Volunteer in South Africa
Have you finished school or university and wondering what to do next? If you’re aged between 18-27, you can volunteer overseas with Jesuit Missions! We currently have places available to volunteer in South Africa for twelve weeks this Autumn.
This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in putting their faith into action and exploring a new culture, whilst making a practical contribution to the refugee crisis.
When asked what he would say to future volunteers, Matthew Whalley who previously volunteered in India with Jesuit Missions said, “This is going to be the best experience of your life, even though you are so far away from home and normality, everyone you meet has such big hearts and will welcome you so easily.”
What will you do?
You will travel to Johannesburg where you will volunteer alongside local volunteers working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) providing support to refugees in South Africa. You will support JRS in their different areas of work. You could be working in the skills centres teaching English, supporting health visits or getting involved in advocacy work to raise awareness.
Will I be provided with training?
Yes. Before you leave we organise a three-day training orientation at our office in Wimbledon where you will meet the other volunteers and have an opportunity to ask any questions as well as find out more about what you will be doing and learn some vital skills, such as film making and communications.
More about JRS South Africa
Last month JRS South Africa celebrated the graduation of 221 refugees and asylum seekers from the Arrupe Women’s skills centre in Johannesburg who have all completed five months of training in the course of their choice and have received materials to start up their own businesses. The courses include sewing, baking, cosmetics, hairdressing, computer skills and English.
One student, from the English class said, “Before coming to the Arrupe Center, I did not speak English. Now I can support myself and I leave here with confidence.” Another student, from the baking class, shared, “In addition to our baking skills, we are empowered by knowledge of business to generate income for our families”.