Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness, South Africa - African Impact

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. Whether you are looking to utilize your existing medical skills or wanting to explore a future in the healthcare field, you will play a useful part of very successful and on-going treatment programs. Couple this with 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

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in St Lucia – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

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Ngidinga ukuzijwayeza isiZulu sami. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.

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Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

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Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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About the Destination

A safe 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 malaria-free 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 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 famous Game Reserves in Africa, spotting eveything

from leopards to hyenas! In between all that, you still have time to understand one of the most interesting cultures and people 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 surrounds the stunning town of St Lucia where there are a number of villages that are impoverished, underdeveloped and in desperate need of resources. This is where volunteers work each day – on our Education and Medical programs. 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 at sea or following the journey of the endangered turtles which lay eggs on the beaches each year from November – March. On land, why not jump onto one of the many safaris 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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