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The tiny but beautiful kingdom of Swaziland is unfortunately faced with an array of problems, among them high levels of unemployment and poverty. As a result many children find themselves bored and unstimulated, with very little to excite them. Sport and play are known methods for helping improve the lives of  the children that find themselves in these types of negative situations.

This project aims to improve the wellbeing of the disadvantaged children and youth of these semi-rural Swazi communities, through sport and play. The focus is on providing a platform for development for these children, encouraging focus, fitness and a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time  building their confidence through fun physical activity.

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Location of the Project:  Swaziland
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  O.R Tambo International Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Sport and Play, Child Care
Age:  18 - 50
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Dormitory style
Food:  3 meals a day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup upon arrival and departure
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses, visa (if required)

Swaziland is a small, landlocked monarchy in Southern Africa known for its abundance of wildlife, stunning scenery and colorful culture. Bordered by Mozambique and South Africa, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere is a true representation of Africa - with strong traditions, vibrant festivals and warm, welcoming people.

By volunteering on this project you will have many opportunities to engage with children from the local community in a variety of activities – including song and dance, ball games, obstacle courses, tri-cycle riding and swimming lessons. You are encouraged to get as involved as possible in arranging these fun-filled events aimed at bringing joy to these children.

As a volunteer you may get involved in some of the following activities:

  • Setting up obstacle courses and activities
  • Teaching hand-eye co-ordination through throwing and catching
  • Teaching basic life skills including teeth cleaning and hygiene
  • Arranging and participating in song and dance activities
  • Assist with swimming and horse vaulting lessons
In the afternoons, there may also be the possibility for you to play and coach sports such as football, netball, volleyball and tennis  at the local sports center. Here you will be encouraged to arrange training workshops, develop sports teams and organize mini competitions. There may also be sports tournaments and football clinics that you can help with on the weekends.

Internet
Internet:  There is WiFi available
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry is available at an additional fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in dorm room with bunk beds and a communal bathroom. Rooms accommodate up to 6 people. Bunk beds, a mattress, sheet and pillows will be provided, but please note if you plan to go on tours or homestay excursions during your time in Swaziland, then a sleeping bag may be required. The lodge has a large deck area, outdoor pool, TV lounge, WIFI, and a communal kitchen to prepare meals. The accommodation is surrounded by a spacious garden with plenty of trees and boulders, a communal barbecue and campfire area. Often you can see monkeys roaming around the garden and the many plants attract a wide range of birds.
Food:  Three meals a day will be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. Breakfast is self-service from a selection of items including cereals, bread, fruit, yogurt, eggs and spreads. Lunch is also self-service from items such as bread, ham, cheese, salad and fruits. Dinner is a cooked meal where volunteers will be required to assist with cooking on a rotational basis. Types of dishes may include pasta, stir-fry, braai (BBQ) and curry. Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Ages 18 - 50
  • Good level of English
  • Immunizations (consult with your doctor)
  • Good physical fitness

During your free time over the weekend you will have the opportunity to explore the magic of Swaziland. You will have the option to join a number of adventure 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 in an authentic Swazi village.

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