Business Management Opportunities with Nkosi’s Haven, Johannesburg

by Vocational Impact|Mar 26 2018|Business Management
Psychology placements, South Africa

We recently had a chat with Ryan, who volunteered at Nkosi’s Haven for a month.

Ryan had worked in business development for several charitable organisations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which has a strong relationship to Nkosi’s Haven.

This helped him get involved as a volunteer and put his experience as a fundraiser to use at the project centre. As he explains:

“Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is the fundraising arm of the Broadway industry and community. Each year, they raise close to $20 million, mostly through fundraisers and donations related to the Broadway shows.”

The money is then granted out to AIDS service organisations, mostly in the US, but they do have a very special grant category that goes to South Africa.

That’s because the Lion King is one of the longest running Broadway shows, it’s phenomenal, and a huge number of the actors in the show and the dancers come from South Africa.

“The Lion King also helps raise millions and millions of dollars for Broadway Cares. So, years and years ago, they decided it was only right and only fair that a considerable amount of money be given back to NGOs in South Africa. They have about 20 different grantees in South Africa that get money from Broadway Cares. Nikosi’s Haven is one of the most well-known, most beloved ones, and for good reason. It’s got heart.”

“There’s a lot of need there, and I think they look towards volunteers as being able to temporarily fill those needs, whether it’s something as simple as attention, or playing with kids, or tutoring them, or even better, just bringing special skills to improve their lives, like business marketing to help the organisation grow. I was immediately at home, I always felt like I was wanted there.”


Broadway Cares, Nkosi's Haven  

“So when I was travelling, I decided I wanted to spend about a month volunteering. Nikosi’s Haven came to mind, so I got in touch with Vocational Impact and they welcomed me with open arms.”

“I was pretty clear on what I wanted to do, I said “I have this fundraising and business experience, and with your permission, I’d like to help you with whatever fundraising programmes you have, or if you don’t have any we can talk about starting one up”

“I arrived with some idea of how I wanted to help, and instantly helped Gail create a direct mail campaign to their existing donors.”

“We also built something called Nikosi’s Angels, which is a programme for people to give at a moderate level and become Angels. In the evenings, I spent about two hours doing tutoring with some of the older kids.”

While Ryan was discussing his work, he also mentioned the freedom the project offers volunteers:

“It’s up to each volunteer to really take initiative and create whatever you want to create. If you want to get behind social media, or compliance and policy then there is an opportunity for you. If you want to help with fundraising and corporate CSR, then jump right in.”

 As we all know, no volunteer opportunity is perfect. Ryan also informed us of one of the more difficult aspects of volunteering at Nkosi’s Haven.

“When they’re on campus, it can feel a little isolating because you don’t have a car there. You can get Uber, and I would recommend getting Uber so you can take it to the nearest mall if you just need a break. But I was so busy with helping that I got stuck right in and the time actually went by really quickly.”


Nkosis's Haven, Volunteer Business and Marketing


However, at the end of the day, Ryan said what made the Haven the perfect fit for him was how he immediately felt at home

“I was in touch with Vocational Impact just by email for a month and a half or two months before I went. They prepared me with documents and background information. This meant I could make a start almost instantly. Everyone who walks in those doors is fully embraced by everyone, by the students, by the kids, by the staff.”

“I arrived and there was lunch set up for me, and then they took me around on a tour of the place. I think it’s hard for anyone to show up there and not get this overwhelming sense of love and community, you’re just embraced.”






Would you like to Volunteer with us or know more?

You can read more about our volunteering programmes in South Africa here. Furthermore, you can find out more about Vocational Impact here.

Questions? Would you like to participate? That’s great – feel free to email us or call/whatsapp us on: +44 (0) 7704 129 816

Alternatively, complete an application to begin the process of volunteering, and we’ll be in touch with more details!

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