South Africa – Operation Bobbi Bear

Leading Placements

Psychology and Mental Health (2- 12 weeks) 

Criminology and Law (2-12 weeks) 


Operation Bobbi Bear, Vocational Impact

Operation Bobbi Bear

Durban, South Africa is known for its beaches, aquatic experiences, and rich history. More importantly, Durban is home to Bobbi Bear.

Operation Bobbi Bear uses colourful stuffed toy bears to break down language barriers as they are used by children telling the stories of their abuse. Bobbi Bear’s efforts don’t stop there.

Bobbi Bear host clinics to treat and listen to those affected, provide care and support, offer therapy and safety to prevent continued abuse, and work with the authorities to make sure justice is served.

Bobbi Bear also have initiatives to equip members of the community with the skills to address certain situations, save children from abuse, and minimise the spread of HIV/AIDS.

South Africa, our most popular location, is the 25th largest country in the world. Visitors are attracted to the country for the lovely vineyards, sandy beaches, stunning mountain ranges, and renowned safaris. Masked behind the country’s beauty and diversity is the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, which is greater than anywhere else worldwide. Our project in Durban and Johannesburg work to provide care and safety for the vulnerable and affected.


“With Bobbi Bear you really get to see South Africa with all its beauty and political faults; going to court which only highlights the challenges in the judicial system, visiting hospitals, taking care of babies and children, jumping up in the middle of the night because there is a call out; so much excitement and thrill…

Tanja, Bobbi Bear

“We gained valuable employability skills that helped us land our first graduate jobs. We were able to identify our work experience in South Africa as the primary reason for getting our first job after uni” 

Kayleigh Dawson, UWE, Psychology and Criminology  


Jackie Branfield, Founder of Bobbi Bear tells us what it means to them to receive international volunteers



*Since Vocational Impact’s beginning, we have partnered with Operation Bobbi Bear as their exclusive university student volunteer partner and volunteer service provider. 


Volunteer’s enjoying their placements at Bobbi Bear


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