Social Work, South Africa, Nkosi's Haven

Child Development and Social Work - Johannesburg

An opportunity for individuals, students or groups studying or actively involved with Social Work, Child Development, Psychology, Mental Health, Teaching and/or similar to stay at Nkosi’s Haven and support the staff and 120 residence.

Nkosi’s Haven is an NGO in Johannesburg, and offers residential, holistic care and support for mothers and their children whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. Nkosi’s Haven also provides support for children, HIV/AIDS affected or not. It aims to improve the productivity of their residents through providing access to medical care, therapy, education and skill building workshops. The goal is to empower residents while providing a safe, dignified home in hopes that all mothers and children are able to become responsible and contributing members of society.

Nkosi’s Haven love international students who take the initiative and implement activities and projects related to their passions. The ideas need to be presented to management and then adjustments and suggestions will be made based on age, culture and differences.

Depending on the time of the year – i.e. if the kids are at school then their ‘duties’ in the morning would vary from ‘manual work’ – i.e. we may have a huge amount of donated clothes that need to be sorted out. There is often ‘handy man’ needs to be done and this could be anything from fixing shelves, door handles need replacing, paint jobs – list is endless.

If a specific student is studying towards Social Work, Psychology, Play Therapy that student is more than welcome to put programmes together for the mums, teens etc (will be supervised by our social worker) and implement them.

Visiting students and professionals will be briefed on what they can and what they cannot do with the children.

**This is an example**

Day starts at 7:00 A.M with Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
(Older children attend school)

Free Time until 9:00 A.M
Children’s Day Care:
- During this time you can interact with the youngest children at Nkosi’s Haven who have had a tough start to life.
- They have limited resources and volunteers are encouraged to be a part of the community in which these children are being raised.
¬ Play Time = Unlock their imagination with new games
¬ Education = Help advance their education with lessons
¬ Painting Therapy = Come up with workshops to help with children’s understanding of social integration, emotions and behavioural issues

Mothers Workshops:
- Some mothers have free time during the mornings where you could put on workshops for:
¬ CV and job applications
¬ Mental Health awareness
¬ Social psychology
¬ Addiction prevention
¬ Trauma
¬ Meditation/Yoga/physical exercise
¬ Dance/Creative Arts
¬ Sex/Contraception and protection
¬ Further education
¬ Nutrition/Medicine importance
¬ Ec.
(These can also be applied workshops to certain age groups of children, discuss options with Nkosi’s Haven Staff)

Lunch 1pm
- Free time
- Plan Workshops
- Some days you will be able to go on excursions, this could include going to Teddy Bear Clinic or into Soweto to visit Mom Carol and her team in the field.
- Could even arrange to go to local shopping centre
Children home from school 2-3pm
- During this time the children do homework/have free time
- If they have free time then you could help run the library or run activities (such as playing sports or dance)
- Or Workshops could be put on during this time

Dinner 5:30/6 P.M
- Free Time
- Workshops
- Mentorship Programme
✔︎ Accommodation - You will stay in a shared, fully- equipped volunteer cottage

✔︎ Meals - You will eat with the residents and experience local South Africa food.

✔︎ 30 + hours of interactive cross-cultural training and practice

✔︎ Certificate of Learning - proof this is not a holiday!

✔︎ Support - we got you!

✔︎ Transportation - Airport drop off and collection. Plus all placement related transport (to and from partner NGOs)

✔︎ Experience of a lifetime - no exaggeration!

✔︎ Vocational Impact International Development donation
Costs involved ** From £57 per day **

This is a self-funded experience. Vocational Impact are a fundraising organisation encouraging sustainable international development with all of our project partners. Therefore you will pay an all-inclusive fee, which will include a donation.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Due to the sensitive nature of some of our children, we require our volunteers to be aged 20 or older. However, similar to a high level of dedication we also expect an equally high level of maturity to be demonstrated. We also require proof of no criminal record/ finger printing clearance.
Where are international volunteers housed?
International volunteers are housed together in one cottage at the Nkosi’s Haven Village location.
The cottage is equipped with:
refrigerator
television & DVD player
microwave & toaster
2 bathrooms: 1 shower, 1 bath tub
shared living room
There are 2 rooms with cupboards for clothing, personal belongings etc. Valuables may be kept in a safe in the office depending on size.
Most house hold items such as cleaning materials, toiletries and the like are provided by Nkosi’s Haven. Any further supplies may be purchased at your own discretion at a nearby shopping centre.
Laundry services are provided once a week for volunteers in our Village laundromat but we ask that all undergarments be hand washed within the cottage.
How far are the nearest shops? Can volunteers shop for food themselves easily?
If walking it takes around 20-25 minutes. Our volunteers often go with our drivers to the local shop to do their shopping. Everything is pretty convenient. If walking, we advise volunteers to go in pairs, or 3’s.
What would be the main day-to-day task that volunteers will be involved with?
Depending on the time of the year – i.e. if the kids are at school then their ‘duties’ in the morning would vary from ‘manual work’ – i.e. we may have a huge amount of donated clothes that need to be sorted out. There is often ‘handy man’ needs to be done and this could be anything from fixing shelves, door handles need replacing, paint jobs – list is endless.
Then in the afternoon it would be assisting the children with homework.
If a specific volunteer is studying towards for e.g. Social Work that volunteer is more than welcome to put programmes together for the mums, teens etc (will be supervised by our social worker) and implement them.
Mums are keen to have computer lessons. Anything evolving round arts, crafts, gardening, kitchen, bakery, library, are all areas good for volunteers to participate in.
At weekends volunteers and caregivers will play games and organise film nights/movie evenings, this maybe built around a particular theme. This is sometimes split into ‘girls nights’ and ‘boys nights’ and the boys will play computer games. Volunteers will be briefed on what they can and what they cannot do with the children.
Can you tell me a bit more about the local area? What is are the safety concerns?
We are based on the far south side of Johannesburg which opens out to the countryside. Volunteers are safe, but must never walk around alone. As anywhere else in the world, theft happens in public spaces like restaurants of mobile phones. It is important to be observant of your surroundings. We also recommend you wear appropriate clothing, which won’t attract too much attention. .
Are there any projects that you would specifically like me to raise awareness of in the follow up to my trip?
One of the most useful things you can do is document your experience. How you are feeling before and during your programme, what you are hoping to gain, what were your biggest challenges, what gaps for improvement are you able to see? We have support documents for you to complete, and we encourage you to share your photos and experience on social media.
A journal or diary is a great way to remember your programme. The little day-to-day magical moments can be lost after 4, 8, 12 weeks of being away. Your experience and story will become key in future volunteers supporting the work of Nkosi’s Haven.
Where does my Volunteer Investment fee go?
We have established Volunteer Invest to raise important funds and offer life changing work experience to volunteers hoping to gain valuable hands on experience. Because of this, the fee has been set to offer a regular and sustainable income to Nkosi’s Haven, and a high percentage of the volunteer fee will be sent directly to them. They will then use this money to pay for hosting the volunteers, providing the accommodation for your stay, food transport and their running costs. The additional is kept back to develop the volunteer abroad programme and to recruit new volunteers to feed into the sustainable charity cycle.
If I have any further questions, who should I ask?
Volunteer Invest is here to help guide you through any questions or concerns you have, before, during and after your trip. So keep asking, and we will keep replying. You will also have on the ground support during your programme in South Africa.
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