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Success story Lulu – soccer star in the making?

For those of you who know Lulu, our soccer prodigy, it was half year assessment time again and Kevin was called to Ajax Cape Town F.C. to discuss his progress. Lulu originally came to our attention when he took part … Continue reading

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Experience the Contrasting Lifestyles of the Modern Xhosa People – A Volunteer Africa Project

Apr 28, 2011 – South Africa’s Eastern Cape: the traditional home of its largest tribe, the Xhosa’s is still today one of the country’s poorest areas. As recently as the late 1980′s, and towards the end of the apartheid era, … Continue reading

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Youth Volunteers in Cape Town

The Need for Youth Volunteers in Cape Town Often debated – ‘does volunteering in Africa help the disadvantaged”. There are those with negative opinions believing short term volunteering serves little or no use. We obviously believe that, on the whole, … Continue reading

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Abigail Jacobs Success Story

Three years ago, during his Gap Break, one of our English volunteers, assisted in a Grade 5 class at Oranjekloof Primary School, which serves the informal settlement of Imizano Yetho in Hout Bay. This in one of Volunteers Direct’s main … Continue reading

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Volunteerism in South Africa

A look at Volunteerism in South Africa Volunteerism in South Africa has grown enormously since Volunteers Direct started 5 years ago. South Africa is a huge country and offers a wide range of volunteering options in many different settings. Volunteerism … Continue reading

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Small Project Big Impact

In Cape Town it is very difficult for township students to find a decent job after they’ve finished their High School education. A valid driver’s licence is an added advantage in the job market, but it’s an expensive and complicated … Continue reading

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The Ideal Volunteer

When Volunteers Direct started 5 years ago, the majority of our volunteers were students who had finished school and were taking a Gap break before studying further or students who had finished their degree and were taking a Gap break … Continue reading

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Cape Town Weekend Highlights

Its summer in Cape Town and volunteers have so many  options on what to do on the weekend that it’s sometimes hard to choose. On Friday night there were 3 major sporting events in the city.  It was the start … Continue reading

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Volunteers Direct – Hout Bay Highlights 2010

During the World Cup Volunteers Direct was contacted by a U.K. film student who wanted to “do” a piece on the impact of this event on the people in the townships in Cape Town.  I introduced him to Nandipha and … Continue reading

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Time to look back at our sport projects in 2010

This year saw the World Cup in South Africa, a great event but despite what the politicians and Sepp Blatter say not much of the experience, or proceeds filtered down to the people in the Township. I don’t know one … Continue reading

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