Volunteering is simple enough. It’s about donating your time. In return you will meet new people, learn new skills, gain useful experience and real life work experience. You will also have fun doing so. At St.Joseph’s Home we have any number of opportunities for volunteers. Your involvement might range from one-on-one care of a bedridden child to play activities with the children, story telling or helping out as a nursing ward assistant. You will work with the volunteer co-ordinator to design a set of responsibilities that suits the needs of St. Joseph’s and your skills.
In addition, we use volunteers in our Resource Development Offices to assist us with marketing, journalism, research, fundraising and other administrative duties. Many of our volunteers spend time with the children and the Resource Development Office. St. Joseph’s hosts international volunteers as well. Many young volunteers from Europe spend their gap year at St Joseph’s and then are able to explore South Africa after their time with us. North American volunteers come during their school breaks and immediately upon graduating. Many come as part of their internship duties, as we supervise students from many local and international universities.
Our most recent volunteers have come from Germany, England, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, South Africa and the USA. Many have been studying or have degrees in Journalism, Marketing, Social Work, Nursing, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Medicine. Some volunteers come to explore possible career options before going for advanced degrees.We also have volunteers who are taking a sabbatical from teaching, or just taking some time off to re-assess their career options. In all of these cases the key ingredient is the desire of the volunteer to help children in need.
Download our Volunteer Application Form.
Download the Volunteer Info Sheet.
If you have any other questions about our volunteer program please email your questions or comments.
You can also have a look at the experiences recent volunteers could make.
Or browse our volunteer picture gallery.