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Volunteering

C4L hosts a range of both local and international volunteers throughout the year

Local Volunteering

Nelson Mandela Day

On July 18th every year, C4L invites anyone to volunteer for 67 minutes to commemorate this day.  For he spent 67 years in public service.

On this day in 2016, C4L announced that it will host another volunTOUR in October or November.  Voluntouring is when citizens of the North come to the South to help out and to look-see.  Sometimes dubbed "short-term missions" these are eye-openers for people who have always enjoyed affluence and want to see the world downside up instead of upside down.  It combines some volunteering (painting and repairs) with community visits with some tourism (like game viewing in the Kruger Park).

This tour will include 67 hours of voluteering to show your esteem for this great African leader.

The estimated costs is $200 Canadian per person per day (not including your airfare to Johanesburg).  The tour starts and ends at Oliver Tambo International Airport and is all inclusive.  The core tour is 14 days in the Lowveld of South Africa.  But it can be extended for up to one more week to include a tour of Swaziland and Mozambique (optional).

More about the tour at the bottom of this page.  For further details contact hospitality@C4L.org.  Please send your expression of interest to this same e-address.

Youth Corps

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Over the past decade C4L has trained and deployed over 100 young women and men in community service projects.  At first this was centred around and HIV and AIDS intervention to provide care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

The impetus of this community service volunteering has shifted in the recent phenomenon of high youth employment.  So C4L's focus has shifted to its Green Livelihoods initiative.  This means that youth are still serving their community - but in self-sustaining ways that require much less in terms of donor subsidies.

The C4L Board

C4L's governance or oversight is provided by a "steering committee" of 7 members.  As a "voluntary association" or VA, these trustees, directors or "members" do no benefit directly from C4L programming.

International Volunteering

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From time to time, C4L also welcomes international volunteers, sometimes privately, sometimes from an agency. Some come for a short time, like 3 months.  Some come for a long time, like 3 years.  Memories include:

  • German Development Service volunteers
  • Peace Corps volunteers
  • Mennonite Central Committee volunteers

 

Teams

In the past, "voluntourism" has included teams of Canadians coming to assist with the psychosocial support camps at C4L, and the volunteers were invaluable in helping to give the 100 campers per season a rewarding experience.

C4L has also welcomed work-teams composed of retired people wanting to help out. They have done a lot of improvements to the C4L campus itself, not only the work, but raising money in advance for the materials to do the improvements. C4L arranged schedules for them that include some off-campus touring as well as some repair work to the homes of Child-headed Households. These young people were either members of the C4L Youth Corps, or else identified through the Kids Clubs running through C4L's erstwhile child protection project.

2016

This year's 14-day volunTOUR includes:

  • 7 days of volunteer work on the C4L campus
  • 2 days of field visits to community projects
  • 4 days of site-seeing
  • 2 days of travel (to and from Joburg)

Led by demand, the tour can be extended into Swaziland and Mozambique.  That takes you into malaria risk areas, which will not be the case if you remain in South Africa.

The tour begins and ends in Joburg to allow you to choose your own routing.  Some visitors like to add a week in the Cape - but that is your prerogative. That is South Africa's second most visited tourist attraction.  The premiere attraction is the Kruger Park - only one hour from C4L.  For that matter, stay for an extra week in Kruger!  See lots of rhinos while there are still a few left.