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How do you say volunteer?

February 21 is International Mother Language Day. It has been observed every year since 2000 when it was proclaimed by UNESCO in November 1999. South Africa has 11 official languages and many more unofficial languages what are protected by our constitution.

Language is an important part of culture and identity, as well as being essential for communication and education. As more and more people gain access to online resources, linguistic diversity online will assist people in educating themselves in their mother language.

Here are a couple of ways of saying volunteer in different languages:

Dutch - vrijwilliger
French - bénévole
German - sich ehrenamtlich betätigen
Italian - volontario
Norwegian - frivillig
Portuguese - voluntário
Spanish - voluntario
Swedish - volontär
Latin - voluntarius
Afrikaans - vrywilliger
Zulu - sokuzithandela 

How do you say ‘volunteer’?
Good Hope Volunteers hosts young men and women from across the globe. Knowing how to greet people, order food, find the bathroom and thank people in their mother language. Traveling can open up a whole new experience for volunteers - that’s not to say volunteers won’t have a good experience if they don’t know how to say these things. However, due to safety reasons, Good Hope Volunteers requires that all volunteers have the required level of English. If a volunteer’s English level is too low, they can study at Good Hope Studies and join a project after they have reached the required level.

If you would like to be involved in children’s literacy programmes, we offer the Teaching Centre project. This is an early intervention literacy programme. It supports children who struggling to learn to read. To do this, the programme focuses on language enrichment, offering extra help and remedial assistance to children.

Good Hope Volunteer Team

To be part of our amazing volunteer community, please contact us.

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