Don’t have any plans for this summer? Haven’t found a summer job
yet? Like Michael Jackson sings in his song Heal the world: “Make the world a better place”. Think of joining a volunteer program
. A volunteer program is dedicated to helping people, animals, countries and/or small villages.
Have you ever thought of helping orphans in India? Or contribute to keep alive natural parks in Brazil? How ‘bout going abroad, to help overcome the consequences of natural disasters? Teach English to kids in Thailand? Or would you rather go and help to rebuild an abandoned little village in Spain? At Student.net we offer you several different volunteer programs
. Below you will find an overview with the volunteer programs
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Contribute to the welfare and rehabilitation of the cubs as they undertake pre-release training in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; take part in a research program to better understand the ecology of elephants in the Park and join our conservation education and community programs to involve communities in conservation as part of our holistic approach. Enjoy time spent walking with the lions along the banks of the mighty and beautiful Zambezi river, with the potential of witnessing them chasing down game in the National Park as well as getting involved in important tasks related to the conservation and preservation of this noble beast.
‘Mosi-oa-tunya’ – The Smoke That Thunders… this is how the locals refer to the magnificent spray that is elevated high above the Victoria Falls. Against this backdrop we find the town of Livingstone, a place of supreme natural beauty, of friendship, a place to care for and become a part of; a place of initiation, and an unforgettable life-changing experience. In this impressing setting, we offer you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the Zambian medical field, and to make a positive impact on the local community through our specially structured Medical Programme.
It’s far from Zidane’s head butt and Beckham’s right foot but a small group of future superstars from Mwandi Primary School are fully alive, honing their skills under the watchful gaze of a volunteer coach. This is one of the locations of African Impact’s Sports Programmes. For the young local children playing it is an opportunity to begin working out their dreams. For the volunteer at the helm, this is their ‘Fever Pitch’, an opportunity to be part of passing their passion onto their boundlessly enthusiastic protégés.
After a LOT of volunteer blood/sweat/tears African Impact were able to support Malota Community School and cement an already fantastic relationship. One of the poorest and neediest schools in Livingstone, the Malota community have been an absolute delight to assist and very much appreciative of all that has been done thus far: building a security wall to create a safe place to play, providing desks and chairs for the classrooms, painting and leveling the floors of two classrooms. In addition we will also be fundraising for the moving and upgrading of their unsanitary latrines before the construction of two new classrooms to add needed space to the overcrowded school.
Your volunteering mission on The Cape Town Sports Coaching and Physical Education Project… Contribute to community and sports development in Cape Town, through township sports coaching and physical education. Make a meaningful difference while improving a child’s physical wellbeing!
Your volunteering mission on The Cape Town Medical and Clinic Assistance Project… The outskirts of Cape Town are some of the poorest areas in Africa and there are countless possibilities to impact the lives of those that are affected by these difficulties through this project. Assist the community by showing your support and commitment to improving health and wellbeing in local townships.
Contribute to child development and the community through assistant teaching at local schools in the underprivileged communities on the outskirts of Cape Town. Make a meaningful difference and give a child the individual attention they deserve, but hardly ever get.
Kenya’s population is hugely affected by the struggles of HIV/AIDS, poverty and unemployment. It is known to be one of the poorest countries in Africa. There are countless possibilities to impact the lives of those that are affected by these problems, such as in the Nairobi slums, orphanages, schools, and public health centres surrounding the Limuru area. Kenya’s health care and provision suffers as much as any other public service sector in the country. Whilst structures are in place for an effective health service, there is an enormous deficit in terms of staff and resources. Which is why the volunteers’ help is very much appreciated by the nurses and doctors we work with.
Teaching volunteers spend their time providing much needed assistance with the often understaffed, under-resourced and overcrowded educational establishments of Limuru and Nairobi Slum area. African Impact aims to provide a supporting role and through the help of the volunteers we aim to enrich the learning process for all involved by working closely with the teachers to establish and enhance lessons plans which promote active participation and understanding and not merely rote-style learning (learning through repetition) as is generally adopted.
This project has a very rural and tropical feel involving various aspects of community and development work in and around the coastal town of Vilanculos. We support a number of different community development initiatives. We spend our mornings at a rural preschool and most afternoons teaching English. When you are not teaching or planning the English lessons, you will be involved in a number of other exciting and rewarding community initiatives.
Jambiani, where you will spend most of your time as a volunteer, is a village located on the southern part of Zanzibar’s beautiful and quiet east coast. About an hour’s drive from Stone Town, Jambiani is a long village stretched along the coastline, with stunning and long white-sand beaches where it will seem like you can walk forever. Here you will find a community operating at a leisurely pace amidst the sunny, tropical climate. You will witness incredible sunrises and enjoy the warm waters, but more importantly gain a deep insight into life on the island and an array of experiences you will treasure for a long time.
This project, with its adorable children, the chance to give important HIV messages and see the rewards of improving community facilities is truly a life changing experience.
We offer you the opportunity to become involved at the grass roots level by assisting care givers to offer basic medical treatment and care, provide people with advice on health matters and helping them build a better life in their homes. With HIV being such an impact on the communities, raising awareness and educating people on this virus to people young and old is also an important part of this project. This project with its variety and direct positive impact on individuals and families really is an unforgettable, life changing experience.
Our Wildlife Photography and Conservation Education project offers a varied range of photography and conservation components. Volunteers will start with an in-depth orientation, followed by an intensive 3 day photography course with a professional photographer to improve on your photography skills. A further 3 weeks will be spent photographing the phenomenal wildlife in the park, which boasts all of Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard) and also doing conservation partnership with the Thanda Foundation. Volunteers will also spend sometime in the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso for superb landscape photography.
Being based on the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal near South Africa’s East coast, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of research initiatives on endangered and other wildlife species. You will contribute to research and conservation work during your stay and play a part in vital conservation activities. The majority of the data you gather will support the long-term objectives of the Thanda Foundation. Part of your fee contributes to the Thanda Foundation, which acts as a conduit for the raising of funds for community development projects as well as for conservation research initiatives.