Working with abused children in a children home

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Children in South Africa are at risk due to substance abuse, violence, sexual abuse, HIV/Aids, poverty and many other factors. So many children are found in need of care according to the Child Care Act and placed in a home when no other safe placement could be made. At the Children home in Durbanville they seek to nurture and offer loving care to children from abusive or troubled backgrounds, in order to help them to be safe and have the opportunity to develop into mature, well-balanced men and women. The home opened their doors in 1883, today they care for 169 children from various communities in the Western Cape.
The children are from both sexes and all ages from birth to 18 years as well as all races.  These children often need therapy as well as specialized care. Most of the children have had to face extreme trauma in their young lives and as a result of broken homes, extreme poverty, HIV and many other factors. Many of them have been neglected, abused sexually, emotionally and physically and experience traumatic psychological effects thereof.

Please use reference: SV05 if you would like to apply. Thanks

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How to get there

On arrival in Cape Town, we will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

If you have booked the orientation days through us, you will be booked into a backpacker for three nights and experience Cape Towns most popular and famous spots like Table Mountain and Cape Point. You also get to explore Cape Town via a City Tour and experience a township.

Your Cape Town orientation will begin the Wednesday before your project begins.So make sure, that you book a flight to Cape Town and allow for the extra time!

On your first day we will give you a lift to your project and introduce you to the staff and programme.

How much does it cost?

Project fee - 450 Euro


3 Days orientation in Cape Town - Euro 195

Starts on the Wednesday before your project begins!

- Meet and Greet
- Airport transfer to accommodation
- Accommodation (3 nights)
- Township Tour
- Table Mountain
- Cape Peninsula Mountain Tour
- City Tour

Project fee includes:

1.       Airport transfer to your accommodation.
2.       Orientation and introduction to the volunteer programme.
3.       Accommodation on the venue, sharing apartments with other volunteers
4.       Food: one meal a day
5.       Sharing car with other volunteers
6.       Assistance and support from the children home and Cape Life coordinators during your volunteer placement.
7.       Cape Town information package. Included in this package is a mobile phone SIM card, which allows you to gain access to the local mobile communications network. Other information includes, city map and list of “things to do” and a discount voucher for activities, bars, restaurants...
8.       Organised tours and activities with other international students.

Project fee excludes:

1.       Flights and insurances
2.       Transport in and around Cape Town
3.       Visas.
4.       Personal expenses.

Available days/best time to come

All year round, although summer is a great time (Dec, Jan, Feb)