We are a local Non-Profit operating on Christian values to help educate, counsel, teach and mentor youth and women in the rural area outside Cape Town, South Africa. Although we are a Christian faith-based foundation, we warmly welcome volunteers from all faiths, religions, and walks of life!
Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house located on the premises of the small farm owned by our founding directors, Johan and Selene Basson. The premises are enclosed with lockable yard gates and security on doors and windows.
The volunteer house has:
- 2 rooms, each sleeping 4 persons
- personal lockable closet for each volunteer and a central storage place for suitcases
- 2 showers with dressing spaces inside, 2 toilets and 3 basins, each with its own mirror and head light
- Lounge, kitchen and dining area (open plan)
- Wi-Fi and Satellite TV
- Access to swimming pool
- Bedding and Towels included
- Housekeeping and laundry are provided twice a week, the rest of the week the volunteers need to keep the house clean and tidy themselves.
No smoking or drinking alcohol is allowed inside the volunteer house.
The volunteer house is stacked with food for volunteers to prepare their own breakfast and lunch boxes, including porridge, yogurt, eggs, milk, bread, cold meats, cheese, spreads, fruit, juice, water, coffee, and tea, etc. Dinner will be provided every day either at the volunteer house or at the house of our founders.
A detailed description of volunteer work:
- Engage as teacher assistants in the school classroom
- Help with coordinating Outreach Programs
- Coordinate and facilitate youth programs pre-approved by our volunteer coordinator that promote social-emotional development with the following topics: Leadership, Taking Ownership, Social behavior and social ethics, Sport and Health, Healthy living and eating (optional)
- Engage in skills and social development activities with school children on Friday afternoons
- Help with preparations for any other projects of the organization
Here’s an outline of a typical day; note that times may change as per activities or distance from the relevant placements.
6:00 – 7:00: Wake up at the volunteer house
6:30 – 7:30: Breakfast – self-help to cereals and porridge
7:00 – 7:50: Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and distance of the placement that each volunteer is working at. Some can walk to school, others have to take the school bus or some will be taken by car.
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break. Volunteers take a packed lunch to their placements.
14:00 – 15:00: Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers travel back to the volunteer house as they left or as per arrangement. At home, they can go for a swim or just relax. Sight-seeing and shopping must be pre-arranged as we live outside of town.
18:00: Supper at the volunteer house or founding directors’ house
Local Excursions and Sightseeing
- Volunteer orientation and settling in takes place 2 days before the volunteer starts at a school.
- We have a Family Resource Center that is operational over most of the weekends and our volunteers have a choice if they want to or with which programs they want to participate. We are a faith-based organization, therefore, our programs over weekends at our Center are Christian oriented e.g Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry and also other social development programs like victim empowerment, parenting or skills development and drug and alcohol awareness programs.
- The volunteers are busy for ¾ of the day during the week at school with busy children, therefore the afternoons are for their own leisure and relaxation.
- The group can be taken out on pre-arranged local tours at an additional cost, please see our link: http://oneheartcf.org/local-excursions-available-one-heart-volunteers/ for local excursions available for volunteers.
We provide 24/7 support that includes emotional counseling and first aid support. In case of a medical emergency requiring more than first aid, we will take the volunteer to a doctor or hospital immediately. Note however that volunteers are required to purchase their own medical insurance as we will not cover these costs.
Should a volunteer need to leave the program for any reason, we will refund the remaining portion of the fee for accommodation and meals (less bank charges), but we will not refund program coordination and transport fees.
What's included in the fee?
What's not included in the fee?
Our fee excludes:
- Flights and travel costs to Cape Town
- Insurance (volunteers are responsible for purchasing travel and health insurance at their own cost)
We will pick you up on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Cape Town International Airport (International Arrivals Waiting Area).
We will drop you off on Saturday, August 4, 2018, Cape Town International Airport.
- Our values and the way we go about our programs and projects are very family oriented, therefore our children, families, and friends are very involved with the work we do – we need to be examples firstly to our own children and families and that is the motto that we operate by.
- To us you are NOT just another number passing through, you are here for a purpose and we want to build a relationship with you and invite you to be part of our family.
- Volunteers need to fill in an online application form that will be provided following initial registration and final acceptance to the program is subject to our approval.