Johannesburg - South Africa

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Applications for this volunteer abroad opportunity are now closed. We thank all those who applied. 

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Dates of Program: July 21st to August 4th, 2018



The Osizweni Community Center caters to the diverse community of Ennerdale and its surroundings by providing those in need with an education, health services, and empowerment opportunities.  This two-week volunteer abroad program focuses on education and was developed in conjunction with the Osizweni staff to ensure volunteers are filling gaps by providing much-needed support to teachers.


The Program:

Volunteers will be providing support for both the early childhood development center, as well as the school of grades 1 to 4. During the weekdays from 8 am to 2 pm, volunteers will be assisting teachers by supporting students with learning disabilities or those who may need more help. Additionally, volunteers will be running their own hands-on activities based on the South African school curriculum. After school hours will be dedicated to helping children with their homework, as well as facilitating fun activities. Selected sightseeing activities will take place during the weekend.


The Fundraising Process:

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,300 CAD by June 30th, 2018.  IR Canada will provide each volunteer with a fundraising package that includes tips on how to fundraise, posters, flyers, and pledge cards if hosting a fundraising event. IR Canada will also launch online crowdfunding pages for each volunteer. IR Canada will cover your stay in Johannesburg, while the funds raised will go towards Osizweni Community Center.  Please note that flight costs are NOT included in this and it is the responsibility of the volunteer to pay for this flight in addition to the fundraising of $3,300 CAD.

The Application Process

Online registration is open from November 8th, 2017, to December 31st, 2017. During this time frame, IR Canada will be accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Applicants who are short-listed will be contacted for an interview. Candidates who are selected will undergo a second interview. After these interviews are conducted, applicants will be informed of IR Canada’s decision. All candidates will be finalized by January 31st, 2018. This will be a conditional acceptance on police check approval. Do NOT get a police check until informed by IR Canada.

Please note: Due to the overwhelming number of responses, we will not be conducting any in-person interviews. There will only be one interview which will be held over the phone. 

Volunteer qualifications & requirements:

  • Candidates need to be 18 years or older
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated experience working with children, youth, and vulnerable populations
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, open-minded, empathetic, compassionate, collaborative, and organized.

These attitudes and skills by no means ensures a candidate’s acceptance into the program; however, they are to be used as guidelines for applicants. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

The Application Form

Prior to applying, please read the project information, the terms and conditions, and the information on visas, insurance, and vaccines. Please fill out the application form in its entirety and attach your resume. If no resume is attached, the application will be considered incomplete.If you have any questions, please submit them to 

  • Canadian passport holders do not need a visa for travel to South Africa. If a finalized candidate does not have a Canadian passport, IR Canada will provide you with the relevant documents and advice. Please note that prices for visas vary from nationality and according to the destination. IR Canada is not responsible for the cost of a visa.
  • Medical insurance is mandatory for the entirety of the program abroad and is the sole responsibility of the volunteer.

Routine vaccines should be up-to-date regardless of the travel destination. Routine vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella, influenza, and others. Please see for more information on vaccines to consider that are specific to South Africa and see a travel health provider for more details on the vaccines that are right for you.

Application Deadline: December 31st, 2017

Fundraising Deadline: June 30th, 2018

Dates of Program: July 21st to August 4th, 2018