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Offer vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa. With one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the country and a lack of resources and skilled medical staff nearby, this area is in desperate need of dedicated volunteers. You will be part of very successful and on-going treatment programs that have helped many villagers recover from illnesses and disease, while at the same time having a life-changing experience in one of the most beautiful and wild areas of South Africa.

Overview

As a volunteer you'll get to:

  • Assist in under resourced local clinics, supporting doctors and nurses in their work
  • Visit ill patients in their rural village homes, assessing their condition and administering basic treatments to help them in their road to recovery
  • Help organize HIV/AIDS education classes, workshops and support groups
  • Be part of highly successful nutrition and physiotherapy programs
  • Spend your free time spotting elephants, lions or rhinos on safari in the African bush or join in on some of the many optional sightseeing tours this area has to offer
  • Live in the home of South Africa's largest population of hippos and crocodiles! St Lucia is a bustling tropical tourist town, only a short walk away from the beautiful and warm Indian Ocean, long stretches of beaches and surrounded by nature
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Medical & HIV/ AIDS
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 874| € 1134| US$ 1459| AU$ 1545|

“The people of Zululand really open up their hearts and homes to volunteers and they appreciate everything we can do for them. Seeing how much we can help and support them, makes me so proud and honoured to be able to do what we do.” Sianne Pedder, Business Manager, St Lucia

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874| € 1134| US$ 1459| AU$ 1545|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 Weeks USD 1459 GBP 874 EUR 1134 AUD 1545
3 Weeks USD 1852 GBP 1110 EUR 1440 AUD 1961
4 Weeks USD 2245 GBP 1345 EUR 1745 AUD 2377
5 Weeks USD 2840 GBP 1701 EUR 2207 AUD 3007
6 Weeks USD 3210 GBP 1923 EUR 2495 AUD 3399
7 Weeks USD 3581 GBP 2145 EUR 2783 AUD 3791
8 Weeks USD 3951 GBP 2367 EUR 3071 AUD 4183
9 Weeks USD 4322 GBP 2589 EUR 3359 AUD 4576
10 Weeks USD 4692 GBP 2811 EUR 3647 AUD 4968
11 Weeks USD 5062 GBP 3033 EUR 3935 AUD 5360
12 Weeks USD 5433 GBP 3255 EUR 4223 AUD 5752

Project Start Dates

2017 Start dates: 

15th and 29th January | 12th and 26th February | 12th and 26th March | 19th and 23th April | 7th and 21st May | 4th and 18th June | 2nd, 16th and 30th July | 13th and 27th August |  10th and 24th September | 8th and 22nd October | 5th and 19th November 

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

South Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS anywhere in the world and it is impossible not to see the effects of this in the rural villages in remote Zululand, St Lucia. Many of the patients you will be working with, as well as their families, will have experienced the crippling damage that HIV and AIDS can bring and with very limited medical resources in the area, there is a huge need for education, treatment assistance and support.

Further to that, many of the families in the remote villages are living in poverty, with scarce resources for food, limited access to water and no means of accessing the nearest clinics. For those who can, the clinics are extremely overcrowded and underdeveloped, meaning access to a Doctor can be a very time-consuming and lengthy process, which highlights the need for alternative healthcare options.

African Impact has been working in these rural villages to combat poverty and HIV/AIDS-related issues since 2007 and during your time volunteering you will meet many Zulu families and understand how they are dealing with the daily struggles of village life, while also sharing your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to provide treatment, care and support that has meant a healthy and longer life for many of our patients. 

Clinic work

Clinic Assistance

Working at the remote rural clinics will give you a chance to learn about the healthcare system in South Africa and gain valuable work experience abroad as you support local nurses and doctors with triage (which includes taking patients’ blood pressure, temperature, weight and other measurements). Extremely under resourced and overcrowded, this frees up time for nursing staff to help in the procedure rooms. This program also provides a great way to get to know some of the local people through interacting with patients, making them feel comfortable and at ease and is extremely rewarding knowing you have had an important role in their recovery.

