Spread hope, joy and love to sick and recovering children.
This hospital is for children who have been critically ill but are now in recovery. They need love, attention and looking after.
from EUR 1175.99
Duration: Min 2 weeks
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For some families living in townships it is difficult to keep medicine refrigerated, difficult to keep wounds clean and monitor the child`s recovery, so this Recovery Hospital meets a vital need amongst Cape Town`s poorer families. Just like any other child, these little ones need love, attention and stimulation which the staff are usually too busy to offer, so volunteers are much appreciated!

As a volunteer at Hope Journey you will have a wonderfully varied experience, and be involved with all the different aspects of running a charity recovery hospital. As with any home, assistance is needed with laundry and storage of all the little baby clothes and linen, simple food preparation, managing of donations of toys (given out at children`s birthdays, and when they go home) and tidying of the baby play areas.

The bursting-at-the-seams classroom welcomes two volunteers to assist the teacher with running the activities peacefully.

Volunteers with bright fundraising ideas will be given scope to implement them, and then there`s the sorting and selling of second hand clothes donations (to raise funds), and admin such as writing to thank sponsors for their donations.

The children love playing games and singing, and need mental stimulation such as learning the words for parts of their body, and having stories read to them.

Some of children are HIV positive, so common sense caution is employed. Volunteers work side by side with paid nursing staff, who will attend to any medical conditions the children might have.

Volunteers, by law, will not be allow to participate in any medical care of the children at the recovery hospital.
Your role:
The volunteers tasks and responsibilities will vary depending on their length of stay e.g. 2 week volunteers interaction with children is limited and they can be requested to do other tasks within the hospital such as help in the laundry area, while volunteers staying for a month or more can be requested to be involved in further training that will allow them to interact with special needs children or those with more complex diagnosis.


- Teach and encourage development through play
- Work at the development stage that the child is and help the child develop to the proper stage where the child should be. Refer to the volunteer file folder in
the volunteer room.
- Collect toys from around the ward and sterilize toys daily, at the end of day each child should have one toy and one numbered soft toy in their cot
- Assist with feeding, show nurse how much child ate when finished
- Make sure that each child has a large sign above their cot that states their first name, gender, and date of birth


- Help teacher and teacher`s assistant with teaching activities
- Ask teacher what the children and learning and how you could be helpful
- Assist with art projects, teaching-sums, letters, time, English, computer
- Assist with keeping room tidy and organized
- Organize children with puzzles and game
- Remember, the adults are always in charge, not the children


* Assist with organizing the linen room and keeping it tidy
* Assist with preparation of meals in the kitchen
* Assist with keeping storage rooms organized i.e. labeled and tidy
Is the work dangerous?
Is there a potential risk?
Children might be HIV+ but there is a non disclosure policy in line with Government regulations and laws, so Volunteers need to exercise caution.
Arrival every Thursday for FREE 3 Day Orientation.
Project starts on Mondays

You2Africa Cape Town Projects Closed 7th December 2018 - 3rd January 2019.

Arrivals on Thursdays every 2 weeks:

17 May 2018
31 May 2018
14 June 2018
28 June 2018
12 July 2018
2 August 2018
16 August 2018
30 August 2018
13 September 2018
27 September 2018
1 November 2018
15 November 2018
29 November 2018
6 December 2018
Min 2 weeks
Additional per week:
7956 ZAR
- Playing a part in the recovery of sick children
- Encouraging a child`s development through fun games and activities
- Being witness to a child`s recovery
- Forming a bond with children that need a lot of care and love
- Working with amazing staff
Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
- A love for children
- An understanding of basic child healthcare and physical motor co-ordination needs, to strengthen their muscles is a a bonus.
Language requirement:
Basic English. A volunteer needs to be able to communicate with both the staff and children.
What's included:
- Transfers (Thursday arrival and Sunday departure)
- CAPE TOWN ORIENTATION: 3 nights accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from
social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to there
accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday).
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program
- Appointed Supervisor for duration of program
- Accommodation
- Two meals a day - Breakfast and Dinner
- Donation per month to the Volunteer Project, to assist in their funding.
- A South African sim card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
- Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2 Hour Surf Lesson
What's excluded:
- The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days
- Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa
as you will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme
- Weekend excursions
- Local Transport for social activities
- Lunches (not provided by host family)
- Use of Phone: Landline or Mobile costs
- Towels and Toiletries
- Accommodation if you arrive before start date or after project end
- Transport to accommodation if you arrive before start date or leave after project end
Closest town:
Cape Town
Surrounding area:
FREE Transport to/from project Monday - Friday
- Volunteer House - shared rooms between 3 - 4 volunteers
- Communal lounge and Kitchen
- South African Host Family in local community - own room or shared with another volunteer
- Breakfast is self service and provided by the volunteer house host/host family
- Lunch is to volunteers own account
- Supper is a cooked meal provided by the volunteer house host/host family

*Please note that the accommodation and food can be basic. If you have special dietary needs you should provide this for yourself.
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