The Anthropology Placement is for students who want to live in a different social and cultural context in South Africa and apply their degree subject to a practical experience.
Operation Bobbi Bear is a community-based response to a complex set of issues that undermine children’s right and children who have been victims of sexual abuse. Children who have been victims of sexual abuse are thrown into a criminal justice system that is ill equipped to enable them to communicate about their ordeal in a way that safeguards their well-being. The added trauma of children struggling to communicate with police officers who are not trained in working sensitively with abused children means that justice is often not done for the child.
During your stay you’ll be able to apply your research methodologies, gather insights and understand how people’s way of life has developed in South Africa. In addition, you will deal with everyday cases that come in, as well as follow up with closed cases and community outreach programmes where you’ll be involved as a supporting member of the team.
This is a great placement to acquire research for a 3rd year dissertation, MA or PHD or to simply apply your degree education with communities in need. You can research while at Bobbi Bear based on your academic interests and dissertation topic.
“As an anthropologist I think that we can learn a lot from other cultures and think that as a result volunteering abroad can enhance the experience. The right people in the right projects can have a positive impact for all involved. I think volunteering must always be sustainable and should never be approached ethnocentrically”