Spread hope, joy and love to sick and recovering children. This hospital is for children who have been critically ill but are now in recovery. They need love, attention and looking after.
For some families living in townships it is difficult to keep medicine refrigerated, difficult to keep wounds clean and monitor the child`s recovery, so this Recovery Hospital meets a vital need amongst Cape Town`s poorer families. Just like any other child, these little ones need love, attention and stimulation which the staff are usually too busy to offer, so volunteers are much appreciated!
As a volunteer at Hope Journey you will have a wonderfully varied experience, and be involved with all the different aspects of running a charity recovery hospital. As with any home, assistance is needed with laundry and storage of all the little baby clothes and linen, simple food preparation, managing of donations of toys (given out at children`s birthdays, and when they go home) and tidying of the baby play areas.
The bursting-at-the-seams classroom welcomes two volunteers to assist the teacher with running the activities peacefully.
Volunteers with bright fundraising ideas will be given scope to implement them, and then there`s the sorting and selling of second hand clothes donations (to raise funds), and admin such as writing to thank sponsors for their donations.
There is also the opportunity for volunteers to run a simple computer literacy course for the local staff nurses who haven`t had access to computers - there are computers available at the hospital but none of the nurses benefit from this as they do not even know the basics about computers. So a volunteer`s time is divided between all these vital tasks, as well as spending time with the children and babies.
The children love playing games and singing, and need mental stimulation such as learning the words for parts of their body, and having stories read to them.
Some of children are HIV positive, so common sense caution is employed. Volunteers work side by side with paid nursing staff, who will attend to any medical conditions the children might have.
Volunteers, by law, will not be allow to participate in any medical care of the children at the recovery hospital.
- Playing a part in the recovery of sick children
- Encouraging a child`s development through fun games and activities
- Being witness to a child`s recovery
- Forming a bond with children that need a lot of care and love
- Working with amazing staff
Weekly Schedule & Activities
- Teach and encourage development through play
- Work at the development stage that the child is and help the child develop to the proper stage where the child should be. Refer to the volunteer file folder in the volunteer room.
- Collect toys from around the ward and sterilize toys daily, at the end of day each child should have one toy and one numbered soft toy in their cot
- Assist with feeding, show nurse how much child ate when finished
- Make sure that each child has a large sign above their cot that states their first name, gender, and date of birth
- Help the teacher and their assistant with teaching activities
- Ask the teacher what the children and learning and how you could be helpful
- Assist with art projects, teaching sums, letters, time, English, computer
- Assist with keeping the room tidy and organized
- Organize puzzles and games
- Remember, the adults are always in charge, not the children
- Assist with organizing the linen room and keeping it tidy
- Assist with preparation of meals in the kitchen
- Assist with keeping storage rooms organized i.e. labeled and tidy
- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on the social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- Easy to medium physical work
- Large emotional investment
You can choose to be accommodated in a Volunteer House OR with a South African Host Family in local community (own room or shared room with another volunteer (same gender)).
Here is some additional info about your accommodation in the case of a Volunteer House:
- Shared rooms between 4-6 volunteers
- Communal lounge and kitchen
- Your airport transfers are included in the price.
- A You2Africa shuttle (door to door from host family/volunteer house direct to project) is included in the price.
- Volunteers can also hire a car (at their own cost; only with valid a driver's license).
Arrive Thursday for orientation, start volunteering Monday.
Good wholesome fresh meals cooked daily by our chef who provides a great cereal breakfast and tasty delicious dinners with weekly menus to suit all culinary tastes. Lunches are at the volunteers' own cost and should be taken and eaten at the volunteer project. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with lactose or gluten intolerance, please just inform us at the time of booking. If you have more special dietary requirements, please be prepared to provide this for yourself.