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Volunteer in South Africa


Volunteer summer 2019

At Meraki Bay we are looking for motivated and professional volunteers who want to come to Hangberg in the summer of 2019 to develop one of our existing projects or to start their own in one of the three areas where we work: childhood, empowerment of women and entrepreneurship.

The volunteer will join the Meraki Bay work team formed by the local Coordinator Ricardo and the 4 Houties monitors. Together with Ricardo and the monitors, Ramon will be our coordinator of the volunteer program who will be the one to indicate the project in which you can be more effective depending on your profile.

What activities will the volunteer do?

Our volunteering is not fixed but each one will develop an activity based on their profile and the needs of the project at that time.

To put you in situation, we have had specialized volunteers in teaching who have been helping in school, others who developed projects for themselves such as the Coffee shop or the empowerment of women, others who have helped us a lot in Houties. We have also had dentists who reviewed the dental health of the Houties or nutritionists.

We have also had other volunteers who have helped us with the NGO’s own efforts and that have helped us to be better organized and reach the moment we are now.

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What volunteer profiles are we looking for?

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We are looking for proactive people and thinking minds to help us improve what we have and introduce new projects,

    We are currently looking for the following profiles to come help in the already existing projects:

      – People with experience in international cooperation and project management.

        – People with experience in international cooperation for the development of new projects.

          – People with health, medical or odontological training.

            – People with experience in Scout Groups.

              – Football coaches who are capable of holding a training course for local people.

                – Teachers who can help us in school.

                    Of course, anyone is free to come whenever they want to contribute something to an ongoing project or propose an interesting project.

                      * We are developing a dental project between July 12 and July 27, if you are a dentist and you are interested in coming to help write us !!!

                      Do you sign up?

What is the cost?

Meraki Bay does not benefit at all from the volunteer project, all the money is destined entirely to cover the expenses of the stay and the project itself. The price is 200 € / week accommodation and meals included . Weekends are free, although bed and breakfast is included.

The cost goes down depending on the number of weeks, 3 weeks would be at € 190 / week, 4 weeks at € 180 / week.

In addition to this price, an Administration Fee of € 250 must be added, which is used to cover the expenses of managing the volunteer service as well as the personnel who are at the destination coordinating the project.

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What includes
  • Accommodation
  • Full pension (breakfast, lunch and dinner) All week except Saturday and Sunday lunch and Saturday dinner.
  • Counseling and follow-up before and during volunteering
  • Local support staff at destination
Details of the accommodation

The accommodation of the volunteers is an apartment that is located in Hout Bay, in the same area in which the project is developed.

We are literally in front of the school where we carry out our activities.

Volunteers are in shared rooms of up to 4 people.

The maximum number of volunteers is 6.

Next to you will be the volunteer program coordinator of Meraki Bay.

Available dates

For this 2019 we offer volunteering between the 4th of August and the 1st of September.

The project is structured in 4 weeks.

The entry dates are:

Sunday 4 August

Sunday, August 11

Sunday, August 18

The minimum stay is 2 weeks although the recommended stay is 4 weeks.

(Priority will be given to those requests that want to be the full month)

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Training and Previous Advice

Prior to arrival several meetings will be held depending on the type of volunteering that will be done.

These include a training session on Meraki Bay, the projects we carry out and the community itself.

Another / s session / s in which we will comment on the project to be carried out and the best way to channel it for the success of it.

Does not include

The following concepts are not included in the price:

  • Mandatory medical insurance (€ 1.62 / day per person) (This or that can be your particular)
  • Transport from / to the airport (We can coordinate a carrier that picks you up)
  • Airline tickets
  • Excursions or other trips in South Africa (Garden Route, safaris, bungee jumping …)
  • Requirements: person over 18 years of age and with minimum knowledge of English (B2 level) to be able to help effectively.
  • Visa: For most Spanish-speaking countries you do not need to ask for a visa (Except Mexico)
  • Vaccines: If you intend to visit the Kruger National Park, you must take the malaria pills. If not, in principle it is not necessary to be vaccinated. We recommend consulting with your medical center.
  • Other questions: Do not hesitate to ask us what you need to know.

If you are interested in coming to Volunteer, fill in this form, tell us how you think you could help and we will answer as soon as possible.

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