Give back to others, see spectacular sights and cultures and have fun on a life changing experience

“Had a fun and exciting trip and loved to try and help some parts of the community.”

Irene WeissGermany | Child Care (SA)

“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!”

Korinna Kemmerich Germany | Teaching & Youth Development

 FAST FACTS

Swaziland
2-12 Weeks
 Starting at $1,194
10%
Lidwala Lodge
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

Build a Future

The Build a Future Project aims to assist 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.

OVERVIEW

Project Background

The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) has the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates, with approximately 31% of the population being infected. In 2010 it was estimated that there were close to 200,000 orphaned children in the Kingdom due to HIV/AIDS. Many more children are now without a parent and live with an extended family that already has stretched resources. Unemployment is high, approximately 39% of Swazi’s are without a job, which rises considerably to 53% among youth. About 66% of the population is unable to meet basic food needs, while 43% live in chronic poverty. Children are particularly vulnerable and often are in desperate need of help and support.

This project involves working with a number of small care centers, called Neighbourhood Care Points (NCP’s) and other non-profit organizations in Eswatini who are assisting orphans and vulnerable children. The specific aims of these centers vary but in general, they provide orphaned and vulnerable children with food, care, pre-school education, and a safe environment.

Accommodation & Meals

During your stay, you will be accommodated in an award-winning Lidwala Lodge in Ezulwini Valley. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. 

Project Start Dates

The start date for this project is the first Monday of the month throughout the year, with the exception of December when the project is closed.

Included in the Cost

● Comprehensive 24 hours, 7 days 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 ensure 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

Where Your Project Fee Goes

By signing up with us you are donating your time and skills to work directly with communities in need through a structured project.   There are many benefits of volunteering with an organization like ours. Sometimes it is hard to find projects to support in a foreign country that are safe, worthwhile and reputable. When you sign-up for one of our projects for 2 or 12-weeks, you become part of a bigger, sustainable plan that our team of qualified staff has carefully crafted. You will also receive travel and visa support, orientation, a safe place to stay, logistical support, in addition to clear expectations of the work you will do. This is why we charge a fee for volunteering or interning abroad.

Your project fee goes towards a company you can trust, an experience that is worthwhile and an opportunity that will make a positive and sustainable impact on the community you have chosen to serve.

Not Included in the Fee

8 Local transport fares to your projects

8 Medical/Travel Insurance

8 All Flights & Visas

YOUR ROLE

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 the 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.

Some of the activities you will get involved in may include:

● Making clay bricks

● Clearing and preparing land for structures to be built

● Digging of foundations upon which to build

● Fencing & developing gardens to provide nutritious food for the children

● Painting structures

● Upkeep swings and other play equipment

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are volunteers are likely to participate in.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you work with children, you will be in the rural areas where modesty will be an important factor. Please make sure you dress appropriately- failure to do so may result in you missing a day of volunteering. More information about the dress code will follow in the pre-flight guide.

ITINERARY

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!

7:30 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day

8:00 Participate in your chosen project assisting with teaching activities

12:00 Time to eat the packed lunch you made that morning!

12:30 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm

15:00 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……

Itinerary for your experience

Day 1 Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Day 2 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.

Day 3-5 and other weekdays for the duration of your stay. You will spend these days volunteering on your project.

For 4 Week Option

Day 29 Return Home Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Eswatini and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight. 

Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa if on the designated departure day.

For 4 Week+ Option

Day 29 Onwards Continue with your volunteer project as described on days 3-5, giving you more time to contribute to your project and experience.

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