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Abalimi Bezekhaya

What sector are they in?
Urban Agriculture/Environment

What do they do?
Abalimi Bezehaya is a farming project that supports community and home gardens. Gardens range in size from small yard gardens in between shacks, to a few larger gardens about the size of a sports field. Support in the form of land, materials and expertise is offered to farmers who are primarily older women. The farmers are able to grow enough food to contribute to their household subsistence needs, as well as to sell to generate income. Abalimi’s income-generating arm is called “Harvests of Hope”. HoH coordinate the collection, packaging and selling of organic farm-grown goods.

Where do they operate?
Philippi, Gugulethu

Who will I work with?
You will work with a group of women farmers in the community gardens. You will be introduced to the organization by the director, but after then - well, it’s you and the women who work the land. Abalimi is also a site for community service for petty offenders, so you’ll meet all kinds of people in the fields of Philippi.

What kind of service will I do with them?
All students at Abalimi garden with the grannies, ploughing and planting together. Unless students commit to a two quarter service placement here, you will not be given an additional project to complete.

Is this placement for me?
Abalimi is looking for students who are happy to work independently without supervision. Students placed with Abalimi are encouraged to take the isiXhosa class offered at the Stanford Centre. This placement is mornings only, as the women do not garden in the afternoon. We will help you to find an additional site at which to do service in the afternoons.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.abalimi.org.za

Have a look at the work that Cape Town farmers are doing with Abalimi.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELx129OtVJM

 

Beth Uriel

What sector are they in?
Youth Development

What do they do?
Meaning “House of Light”, Beth Uriel is a home to 26 young men between the ages of 16 and 24. It is a family committed to caring for and encouraging the men to be independent and future-focused. The men come to Beth Uriel out of their own accord, and make a commitment to themselves and to the family to make positive changes in their lives. The home runs an income-generating project called Me’Kasi. Me’Kasi is an off-beat, township-style brand of hoodies, shirts and accessories designed by the men in the house.

Where do they operate?
Salt River

Who will I work with?
At Beth Uriel you will become a “family member”. The house parents will orientate you to the family and to the needs of the family members, but you’ll be spending most of your time with the men in the house. Some of these men are from local Cape Town and surrounds, but you’ll meet a few from other African countries. The home also hosts a number of international volunteers, so you’ll have a fairly mixed group of people to work with on a day-to-day basis.

What kind of service will I do with them?
The men will tell you what they’d like you to do in the house. It could be anything from helping with math homework to mentoring and life skills, to building the Me’Kasi brand. A previous Stanford student even starred in their production of a Hip-Hop EP. 

Is this placement for me?
Only male students can be placed at Beth Uriel, or female students with a Social Work or similar background. The placement does not fall in traditional service hours, as the men are at school and college during the day. Previous students have spent the late afternoons and evenings (4-10pm) at the house a couple of times a week.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.bethuriel.co.za

Meet some of the people who call Beth Uriel home: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YzMxAEthyo

Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) High School

What sector are they in?
Education

What do they do?
COSAT is a high school (Grades 8-12) for high achieving learners. The school specializes in Science, Mathematics and Technology, and learners have a full and rigorous school timetable. In addition to the academic programme, learners are required to participate in extra-mural activities: from choir and debating to sports programmes.

Where do they operate?
Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha

Who will I work with?
The school principal will be your initial point of contact when you arrive. Depending on which subjects and activities you are interested in participating in, you will be assigned to specific teachers. You’ll be working with smart, motivated and hard-working teenagers from Khayelitsha and surrounding townships.

What kind of service will I do with them?
You’ll be spending time in classrooms, either as a teaching assistant—going round to students and working on a one-on-one basis—or giving the class yourself. This depends on the specific teacher you are working with, and your level of experience. You might be asked to do a bit of classroom administration and materials development. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in extra-murals, which means singing in the choir and running around the soccer field with the students.

Is this placement for me?
COSAT welcomes students from all academic backgrounds, as long as you’re passionate about education. Students who have taken Mathematics or Science subjects at University level are particularly in high demand!

