YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.
Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.
ABOUT THE STREET KIDS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:
The Xhosa name of the Centre means “We have hope”. This project was set up to provide
hope and help to troubled young people and their families, through building caring
relationships and providing development opportunities. The Centre is run as a day
& drop-in centre.
The Centre has recently grown tremendously to include a skill Centre for the youth
that attend the Centre and also for the people from the local community. They have
also opened an after school satellite centre to try and reach an even greater amount
of children that may still be attending school and run programs in life skills like
anger management, peer group pressure, substance abuse and self image to educate
and uplift the youth.
The daily youth that attend the drop off centre are collected at and returned to
designated pick-up and drop-off points Monday to Friday by the staff that runs the
Centre. They are fed two meals and many different programs are run for them from
yoga, literacy, numeracy, card making, sport and various life skills throughout
the day The Centre is overseen by a local Auxiliary Social Worker whose has a background
working in child care centres.
The Centre mainly targets young people under the age of 18 years old that are at
risk with particular emphasis on the needs of the individual. Through permanent
and volunteer staff who seek to develop caring relationships, the Centre strives
towards creating physical fitness, social competence, mental stability and spiritual
maturity in young lives. Now that the skills Centre is open, the attendees are also
able to be taught various skills like welding, pottery, sewing, baking, computer
lessons and even marimba classes with the hope that this will assist them with future
Anybody who would like to assist with the skills Centre as well is more than welcome
and any new skills and trades that can be implemented would be a huge bonus to the
The ‘balanced life’ concept that is aimed at the Centre not only develops qualities
of leadership, morality and citizenship, but also enables young people to effectively
communicate in word and action. At the Centre, the basic needs of the children are
met. They get to wash themselves and get fed twice daily. The children participate
in a variety of activities to give each child the opportunity to develop his/her
own individual talents. These activities motivate the children to feel more positive
about themselves and to be a constructive part of their community.
The daily program could incorporate anything from arts and crafts, cleaning the
sewing, baking, programs from outside organisations and time to test their computer
skills. Fridays are always relaxed and in good weather outings are often organised
often to the beach. In bad weather Fridays are movie days. Often the youth get to
participate in a fun game of soccer and the Centre has had youth from selected
for the South Africa team for the Homeless World Cup in the past which was a great
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome
Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet
where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator
for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well
as while you're on your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide
and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching
Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all
we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome,
elegant and beautiful country.
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to
your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll
be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as
well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety
issues, tipping, and lots more.
VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all
our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults
from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're
in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very,
very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can
say that, I grew up there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very
different. Knysna is where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea
of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping
the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
LOCATION - KNYSNA:
Knysna is approximately 500km from the beautiful capital city of Cape Town and
voted South Africa’s favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop,
impressively sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural
feel to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing rapidly,
and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks, hotels, internet café’s,
cinemas and shopping malls.
Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’
of South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests,
tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good
music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow atmosphere of street cafes,
watching the world go by. The main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements
and it has a wonderful holiday atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.
Most cafes have outdoors seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements,
with colourful sun umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on your face,
watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or staving off the
heat with a cold drink.
About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find Plettenberg Bay (better
simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller than Knysna, but equally stunning.
pure white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do,
whale and dolphin watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.
The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin sports such
as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more relaxed pursuits such
as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one of the many animal sanctuaries
in the area. Your local Travellers liaison will be happy to assist you in finding
interesting things to do and places to see so make the most of it!
Above: Slideshow of the Dance Workshop at the Centre put together by Travellers
Gina Rizzo Bishop during her volunteering placement in South Africa