Volunteers

Are you willing to support our project in South Africa?

Then this is the place to find all information needed!

 

For further questions please feel free to contact us via mail

volunteers@alstergrootbos.com

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people of every age who are motivated to change the world for the better. You will experience that even small changes will contribute to the big picture and change people’s lives in South Africa as well as your personal view of the world.

  • You are dynamic: you are a proactive thinker, you like to tackle problems and find solutions, organise activities and initiate change
  • You are a motivator: you like to work with people, make a difference in life
  • You love sports and have coaching experience
  • You like to work with children and young people

Than apply for our volunteer programm now!

What are your volunteer tasks?

Our volunteers mainly support and lead the sports programms. They prepare and provide training sessions on their own, organise and accompany tournaments. The Alster Grootbos Hockey Project is focussing on hockey as our main sport. Training takes place 4 days per week in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus. However, volunteers can also join and support soccer, athletics, tennis and netball training. Additionally we cooperate with the schools and provide sport acitivities for the school kids. Volunteers are also developing and strenghthening the cooperation with the schools.

 

Additionally to our sports programmes the project aims to improve the childrens’ education. Therefore, we offer and support several additional and educational programmes such as HIV prevention courses or environmental lessons and social acitivities, for example the „beach clean up“. Volunteers support and join these programmes. Besides, our volunteers take administrative tasks and support the work in our office. 

Anything else to know?

  • The standard of living as well as the working methods in South Africa are completely different to western countries. 
  • You have to organise yourself autonomously and think and work independently. Guidelines are rare, thus, you have to work out things on your own.
  • A minimum stay of three to six months is optimal to build a relationship of trust and support with the children and provide continuity.
  • The Grootbos Foundation picks you up from the airport in Cape Town. You are staying in our volunteer house, sharing a room and bathroom with several other volunteers. Additionally we provide a car for transportation. To cover these services, the foundation will charge you with an amount of approximately € 200 per month.

How to join the volunteer programme

You are motivated to join the project and you match the description of potential volunteers? Then feel free to contact us!

 

  1. Read the information on this website carefully to familiarize with all facts.
  2. Fill out the application form here
  3. You will be selected.
  4. Plan and coordinate your stay with us. Only book your flight when your flight details are confirmed by the Grootbos Foundation in South Africa to make sure there is space in the volunteer house.
  5. Book your trip (due to our coorperation with SAA you get special conditions), apply for your visa if you plan to stay more then 90 days, check your vaccinations (you should have all standard vaccination, no specific vaccinations needed). 
  6. Fly to South Africa where you will be picked up at the airport by the Grootbos Foundation.
  7. Enjoy your time and keep us up-to-date by reporting your experiences on Facebook. To be activated as page administrator, please contact Nicola.
  8. Please write a monthly report to keep us informed what is going on.