Want to find out more? Email:
jenvanh@stanford.edu

Get a sense of the school and some thoughts from a few COSAT learners:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXofOvHs6TU

 

The Clothing Bank

What sector are they in?
Small Enterprise Development, Women Empowerment

What do they do?
The Clothing Bank trains women and builds their capacity on a personal and professional level. Once trained in business, entrepreneurship and life skills, women have the opportunity to purchase clothes from the bank (primarily overruns, rejects and concept garments donated by large retailers) to sell in their home communities. Ongoing support is offered in the form of group life-coaching, as well as additional skills training. Small business ideas and opportunities, including clothing stores in unused shipping containers are constantly sourced and presented to the women to get them thinking about post-training options.

Where do they operate?
Observatory

Who will I work with?
The founders of the organization will get you going; giving loads of support and guidance. Expect to work closely with them, and closely with the women on the factory floor. The women come from urban township areas across Cape Town.

What kind of service will I do with them?
You’ll spend some time on the factory floor; sorting and tagging clothes, organizing boxes and generally getting a sense of things and spending time with the women there. You’re also welcome to participate in their training sessions! In addition, you will be given guidance to develop set projects for you to complete. Past projects include small pieces of research, assisting women on their small business ventures and developing tools to measure the success and impact of the programme.

Is this placement for me?
It helps if you have interest or experience in social entrepreneurship, but that isn’t necessary. You will be expected to deliver a [sometimes demanding] final product at the end of your service, so ensure that you plan your course load appropriately!

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.theclothingbank.org.za

 

Dance for All

What sector are they in?
Youth Development, Arts and Culture

What do they do?
Dance for All offers dance training to aspiring dancers from disadvantaged areas in Cape Town. Beginners have the chance to learn new skills, learn discipline, have fun and promote their confidence and self-esteem. More serious dancers receive professional training and support in their dancing career. The company offers classes in Ballet, Contemporary Ballet and African Contemporary dance.

Where do they operate?
Head office: Athlone
Rural programme: Barrydale, Montagu, McGregor

Who will I work with?
The director is a former principal dancer with the Cape Town City Ballet. He started teaching ballet in 1991, and has continued his work with the organization ever since. As CEO and ballet teacher, he’ll get you placed in the DFA team. You’ll work with a group of professional dancers and dance teachers, and with some excited and passionate young dance students.

What kind of service will I do with them?
You’ll be asked to assist dance teachers or run classes yourself: depending on your level of expertise. There is also office work to be done; in their fundraising and administrative departments. Please note that while you may be able to attend classes, the purpose of this placement is not for you to learn new dance styles, but rather to teach!

Is this placement for me?
Without a dance background, your options for service are limited. You will be required to send in your dance resume, and the director of the organization makes the final call as to your placement, depending on your experience and the current training needs of the organization.

Want to find out more: Visit:
www.danceforall.co.za

Watch the youtube video at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xKNpngrLls


Emergency First Aid Responders (EFAR)

What sector are they in?
Emergency Medicine/Community Development

What do they do?
EFAR offers training to community members in various aspects of Emergency Medicine and First Aid. They have recently developed curriculum appropriate for children and youth, focusing on the basics of emergency healthcare. EFAR work closely with the University of Cape Town’s Division of Emergency Medicine and the Manenberg Health Committee.

Where do they operate?
Manenberg and Lavender Hill

Who will I work with?
An ex-Stanford student launched EFAR, and part of the management team of the organization is comprised of graduate students from the United States. Together with local members of the Manenberg Health Committee and the Division of Emergency Medicine, these students oversee the general operation of the organization. Training is conducted with local community members, as well as school children in neighborhood schools.

What kind of service will I do with them?
Past students have been involved in developing training materials and carrying out training with various community groups. The organization is young and growing, so you may be called on to complete any number of tasks by the operational team.

Is this placement for me?
Students from all academic backgrounds can be placed with EFAR. You will need to be able to take initiative and work creatively and independently.

Want to find out more?

Click here to read an executive summary of the EFAR program.


