“Had a fun and exciting trip and loved to try and help some parts of the community.”
“I will miss Cape Town and all of the friends that I have made while being here. An experience is to be had everywhere I went!”
|Starting at $1,127|
|3 meals per day|
|First Monday of the Month|
Flights are not included in the cost.
Make an impact; contribute to sustainable development and have a genuine cultural experience with a passionate and professional African responsible travel company.
Volunteer to build in Swaziland. Help build much needed infrastructure for orphaned and vulnerable children using local building materials and techniques. Work as a volunteer with local builders in one of Africa’s last remaining Monarchies where HIV/AIDS is decimating rural communities and leaving many orphaned children with inadequate shelters.
The Build a Future Project aims to assist these vulnerable children through building basic shelters, gardens, water systems and other physical structures needed at households and care points. At the same time you will be transferring skills, providing basic accommodation and helping give communities’ encouragement and motivation to improve the quality of life. The project uses locally sourced building materials where possible and local methods. We construct mud bricks using a locally made compressor and use other local materials wherever possible. This project caters to volunteers wanting to make a difference but also to groups who want to be involved in larger scale building projects
The highlights of this rewarding experience include:
- Learn traditional Swazi building methods
- Give hope through developing/maintaining our care points to educate and support orphan and vulnerable children
- Visit to a Swazi Cultural Village and learn about Swaziland’s rich culture
- See the spectacular mountains and stunning beauty of Swaziland
During your stay you will be accommodated in an award winning lodge, in Ezulwini, Valley of Heaven. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. For more information please see the Swaziland Lidwala Lodge Accommodation factsheet.
As a volunteer on the build a future program you will be in the communities, building classrooms and structures for the Orphaned and Vulnerable children, and maintaining existing infrastructures, with the aim of giving a good shelter for these children and a suitable schooling environment. You may also assist with development and maintenance of gardens which provide a source of nutritious food to the children.
You will use local techniques of making mud bricks, then lay foundations, complete plastering, flooring, windows, doors and roofing under the supervision and direction of a local builder. Then decorate the structure! You will have the opportunity to meet local community members and provide support to needy families and children while working on the building.
As a volunteer you may get involved in many of the following activities depending on the timing of your placement:
- Making clay bricks
- Clearing and preparing land for structures to be build
- Digging of foundations upon which to build
- Building structures including roofing
- Fencing and developing gardens to provide nutritious food for the children
- Painting structures
- Fix up swings and other play equipment
Day in the life of a volunteer:
|7:00||Wake up to see the sunshine, jump in a hot shower and get yourself started for the day with breakfast!|
|8:00||Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day|
|8:30||Participate in your chosen project, such as building structures, digging foundations, making bricks, maintaining structures, planting seeds and erecting fences.|
|13:00||Time to either return to your accommodation for lunch, or eat the packed lunch you made that morning!|
|14:00||Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm – this may involve returning to your morning building placement or having the opportunity for additional projects including local language lessons and assisting at homework clubs|
|16:30||Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the pool!|
|18:30||Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax……|
Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (more details in “Arrivals” section in the Swaziland Destination Brief) where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Swaziland. It is approximately a five hour journey from the airport to you to your accommodation.
The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience, and what to expect on the tours.
In the afternoon you will embark on a Cultural Tour where you will visit the museum to learn about Swazi history and culture, and then will walk around a real Swazi village to experience day-to-day life in Swaziland. The tour finishes with a local culinary delight – a traditional Swazi braai!
Day 3-5 and other weekdays for the duration of your stay
You will spend these days volunteering on your building project.
Day 6-7 and other weekends for the duration of your stay
These two days are a free weekend, a great time to explore the magic of Swaziland! You have the opportunity to join any of a number of fantastic excursions including zip lining across the stunning mountains and gorges of Malolotja National Park, white water rafting on the Great Usutu River, a quad bike tour or a rural home stay at a living Swazi village to mention just a few of the incredible activities Swaziland has to offer.
For 2 week option:
Day 15 Return home
Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Swaziland and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight.
Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa.
For 3 week plus option
Day 15 onwards
Continue with your volunteer project as described in days 3-5, giving you more time to contribute to your project and experience beautiful Swaziland.
- Comprehensive 24 hour, 7 day a week support from All Out Africa
- Volunteer projects specifically designed to enable you to make an active contribution during your stay
- Support of volunteer project coordinators who are experts in their fields which ensures the volunteer experience is valuable
- Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture and your role as a volunteer upon arrival
- All food and accommodation throughout your stay
- Donation to our non-for-profit foundation which supports our humanitarian and community and conservation activities
You can also add one of the following to your adventure of a lifetime prior to or upon arrival:
- Zip lining weekend through the mountains, waterfalls and gorges of Malolotja Nature Reserve
- Kruger National Park 3-5 night camping safaris to see the big 5!
Some Interesting Links
Volunteer Projects Contact
- +268 2416 2260
Adventure Tours contact
- +268 2528 3423