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Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness in South Africa

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Living in rural Zululand, a region with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS, you will take part in ongoing medical initiatives that provide vital healthcare assistance to local people, while at the same time having the opportunity to spend your free time on safari in world-famous game reserves and living in one of the most beautiful regions of South Africa.

Overview

 Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Support under resourced medical clinics to be a helping hand to their nurses
  • Join a highly successful home-based care initiative, visiting ill patients in their homes and playing a key role in their recovery
  • Assist and run HIV/AIDS awareness activities, including education classes and support groups
  • Help local villagers lead healthy lives through nutrition and physiotherapy sessions
  • Live in an area known for spectacular wildlife, world-class game reserves and rugged coastlines
  • Spend your free time on safari, down at the beach or on one of the tours we can arrange for you when you’re here!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Medical
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“The people of Zululand really open up their hearts and homes to volunteers and they appreciate everything we can do for them. Seeing how much we can help and support them, makes me so proud and honoured to be able to do what we do.” 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 healthcare support, especially in the rural villages of St Lucia, in Zululand.

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 healthcare system, where access to treatment, advice and care is extremely limited. Further to that, for those who are able to reach the nearest rural clinics, they find them overcrowded and under developed, which stresses the need for other healthcare options.

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:

Clinic work

Rural Clinic

Volunteering in the village clinics will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the healthcare system in South Africa and gain valuable work experience abroad. You will be assisting with triage, supporting the local nurses and doctors by taking patients’ blood pressure, temperature, weight and other measurements. As these clinics are highly under resourced and at times extremely over-crowded, this frees up time for nursing staff to help in the treatment rooms. Spending time at the clinic offers an insight into how the healthcare system functions in an area suffering with poverty and is a fantastic way to get to know some of the local people, as well as it being extremely rewarding knowing you have had a significant role in their recovery.

Visits to patients homes

Home-Based Care

Alongside our staff, you will visit patients in their rural village homes as part of our home-based care program. This program aims to provide advice, basic treatment and a service for villagers who are either too sick, elderly or injured to reach the rural clinics. Many of the patients we work with are critically ill and these visits can be very sensitive in nature, however for many of our patients it is the only time each week they will have access to healthcare support and advice, so it is often a visit that many of our patients are looking forward to! Alongside healthcare advice and treatment, we also deliver necessary supplies, such as food, clothing and supplements which can help them in their road to recovery!

Physio and nutrition

Physio and Nutrition

Our Nutrition and Physiotherapy initiatives are one of the most effective programs volunteers have been a part of since the beginning of this project, as the majority of villagers we work with are financially and physically unable to find healthy sources of nutrients and clean water, and many will also be suffering from the effects of disease or illness. Volunteers visit patients in their homes to deliver nutritional food supplements or hold physiotherapy sessions and then record and report on their progress and health. Through monitoring of weight gain and BMI, as well as structured physiotherapy exercises and assessments, we have seen huge progress in our patients, with many who no longer need our help!

Hivaids awareness

HIV/AIDS Awareness

Throughout your stay you will be involved in medical outreach activities that have helped many villagers recover from diseases, chronic illnesses and specifically help those living with the effects of HIV and AIDs, but you will also play a key role in facilitating discussions and workshops to address topics such as prevention, treatment and positive living. One of these ways is through HIV/AIDS support groups for sufferers, where you will talk about relevant issues and these support groups are a very special way to get to know patients you work with, as well as meet other locals in the village who are eager to learn and come together each week. You will also get the opportunity to be involved in Adult HIV Education classes and working alongside a local coordinator, you will deliver lessons to a group of adults who have signed up to our class.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Joining our Empower a Family initiative, providing assistance to families in need
  • Be a helping hand to sick or elderly patients by providing general home assistance
  • Get your hands dirty in any refurbishment or building work going on at the time
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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

St lucia 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

Laura Kernan, Ireland

My highlight was working on the scenes directly with the patients and getting involved in their care and their future planning. I also really enjoyed learning about the Zulu culture and being apart of their lifestyles and learning the language. I cant highlight one experience from another as each day out on project was so rewarding as special in its own way.

Florine Chavand, France

I'm a nurse and after this project I really know I want to continue in this way ! Sometimes in France we don't have enough time for all our patients, but this experience remember me why I love my job and how I really want to make it!

Ellie Friedman, US

Being here taught me that I can live a very simplistic way of life and totally changed my perspective on how I view life, etc---these people have so little materially speaking but are so much richer in spirit. The Zulus are the warmest, most welcoming people I have ever encountere- they truly tug at my heart.

Jonathon Whyler, UK

"The program was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have gained many new skills and learnt a lot. It has made me value things back in the UK e.g. the healthcare system. It has opened my eyes a lot to how a large proportion of the world’s population live."

