South Africa Children's Hospital Volunteers
Brighten children’s lives as they undertake lengthy hospital treatment in South Africa, and become a healing hero, helping young patients get through their hospital experience with a smile. You’ll be based in southern Africa’s only child-specialist facility, where seriously ill children are admitted for life-saving treatments. Your job will be to make sure young patients still get time to play, sing, and laugh, despite their health conditions. It’s a hugely important role as many children are a long way from home and in hospital for extended periods, often unable to see family and friends on a regular basis. So, you’ll be there for them, making them smile, giving them hope, and helping them heal.
- Bring fun and laughter into the lives of seriously poorly children
- Provide respite for parents and support the hospital’s dedicated team
- Give children the hope and determination to heal
- Be amazed by the resilience and bravery of the incredible children
- Explore the many wonders of Cape Town in your free time
- Make lifelong friends with other volunteers at the project
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE PROJECT
From your very first day, when you arrive at the airport, you’ll be greeted by friendly smiles. Our team will take you to your volunteer accommodation in the local suburb of Fish Hoek – a beautiful area with white sand beaches and friendly atmosphere – where you’ll receive an orientation of the local area and be briefed on what to expect from the coming weeks at your hospital placement.
The Children’s Hospital in Cape Town is the only one of its kind in the country, in fact in the whole of southern Africa, and children are brought from far and wide to receive treatment from the dedicated staff and to benefit from the outstanding specialist paediatric facilities. Many of the children are suffering from long-term illnesses or serious conditions and will be spending a long time in hospital, if not the majority of their childhoods in and out of hospital wards, and your job is to make that time easier and happier for them.
You’ll work in the hospital from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 3pm, and spend your days playing games, singing songs, reading to, and generally making the children smile. It’s really important work; it gives little patients a distraction from their condition, helps alleviate the pressure on staff of looking after a busy hospital, and gives parents time away from their children’s bedsides without the worry of leaving them alone.
Your evenings and weekends are your free time, where you’ll get to socialise with the other volunteers, chill out at the local beach, and head into Cape Town (just 45 minutes on the train) to explore, shop, try out some incredible activities, and party.
- Arrival airport transfer
- In-country orientation
- Worthwhile volunteer project
- Local in-country team support
- 24/7 emergency contact
What's Not Included
- Travel Insurance
- Return airport transfer
- Local transport