Spread hope, joy and love to sick and recovering children.
This hospital is for children who have are critically ill and or in recovery. They need love, attention and looking after.
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Duration: Min 2 weeks
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This hospital is the only dedicated specialist pediatric hospital serving the children of Southern Africa. The hospital is a national asset and handles the worst cases of disease and chronic illness in children under 12 years of age.

Focus areas include renal and liver transplants, specialized burn care, neurosurgery, cancer treatment, intensive care, HIV/Aids research, TB, re-hydration and co-ordination, and management in the care of chronic disorders.

The Friends of the Hospital Association is a non-profit organisation based at the Children’s Hospital. They’ve been in existence since 1978, operating as The Family Resource Centre. Their purpose is to accelerate and maintain the recovery of patients attending the Children’s Hospital by providing resources, education and support to patients, caregivers and immediate families.

As FRIENDS, they believe that physical and emotional healing work simultaneously. Throughout our lives, we all need friends – and even more so when one of our children is sick and in hospital. This project is committed to helping make the hospital experience less traumatic for patients and their families by providing emotional support as well as practical assistance.

This association depends solely on the support of the community. With your help, they are able to provide a more comfortable stay for the children and their families at the hospital – because happiness is going home!

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:
This is a “Play Volunteer Programme”:

Play in the wards is a time and space where patients can express the healthy part of themselves. It aims to bring about a sense of wellbeing, an escape from the “illness”.

It creates a warm and happy environment where kids can be kids and not patients. It is during this time that patients can express their playfulness. It is also within this playful relationship that the child’s emotional and social development is encouraged.

You will come to realize that you form part of a multi-disciplinary team, which facilitates the healing process of the little children. It is important to remember that you will not be involved in any medical procedures as per South African health professional laws.

Your main responsibility will be to have and create fun.

Your role Monday – Friday, from 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00.

You take turns visiting the wards and clinics. You interact with patients through appropriate play, reading, and other interactive activities. Ward Allocation is done daily by the Volunteer Programme Manager.

You will be expected to help wherever necessary, including doing administration tasks, helping in the storeroom and assisting the Friends’ Fundraising Shop. It is important to note that this description serves as an example only.

The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.

This project can be emotionally draining. It is important that you are aware of this before applying for this project. Debriefing will be provided by the Programme should you need it.
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.
Min 2 weeks
Additional per week:
- Playing a part in the happiness and providing love for sick and recovering 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:
• Thursday arrival transfer from Cape Town/ Airport to accommodation.
• Sunday departurture transfer from accommodation to Cape Town/ Airport
Friday Cape Town city walking tour which covers South Africa history, social skills, transport, safety and projects, Transport and Lunch included.
Saturday Cape Penisular tour. Explore the beauty that is Hout bay, the famous chapmans peak drive, Cape point nature reserve and hang out with the african penguins on bolders beach. Transprt and Lunch included.
•All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program
•Appointed co-ordinators for duration of program
•Accommodation: volunteer house/ host family. Volunteer house
•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
• Bi weekly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers
•Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes upon completion of questionaire
- 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)
- 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 - 6 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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