Etafeni Trust

What sector do they work in?
Public Health/Community Development

What do they do?
Etafeni is a multi-purpose centre, offering support to vulnerable groups in the surrounding area. Support services for those infected and affected by HIV, including orphans, youth and mothers. The centre runs a variety of programmes: from an income-generating sewing project, to a daycare for young children and voluntary counseling and testing for HIV.

Where do they operate?
Nyanga

Who will I work with?
The organization aims to build capacity in the surrounding communities, so many of the staff are local community members who have undergone training and are now in a position to serve and train others. Depending on which arm of the organization you are placed in, you could work with young children, youth or women.

What kind of service will I do with them?
There are a variety of activities you could do at Etafeni. Past students have compiled a community profile, worked on nutrition and education projects, and run workshops with unemployed youth in the Fit for Life programme. You may also be asked to do some office work, as well as materials development or other small research projects. While you may be able to work in a public health related project, this is not a guarantee.

Is this placement for me?
Any student with an interest in community development, and who is flexible about the kind of service they are willing to do could be placed at Etafeni.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.etafenitrust.org

Watch previous Stanford volunteers describe their experience at Etafeni here:
http://youtu.be/eyqi5bGdewE


Home SPM

What sector are they in?
Community Development/Adult Education

What do they do?
Home SPM runs a number of projects, for a number of marginalized community groups. They run an adult education programme offering numeracy and literacy skills to members from the surrounding communities, they have a food garden and soup kitchen, they run diversion programmes for young offenders, and a range of other training and support services for local homeless and unemployed community members.

Where do they operate?
Salt River

Who will I work with?
You will work closely with the founder and manager of the organization and a small team of part-time and voluntary staff. Staff members tend to have a number or roles from teaching, gardening, and running the kitchen. The community participants range in age from teenagers to middle-aged and elderly.

What kind of service will I do with them?
Home SPM is a small organization, so there is scope to get involved in more than one area. You could tutor in their education programme, or spend some time with students in the community garden. You can cook meals for homeless people, or write funding proposals for the director. Past students have participated in all components of the organization, from designing meal vouchers to helping learners with their English homework.

Is this placement for me?
Students from all academic backgrounds can be placed at Home SPM. It’s a placement that requires you to be flexible and to be open to helping in any way that you can. It’s a placement that will really appreciate you and nurture your presence there.

Want to find out more? E-Mail:
jenvanh@stanford.edu


Ikamva Youth

What sector are they in?
Education/Youth Development

What do they do?
Ikamva provides after school support for high school students from resource-poor schools. The organization runs academic and life-skills workshops with students, including computer literacy and basic health and leadership. Most of the organization’s tutors are ex-students who have completed the Ikamva programme and gone on to complete studies at tertiary educational institutions.

Where do they operate?
IY is a national organization; Stanford has partnered with the branch in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

Who will I work with?
You will work with a team of tutors who are familiar with the curriculum and context of South African schooling. The students in the program are a self-selected group of motivated and hard-working high school students.

What kind of service will I do with them?
In the mornings you’ll help the team catch up on office and administrative work, and in the afternoons you’ll assist with tutoring sessions in an academic field in which you are comfortable.

Is this placement for me?
Students from all academic backgrounds are welcome in Ikamva, particularly those with a strong math and science skills.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.ikamvayouth.org


Linawo Children’s Home

What sector are they in?
Orphan and Vulnerable Children

What do they do?
Linawo provides a home and family for 15 children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of the children are orphans, or have parents who are HIV+. Some of the children have been together for as long as eight years and the intention is that the home is a family that children will stay in right up until tertiary education. The home offers spaces for children to live, learn, play and love.

Where do they operate?
Pinelands

Who will I work with?
Mama Ivy started Linawo Children’s Home from her home in Khayelitsha, and she is still mother to the children in her house. The Mama is supported by a home director, and other foster mothers, they together care for and support their children. The children themselves are from Khayelitsha and surrounding areas, and range in age from toddler to teen.

What kind of service will I do?
There is a lot to do in a house of 15 children! Daily chores and helping out the mothers provide invaluable support. Past students have also assisted with academic tutoring, from reading and ABCs to Mathematics for the older children. There are always new projects coming up in the house.

