Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness, South Africa

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.

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

Volunteer Reviews

“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.”   Jonathon Whyler, UK

“I’m a nurse and after this project I really know I want to continue in this way! Sometimes in France we don’t have enough time for all our patients, but this experience reminds me why I love my job and how I really want to make it!”   Florine Chavand, France

Dates & Rates

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 (Mon-Fri only)
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water
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.

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!

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