Millions of people around the world are forced to leave their homes because of conflict, persecution, poverty and natural disasters. South Africa has recently become an attractive place for refugees from other African countries who seek refuge and protection. Once they arrive to South Africa, refugees continue facing many new challenges. The Jesuit Refugee Service supports them in adapting to their new life in a new country.
This placement will give young people the chance to make a practical contribution to the refugee crisis by volunteering with the Jesuit Refugee Service in South Africa. Volunteers will spend three months working alongside local volunteers as part of a long term strategy to support urban refugees in Johannesburg.
- This placement is open to volunteers aged between 18 and 27.
- You will live in a community alongside other volunteers, both from the UK and South Africa. Volunteers will be expected to share cooking and cleaning responsibilities.
- We ask you to contribute £500 towards the cost of your ticket. You will also need around £800 to cover the cost of visa, vaccinations, insurance and personal spending money. There are grants available to help you with this.
- Jesuit Missions provides you with pre-departure training in London, where you will have the opportunity to meet the other volunteers who you will be travelling with, ask any questions and learn more about what you will be doing. We will give you training on communications, safeguarding, living in community, adapting to a new culture and others.
The experience has allowed me to help those in the greatest need, be inspired by the bravery of refugees and become even more determined to follow a path in life which seeks to help those most vulnerable. Beth, volunteer 2018 Click To Tweet