Our approach to Volunteering is one of co-investment and community involvement, where local communities and local organisations are also encouraged to commit time, energy and basic resources to the projects. Gap Year South Africa Volunteer Projects are ‘owned’ by local
communities and local organisations and a stringent operational code of conduct is always
adhered too. This encourages a two-way commitment and investment both from the local community and local organisation as well as the from the Volunteer and from Gap Year South Africa as a Volunteer Organisation. Our model avoids creating a mind-set of dependency but
rather builds self-sustainability within under-resourced communities. The intended
beneficiaries of our Volunteer Projects are people who have inherently been afforded very
little exceptional opportunity. Working with local communities, we aim to empower underprivileged people with the essential life skills to become future values-based leaders of development in their own communities.
We believe that in order to see success for both the benefiting organization and the volunteer - each volunteer needs to feel a sense of passion and purpose in their selected program, so we encourage Volunteers to choose something that speaks to your personal interests and skills.
We have set up our Program to focus on the safety of our participants first, which is why we include the following Safety Protocols:
Transport for each project, as a door to door service, using our privately owned vehicles and our drivers who have local knowledge of the areas.
We run a week long induction to orientate you with your surroundings, giving you tips on how to stay safe in all circumstances, from public transport to using different payment methods.
A house manager securing the property and ensuring our safety rules of the Gap House are followed. This person is available 24/7 for any emergencies.
A Volunteer Coordinator/Local Guide to ensure you get everywhere you need to go with the best knowledge to do so safely, and with your best interests at heart.