VOLUNTEERS AND TEAMS
If you're starting a gap year, on school or uni holidays, just retired, or have time on your hands for another reason, you may like to help out at an African charity, and what better place than at Project Gateway who have more than 20 years experience in hosting teams and individuals from around the world!
Every year, volunteers come and join us to assist with our project. In the past, people from England, Canada, Ireland, USA, Zimbabwe and beyond have brought their expertise, enthusiasm and willingness to serve. Some stay for as little as two weeks, others stay for years!
Project Gateway hosts volunteer teams throughout the year. With the exception of flights, we can organise your entire itinerary, including your practical help on site and in the local communities, accommodation, catering, laundry, internet access, and transport. We can also organise your 'down time' activities - beach, Berg, game reserve, etc.
Volunteers are accommodated in the former cell blocks (renovated since Gateway opened!). We can also give you the opportunity to see some of South Africa's geography and people with organised trips to the Drakensberg, Lesotho or St. Lucia.
Most teams that visit us help out with practical work on site which generally includes gardening, painting, or maintenance of the many buildings that we use. Staff involved in our individual projects are kept busy serving the poor, the sick and the vulnerable, and do not have time for routine maintenance, so it is a huge blessing to them that volunteers and teams are able to assist in maintaining the site.
As well as this, all teams will have the opportunity to go out into the community to get an insight into the work that the different projects are involved in. We also try to organise a work project out in the community. This may be fencing a creche - to keep the children in and the goats out (!), digging a vegetable garden or building a jungle gym.
As part of your South African orientation, you will have the opportunity to participate in seminars on various topics including HIV/Aids, cross cultural issues, the history of South Africa and how this links to Project Gateway.
For people looking to volunteer on a more long term basis, we would ask you to consider which of the three areas of service; Education, Care or Empowerment, you would be most interested in being a part of.
Project Gateway is a Christian organisation, so we do expect our volunteers to have at least a broadly Christian outlook on life!
Project Gateway is non-profit making and has a very limited budget. For this reason, we do not have the funds or ‘people-power’ available to carry out much needed practical work both on and off-site. Part of the massive blessing of receiving teams is that a group will usually help to finance the project they will be undertaking. Please contact us if your team need guidance regarding how much would be appropriate.
Volunteers do not receive any remuneration from Project Gateway.
Whether you are part of a team already or whether you come as an individual to make up a team, we would love to have you. The first step to volunteering at Project Gateway is to contact us, and we will send you our latest Teams Brochure. We look forward to hearing from you!