Visits to patients homes

Visits to Patients' Homes

As part of our home-based care initiative, you’ll go out into the rural villages with our staff and visit patients, some of whom are critically ill, in their homes to assess their health, administer basic treatment, give healthcare advice and refer them for a clinic visit if need be. These visits can be a real eye-opener and also very sensitive in nature as you will work in some extremely impoverished and rural areas.

You may also help with delivering donations such as food and blankets to sick and ailing patients in need and these home visits are something patients look forward to, as it is quite often the only healthcare support they receive.

Nutrition program

Nutrition and Physiotherapy

One of the most successful programs volunteers have been a part of is our Nutrition and Physiotherapy treatment plans. With many villagers financially and physically unable to find healthy sources of nutrients, access to water limited and many often recovering from previous illnesses, accidents or on-going medical issues, our home-based programs aim to provide a service which is otherwise unavailable in the local area. You will visit our patients to record and report their progress, monitor weight gain and BMI and deliver nutritional food supplements, while also working with individuals to improve their conditions through structured physiotherapy exercises.

Hiv education and workshops

HIV Education and Awareness

During your time on this project, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to organize medical campaigns and workshops. One of our regular workshops is on Adult HIV Education. This is an interactive program where you’ll be able to engage with local people and, working alongside a Zulu coordinator, assist in delivering key educational sessions.

Further to these educational classes, you will also play a very active role in facilitating HIV/AIDS Support Groups for sufferers, discussing topics such as healthy living, prevention, living with the virus and even touch on topics such as future income generation for the family, sustainable food sources and support the support group members in their interests and what they would like to learn about. 

Additional Activities

  •          Family Relief Assistance Programme – help struggling families in need
  •          Home assistance – be a helping hand to an injured or elderly patient
  •          Building, farming and refurbishments of homes or schools
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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Relax explore and have fun

Relax, Explore and Have Fun

After your duties for the day are over, there is plenty to do around town and also the option of relaxing at the volunteer house, playing board games or having a movie night. If you are in the mood to explore the town, you can join a gym class, go for a Thai massage, have a glass of wine at the jetty as the sun goes down or even go for a hippo spotting drive.

The volunteers also have weekly quiz nights to raise funds for our charity The Happy Africa Foundation and some evenings are spent together in the lounge planning activities for the following day.

Spot some wildlife

Spot Some Wildlife

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is ideal for great game viewing. Besides the regular game drives, you can enjoy a hippo and crocodile boat cruise up the estuary, go for a horse ride on the beach or go on a night game-drive at nearby Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Culture

Culture

Although your volunteer work will give you a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in Zulu culture, you can also watch Zulu Dancing, taste homemade Zulu beer, go on a Cultural Village Tour and for a traditional Zulu meal. There are also many curios and crafts on sale in the town, which is a five-minute walk from the base.

Go away for the weekend

Go Away for the Weekend

Weekend sightseeing options include a one-night trip with an amazing Elephant Interaction experience at Thanda Private Game Reserve. You can also take a two-day trip to Mozambique, where you will indulge in delicious seafood, swim, snorkel and soak up the sun. There are also plenty of places to head to up the coast for day trips.

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About St Lucia

About st lucia

About the Destination

A tropical tourist town, home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in South Africa, is where you will be based during your time volunteering. A coastal paradise, with long stretches of untouched and wild beaches, St Lucia is also one of the only towns in the entire world to be surrounded by a World Heritage Site and therefore incredible wildlife opportunities.

Picture this, waking up to the sound of monkeys playing on your roof, spotting hippos going about their business before lunch and spending your evening under the crystal clear milky way, on a night safari drive through some of the most infamous Game Reserves in Africa and spotting everything from leopards  to hyenas! In between all that, you still have time to meet some of the more interesting characters you’ll come across; the traditional Zulu villagers you’ll be volunteering with on a daily basis.

