Beach time at Masizame

Masizame Children’s Community Project

Location Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Duration Minimum 4 weeks
Dates January to December 10th (Closed from 11th 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

Project Information

The project has been active for over 13 years and is home to 23 children that are there for various reasons, ranging from having no home of their own, having parents who cannot afford to look after them, or having been abused. 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, three meals a day, supervision over homework, counseling, camps, art lessons, sports activities and outings. For those children who do have a family to go back to, they receive help from social workers who work on rehabilitating the children and then re-uniting them with their respective families. Once they have left the shelter, the staff constantly visits the families and schools to make sure all is well and help in any way.

Should the child not cope and problems arise, they are welcome to come back and live at the shelter, as there is an open-door policy.

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 16:00. You assist the curator and bird keepers with their daily tasks, depending on your skills and experience.

Art time at Masizame

Daily tasks could include:

  • Reading for the children
  • Working on projects for the youth to educate them in the class room.
  • Music | Sport are part of the events, we get involved in with the youth
  • Assisting the teachers
  • Gardening
  • Go on trips with the children to art classes, drama classes, functions

 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!