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Safe Haven

This organization supports children and their immediate family in a dignified and compassionate manner and also provides a safe haven for abandoned and abused children. Volunteers join a variety of projects supported by the organisation during their experience. For this project it is important to be flexible and take initiative.

Safe Haven

Overview:

Location Cape Town, South Africa
Duration From 2 weeks
Dates All year round
Requirements
  • You must have an upper intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You must be passionate about working with children
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance, police clearance certificate
Day of arrival Thursday
Day of departure Saturday

Highlights

  • Work towards improving the quality of life of disadvantaged and ill children.
  • Provide love, positive attention and lots of smiles.
  • Help to create opportunities for all, regardless race, financial situation or gender.
  • Experience amazing tours and adventures in and around Cape Town.
  • Receive personal support from the volunteer coordinator.
  • Share this experience with other volunteers from all over the world.

Project Information

The Safe Haven Project was established in 2007. This project is an NPO that aims to help the less fortunate in South Africa by improving their quality of life. The project’s focus is to provide positive attention, educational activities, play time and basic needs to mainly children and youth in various communities. This all takes place in a safe environment so that everyone involved can develop and grow.

The project supports various organisations in Cape Town, providing a safe haven to underprivileged, abandoned and abused children.

This volunteer experience will be very rewarding if you are passionate about caring for children and can bring a positive, creative and proactive attitude. You will have the opportunity to interact with interesting people from all walks of life and get to know different cultures and religions.

Your Role

Monday – Friday, usually from 09:00 – 15:30 (depending on the locations and travel time).

As a volunteer on this project, you will have a fun-filled volunteering experience in which no two days are the same. The project team plans a weekly schedule with some fixed days where certain organizations are visited, but will prioritize organizations where help is needed the most on on other days.

What you do:

  • You give love, hands, attention and a smile: sometimes just being there is enough.
  • You play: all kinds of educational and fun games, sports and art activities.
  • You help: with supervising, meals, homework and activities in aftercare facilities, so that the children stay off the streets.
  • You get things done: arrange and give meals, build and paint playgrounds, furnish facilities, or any other way where hands-on help is needed.
  • You help create tiny miracles: when wishes from a child, small or big, cross the project’s path, they try to make them happen - a gown for a gala, sports equipment for a talented kid or even the simple things like school books and uniforms.
  • You connect & share: by bringing organisations and people together to make things happen, this project creates possibilities, gives hope and an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences. Together we are strong!

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.

This project can sometimes be emotionally draining so you will get to choose which programme you would like to do again while you are with the Safe Haven team. It is important that you are aware of this before applying for this project. We will assist you during your stay to make sure that you are coping with the experience, but you need to be mentally prepared to be open to the challenge.

Accommodation 

You will live at the Volunteer House. It is a private house in an upmarket residential area and consists of rooms with 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. There are 4 bathrooms to share, a communal kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with TV and DVD and a beautiful garden with a swimming pool. A commercial laundry service is close by. Bedding is provided. Towels will be not provided. In addition to the self-catering option, you can order homemade lunch and/or dinner which are delivered on a daily basis.

Testimonials

Gabriela from Brazil

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"I was in Cape Town to join the Safe Haven volunteer program and it was the best experience of my life. I’m very happy and grateful to have helped the children in townships, because they are amazing and can show us how simple and gorgeous life can be."

Beatriz from Brazil

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"Being a Good Hope Volunteer was the best experience I ever had! During all the time that I was with the kids at the Safe Haven project, I was happy and when it was time to leave I was anxious to see them again for the last time. My last day was so sad, that I cried thinking that this amazing experience was over."

Patricia from Brazil

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"My experience in Cape Town was amazing. It's a big challenge being in a different country to help people but when we are with the children, we realize how much they need an hour of your time and the attention is important to them."

Gabriela from Brazil

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"Volunteering in Cape Town on the Safe Haven project was the best experience I could have been through. I met a lot of nice people, made friends, learned English and got to change the way I see the world."

Emanuelle from Brazil

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"It was the best experience in my life. When I dicided to go to South Africa my specific motivation was work as a volunteer on a project supporting people. I knew it would be a great experience but I never imagined or dreamed to live what I lived. Cape Town is a really beautiful place, but if anyone asks me what I liked most, I will have no doubt in saying that it is the people, they are completely lovely. And Kim, the founder of Safe Haven project, is one of the biggest reasons for this statement. I worked with Kim for a month and I've lived and learned a lot from her. The main objective of the NGO is to help children who have a serious illness, such as cancer. Providing support and often a home to the families of these children. But the projects go far beyond that, daily we were working on different projects, sharing and helping with what we can. And what I get back is pure and true love from these beautiful children."

Alexandra from Brazil

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"I thank Naomi and Vanessa for welcoming me with great warmth. My days in Cape Town were full of joy and I had such a great experience. Kim from Safe Haven is such an inspiration and I loved my volunteering work."

Renata from Brazil

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"Nothing in this world exists that feels better than making a difference. I felt this all the time here. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces was the best experience of my life. Thank you so much Good Hope for these happy moments."