South Africa Zulu Community Project and Adventure

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1. In Brief

Visit South Africa – a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient, breathtaking landscape. Evolving for over thousands of years to become the environmentally and culturally diverse nation that it is today, South Africa attracts millions of visitors every year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities, friendly people, and of course, magnificent African bush!

Working within this rural community, helping people that are less fortunate, experiencing Zulu culture, making your own Thansi (traditional Zulu mat woven from grass) are just some of the wonderful experiences you will take away. Being part of a sustainable development project like this will give you memories and friendships that will stay with you all your life. Immerse yourself in this authentic South African experience; an outstanding array of wildlife, an enigmatic and vibrant culture, a humble and friendly village community like no other await, so grab this heart warming opportunity while you can.

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience beautiful South African scenery and enjoy a mountain horse ride
  • Teach at local schools and orphanages
  • Lend a helping hand to village renovation and community projects
  • Make new life-long friends and return with brilliant memories
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment with this once in a lifetime trip

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Drakensberg
Activities

Teaching
Community volunteering
Working with children
Village renovation
Mountain Horse Ride
Walks to historical caves and waterfalls
On-site maintenance & cleaning

Transport Airport pick-up upon arrival
Accommodation Shared guesthouse or Basotho huts

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country

Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
In-country transport with driver/guide
In-country emergency support
Mountain horse rides
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This Zulu community volunteering project is located in North Eastern South Africa, where you become part of the community working closely with Zulu families and giving your time to help out where necessary. You will help out with a range of activities such as helping out at the orphanage, teaching English to children, helping homesteads with vegetable gardening, basic maintenance of buildings, basic health education and HIV/AIDs awareness and the possibility to help with the Mohair Initiative. During your work you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Zulu culture and its traditions.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Working days are from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm with a one hour lunch break. You’ll have three days a week working in the community either at local homesteads, the local school or orphanage and two days a week will be spent teaching young children at a child day care centre, so there’s lots to keep you occupied in this beautiful location!

You will have the opportunity to teach at a local crèche and school with children of all ages. The numbers of pupils will vary from 10 in a class to over 50 whilst subjects that you could be teaching could include English, maths, sport, crafts, general learning, and even health education. The additional childcare that is offered by the schools and crèche is incredibly valuable, as it provides mothers with the opportunity to develop family businesses, like crafts and the selling of produce, whilst knowing that their children are well looked after. This element of the project provides volunteers with a unique insight into the plight of Zulu children and the lack of facilities they are able to access.

In addition to this you may also have the opportunity to be involved in a range of community regeneration projects, working very closely with different households and community groups, who have been severely affected by the AIDS pandemic, subsequent health problems and unemployment. We help where we can; using the crèches as community bases, through maintenance, DIY, childcare, education, micro loans and whatever else is needed. In providing these people with new opportunities where they feel they have been failed by government systems, and marginalised by health statuses it is clear that they are being provided with the help they dearly need for day-to-day survival.

If there is any community and household research happening whilst you are staying with us, you may be given the opportunity to participate in important data collection! Please note though that this is not guaranteed. Last but not least, there’ll be an opportunity for volunteers to spend some evenings each week working with children at a local residential children’s centre, assisting with sustainable vegetable gardening, sure to be a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience!

You will also get the opportunity to participate in a hike to the national park, where you can see historical paintings, caves, and swim in waterfalls. The caves are lined with San Bushman paintings allowing you to enjoy this extremely historical and interesting region in an absolutely stunning part of the world.

For volunteers participating for three weeks or longer, you will can choose to either go on a day trip to Lesotho via the Sani Pass or go paragliding over the Drakensberg mountains, conditions permitting.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Pietermaritzburg Airport by one of our friendly representatives and transferred to your accommodation approximately 2 hours away which will be your home for the remainder of your stay. You will then have time to get settled into the accommodation and catch up on some much needed rest after the long flight. The next day you will be shown around the different local communities and schools where you will be working for the next few weeks.

Internal flights can be found from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg or alternatively you can take the Greyhound bus from Durban.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living either in our main house, which is large and sociable, or in our Basotho Huts, which are warm, cosy and provide a great experience. All accommodation has stunning views of the Southern Berg and Pholela River and into Lesotho. Accommodation is in shared mixed sex rooms.  Should you be travelling with a friend or partner, please let us know in advance and we will try and accommodate you, although this is subject to availability and not guaranteed. There are hot and cold drinks available throughout the day; the accommodation is an ideal place to relax with fellow volunteers after a long day’s work.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day will be provided throughout your stay so you’ll get the chance to sample the exhilarating fusion of food that is South African cuisine. You may even get to enjoy some delicious authentic African food cooked by the skilled local community members. Why not finish the week on a high note with an authentic (and delicious) South African braai (BBQ)!

 

4. The reviews

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The best aspect of the project was definitely the satisfaction you get from helping and seeing a ...

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It was AWESOME!!!  | 27 Aug 2013
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

If you have the inclination and the energy to pack in even more, there are loads of extra activities to try before or after your trip. Why not check out our South Africa Experience which takes you along the famous Garden Route, and which has plenty to offer the adventurous person. There are many more fun activities though, including hiking, surfing, horse riding, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, flying, hang-gliding, paragliding, beach horse riding, fishing, lakeboat cruises, ballooning or sky diving, so there is certainly no shortage of fun things to take part in!

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,245

Extra week $395

DEPARTURE DATES

Starts every Monday, please aim to arrive before 4pm on the Monday.  You will be returned back to the airport, please do not book your return flight for any earlier than 1pm.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice and documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Pietermaritzburg (PZB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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