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Babies in the Bush

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Join this volunteer project for a unique opportunity to work with babies in the middle of a Big 5 Game Reserve.

This baby safe house was born of a desire to provide holistic care that would not limit children in such a way that they would suffer in later years because they didn’t have the opportunity to grow and develop normally. After visiting several places where babies were strapped into baby seats or left in a cot all day, it became a burning passion to start a baby safe house as an example here on the premises. This will provide not only a better alternative to babies but also a practical training centre where our learners can come and learn "hands on" how to look after and take good care of small children.
  • Project Highlights

    - Experiencing other cultures
    - Building new relationships
    - Experiencing children grow and develop
    - Personal growth
    - Privilege to stay in an area where you will encounter
    - Interesting animals, insects and reptiles
    - We suggest a donkey ride through the township with 5 potential stops (old age home, day care for children with special needs, visiting arts and crafts people, in the area and eat at big mamas kitchen)

  • Weekly Schedule & Activities

    These are the tasks and duties you can expect.

    Baby Safe House:
    - Playing with and entertaining the babies
    - Help with changing nappies, bathing and creaming the little ones
    - Help with feeding the babies
    - Help with cleaning facilities and washing clothes and bedding

    Garden, Vegetable Tunnels & Fruit Trees:
    - Watering and weeding
    - Mowing the lawn
    - Assisting special landscaping projects
    - Sweeping and raking special areas
    - Assisting with recycling and rubbish removal

    Outreach Projects:
    - Beautifying the daycare center playgrounds
    - Assisting with teaching basic movement skills for preschool children
    - Singing, dancing and playing with children
    - Helping teachers to make teaching aids and prepare for creative activities

    Special Events:
    - Help to prepare rooms, food and material for special events
    - Sorting and distributing donations

  • Inclusions

    - Airport transfers
    - Johannesburg Orientation: 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
    - Accommodation
    - 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 social)
    - Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
    - A full day sightseeing bus tour of Johannesburg and a game drive in the Dinokeng Game Reserve

  • Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

    - Minimum age of 18
    - Police clearance required
    - Intermediate English

  • Special Skills Required

    - Ability to adapt to sudden change in all areas
    - Ability to work with young children
    - Be self-confident and apply discipline
    - Be creative and solve problems
    - Patience
    - Be able to work in a group
    - Entertain children with minimum resources
    - Ability to adapt and to respect the different cultures

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You will be accommodated in a Volunteer House

Here is some additional info about your accommodation in the case of a Volunteer House:
- Shared rooms between 2-3 volunteers
- Communal lounge and kitchen


Your airport transfers are included in the price.


Breakfast is self-service and provided by the volunteer house. Lunch is at volunteers' own cost. Supper is a cooked meal and provided by the volunteer house. 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.