adults within the community, partake in gardening, as well as having the absolute joy of working with and seeing the growth of Inkanyezi Crèche and a look in at what the medical volunteers get up to in the clinic. It was the most insightful and -as cliché as it is- life changing experience to date.

It opened my eyes to so much and really broadened my prospects and aims for the future. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be coming back. I cannot recommend the project enough. 10/10 '

Kasey Wolstenholme, UK

Its a lifechanging and thought provoking experience involving a rollarcoaster of emotion. Best thing you'll do.

Pat O'Shea, Australian

'I had a lot of reservations about volunteering in St Lucia. I'm pretty sceptical when it comes to humanitarian volunteer work in general. But St Lucia proved to be one of the most rewarding, worthwhile things I've ever done. I left there knowing my work was beneficial and my time was spent well.

The program is really well set up; it can easily rotate volunteers on a weekly or monthly basis through ongoing projects. I feel as though I played my small part in something very worthwhile.'

Karen Hayre, UK

I feel like the projects have been so rewarding. Again, seeing the progress of kids at crèche within such a short time is an amazing feeling. I would definitely do something like this again, without a doubt. I also feel like the projects have inspired me to undertake a career with children. There has been so many positives from this trip, including meeting amazing people, both in the villages and the volunteers and staff.

Chelsea Ruocco, UK

In my 3 weeks here, I have listened and gained wisdom from some of the strongest women I have ever met, I learned to garden, and learned how to build a crèche

Charlotte Stewart, UK

'I will definitely be leaving South Africa with a new set of eyes. I will be taking home with me so many memories of my time here. Until you are out here you don’t realise just how lucky you really are.'

Carole Ann Ferguson, UK

‘I have been able to experience local life and customs which I could never have done if I had just come as a visitor. I have also made new friends and pushed myself into doing things that I thought I would not have had the confidence to do. My whole time here has been brilliant and it is one of the best things I have ever done! Thank you all for making it so enjoyable.’

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Orphan Day Care and Community Support, Zululand

Zululand, South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Living in one of South Africa’s wildlife hotspots and close to the beach, you will have a hand in educating and supporting orphaned and needy village children, as well as entire families and contributing to a brighter future for them. Through educational sessions, support groups and supporting those living with HIV/AIDs, you will leave a huge impact on a rural, but beautiful area in South Africa.

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Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Spend one-on-one time with local village children in pre-schools and creches, providing education and support that helps them prepare for primary school
  • Run creative and inspiring after school sessions at a nearby community orphanage, working with disadvantaged and needy children
  • Support local Zulu communities who struggle daily with the effects of poverty and HIV/AIDs-related issues and help empower them for brighter futures
  • Spend your weekends in the African bush, joining world-class safaris and seeing some of Africa’s most magnificent wildlife
  • Live in the home of South Africa's largest population of hippos and crocodiles and a short walk away from one of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches in Southern Africa
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education Child and Orphan Care
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“Being able to impact the education of so many children and having fun doing it, is such a special thing. And knowing that my impact will continue for years to come and help the children of Zululand to achieve their dreams was life changing.” Sianne Pedder, Business Manager, St Lucia

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 874
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1110
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1345
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 1701
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 1923
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2145
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 2367
2017 - 9 Weeks GBP 2589
2017 - 10 Weeks GBP 2811
2017 - 11 Weeks GBP 3033
2017 - 12 Weeks GBP 3255
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 939
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1192
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1445
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 1828
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2066
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2305
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 2543
2018 - 9 Weeks GBP 2782
2018 - 10 Weeks GBP 3020
2018 - 11 Weeks GBP 3258
2018 - 12 Weeks GBP 3497

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October | 5 & 19 November

2018 Start Dates:

14 & 28 January | 11 & 25 February | 11 & 25 March | 8 & 22 April | 6 & 20 May | 3 & 17 June | 1, 15 & 29 July | 12 & 26 August | 9 & 23 September | 7 & 21 October | 4 & 18 November

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Work & Impacts

As a country with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS anywhere in the world and a large divide between rich and poor, South Africa has a huge need for educational support, especially in the rural villages of St Lucia in Zululand, where many children can be orphaned at an early age and entire families need help.

