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Give back through immersion in authentic local experiences on unique, sustainable projects.

OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:

"I feel every aspect of this experience was really great, staff were really friendly and helpful, Swaziland was beautiful and the volunteering projects were varied and interesting - I recommend every aspect of my experience"Prudence Maseko, Zimbabwe

OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE SAID:

"It was a great experience where I could mean something to the beautiful children at the NCP"Lianne Post, Holland

 FAST FACTS

Swaziland
4-12 Weeks
Starting at $1,421
5%
Lidwala Lodge
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

OVERVIEW

Make an impact; contribute to sustainable development and have a genuine cultural experience with a passionate and professional African responsible travel company.

Volunteer to help care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland. With the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence, many of Swaziland’s children have lost their parents and thus face food shortages, lack of adequate shelter and care, poverty and lack access to education.

All Out Africa established and supports six Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) in Swaziland each of which hosts between 30 and 80 children. The role of these NCPs is to provide pre-school education, food, support and guidance to vulnerable and orphaned children in their communities. The NCPs enable these children to remain living with their extended family by providing free education, meals and support to relieve financial pressure on an already stretched family support network. This concept established by UNICEF has been a much needed response to the HIV/AIDS crises in Swaziland where one in three children are vulnerable. These NCPs provide safe environments within the community for these children to grow and thrive during their early development and offer a foundation for the child’s education.

The Orphan Care Project gives you the opportunity to assist these vulnerable children working with our local staff and community volunteers in a number of different ways; by assisting with pre-school education and facilitating the All Out Africa syllabus of activities, providing meals, helping to guide the children, while giving them care and adult support.

HIGHLIGHTS

The highlights of this rewarding experience include:

  • Give hope through assisting at Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) 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

ACCOMMODATION

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.

YOUR ROLE

As a volunteer on the Orphan Care Project you will be working with existing Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) in the local community. Your role is to assist our local staff and community volunteers with teaching of the syllabus, which includes maths, reading, writing, arts & craft, storytelling and physical activity. You will also participate in weekly sports days held at the NCPs, and assist with serving breakfast and lunch. Generally it’s also a great opportunity to bring fun and laughter into the children’s lives.

The NCPs have a syllabus which you will assist the delivery of. As a volunteer you may get involved in many of the following activities:

  • Teaching English and maths and marking worksheets
  • Leading role play and imagination activities
  • Designing activities that support the syllabus
  • Reading stories and facilitating learning through storytelling
  • Giving support and attention to the children
  • Organising games and sports activities to help them learn through play
  • Assisting with preparing and serving of meals
  • Teaching basic life skills including teeth cleaning and hygiene

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 project assisting with activities on the syllabus including maths, reading, writing, arts and craft, sport, storytelling and play.
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……
ITINERARY

Day 1

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 in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).

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, 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 orphan care 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 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 Swaziland and transfer by road to Johannesburg to catch your flight.

Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa.

For 4 week plus option

Day 29 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.

INCLUDED IN FEE
  • 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

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

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!
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