SWAZILAND: Community Volunteer Work

Volunteer in Swaziland
Volunteer in Swaziland

Go Volunteer Africa offers a number of volunteer in Swaziland projects in which you can choose from for community work. Our choice of volunteer programs in Swaziland include working with Orphans and childcare, Women and Youth Empowerment Programs, Conservation Work, Teaching English, Games and Sports Coaching, Street Construction and Building, Medical and Healthcare.

Go Volunteer Africa has volunteer work in Swaziland for anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of local communities, whether on a gap year, summer trip or as a family volunteering together. One of the advantages of volunteer opportunities in Swaziland, is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement.

PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work with our arts and music project
  • Coach sports and games
  • Help support some income generating and skills development project for youth
  • Teach English and other languages
  • Take up a medical care job
  • Get involved in our environment conservation project.

Swaziland is one of the best volunteer in Africa destination, yet it’s overlooked by many volunteers. Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteer in Swaziland program is available throughout the year. Go Volunteer Africa allows you to give back to communities in Swaziland while exploring the amazing diversity and rich cultural history of this small kingdom.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Mbabane is the capital of Eswatini. It is located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdzimba Mountains. It is located in the Hhohho Region, of which it is also the capital. The average elevation of the city is 1243 meters.

Mbabane’s closest border crossing to South Africa is Ngwenya-Oshoek, and though siSwati is the primary language, English is widespread. Mbabane, and Eswatini itself, depend on tourism and sugar exports. It is also a commercial hub for the surrounding region, while tin and iron were mined nearby. The city has two sites for light industries.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at King Mswati III International Airport in Manzini. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Swaziland will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Swaziland 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. Following your arrival in Swaziland you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Since ages, people from all across the world traveled to Swaziland – some came to see and adore the beauty of the land, while a few came to conquer, some came to trade while others wanted political power. No matter what drove them to come to the Kingdom of Swaziland, but whoever came, fell in love with the country.

In this 21st century, millennials are redefining their travel goals and taking volunteer trips to Swaziland. From high school students to gap year travelers and backpackers, even couples and families, are taking vacations to engage themselves in some sort of meaningful work.

Whether you are interested in teaching, childcare, construction, wildlife volunteer projects, healthcare or medical volunteering, Go Volunteer Africa has volunteer work in Swaziland that is suitable for you. Culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visitors. As well as the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe.

Swaziland has stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves that are home to the Big Five. Swaziland remains one of the raw and untouched sections of the bush, where travelers can encounter traditional reed dances and stalk hippos and rhinos along the waterways.

Artifacts indicating human activity dating back to the early Stone Age 200,000 years were found in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Prehistoric rock art paintings date from c. 25,000 BC. Swaziland is the perfect place to get to grips with many smaller creatures often overlooked on safari elsewhere, and it is a bird-watchers’ paradise.

Swaziland has so much to offer and tourists can benefit greatly from the fact that, with it being so small, every major attraction can be found within just two hours of Mbabane, the Ezulwini Valley or Manzini. Swaziland is known for its civility and peacefulness, despite problems with poverty and one of the world’s worst AIDS crises.

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 Swaziland volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Swaziland. 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 or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. 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:

A full passport valid for at least three months is required for entry into Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. In May 2019, it was announced that Eswatini was planning to introduce a visa on arrival system.

Holders of passports of the following jurisdictions do not require a visa to enter Eswatini for visits up to 30 days: European Union All European Union citizens (except Bulgaria and Romania), Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

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 Swaziland 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 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: Families are welcome
Start Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Mbabane
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
Apply Now
2 Weeks
$360
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 upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
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 upon 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