OVER 30'S RURAL PRE-SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, SOUTH AFRICA
Project exclusively for anyone over 30 years of age

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Based from the Thanda Private Game Reserve, this Volunteer Programme provides the opportunity to experience the lives of rural people in the heart of the stunning Zulu Landscape. The District is Kwangwenya, it covers 46km2 and stretches from the Tshaneni  community in the north (by Lake Jozini) to the south and the Hlaezeni community. East is the Muhlekazi Community and to the west the Mange Community. All are on the borders of the Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Approximate numbers within these communities are 50,000 people, all following traditional beliefs and a feudal system. The local Inkosi (Zulu Chief) is incredibly supportive of our initiatives and collaborations. As a volunteer you will have a real opportunity to experience and become part of the Zulu culture. From a young age, Zulu children are taught to respect their elders and to learn from the experience of others.

Unemployment is at approx 75% with little or no work opportunities after secondary education. Drink and drug abuse are a huge problem, especially with young men. Work is limited to monthly contract work which has no security and a minimum salary. As with the majority of KwaZulu Natal, HIV rates are between 70-80% with no sign of this reducing.

Although in essence this is a fertile land, the employment problems and lack of water means most people travel a minimum of 5km a day for water from stand pipes. Although Zulu's are natural farmers, with limited resources creating self sustainable cultivation is difficult.  Through working with community members we have an enormous opportunity to help create models of small farms that can then be replicated, both a challenging and rewarding experience.

The Thanda Private Game Reserve lies in a sub-tropical, semi-arid region. The climate is generally warm to hot with an annual rainfall of 600mm, 70% of this falls between September to March, peaking in February with the least rainfall in July. The mean annual temperature is 20°C, Summer is hot and Winter is generally warm, although winter nights can get quite cold.

Here is how a typical day in the life of a volunteer might take shape. Please note that your itineraries may differ from this, depending on your own experience and the number of other volunteers on the placement at the same time; this is simply to give an example:

07:00 Get up, eat breakfast, and start getting ready to depart for your project

08:00 Head off to the Crèche

08:30 Start your work at the crèche. You will be able to use activity plans and ideas created the previous week. This learning and bonding is essential to the children’s development and to prepare for their next steps proceeding to primary school.

12:00 Lunch break. The majority of your lunches will be eaten on the project sites. There are a few days when you may return to the volunteer base for lunch.

13:30 Start of your afternoon projects. Either working on the Chicken Farm, the “One garden, One home” initiative or at the Youth Club

16.30 End of the working day. You will be picked up from your project and taken home, where we clean tools, evaluate the day’s work and discuss the schedule for the next day

18.00 Dinner at your volunteer house 

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