The management of our Organization in South Africa consists of 9 members (5 South African citizens, 4 Swiss citizens). House of Hope has one main purpose: To help the poorest children from Kranshoek giving them one meal every day.

Photo of the children of Kranshoek
Children of Kranshoek

All donations received by House of Hope are used exclusively for the benefit of all children we are assisting

Location

Location Kranshoek, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Duration Minimum 4 weeks
Dates January to December 10th (Closed from 22nd December to 10 January)
Requirements Minimum age 18 | Police clearance Certificate.
You must have an upper intermediate lever of English
Special skills: An honest desire to help children from disadvantage communities
Your impact Life Skills training | Education are added to this volunteer experience
 Day of Arrival Sunday
Day of  Departure Sunday

 Highlights

Situated in the heart of the Garden Route.

  • Bringing joy and making a difference to the lives of the children.
  • You will be working with inspirational people from the community.
  • The project lets you visit their sister projects – Wild Cat Sanctuary and Monkey Sanctuary.
  • Onsite assistance from the project.
  • Excursions outside of the project: Bungee jumping in Tsitsikamma – Storms River, visiting Tsitsikamma National Park and skydiving, just to name a few
    • Getting to know the Griekwa and Xhosa culture
    • 24-hour emergency assistance

    Your accommodation is provided by your host parents at Plett HomeStay, there to give you guidance and assistance where needed.

Project Information

The project has been active for over 11 years. Most of our youth that visit House of Hope, need after school care and food. Due to the community being most poor families that need assistance. (Disadvantaged families) Most of the children we assist daily have parents with a low income bracket. These children were potential, or actual, street children but with a lot of love and care we have managed to get them all to go to school daily. These are children who really do not want to be on the streets, but basically had no other option. They receive clothing, one meal a day, supervision over homework, counseling, dancing and art lessons, sports activities and outings. They receive help from social workers who work on building up and uplifting the community

The project has a wonderful, very dedicated, long-standing committee and staff members, but they do need finances to ensure the continued success of their project. This has been an ongoing Community Development Project and their continued success relies on sponsorship and donations.

Programme details

Volunteers need to work – Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 15:00. You assist the management and staff with their daily tasks, depending on your skills and experience.

Daily tasks could include:

  • Reading for the children
  • Working on projects for the youth to educate them in the class room.
  • Music | Sport  | Dancing are part of the events, we get involved in with the youth
  • Gardening projects
  • Yoga classes
  • Assisting the teachers or other volunteers

What to bring

Comfortable clothing like jeans | sneakers | t-shirts  (you must be presentable to the children) Otherwise, there are no special requirements in this regard but we recommend bringing pocket money, toiletries, any medication, sunscreen, mosquito repellents, travelling clothes, books/laptop, camera, any items of personal nature, etc. All these items (and anything else you might need) are readily available at local supermarkets in South Africa.

There are no other special requirements in this regard but we recommend bringing the following:

  • Pocket money
  • Toiletries
  • Any specific medication you require
  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
  • Travelling clothing
  • Reading books and/or laptop
  • Camera
  • Any needed items of a personal nature, etc.

All these items (and anything else you might need) are readily available at local supermarkets in South Africa.

We welcome you to join us!