The remote villages surrounding the town of St Lucia face many problems associated with poverty, scarce resources, lack of running water and also a struggling education system, where access to a quality education for children is limited. Further to this, education regarding topical issues facing the community, such as HIV and AIDS also needs development as the majority of villagers will be living with the effects of this virus.

This is why our volunteering project was set up in 2007 and since, we have seen huge successes in combating these issues through the following initiatives that you will be involved in:

Day care center

Day Care Center

Working with 9 different day care centers throughout the year, each of which can be taking care of anywhere between 40 – 100 local village children, volunteers are a huge helping hand to the passionate, but underqualified women who run them. These day care centers are the only form of education the local children are able to receive before primary school and aim to give them the preparation they so desperately need. However, under staffed and under resourced, they are not always effective.

Volunteers provide assistance every morning to these day care centers and get involved in educational and interactive classes and activities which help the children improve their English language, numeracy skills, reading ability and helping them develop into empowered and educated young children, who are vital to the generation of the area in the future.

Orphanage after school club

Orphanage After School Club

At a community orphanage for children and teenagers, volunteers help run an after school club once a week, which provides a safe and exciting environment for the children to relax, play and learn new skills. Most of all, this club provides a time where the children can enjoy “just being kids” without the pressures of the hardships associated with living in an orphanage and it is something that both volunteers and the children look forward to each week!

It is also an opportunity for the orphaned children to meet international volunteers from all over the world, forming ideas of role models and what they want from their future. It assists in their English language development, social and creative skills and is a very inspirational afternoon.

Empowering families

Empowering Families

The villages surrounding St Lucia are rife with poverty and disease and due to a lack of access to facilities for medical treatment and educational opportunities, plenty of families are struggling on a daily basis without the right level of support. Volunteers take part in our initiative that aims to assist these families, where possible, and improve their quality of life. This can take the form of building work, creating sustainable gardens for healthy living and growing their own food, income generation ideas and working with the children to improve their education.

This project has seen many families improve their quality of life since it’s inception, such as having effective access to clean drinking water, sources of food that they have grown themselves, additional rooms for homes, improved furniture such as bed frames, food parcels and last but not least, assistance in registering their children for school.

Reading club

Reading Club

In the center of the village sits a brightly painted and very colorful old shipping container, a donation from volunteers, and in it is a wealth of books available to the local village children. Since it was converted into a library, volunteers help run a reading club once a week and it is definitely a very popular pastime for the local children and teenagers. Children from each of the villages (with a real mixture of ages and abilities) join us to read with volunteers, learn new skills and improve their English. The children absolutely love attending as we have created a points system where they can earn different levels and eventually take on the responsibility of reading with younger children – it’s amazing to see children learning a love for reading!

Other Activities

Further to the initiatives that we run above, you will also get the chance to be involved in plenty of our other on-going community development and HIV/AIDS-related activities that go on during the week. Depending on the needs of the community at the time, you could join:

  • HIV/AIDS Primary School Education Classes
  • Support groups for mothers and children living in poverty
  • Building, farming and refurbishments of houses and schools
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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Spot the wildlife

Spot the Wildlife

St Lucia is a town surrounded by a World Heritage Site, home to the largest population of hippo and crocodiles in South Africa and world-famous game reserves, which means it is one of the best locations in the country to spot the Big 5 – lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and the elusive leopard! Either take a day trip on safari, night drive or even an overnight stay in a luxury tented camp, spending the night in the bush and hearing the sounds of animals around you. If you want to stay closer to town, you can go on a cruise on the estuary to spot hippos and crocodiles, or even just watch out of your window at night when hippos come wandering through the town!

Explore the local area or relax at home

Explore the local area or relax at home

You will finish volunteering for the day in the late afternoon and as you will be based in the tourist town of St Lucia, there is plenty to see and do around town, whether it’s eating out at one of the restaurants, popping to the gym, having a massage or getting a group of volunteers to go and do sundowners at the jetty with a cold drink! Outside of town, you could walk down to the beach and jump into the warm Indian Ocean, take a horse ride or hire a car and drive out to explore the World Heritage Site you live in.

Don’t fancy hiring a car? No worries, we can plan everything for you and arrange tours of the local area, but should you fancy relaxing at home – great! Why not play board games, hold a movie night or have a traditional South African ‘braai’ (BBQ!) under the stars?