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Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness in South Africa

Zululand, South Africa

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

Living in rural Zululand, a region with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS, you will take part in ongoing medical initiatives that provide vital healthcare assistance to local people, while at the same time having the opportunity to spend your free time on safari in world-famous game reserves and living in one of the most beautiful regions of South Africa.

Overview

 Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Support under resourced medical clinics to be a helping hand to their nurses
  • Join a highly successful home-based care initiative, visiting ill patients in their homes and playing a key role in their recovery
  • Assist and run HIV/AIDS awareness activities, including education classes and support groups
  • Help local villagers lead healthy lives through nutrition and physiotherapy sessions
  • Live in an area known for spectacular wildlife, world-class game reserves and rugged coastlines
  • Spend your free time on safari, down at the beach or on one of the tours we can arrange for you when you’re here!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Medical
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“The people of Zululand really open up their hearts and homes to volunteers and they appreciate everything we can do for them. Seeing how much we can help and support them, makes me so proud and honoured to be able to do what we do.” Sianne Pedder, Business Manager, St Lucia

Back to Top

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 healthcare support, especially in the rural villages of St Lucia, in Zululand.

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 healthcare system, where access to treatment, advice and care is extremely limited. Further to that, for those who are able to reach the nearest rural clinics, they find them overcrowded and under developed, which stresses the need for other healthcare options.

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:

Clinic work

Rural Clinic

Volunteering in the village clinics will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the healthcare system in South Africa and gain valuable work experience abroad. You will be assisting with triage, supporting the local nurses and doctors by taking patients’ blood pressure, temperature, weight and other measurements. As these clinics are highly under resourced and at times extremely over-crowded, this frees up time for nursing staff to help in the treatment rooms. Spending time at the clinic offers an insight into how the healthcare system functions in an area suffering with poverty and is a fantastic way to get to know some of the local people, as well as it being extremely rewarding knowing you have had a significant role in their recovery.

Visits to patients homes

Home-Based Care

Alongside our staff, you will visit patients in their rural village homes as part of our home-based care program. This program aims to provide advice, basic treatment and a service for villagers who are either too sick, elderly or injured to reach the rural clinics. Many of the patients we work with are critically ill and these visits can be very sensitive in nature, however for many of our patients it is the only time each week they will have access to healthcare support and advice, so it is often a visit that many of our patients are looking forward to! Alongside healthcare advice and treatment, we also deliver necessary supplies, such as food, clothing and supplements which can help them in their road to recovery!

Physio and nutrition

Physio and Nutrition

Our Nutrition and Physiotherapy initiatives are one of the most effective programs volunteers have been a part of since the beginning of this project, as the majority of villagers we work with are financially and physically unable to find healthy sources of nutrients and clean water, and many will also be suffering from the effects of disease or illness. Volunteers visit patients in their homes to deliver nutritional food supplements or hold physiotherapy sessions and then record and report on their progress and health. Through monitoring of weight gain and BMI, as well as structured physiotherapy exercises and assessments, we have seen huge progress in our patients, with many who no longer need our help!

Hivaids awareness

HIV/AIDS Awareness

Throughout your stay you will be involved in medical outreach activities that have helped many villagers recover from diseases, chronic illnesses and specifically help those living with the effects of HIV and AIDs, but you will also play a key role in facilitating discussions and workshops to address topics such as prevention, treatment and positive living. One of these ways is through HIV/AIDS support groups for sufferers, where you will talk about relevant issues and these support groups are a very special way to get to know patients you work with, as well as meet other locals in the village who are eager to learn and come together each week. You will also get the opportunity to be involved in Adult HIV Education classes and working alongside a local coordinator, you will deliver lessons to a group of adults who have signed up to our class.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Joining our Empower a Family initiative, providing assistance to families in need
  • Be a helping hand to sick or elderly patients by providing general home assistance
  • Get your hands dirty in any refurbishment or building work going on at the time
Back to Top

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!

Back to Top

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

St lucia 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. 

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Laura Kernan, Ireland

My highlight was working on the scenes directly with the patients and getting involved in their care and their future planning. I also really enjoyed learning about the Zulu culture and being apart of their lifestyles and learning the language. I cant highlight one experience from another as each day out on project was so rewarding as special in its own way.

Florine Chavand, France

I'm a nurse and after this project I really know I want to continue in this way ! Sometimes in France we don't have enough time for all our patients, but this experience remember me why I love my job and how I really want to make it!

Ellie Friedman, US

Being here taught me that I can live a very simplistic way of life and totally changed my perspective on how I view life, etc---these people have so little materially speaking but are so much richer in spirit. The Zulus are the warmest, most welcoming people I have ever encountere- they truly tug at my heart.

Jonathon Whyler, UK

"The program was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have gained many new skills and learnt a lot. It has made me value things back in the UK e.g. the healthcare system. It has opened my eyes a lot to how a large proportion of the world’s population live."

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