The Vision Africa Community Foundation is a Non-Profit project which focuses on empowering and improving the lives of people in our local communities as well as wildlife conservation projects too. The Foundation has created many long term, meaningful projects in these communities and allows volunteers to work with us on these projects. These projects do really make a difference in many lives and is very rewarding for participants who help on this project.

Volunteers can work at our school, crèche, playground and swimming pool. We are also assisting a project which feeds up to 150 children a day. Volunteers will also assist in our community farming project and any other projects ongoing at the time.

Community Farming Initiative

This project offers volunteers an opportunity to assist the local community in farming. By assisting and consulting we are able introduce conservation orientated farming practices into these community farms while still assisting the local community in their lives! A great hands-on project with long term benefits for the community and the wildlife living in the vicinity of these farms.

The Crèche

Volunteers spend time at our local crèche and assist in the day to day running as well as lesson/game planning and implementation. Volunteers also assist in all other duties at the crèche including food preparation for the 100 children at the crèche.
Volunteers will also assist in the construction of new facilities at the crèche such as jungle-gyms, toilets shade roof etc.

The School

Volunteer will assist teachers at our little primary school in all aspects of the school functioning. This includes lessons, playtime, physical education, maintenance and management. Volunteers are encouraged to give a presentation on their country as many of the learners are very eager to learn about the world.

Playground, Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts

We as a company manage the local public swimming pool facilities, the playgound and the public tennis courts. Volunteers assist us in this as well as interacting and giving basic lessons in tennis coaching and swimming.

Community Duty

We also work with the Department of Social Welfare and The SA Police Service to address and assist on many social issues within our communities. These projects include assisting less fortunate families in different ways including housing and food. Another project we do is provide sanitary pads and other hygiene products to learners at our schools who cannot afford these products.
The Foundation also runs a regular Movie night at the community hall whereby we set up a big-screen and show films for all ages. There are no cinemas in this area and many kids here have not been to a cinema before.

This project also provides a safe and responsible form of entertainment for all ages in our community. This means that less young teenagers etc. are going to the local informal bars and night clubs. These clubs and bars have contributed to a spike in teen pregnancies and kids getting into trouble with police. The movie night helps to minimise this as the youngsters have an alternative form of entertainment. It proved very popular!

The Foundation works with local old age facilities to assist in proper services being offered to the elderly in our area.

Wildlife Experience

We are based on a wildlife reserve focusing on wildlife conservation while also working with other species on different properties. We combine our wildlife and community work hoping to merge our community and help them understand the importance of conservation.

We have many annual and one-off projects running:

  1. We have a Christmas lunch that we do for the 150 children including presents every year. Our Christmas Project has become a success due to the help we receive from our past volunteers who have been here before and understand the problem and our GoFund Campaigns.
  2. We have a Wildlife Conservation and Life Skills program (Sex education, career education, hygiene and wildlife crisis, recycling etc.) whereby we give 2 classes weekly at our local government schools.
  3. We have an annual Cleaning campaign that runs for 6 days for the town, the school and local community.
  4. We support different families that were brought to our attention from the social workers that need help. We help them to help themselves and improve their quality of life through such things as building toilet and bathroom facilities for them, giving them beds and proper stoves to cook their meals, clothing etc.
  5. For the past 4 years we have been funding a Community Vet Day which provides free animal care for those who cannot afford it. Services includes free vaccinations, spays and rabies control as well as consultation with the vet.
  6. A recent addition is the We Care Project. This project is designed to assist elderly/lonely individuals in the community by bringing them together for the festive season for a lunch. The lunch provides a sense of togetherness for people who would otherwise feel quite alone and vulnerable. The lunch includes presents, dancing prizes, lots of photos and joy.
  7. The Briershof school has created various clubs, both academic and sport focused, to foster healthy habitats in the local community. Clubs include soccer, chess, maths, cricket, rugby and spelling. While the clubs are organised and managed through the school, it is open to the wider community and encourages everyone to be involved.

The Details

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Included: transfers from/to Polokwane, accommodation and 3 meals per day.

Accommodation: On a sharing basis at the beautiful Unkwali Tented Bush Camp, which is situated on a private game reserve just outside of Alldays.

Living on a game reserve, you may also have the opportunity to see some or all of the great variety of species including Giraffe, Eland, Leopard, Kudu, Hyena, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Gemsbok, Ostrich, Impala, Duiker, Steenbok, Wild Dog, Aardwolf, Serval, Caracal, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox and Crocodile!

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