Culture

Culture

The town of St Lucia is a tourist town for South Africans, which means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local culture both in the town and outside in the rural Zulu villages. Whether it’s joining a cultural evening, learning the traditional dance of the Zulus, drinking some homemade Zulu beer or having a traditional meal in the village, there is plenty to do which will help you understand the culture. As well as these activities, you should also visit the fruit markets, which sell freshly gathered fruits, as well as curios and souvenirs which you can bring home!

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About St Lucia

About st lucia

About the Destination

St Lucia is a tropical paradise, based on the East coast of South Africa and surrounded by a World Heritage site, meaning once-in-a-lifetime wildlife opportunities for you to see. A tourist town, it is host to the biggest population of hippos and crocodiles in the country and is where you will be staying and working during your time volunteering.

As an area which is still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family, the villages surrounding the town are still considered very traditional and unfortunately suffer from poverty, a lack of development and are in need of resources and access to facilities. This is where our volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical initiatives which aim to combat some of the issues you will see on a daily basis.

Living in these villages are some of the friendliest and most welcoming locals, but these won’t be the only characters you’ll meet during your time here; you’ll get very used to the monkeys who regularly come and visit the volunteer house, as well as the hippos who take their nightly stroll through town. On safari, you can spot some of the most elusive of these characters, everything from jackals to hyenas and even Africa’s Big 5 animals, including the magnificent elephants who live in the area.

That’s just on land, wait till you hear what you can see and do in the beautiful waters surrounding St Lucia!

Whether it’s setting sail on the Ocean to spot whales out to sea (June – Nov), or watching endangered turtle hatchlings take their first swim in the warm waters (Nov – Mar), St Lucia’s marine life is amazing. You can even take a trip to Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins or grab your scuba diving gear and head under the water yourself.

Failing that, you could always just relax at the volunteer house, which is fully equipped with everything you need (including a pool!) and spend the night under the stars having a traditional South African braai (BBQ!) with your fellow volunteers and staff.

Meet the Team

Zululand team

The team here in St Lucia is filled with the most passionate, hardworking, caring and fun loving people you will ever meet. Everyone  brings something different to the team, but we all share a love for the people and the communities we work with. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Sarah Cooke, UK

I can't even begin to explain how amazing my time with the St. Lucia team was. The staff were so helpful and knowledgeable, and an absolute laugh! I had a great group of volunteers to work with, from all over the world. It was so rewarding teaching the children every day and seeing them learn and respond, playing the hilarious apple game!

I got to help teach English to adults within the community, partake in gardening, as well as having the absolute joy of working with and seeing the growth of Inkanyezi Crèche and a look in at what the medical volunteers get up to in the clinic. It was the most insightful and -as cliché as it is- life changing experience to date.

It opened my eyes to so much and really broadened my prospects and aims for the future. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be coming back. I cannot recommend the project enough. 10/10 '

Kasey Wolstenholme, UK

Its a lifechanging and thought provoking experience involving a rollarcoaster of emotion. Best thing you'll do.

Pat O'Shea, Australian

'I had a lot of reservations about volunteering in St Lucia. I'm pretty sceptical when it comes to humanitarian volunteer work in general. But St Lucia proved to be one of the most rewarding, worthwhile things I've ever done. I left there knowing my work was beneficial and my time was spent well.

The program is really well set up; it can easily rotate volunteers on a weekly or monthly basis through ongoing projects. I feel as though I played my small part in something very worthwhile.'

Karen Hayre, UK

I feel like the projects have been so rewarding. Again, seeing the progress of kids at crèche within such a short time is an amazing feeling. I would definitely do something like this again, without a doubt. I also feel like the projects have inspired me to undertake a career with children. There has been so many positives from this trip, including meeting amazing people, both in the villages and the volunteers and staff.

Chelsea Ruocco, UK

In my 3 weeks here, I have listened and gained wisdom from some of the strongest women I have ever met, I learned to garden, and learned how to build a crèche

Charlotte Stewart, UK

'I will definitely be leaving South Africa with a new set of eyes. I will be taking home with me so many memories of my time here. Until you are out here you don’t realise just how lucky you really are.'

Carole Ann Ferguson, UK

‘I have been able to experience local life and customs which I could never have done if I had just come as a visitor. I have also made new friends and pushed myself into doing things that I thought I would not have had the confidence to do. My whole time here has been brilliant and it is one of the best things I have ever done! Thank you all for making it so enjoyable.’

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