Zululand is an area still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family and surrounding the stunning town of St Lucia are a number of villages, impoverished, underdeveloped and in desperate need of resources and this is where volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical programmes.

Also surrounding the town are endless sightseeing and adventure activities for you to get involved in, whether that is setting sail on the Indian Ocean to swim with dolphins, spotting whales out to sea or following the journey of the endangered turtles which lay eggs on the beaches each year November – March. On land, why not jump onto one of the many safari’s that leave from the town and head to the great plains of Africa to view wild elephants, lions and rhinos!

Failing that, why not relax at the fully-furnished and beautiful volunteer house with your fellow staff and volunteers, take a dip in the pool or light up the traditional South African Braai (BBQ!) and enjoy a night under the stars, like you’ve never seen them before!

Oh, but watch out for the hippos who make a daily visit into town every night!

Meet the Team

St lucia team

The team here in St Lucia is filled with the most passionate, hardworking, caring and fun loving people you will ever meet. Everyone  brings something different to the team, but we all share a love for the people and the communities we work with. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Laura Kernan, Ireland

My highlight was working on the scenes directly with the patients and getting involved in their care and their future planning. I also really enjoyed learning about the Zulu culture and being apart of their lifestyles and learning the language. I cant highlight one experience from another as each day out on project was so rewarding as special in its own way.

Florine Chavand, France

I'm a nurse and after this project I really know I want to continu in this way ! Sometime in France we don't have enough time for all our patients, but this experience remember me why I love my job and how I really want to make it!

Ellie Friedman, US

Being here taught me that I can live a very simplistic way of life and totally changed my perspective on how I view life, etc---these people have so little materially speaking but are so much richer in spirit. The Zulus are the warmest, most welcoming people I have ever encountere- they truly tug at my heart.

Jonathon Whyler, UK

"The program was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have gained many new skills and learnt a lot. It has made me value things back in the UK e.g. the healthcare system. It has opened my eyes a lot to how a large proportion of the world’s population live."

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Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness, Zululand

South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
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Offer vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa. With one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the country and a lack of resources and skilled medical staff nearby, this area is in desperate need of dedicated volunteers. You will be part of very successful and on-going treatment programs that have helped many villagers recover from illnesses and disease, while at the same time having a life-changing experience in one of the most beautiful and wild areas of South Africa.

Overview

As a volunteer you'll get to:

  • Assist in under resourced local clinics, supporting doctors and nurses in their work
  • Visit ill patients in their rural village homes, assessing their condition and administering basic treatments to help them in their road to recovery
  • Help organize HIV/AIDS education classes, workshops and support groups
  • Be part of highly successful nutrition and physiotherapy programs
  • Spend your free time spotting elephants, lions or rhinos on safari in the African bush or join in on some of the many optional sightseeing tours this area has to offer
  • Live in the home of South Africa's largest population of hippos and crocodiles! St Lucia is a bustling tropical tourist town, only a short walk away from the beautiful and warm Indian Ocean, long stretches of beaches and surrounded by nature
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Medical & HIV/ AIDS
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 874| € 1134| US$ 1459| AU$ 1545|

“The people of Zululand really open up their hearts and homes to volunteers and they appreciate everything we can do for them. Seeing how much we can help and support them, makes me so proud and honoured to be able to do what we do.” Sianne Pedder, Business Manager, St Lucia

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874| € 1134| US$ 1459| AU$ 1545|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 Weeks USD 1459 GBP 874 EUR 1134 AUD 1545
3 Weeks USD 1852 GBP 1110 EUR 1440 AUD 1961
4 Weeks USD 2245 GBP 1345 EUR 1745 AUD 2377
5 Weeks USD 2840 GBP 1701 EUR 2207 AUD 3007
6 Weeks USD 3210 GBP 1923 EUR 2495 AUD 3399
7 Weeks USD 3581 GBP 2145 EUR 2783 AUD 3791
8 Weeks USD 3951 GBP 2367 EUR 3071 AUD 4183
9 Weeks USD 4322 GBP 2589 EUR 3359 AUD 4576
10 Weeks USD 4692 GBP 2811 EUR 3647 AUD 4968
11 Weeks USD 5062 GBP 3033 EUR 3935 AUD 5360
12 Weeks USD 5433 GBP 3255 EUR 4223 AUD 5752

