Swaziland Building Volunteers
2-12 weeks from £929
- Work with an amazing team to provide shelter and care centres for vulnerable children
- Meet local communities and gain an insight into the daily struggles they face
- Make a huge difference to orphaned children's lives and help them out of chronic poverty
- Learn new building skills and traditional African construction methods
- Explore the magnificent landscape and scenery in Swaziland
- Take part in fantastic optional activities including a 3-5 night safari in Kruger National Park
Spend your travels at an incredible project as a volunteer builder in spectacular Swaziland. This is an incredible programme for travellers looking for a unique experience and the opportunity to help out at a rewarding community project that focuses on proving shelter and care to vulnerable children and orphans. You'll use locally sourced materials, and traditional construction methods to help build a brighter future for children trapped in chronic poverty. With the majority of your work taking place on site as a builder, you'll also have the chance to work directly with the children and community by assisting teachers with classes, and supporting and playing with the children. You'll be based in central Swaziland, close to the South African border, where you'll have plenty of chances to explore your gorgeous surroundings, as well as take part in a whole range of different activities and excursions in your free time, including a safari and zip-line tour.
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What to expect at the project
As a volunteer on this life-changing programme, you'll be helping local communities by building classrooms and structures for orphaned and vulnerable children, with the aim of providing shelter and a safe and suitable school environment. You'll also have the opportunity to assist with the development and maintenance of gardens that provide a source of nutritious food to the children and community.
You'll learn and use local techniques of making mud bricks, laying foundations, plastering, flooring, fitting windows, doors and roofing, and decorating under the supervision of a local builder. You'll also have the opportunity to meet local community members and provide support to families and children in desperate need of help while working on each project.
In your downtime, you'll get to chill out in your award-winning accommodation with your fellow volunteers, spend time in your pool, or go out and discover your beautiful surroundings.
As well as a number of short day trips and activities there are also amazing two optional excursions available as well. You can choose to go on a zip lining adventure weekend through the mountains, waterfalls, and gorges of Malolotja Nature Reserve, or take a 3-5 night camping safari to Kruger National Park - magic! Please note excursions and day trips aren't included in your trip, so will be at an additional cost to be paid in-country.
Day in the life
A typical day in the life of a volunteer on this project will start at 7:30am, where you'll catch the bus to your project location from your accommodation. Arriving on site at around 8am, you'll report to your project coordinator who will brief you on your duties for the day.
You'll be carrying out tasks including making clay bricks, clearing and preparing land for structures to be built on, digging foundations, building and roofing, painting and decorating, fencing and developing community gardens and vegetable plots, putting up swings and other play equipment.
At midday, we'll break for a well-deserved lunch before getting back to work. You may also have the opportunity to participate in some local language lessons.
At 3pm, you'll finish up for the day, catching a bus back to your accommodation with the other volunteers and chilling out around the pool. Or, you might want to venture into town instead, or explore the surrounding area. You could visit the craft markets, drop into a local spa for a massage, or enjoy some of the delicious food on offer at the numerous eateries in Ezulwini. If you fancy a bit of adventure, there are plenty of activities available nearby, including bird watching, horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, game drives, golf, and hiking trails. The local team will be more than happy to help you arrange trips and activities at an additional cost.
*Please bear in mind these activities are a guide only and daily tasks may vary.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world, and as a result many children are left orphaned, with their extended families often struggling to provide for children left in their care following tragic circumstances. In 2010, more than 200,000 children were reported as orphaned, many of whom don't have extended family to care for them, or the provisions to support themselves. That's where you come in. As a volunteer on our Swaziland building project, you'll work with Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) and Not for Profit Organisations (NGOs) that provide orphaned and vulnerable children with shelter, food, care, pre-school education, and a safe environment. You'll be helping to create and restore buildings that offer a number of resources to young children, as well as help to maintain gardens that provide food to the local community.
All your efforts, and those of the dedicated staff and volunteers onsite, will go towards providing a safer, happier environment for vulnerable children to grow and find their way out of chronic poverty.
As well as working with inspirational people and being involved in young children's lives on a truly rewarding programme, you'll learn basic building skills and traditional African methods of construction. You'll become a valued member in the community and make a huge number of new friends, from your fellow volunteers, in-country staff, families in the community, and of course the incredible children.
You'll gain a better insight into the lives of those living in Swaziland, an understanding of the struggles faced by families and children struggling to support themselves, a greater respect for the teams providing care and support in Swaziland, and a deep appreciation for Africa's wildlife and beautiful landscape.
More Trip Info
- Airport transfers from and to Johannesburg International Airport (JNB)
- 3 meals per day
- Volunteer project placements
- Full support and guidance of project coordinators
- Country orientation and guidance on working as a building volunteer
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Local transport costs to community projects
- Optional activities, including excursions
More Whats Included
During your stay you will be accommodated in an award-winning lodge in Ezulwini Valley. You'll stay in a six-person backpacker dorm where you'll share sleeping quarters with other volunteers of the same sex. The dorms are basic but modern and have recently had a refurbishment. You'll have an en-suite bathroom, shared with the other volunteers in your dorm and access to lockable storage, although you'll need to bring your own padlock. The lodge also has a couple of swimming pools, which you are welcome to use.
Three meals will be provided every day, some on a self-serve basis and others will be cooked for you. Generally you'll have simple but tasty options for making your own breakfast and lunch (you'll want to prepare a packed-lunch for yourself before heading to your project placement), with a fresh dinner cooked on site for you in the evenings.
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More Flights Info
You should arrange your flights to arrive at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (JNB) before 13:30 on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged to depart after 14:30 on your programme end date from the same airport. Both arrival and departure transfers from and to the airport are included in the cost of your trip.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
More Arrival Info
Minimum age 18, maximum dependent on health and fitness of participant.
British passport holders aren't required to have a visa to enter Swaziland, and will be granted entry for up to thirty days on arrival. This can be extended once in Swaziland and the local team will assist you with this. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of three months from the date of entry into Swaziland and have at least two blank pages.
If you intend to visit South Africa before or after travelling to Swaziland, you’ll need to have an additional two blank pages to enter and leave South Africa.
Do I Need To Have Building Experience To Take Part In This Programme?
Building experience is certainly helpful, but actually you'll be taught different construction and building methods once you arrive at your project, so no need for prior experience. You will need to be physically fit though, as you'll be spending most days on your feet and will be expected to lift and carry fairly weighty building materials as well as dig by hand in pretty warm conditions.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
It is a mandatory requirement to have sufficient insurance cover for all of our trips, your policy should cover you for general travel concerns as well as trip-specific activities. We can talk you through what sort of insurance policy you should have, and even set up and arrange insurance through our insurance partners - ask us about this when you book.
Will There Be A Safe Or Safety Deposit Box At The Accommodation?
Yes, there will be a safe place for you to store your valuables at your accommodation, although you'll need to bring your own padlock with you.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
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