Empowering People with Disabilities at GW, South Africa

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Empowering People with Disabilities at GW, South Africa

  • Posted at Oct 2, 2020
  • PPT oriented
  • Internship

Our partner Grabouw Welfare (GW) works towards a caring and safe environment for children to be physically healthy, mentally alert, emotionally secure, and socially competent and be able to learn. We have workshops for mentally and physically disabled people. The main purpose of this program is to strengthen and build the capacity of the disabled so that they could become self-sustained and simultaneously addressing the individual, environmental and social factors which negatively impact on their social wellbeing.

Project duration: Ongoing
Minimum length of stay: 2 weeks 
Starting period: Flexible

Project information
Project description
Grabouw Welfare is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to protect, promote the rights, interests, well-being, safety and development of children, families, young people, disabled people and the elderly of our community (100.000 inhabitants of which around 25.000 children). The challenges that we currently face threaten the safety of our society because of drug abuse, dysfunctional families, sexual exploitation, crime and high rate of school drop outs.

Goal: Aiming for skills transfer next to leaving behind materials and methods that can be used in terms of sustainability within the development and wellbeing of children.

The internship
Role of the intern:
Depends on the study background, expertise and experience of the volunteer/intern. For each of the project fields described above we will focus on the specific area matching it with the local needs in an individual project description. We currently provide the workshops by means of life skills and work skills program for 20 members of the community who are disabled, on a daily basis.

Specific activities (could be different depending on changing circumstances and needs):

  • Cooperate with the staff in the different programs
  • Assist in protecting youth and with mental & physical development
  • Give advice, support and create workshops for disabled participants within; Arts & Crafts program, Basic education and vocational training (2 year program), Entrepreneurship training to start own small business with help of sponsors

The facilities
Supervision: BA in Social Work, Business and Education (other fields on request)
Workspace for intern: office and in the field

Let’s Go Africa intern/volunteer packages include:

  • Suitable project with project description according to all criteria
  • Pre-departure introduction & safety meeting
  • Visa application (and extension) assistance + flight booking and transport advice
  • Accommodation arrangements
  • Airport pick up
  • In-country introduction regarding country, project and your role
  • Experienced and qualified supervisor and contact person constantly available
  • Support and guidance from the moment of registration until return back home
  • Interaction with local community and experiencing the local culture
  • Country information brochure
  • Informal feedback session & LGA certificate (proof of participation)

Total package cost
€400 - €525 (depending on Volunteer work/Minor/Internship and length of stay)
The costs
Accommodation type: Room in Elderly House (Host family or Guesthouse on request)
Meals: self-catering
Cost per month: €100

Intern requirements

  • Fully Self-funded, however we do encourage fundraising or crowdfunding
  • Passionate and capable in your field
  • Good with disabled people
  • Motivated, independent and trustworthy
  • Able to transfer skills

If you would like to apply and for more information as well as for an exact cost calculation, contact info@letsgoafrica.nl or visit letsgoafrica.nl/en/. You can also visit https://letsgoafrica.nl/en/internship-and-volunteer-work-vacancies for more internships, vacancies, and volunteer work.