Project Start Dates

2017 Start dates: 

15th and 29th January | 12th and 26th February | 12th and 26th March | 19th and 23th April | 7th and 21st May | 4th and 18th June | 2nd, 16th and 30th July | 13th and 27th August |  10th and 24th September | 8th and 22nd October | 5th and 19th November 

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

South Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS anywhere in the world and it is impossible not to see the effects of this in the rural villages in remote Zululand, St Lucia. Many of the patients you will be working with, as well as their families, will have experienced the crippling damage that HIV and AIDS can bring and with very limited medical resources in the area, there is a huge need for education, treatment assistance and support.

Further to that, many of the families in the remote villages are living in poverty, with scarce resources for food, limited access to water and no means of accessing the nearest clinics. For those who can, the clinics are extremely overcrowded and underdeveloped, meaning access to a Doctor can be a very time-consuming and lengthy process, which highlights the need for alternative healthcare options.

African Impact has been working in these rural villages to combat poverty and HIV/AIDS-related issues since 2007 and during your time volunteering you will meet many Zulu families and understand how they are dealing with the daily struggles of village life, while also sharing your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to provide treatment, care and support that has meant a healthy and longer life for many of our patients. 

Clinic work

Clinic Assistance

Working at the remote rural clinics will give you a chance to learn about the healthcare system in South Africa and gain valuable work experience abroad as you support local nurses and doctors with triage (which includes taking patients’ blood pressure, temperature, weight and other measurements). Extremely under resourced and overcrowded, this frees up time for nursing staff to help in the procedure rooms. This program also provides a great way to get to know some of the local people through interacting with patients, making them feel comfortable and at ease and is extremely rewarding knowing you have had an important role in their recovery.

Visits to patients homes

Visits to Patients' Homes

As part of our home-based care initiative, you’ll go out into the rural villages with our staff and visit patients, some of whom are critically ill, in their homes to assess their health, administer basic treatment, give healthcare advice and refer them for a clinic visit if need be. These visits can be a real eye-opener and also very sensitive in nature as you will work in some extremely impoverished and rural areas.

You may also help with delivering donations such as food and blankets to sick and ailing patients in need and these home visits are something patients look forward to, as it is quite often the only healthcare support they receive.

Nutrition program

Nutrition and Physiotherapy

One of the most successful programs volunteers have been a part of is our Nutrition and Physiotherapy treatment plans. With many villagers financially and physically unable to find healthy sources of nutrients, access to water limited and many often recovering from previous illnesses, accidents or on-going medical issues, our home-based programs aim to provide a service which is otherwise unavailable in the local area. You will visit our patients to record and report their progress, monitor weight gain and BMI and deliver nutritional food supplements, while also working with individuals to improve their conditions through structured physiotherapy exercises.

Hiv education and workshops

HIV Education and Awareness

During your time on this project, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to organize medical campaigns and workshops. One of our regular workshops is on Adult HIV Education. This is an interactive program where you’ll be able to engage with local people and, working alongside a Zulu coordinator, assist in delivering key educational sessions.

Further to these educational classes, you will also play a very active role in facilitating HIV/AIDS Support Groups for sufferers, discussing topics such as healthy living, prevention, living with the virus and even touch on topics such as future income generation for the family, sustainable food sources and support the support group members in their interests and what they would like to learn about. 

Additional Activities

  •          Family Relief Assistance Programme – help struggling families in need
  •          Home assistance – be a helping hand to an injured or elderly patient
  •          Building, farming and refurbishments of homes or schools
Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Relax explore and have fun

Relax, Explore and Have Fun

After your duties for the day are over, there is plenty to do around town and also the option of relaxing at the volunteer house, playing board games or having a movie night. If you are in the mood to explore the town, you can join a gym class, go for a Thai massage, have a glass of wine at the jetty as the sun goes down or even go for a hippo spotting drive.