Is this placement for me?
Working with young children requires patience, a caring attitude and generally a bit of creativity. Students who are placed here will receive support and guidance, but will at times need to work quite independently to get tasks done. Even though the Linawo family identifies as Christian, students of any or no religious denomination are welcome at the home and have been very happy there in the past.

Want to find out more? E-Mail:
jenvanh@stanford.edu

Join the Facebook group:
www.facebook.com/groups/191683140237/


Magnet Theatre

What sector are they in?
Community Theatre

What do they do?
The Magnet Theatre is aimed at developing theatre in South Africa as a means to overcoming some of the vast language and other differences that prevent South Africans from understanding one another. The theatre has a strong social activist mission and uses theatre to engage with social issues.

Where do they operate?
Theatre: Observatory
Sites: Various

Who will I work with?
Staff members at the theatre are experienced and passionate about South African theatre, and come from diverse backgrounds. The full-time actors at the theatre are drawn from the Magnet’s various training programmes.

What kind of service will I do with them?
Students who have been placed at Magnet previously have done a range of activities. If there is a show running, students could be asked to help with sound, lighting, ticketing etc. Filming and editing of performances is another area of potential service. It really depends where in their performance cycle the theatre is.

Is this placement for me?
Students do need a background in theatre. This does not need to be an academic background, participation in theatre groups on campus: whether on or behind the stage is absolutely appropriate.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.magnettheatre.co.za

Have a look a snippet one of their previous shows:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSAXvFvzN-s

 

Making An Impact Through Sports

What sector are they in?
Education/Youth Development

What do they do?
MITS is a community and schools-based programme that uses sports as a medium to teach life skills to primary school students. MITS is entirely volunteer-run and relies on volunteers to work closely with teachers and sports coaches to develop and deliver curricula on basic health and hygiene, sexual health, drugs and other social issues affecting South African youth.

Where do they operate?
Mitchell’s Plain

Who will I work with?
You’ll be working with the charismatic and knowledgable program director who will offer you a great introduction not only to the sports and youth development sector, but also to the context in which you’ll be working. You’ll work with teachers and other volunteers, and you’ll work with primary school students during and after school.

What kind of service will I do with them?
During school, you’ll teach or assist in teaching the Life Orientation curriculum that all students take. You will teach either in a classroom setting or during the Physical Education school period. After school you’ll have the opportunity to coach a sports code; including soccer, basketball or athletics.

Is this placement for me?
MITS is a great placement for students wanting hands-on experience in schools, who have a sports or Physical Education background. Coaching sports is not mandatory but does form a key component of the after-school programme so is strongly encouraged. It’s a very busy and full placement and students at MITS need to have a lot of energy!

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.mitsprogram.org

 

Mosaic Training, Service and Healing for Women

What sector are they in?
Gender-based Violence/Women Empowerment

What do they do?
Mosaic delivers a wide range of social support services and projects to clients (including men) seeking assistance due to gender violence such as: abuse, sexual assault/rape, and HIV/AIDS issues. From 2009, Mosaic has taken over the operations of the Simelela Centre in Khayelistsha. The Centre offers a comprehensive approach to gender-based violence, from awareness campaigns to trauma counseling and medical treatments.

Where do they operate?
Head Office: Wynberg
Simelela Centre: Site B, Khayelitsha
Sites: Various

Who will I work with?
Past students have been based at the Simelela Centre, however there may be scope to spend time at the head office. Staff members at the Simelela Centre come from a variety of backgrounds. The Centre was initially a project of Doctors without Borders, and still maintains strong links with various external stakeholders. Local community facilitators and community leaders run many of the training and awareness programmes.

What kind of service will I do with them?
Due to the sensitive nature of the work, and the language barrier that you may have, the work that you do here will not be counseling-related. Past students have been involved in their court monitoring programme, assisting with the process of completing restraining orders, and monitoring the through-put rate of RO’s. Other projects include involvement on awareness and educational campaigns aimed at young men. Mosaic’s greatest need is administrative, and if you are willing to sort and order case-files, you will make an invaluable contribution to the organization.

