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Are you interested in volunteering at the Soweto Youth Initiative? There are lots of ways in which you can help with our programs and activities. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 16:30 with a lunch break from 12:30 to 14:00. Within these hours we aim to carry out the activities.

Children’s program

  • Teaching – We are looking for volunteers that can teach languages and school subjects such as mathematics, sciences and computer lessons. The lessons usually take place in the morning from 10:00 till 12:30. Volunteers can prepare these lessons and bring supplies. The afternoon is usually filled with games.
  • General skill training – The children require coaching in basic skills such as personal hygiene, good behavior/manners and safety rules.
  • Organising field trips – We also want to provide the children with educational field trips because they don’t get a chance to go out much. Volunteers would need to raise funds for transportation and entrance fees. It could also be fun to organise a clean up in the community.

SOMO INITIATIVE

We are looking for experienced fundraisers to help us with raising money to fund the children to go to school. Even if you are not able to come to Soweto but have a background in this area, get in touch!

Praat met mij

We are looking for volunteers with a background in the following areas to raise awareness and mentor our youngsters. These topics can include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Reproductive Health
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Alcoholism and drugs abuse

Uitdelen hygiëne producten

Sanitary products are needed to enable the girls to go to school. If volunteers are able to bring some (or raise funds for) products this is highly appreciated.

Nishike Mkono

Volunteers with transferable skills are welcome to share these with our young adults. You can do things such as making jewelry, painting or baking. The aim of this program is to make the youngsters self sufficient by setting up their own business. You are free to design the workshops, however you will need to provide the resources yourself.

HealthCare

  • We do not only want to help the children in Soweto, but also the elderly and disabled members of the community. They need some extra help with day to day tasks but also specialised care like physiotherapy is required.
  • There is a hospital located in the Soweto slum. Volunteers with a medical background can help the existing nurses and doctors with their day to day checkups. There is also a fertility clinic which is understaffed and therefore requires help.

Other

  • We would like some help getting our office more organised. Volunteers who know a bit about administrative duties are welcome to teach us.
  • To accommodate the programs we require more space and have a plan to expand our center by building a second floor for the village polytechnic. We need funds for buying the materials as well as help with construction when these funds are raised.
  • To make sure our organisation is sustainable we could use help with training our staff in strategy and auditing. This will enable us to apply for more funds.
  • If volunteers are able to bring some supplies, the following items are much appreciated: Pencils, Drawing materials, Books, Donations of clothes and shoes for the children. Used laptop for youth and children training. Digital/Video camera. English book for Kids, Construction blocks (for games), Small cars/toys, Baby-barbie / dolls, Balls (football, rugby, volley, soft) and pomp, Papers, Pens, pencils, colors to paint and brushes.

Accommodation

There are three possible accommodations to stay at during your time here. Depending on the number of volunteers you will either be placed with a family in the slum or in one of two apartment blocks close to the center. We will provide blankets, bedsheets, water for showering, but bottled drinking water is available to purchase in shops nearby (around 5 minutes walking). To help the host with food and accommodation we ask for a contribution of 10 US dollars a day.

Testimonials

Clara - Spain

I spent 2 weeks volunteering in child education and entertainment and my experience was absolutely incredible!!! The organization is very flexible and you are free to suggest any idea for a new project to help there. I highly recommend the experience to anyone who is willing to help out with children and have a good time too!!

Aditya Joshi - India

  • We would like some help getting our office more organised. Volunteers who know a bit about administrative duties are welcome to teach us.
  • To accommodate the programs we require more space and have a plan to expand our center by building a second floor for the village polytechnic. We need funds for buying the materials as well as help with construction when these funds are raised.
  • To make sure our organisation is sustainable we could use help with training our staff in strategy and auditing. This will enable us to apply for more funds.
  • If volunteers are able to bring some supplies, the following items are much appreciated: Pencils, Drawing materials, Books, Donations of clothes and shoes for the children. Used laptop for youth and children training. Digital/Video camera. English book for Kids, Construction blocks (for games), Small cars/toys, Baby-barbie / dolls, Balls (football, rugby, volley, soft) and pomp, Papers, Pens, pencils, colors to paint and brushes.

Jose - Spain

Hello! I’m José Antonio Vázquez, from Spain, and this summer, I travelled to Nairobi to volunteer with the children of the Soweto Youth Initiative. In our time there, we taught the kids Spanish, English and Italian, we also organized many fun activities; we played games, we danced, we played with computer, we even got to organize a beauty contest! I can now say that this has become one of the best experiences of my life. I have no words to describe how much happiness and love these kids transmit. I strongy recomend it! Definitely something worth experiencing at least once in your life.

Gitte - Denmark

SYI does amazing work, by and for the hole community in Soweto. Especially for the kids, so they have a place to go.

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