Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 12 weeks.
Project dates: Year round. (We will let you know the summer vacations) Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.
Arrival airport: Cape Town Airport (Cape Town International Airport).
Accommodation: Volunteer house
Meals: 02 major meals (Breakfast & Dinner) from Monday to Friday. (Lunch and weekend meals not provided)
Airlines: Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Alitalia, KLM, SWISS, EL AL Israel Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Mauritius, Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Delta, Air China, Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.
Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
The Healthcare sector is South African cities is very westernized and of a fairly high standard, however, this only applies to private medical healthcare. This private option is extremely expensive and often out of the reach of the average member of the public.
Private medical healthcare in Cape Town is one of the best in the world, however, public/government hospitals and clinics here are rated as some of the worst in Southern Africa – these facilities often lack funding and are characterized by long waiting periods, shortages in medicinal supplies and equipment, and a shortage of qualified doctors and nurses on duty at any given time.
As a result, these facilities often rely heavily of volunteer help, both local and international. Due to South African labour law and subsequent visa restrictions, volunteers (even if fully-qualified in their home country) are not allowed to treat patients directly and/or prescribe any medications to them, without the supervision of a resident qualified doctor.
08:00 – 15:00, dependent on the needs of the specific medical facility.
This program provides the perfect opportunity for both qualified medics and med students, of every study level, to gain an insight into the way things are done in the South African medical health system. Knowledge-sharing is the integral objective of this program and it is therefore beneficial to both the local facility and the volunteer alike.
As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:
Prep-Room duties – blood and urine testing, body measurements such as weight, temperature, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc.
Baby Clinic duties
Admin/reception duties and updating of patient files/records
Assist with pharmacy duties – prescription and dispensing of medicines
Observation work with doctors and therapists
Assist with fundraising and medical awareness programs
Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Its beaches, such as Camp’s Bay, are world renown, and Cape Town’s beachfront and downtown areas are lively at any time. During the day it is easy to find artisans selling their crafts or outdoor cafes to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. At night, there are many excellent bars, clubs and restaurants where locals and foreigners can relax and socialize.
There are numerous cultural sites to visit, including the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the Castle of Good Hope. They reflect Cape Town’s long history and help explain why the city is one of the most multicultural in the word. Robben Island, the infamous prison where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held during apartheid is a difficult but necessary stop. For outdoor lovers, Cape Town has a wide mix of opportunities. Table Mountain is a breathtaking spot to visit, and there are many nearby hills, mountains and trails that make for great biking, climbing and hiking. Many, like Lion’s Head Mountain, also offer stunning views over the city and ocean below. Join in on tours down the Garden Route and a Game Drive to spot the Big 5.
Program starts and ends in Cape Town
Airport meet and greet in Cape Town International Airport.
Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.
A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.
Support: Local NV coordinator support 24/7 during placement.
Departure: From Cape Town International airport.
Youth Travel Abroad consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows:
Full Board Services Weekly Fee
If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.
Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.
Placement in a suitable project and at our Volunteer House
Placement inventory information prior to arrival in South Africa
Transfer from the airport to the Stay Africa house
Dormitory accommodation for duration of stay
Transfer to local Namaste Volunteer office for Orientation
Orientation Programme, including Welcome Session and Orientation Session
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner, Monday to Friday
Access to email, internet and mail holding facility at the local Namaste Volunteer office – at a fee
Bookings for tours and activities
The Namaste Volunteer House is located in Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb, Observatory! Affectionately called “Obz” by the locals, this suburb is the home of the oldest South African Astronomical Observatory, hence the name.
It’s an arty district that is home to a huge melting pot of various people, sights, sounds, tastes and cultures! The area is also located very close to the University of Cape Town and therefore is also home to many local and international students. The main entertainment area is centered around Lower Main Road – during the day, you’ll easily find yourself in one of the amazing little boutique shops, restaurants, coffee shops or cafes, meeting and chatting with the locals. As the sun goes down, Obz really comes alive! The music and lights of the various bars, clubs, pubs, pool halls, restaurants, etc. provide an awesome nightlife!
The Volunteer House provides a clean, comfortable, safe and secure living-environment for all our volunteers – the house is strictly used for our program participants and not open to members of the public.
Our house boasts the following amenities for your comfort and safety:
Backpacker-style dorm rooms sleeping between 4 – 8 per room
Lockers are provided to keep valuables safe (please provide your own padlock)
Strictly controlled access (all gates fitted with electronic keypad access)
2 TV Rooms / Lounges with full cable TV (various movie, sport & music channels)
2 fully-equipped kitchens (fridge, stove, microwave, kettle, cutlery, crockery, etc.)
Communal Showers and Toilets
Indoor and Outdoor braai/barbecue facilities
Pool Table, Table-Tennis table and dart-board.
Hi-Speed Wi-Fi (vouchers can be purchased at R100 for 4GB of data)
On-site Hostel manager and daily cleaning staff
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included from Mon-Fri (lunch and weekend meals not provided)
The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;
Meals during Orientation days
Lunch during the week and Meals over weekends
Transport to and from the City
Transport to and from Projects
Airport shuttle back to the airport after completion of Programme
Additional cost for special dietary requirements
Visa (if applicable)