SOUTH AFRICA: Women Volunteer Program

Women Volunteer Program South Africa
Women Volunteer Program South Africa

Women empowerment volunteer program in South Africa is looking for volunteers to work alongside local teams to improve the living standards of women through microfinance and small scale business training support ventures. 

Volunteer with women in South Africa through our microfinance project that provides small financial loans to individuals and small groups of women and youth who are not be able to access loans from a traditional bank. Volunteers in South Africa on this our women empowerment program can assist the project by reviewing loan application forms. They also aid in completing the daily ledger, conducting business review interviews with those who interested in loans, updating the beneficiary profiles and visiting the beneficiaries to monitor their growth.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • develop small business ideas,
  • basic bookkeeping skills
  • conduct weekly workshops on topics related to micro-credit, computer literacy and vocation skills training.
  • Helping locals with writing business plans
  • Developing marketing strategies
  • Conducting workshops
  • Providing business guidance and support and more.

Go Volunteer Africa’s women volunteer program South Africa is a great way of gaining business skills while helping small businesses in Africa. As a micro-finance support volunteer, if you can commit a longer term volunteer placement are likely  to be involved in more in-depth analysis of the project, for example conducting long-term financial projections, reviewing the program’s policies and procedures, and helping to develop new micro-finance products.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Cape Townis a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

Durban: a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species

Port Elizabeth: a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. A major port, it’s also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighborhood’s Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.

Pretoria: also known as Tshwane, is one of South Africa’s three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government, and as the host to all foreign embassies to South Africa. Pretoria straddles the Apies River and extends eastward into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Port Elizabeth International Airport in Port Elizabeth or O. R. Tambo International Airport in Guateng, this largely depends on your project site. A member of staff from our local partner organization in South Africa will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house which will be your base for volunteering. These airports services numerous international carriers. South Africa has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.

PROJECT DETAILS:

As a volunteer or intern with our South Africa women volunteer program, you will be placed in a unique position to assist with economic and business development in needy communities. As far as microfinance volunteer in South Africa opportunities are concerned you’ll have to decide just what you’re into, either internship with credits or just volunteering-sharing your skills and expertise.

Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering in South Africa program offers sustainable development projects across the country that provide economic support, education, capacity building for rural, semi-urban people and slum dwellers in South Africa. Each volunteer placement in South Africa provides a totally different experience, but main activities involve working with local children, youth, women and elderly.

We utilize local resources and provide the locals with the education and skills they need to empower themselves to be self- sufficient.  A micro-finance support volunteer placement is appropriate for you if you have great ideas and a seriously flexible nature. This women volunteer program in South Africa is ideal for the volunteers interested in entrepreneurship and finance. They can gain practical work experience in the field and international experience, while learning from locals and making a worthy contribution to the community.

It is important that you have a strong interest in the field. You should also be flexible, able to communicate well, and eager to learn. Knowledge for business, international development, and microcredit is very important in this project in South Africa.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

No particular experience or skills required to get involved in our volunteer work in South Africa. All you need is a desire to make a difference. Volunteers should also be flexible, self-motivated and have a strong willingness to learn and take new initiatives.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on South Africa volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in South Africa. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Friday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to South Africa must obtain a visa from one of the South African diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, in which case they get what is called a “Port of Entry Visa”. Visitors who require a visa must apply in person and provide biometric data. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 1 month after departure and with one blank page (two if a visa is required). South African Government announced that an e-Visa system would be introduced in February 2021.

Nationals of the following countries/territories who hold valid national passports are not required to obtain South African visas for visits of up to 90 days: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that South Africa has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum one week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——————
Start Dates: 2nd or 16th of the month
Arrival dates: 1st or 15th of the month
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Families or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: South Africa
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$460
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off can be arranged on request
Apply Now
4 Weeks
$1360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off can be arranged on request
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us