Is this placement for me?
We have had both male and female students at this placement, and there is definitely work for male students to do at the organization. The placement doesn’t require an in-depth knowledge of the sector, but does look for volunteers with a deep sensitivity to the issues.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.mosaic.org.za/simelela.html

 

Mothers Unite

What sector are they in?
Education/Child Nutrition

What do they do?
Mothers Unite run a range of programmes aiming to address the holistic wellbeing of children in the community. The organization is run by mothers, and all after-school programming is led by mother volunteers. The prograe also offers capacity –building and training for mother volunteers, in an effort to improve the lives of not only the community’s children, but also their mothers.

Where do they operate?
Lavender Hill

Who will I work with?
You’ll work with the volunteer mothers who form the backbone of the organization. They are dedicated and interested members of the community in which the project is based, and are invested in the success of the project and the future of their community’s children. In the afternoons, you’ll work with children of primary school age.

What kind of service will I do with them?
You’ll do a bit of a lot of things. You might find yourself working in the community garden alongside the mothers, and helping them develop recipes for the vegetables they grow. You will assist with the after-school academic program, baby-sitting the younger children and running academic sessions with the older children. There is also scope for you to get involved in the capacity-building program for the moms, teaching and learning from them in a diverse range of fields including computer literacy, language skills and even dancing!

Is this placement for me?
If you are looking for a project grounded in community then this is a great placement for you! In the past there have only been female students placed at MU, but male students are equally welcome.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.mothersunite.org.za


Philani Health and Nutrition

What sector are they in?
Child Health and Nutrition/Women Empowerment

What do they do?
Philani aims to improve child nutrition through not only feeding children but also empowering mothers through skills development to look after their children. Children are placed in the educare at the centres, and receive nutritional support from the organization. Mothers receive life skills support and are also able to access income-generating opportunities at the centre through making crafts and sewing.

Where do they operate?
Head Office: Site C, Khayelitsha
Sites: Various

Who will I work with?
Depending on the work that you do at Philani, you will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of people: from medical doctors to mothers. Staff members at the centre are mostly women, and the community members who receive support from the organization are also mostly women. You will probably not be working directly with children.

What kind of service will I do with them?
Philani requires some office support during your time with them, so you’ll be able to put your administrative skills to good use! Without medical expertise, the contribution you can make to the organization is somewhat limited. However, they also have a need for small research projects, so that is definitely a possible.

Is this placement for me?
Students from any academic background are welcome at this placement. The organization has indicated a strong preference for students staying for two quarters and you really do need two quarters here to add value to the organization.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.philani.org.za


Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)

What sector are they in?
Environmental Education/Urban Agriculture/Sustainable Livelihoods

What do they do?
SEED transforms learning environments through permaculture implementation and education, working at schools across the country. The Outdoor Classroom Programme creates living sustainable systems at schools that are the basis for outdoor, practical learning which rehabilitating school environments and providing a visible model of urban greening for the community. Produce from the gardens goes to the school kitchen to boost learner nutrition, and surplus is sold within the community. Children are exposed to the miracles of nature and learn about the ecosystems that support them.

At the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre, the Outdoor Classroom Programme has grown into a demonstrational education site that in addition to the school program, hosts many other applications. These include community enterprise, an eco homestead model, a nursery, a soil learning area and much more to come. The centre hosts community courses, school visits and researchers.

Where do they operate?
Head Office: Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Flats
Outdoor Classroom Programme Field Sites: Mitchell’s Plain

Who will I work with?
If you work within the Outdoor Classroom Programme, you will be partnered with a SEED school facilitator and will make the rounds to the local school projects they are working within. SEED facilitators are all very passionate about the work that they do, and you will learn about permaculture education and garden design. School sessions are conducted in English, but you’ll have to practice your Afrikaans for informal conversations with learners!

If you work at the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre, you will support the manifestation of the on-ground permaculture design on the Centre grounds. You will work with the diverse and knowledgeable Rocklands team of educators, facilitators and land stewards, and can have the opportunity to get involved with particular programs that are in your area of interest.

