[vc_row row_height_percent=”50″ back_image=”49491″ back_position=”center bottom” parallax=”yes” overlay_color=”color-xsdn” overlay_alpha=”20″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_pixel=”275″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”left” position_vertical=”bottom” style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”20″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-103690″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_font=”font-762333″ text_weight=”800″ text_transform=”uppercase” text_color=”color-xsdn”]Volunteering at St Joseph’s Home[/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Volunteering is simple enough. It’s about donating your time. In return you will meet new people, learn new skills, gain useful experience and real life work experience. You will also have fun doing so. At St.Joseph’s Home we have any number of opportunities for volunteers. Your involvement might range from one-on- one care of a bedridden child to play activities with the children, story telling or helping out as a nursing ward assistant. You will work with the volunteer co-ordinator to design a set of responsibilities that suits the needs of St. Joseph’s and your skills.

In addition, we use volunteers in our Resource Development Office to assist us with marketing, journalism, research, fundraising and other administrative duties. Our volunteers mostly spend time with the children and the Resource Development Office. St. Joseph’s hosts international volunteers as well. Many young volunteers from Europe spend their gap year at St Joseph’s and then are able to explore South Africa after their time with us. North American volunteers come during their school breaks and immediately upon graduating. Some come as part of their internship duties, as we supervise students from many local and international universities.

Our most recent volunteers have come from Germany, England, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, South Africa and the USA. Many have been studying or have degrees in Journalism, Marketing, Social Work, Nursing, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Medicine. Some volunteers come to explore possible career options before going for advanced degrees. We also have volunteers who are taking a sabbatical from teaching, or just taking some time off to re-assess their career options. In all of these cases the key ingredient is the desire of the volunteer to help children in need.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”2″ back_color=”color-704748″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-103690″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_font=”font-762333″ text_weight=”700″ text_transform=”capitalize” text_color=”color-306346″]FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
If I want to volunteer, where do I start?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
To become a volunteer, you need to obtain police clearance from your nearest police station. Application forms and further information is available on request.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
Do I have to have specific qualifications? Are there different categories of volunteers accommodated at St Joseph’s?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
You don’t need qualifications, unless there are specific requirements needed for an allocated project or task. General volunteers can work in the wards, performing basic ward duties, play with and supervise the children, or perform basic admin duties. Interns are assigned to more specific tasks according to their study requirements and stipulations.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
How long is the volunteer period at St Joseph’s?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
Volunteers should commit for at least 2 consecutive months, unless otherwise agreed upon by the volunteer and the organisation.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
Where do your volunteers come from?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
Volunteers come from overseas and locally[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
Where will I be working?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
Depending on where the need arises, you will be assisting in one of our medical wards. Interns will be allocated to the department specific to their studies, e.g. Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Speech Therapy or all – rounder volunteer.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
Do you have on-site accommodation?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
We offer on-site accommodation to volunteers from overseas at a minimal cost.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-xsdn”][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-306346″]QUESTION
Anything I need to keep in mind when volunteering at STH?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-174415″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”500″ text_color=”color-xsdn”]ANSWER
Take your vitamins, the kids have lots of energy…![/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”4″ bottom_padding=”4″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-103690″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_weight=”700″ text_transform=”capitalize” text_color=”color-306346″]Last Thoughts[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-306346″][vc_column_text]It takes a little time to settle in to the routines, new surroundings and people. However, it promises to be a very rewarding experience.

The organisation is situated away from major shopping malls and entertainment areas (about 20 minutes’ drive from town).  Public transport is not very reliable. It is therefore advisable to secure your own transport.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”fontsize-103690″ text_space=”fontspace-210350″ text_font=”font-762333″ text_weight=”700″ text_transform=”capitalize” text_color=”color-704748″]What do our previous volunteers say?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-704748″][vc_column_text]volunteersSalome (left in picture) writes: I’m a 20 year old nursing student from the Netherlands. This big adventure was both good for personal and professional development. I found my way and mixed my habits from the Netherlands with my African nursing experiences.  In the future I would like to be a nurse in hospital, specializing in children.

Dagmar (middle in picture) shares her thoughts: I had an amazing time in St Joseph’s Home! It was also difficult to learn all the children’s names, all the medication, and different diseases. Switching wards was also difficult– I had to start all over again!

Cathrin, (right in picture) who became our resident photographer: Significantly the time I spent with the children were the greatest lessons for me. It was an honor for me to give them my time, attention, strength and above all love, as they spoilt me with theirs. My greatest wish for the children and staff of St. Joseph’s home is that they are blessed with love, health, vitality, luck and happiness. I do not want to say “goodbye” as it sounds so final … I say: “See you later!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”4″ bottom_padding=”4″ back_image=”49497″ parallax=”yes” overlay_color=”color-306346″ overlay_alpha=”40″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_button button_color=”color-704748″ size=”btn-lg” radius=”btn-circle” border_animation=”btn-ripple-out” icon=”fa fa-external-link”]Click here to begin the volunteering process[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]