Women’s Empowerment in South Africa
Despite the massive changes experienced in the country, South African society continues to be impacted by the effects of gender inequality. This inequality means that women have significant disadvantages in life including in education, employment potential, healthcare and social status and mobility. This inequality often leads to the exploitation and mistreatment of women, particularly in rural areas of South Africa. Enabling these often vulnerable women to develop skills, confidence, an income and an education is essential to increasing levels of security, stability and equality in these communities. Our women’s empowerment volunteer program is designed to work with these women in their own communities, developing important life skills, increasing levels of education, building confidence and helping them to build brighter futures.
Our women’s empowerment program works with women in the rural Limpopo Province, developing skills and products for them to hand craft and sell. You’ll work with the project to assist in market research and fundraising, developing their skills and empowering them to support their families financially. The program is extremely rewarding. Empowering women is the key to developing long-lasting security and economic stability, so you will be able to make a real, lasting impact to the women you volunteer to support.
The women’s empowerment program takes place in Fobeni Village in South Africa’s Limpopo Province , South Africa. Local rural women are taught to make and sell sewn fabric products. You will be able to work at the heart of the rural community, working with vulnerable women to increase their skills through developing handcrafted products to sell and provide the women with a vital, lasting income. Volunteers on the program can help with market research, marketing, and fundraising for selling the products. Although not necessary, any sewing skills you may have would also be welcomed. In addition, volunteers on the program also work with women to teach vital life skills, help teach English, deliver HIV/ AIDs training and sustainability training and advice.
This is a community led program without a strong structure, which often means that you could be doing something different each day. You’ll also have the chance to really impact the activities in the program, so you will really be able to put your own twist on activities. Through community living, your experience will be truly meaningful and impactful, really making a difference to the community in Fobeni Village.
This project is also held in the same building as our South African teaching project, so you are also able to combine and participate in both programs at once, creating your perfect volunteer abroad program.
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Limpopo, South Africa
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- Pre-departure volunteer guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from Hoedspruit Airport
- Accommodation in a beautiful volunteer house
- WiFi and Swimming Pool at home!
- Experienced bilingual local staff support
- All meals
- Local town trips
- Project planning with the local Program Manager in first week
- 24 hour support in your location
- Working and living like a true local in South Africa and contributing to rewarding projects.
- Transportation to project site
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
- Project materials that you personally need *
*We provide basic resources, school books, online resources, and use of WiFi for further online research for project ideas. Please bring your own resources from home if needed.
Local Team On Ground
Jacky Von Tonder: South Africa Program Leader
You will be meeting Jacky regularly as she lives in the volunteer house. Jacky has been working in community development for several years now and will be giving you the support and guidance you need to succeed as a volunteer. She is really friendly and her team will be with you from start to finish. Born and raised in South Africa, Jacky is your goto person for any travel tips around this region.
Marina Grober: South Africa Women’s Program
Marina heads up the Basadi women’s program which helps women with skill development. She was instrumental in starting these programs in 2013. Marina is a busy lady as she also manages marketing for Tshenga charity. Marina is a local from the Limpopo province and will give you some great cultural knowledge.
- The nearest airport for this program is Hoedspruit Airport ( HDS )
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- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our South Africa Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
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Arrival Day Sunday: Once you get picked up from the airport you will be taken to our volunteers house in where you will meet other volunteers who may be present at the time. One of our local team will come and meet you and give you a house and area orientation.
Monday- Friday: After breakfast (06:30-7:00 AM); Leave for Projects at 07:00 AM. Your program manager Jacky will give you a weekly rooster of daily volunteer tasks. After introductions to your project and the local teachers you will be given time to observe classrooms in the school. Your first day can be used for planning or if you are comfortable you can start volunteering. 16:00 PM you will depart home. In the evenings you can use the swimming pool at home, plan lessons or go into town. On Friday you will finish by 12:00 PM.
Our South Africa volunteering programs are flexible and there is plenty of free time to explore the local area. Your experience will also include overnight safari camping at Kruger National Park. Here, you can spot the famous ‘Big Five’ (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos) or you can head to the numerous nature reserves in the nearby area. Johannesburg, your nearest big city, is over 4 hours away from your base in the Limpopo region but you’ll be perfectly placed to visit the many local attractions such as Blyde River Canyon, go for lion walks and cheetah and elephant sanctuary.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for South Africa Volunteers:
Our team will organise safe, clean and comfortable accommodation for the duration of the project and you will be briefed on arrival with all the details you need. Because we promote community living for a happy, healthy social life and to help you make those deep connections, most of our rooms / houses are shared with other volunteers so you will always have someone to talk to about your experiences! There is a swimming pool so make sure your bring your swim suits!
Home cooked meals prepared by our chef are provided for you Monday to Friday, and you will have self-catering facilities to rustle up your own meals at weekends. You will also have access to WiFi, so you can always stay connected to loved ones back home. All transport and transfers will be pre-arranged too. Our accommodation offers laundry service at an extra cost.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for South Africa.
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‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
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“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
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