Our work here involves creating a brighter future for orphaned and vulnerable children and supporting local business and economic empowerment. With the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence, many of Swaziland’s children have lost their parents and thus face food shortages, lack of adequate shelter and care, poverty and lack access to education. All Out Africa established and supports six Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) in Swaziland each of which hosts between 30 and 80 children. The role of these NCPs is to provide pre-school education, food, support and guidance to vulnerable and orphaned children in their communities. Your role could be assisting teachers in our Childcare project, getting the kids active with our Sports development project or helping to create gardens, shelters or water projects with our Building project.
We also have a wildlife conservation program in Swaziland.
Programs are available throughout the year and there are also internship opportunities.
- Make a big impact and contribute to sustainable development
- Have a genuine cultural experience with a passionate professionals
- Make an impact in the lives of preschool children and assist with their education
- Zip lining weekend through the mountains
- Kruger National Park 3-5 night camping safaris to see the big 5
What to Expect
Volunteers can participate in many programs including; Orphan Care, Teaching, Build a Future, Sports Development and Savannah Conservation.
WEEK BY WEEK
Day 1 Fly into OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you by road from Johannesburg to the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Day 2 The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience.
In the afternoon you will embark on a Cultural Tour where you will visit the museum to learn about Swazi history and culture, and then will walk around a real Swazi village to experience day-to-day life in Swaziland.
Day 3-5 and other weekdays you will spend these days volunteering on your Child Care project.
Day 29 Return Home Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your nal day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Swaziland and transfer to Johannesburg to catch your ight.
Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa if on the designated departure day.
For 4 Week+ Option
Day 29 Onwards Continue with your volunteer project as described in days 3-5, giving you more time to contribute to your project.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
7:00 Wake up to see the sunshine, jump in a hot shower and get yourself started for the day with breakfast!
7:30 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day
8:00 Participate in your chosen project assisting with teaching activities including maths, English, science etc, and supporting the teacher through helping with setting and marking homework and tests
12:00 Time to eat the packed lunch you made that morning!
12:30 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm – this may involve returning to your morning building placement or having the opportunity for additional projects including local language lessons and assisting at homework clubs
15:00 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the pool!
18:30 Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax.....
- Zip lining weekend through the mountains, waterfall and gorger of Malolotja Nature Reserve
- Kruger National Park 3-5 night camping safaris to see the big 5!
Orientation upon arrival
Full support and daily guidance from Project Coordinator and Assistant Project Coordinator
Housing & Meals
Lidwala Lodge located in the Ezulwini valley (known as the valley of heaven) in central Swaziland. This is the cultural heart of Swaziland and is where most of the tourist activities are based, and is also where the Royal Palace, houses of parliament, national sports stadium and national museum are located within a scenic semi-rural setting. The Lobamba, Ezulwini and Mahlanya communities are scattered within a few kilometers of this area. It is conveniently located less than 2km from many of the areas main facilities & attractions and is within 5km of the social projects that All Out Africa coordinates.
You will be accommodated in a dorm room with bunk beds with communal bathroom facilities. Bed, mattress, sheet and pillows will be provided, but note if you plan to go on tours on home stays during your time in Swaziland then a sleeping bag maybe required. The lodge has a large deck area, outdoor pool, TV lounge, WIFI*, and a communal kitchen to prepare meals. The lodge is surrounded by a spacious garden with plenty of trees and boulders (hence its name), a communal barbecue (braai) and camp re area. Often you can see monkeys roaming around the garden and the many plants attract a wide range of birds.
Volunteers, interns and students receive 3 meals a day when joining an All Out Africa experience. These meals are eaten together on the communal decking area. Breakfast is self-service from a selection of items including cereals, bread, fruit, yogurt, eggs and spreads. Lunch too is self-service from items such as bread, ham, cheese, salad and fruits. Dinner is a cooked meal which clients may assist with cooking on a rotational basis. Types of dishes served include pasta, stir-fry, braai (BBQ) and stew.
Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for. In order to fully support you during your experience, please advise us at time of booking if you have any food allergies or preferences, so we can cater for these in our meal plans. We will do our best but be prepared your food selection may not be as varied as other participants. If your food allergies/preference are quite restrictive, we may require you to pay an additional fee to allow us to cater for you.