The volunteers also have weekly quiz nights to raise funds for our charity The Happy Africa Foundation and some evenings are spent together in the lounge planning activities for the following day.

Spot some wildlife

Spot Some Wildlife

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is ideal for great game viewing. Besides the regular game drives, you can enjoy a hippo and crocodile boat cruise up the estuary, go for a horse ride on the beach or go on a night game-drive at nearby Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Culture

Culture

Although your volunteer work will give you a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in Zulu culture, you can also watch Zulu Dancing, taste homemade Zulu beer, go on a Cultural Village Tour and for a traditional Zulu meal. There are also many curios and crafts on sale in the town, which is a five-minute walk from the base.

Go away for the weekend

Go Away for the Weekend

Weekend sightseeing options include a one-night trip with an amazing Elephant Interaction experience at Thanda Private Game Reserve. You can also take a two-day trip to Mozambique, where you will indulge in delicious seafood, swim, snorkel and soak up the sun. There are also plenty of places to head to up the coast for day trips.

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About St Lucia

About st lucia

About the Destination

A tropical tourist town, home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in South Africa, is where you will be based during your time volunteering. A coastal paradise, with long stretches of untouched and wild beaches, St Lucia is also one of the only towns in the entire world to be surrounded by a World Heritage Site and therefore incredible wildlife opportunities.

Picture this, waking up to the sound of monkeys playing on your roof, spotting hippos going about their business before lunch and spending your evening under the crystal clear milky way, on a night safari drive through some of the most infamous Game Reserves in Africa and spotting everything from leopards  to hyenas! In between all that, you still have time to meet some of the more interesting characters you’ll come across; the traditional Zulu villagers you’ll be volunteering with on a daily basis.

Zululand is an area still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family and surrounding the stunning town of St Lucia are a number of villages, impoverished, underdeveloped and in desperate need of resources and this is where volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical programmes.

Also surrounding the town are endless sightseeing and adventure activities for you to get involved in, whether that is setting sail on the Indian Ocean to swim with dolphins, spotting whales out to sea or following the journey of the endangered turtles which lay eggs on the beaches each year November – March. On land, why not jump onto one of the many safari’s that leave from the town and head to the great plains of Africa to view wild elephants, lions and rhinos!

Failing that, why not relax at the fully-furnished and beautiful volunteer house with your fellow staff and volunteers, take a dip in the pool or light up the traditional South African Braai (BBQ!) and enjoy a night under the stars, like you’ve never seen them before!

Oh, but watch out for the hippos who make a daily visit into town every night!

Meet the Team

St lucia team

The team here in St Lucia is filled with the most passionate, hardworking, caring and fun loving people you will ever meet. Everyone  brings something different to the team, but we all share a love for the people and the communities we work with. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Laura Kernan, Ireland

My highlight was working on the scenes directly with the patients and getting involved in their care and their future planning. I also really enjoyed learning about the Zulu culture and being apart of their lifestyles and learning the language. I cant highlight one experience from another as each day out on project was so rewarding as special in its own way.

Florine Chavand, France

I'm a nurse and after this project I really know I want to continu in this way ! Sometime in France we don't have enough time for all our patients, but this experience remember me why I love my job and how I really want to make it!

Ellie Friedman, US

Being here taught me that I can live a very simplistic way of life and totally changed my perspective on how I view life, etc---these people have so little materially speaking but are so much richer in spirit. The Zulus are the warmest, most welcoming people I have ever encountere- they truly tug at my heart.

Jonathon Whyler, UK

"The program was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have gained many new skills and learnt a lot. It has made me value things back in the UK e.g. the healthcare system. It has opened my eyes a lot to how a large proportion of the world’s population live."

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