What will I do?
You’ll do some gardening, digging, planting and harvesting. You will also have the opportunity to join the school facilitators in the Outdoor Classroom. If you are schools-based, you’ll work with the SEED facilitator to design materials for the sessions, and assist with the delivery of lessons. At Rocklands, you may focus on a particular piece of the implementation: working on the food forest, or the homestead model, for example. Or there may be a course running that you can assist with. There is always a lot going on at SEED, so there is scope for you to get involved with programs that are in your area of interest, while supporting the needs and objectives of the organization as a whole.

Is this placement for me?
Do you want to work with an organization that is based right within the community? Work at SEED is not always neat, tidy or comfortable, but you will be rewarded with a real-life field experience directly engaging in work on the community-level each and every day. Successful past students have been self-directed, with a degree of flexibility, a desire to do hands-on work, and a truly deep urge to give for the greater good. If that describes you, than this is your placement.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.seed.org.za

The 2011 Spring Quarter students helped out at SEED’s “Food in the Hood” community day. Have a look here to see what they did! 


*There are also various research opportunities at SEED for longer-staying students that wish to do more in depth work. Please visit SEED's research portal for more information.


TSiBA Education

What sector are they in?
Education/Entrepreneurship

What do they do?
TSiBA offers tertiary education qualifications in business administration for young South Africans from disadvantaged educational backgrounds. They also run community-based entrepreneurial support centres to support small businesses. Their aim is to “ignite opportunity through education”.

Where do they operate?
Main campus: Pinelands

Sites: Various

Who will I work with?
The students and staff at TSiBA are a diverse group with a shared passion for social change through innovation and entrepreneurship. Depending on the work you do there, you could spend time with students your own age, with community members running small businesses, or with staff committed to creating opportunities for growth.

What kind of service will I do?
The options are endless! Depending on the time of year you arrive and where in the annual cycle TSiBA is, you may be asked to assist with new student orientation and registration, to spend time in the classroom, or to go out to community business sites and read-over business plans of emerging entrepreneurs. The staff at TSiBa wants you to get involved in whichever aspect of their work you feel most passionate about.

Is this placement for me?
Your academic background doesn’t matter, but you’ll need a lot of energy and creativity to make the most of this placement. An interest in entrepreneurship is a definite plus, as is a willingness to engage with and learn from your TSiBA peers.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.tsiba.org.za


Young in Prison (YIP)

What sector are they in?
Youth empowerment / Life skills education

What do they do?
YiPSA works with youth in conflict with the law between the ages of 14-25 in rehabilitative and reintegration programmes using creative arts and sports. YiPSA aims to give these young people a voice and an opportunity to reflect on themselves. YiPSA seeks to encourage program participants to make positive life choices and to become successful and contributing members of society.

Where do they operate?
Head Office: Salt River, Cape Town
Sites: Bonnytoun Child and Youth Care Centre (Kraaifontein), Ottery Education and Youth Care Centre (Ottery) Vredelus Child and Youth Care Centre (Elsies River), Goodwood Prison (Goodwood) and Pollsmoor Prison (Tokai)

Who will I work with?
The YiPSA staff is young and international. They will set you up with a local community facilitator who knows how to negotiate the complicated correctional system in South Africa. The youth you’ll be working with will be sentenced, awaiting trial or post-release, predominantly male.

What kind of service will I do?
The work includes life skills workshops using creative arts, theatre and sports. Because of the limited time that outsiders are allowed in the prisons, you will need to spend some time in the YiPSA offices to fulfil your service-learning hours component. Previous students have completed small research projects, and office staff will be able to assign you ad hoc tasks.

Is this placement for me?
The prison work can be quite intense, so while the placement is open to both male and female students, female students are advised that they will need to be quite assertive and confident in order to manage the prison work. Be advised that there might be delays in securing your prison permits, so you may need to have a little patience. This placement is ideal for a pair of students willing to work together.

Want to find out more? Visit:
www.younginprison.org.za

YIP have some great documentaries and video clips on their website, have a look.