Our approach to Volunteering is one of co-investment and community involvement: local communities and organisations are encouraged to commit time, energy and basic resources towards the projects - in combination with the support of Gap Year South Africa Volunteer Programmes.
We believe that this method avoids creating an attitude of dependency within under resourced communities, and instead builds a mindset of self-sustainability.
beneficiaries of our Volunteer Projects are people who have inherently been afforded very
little exceptional opportunity.
We aim to empower the youth with essential life skills that fosters future, value-based leaders and mentors within their communities.
In working within local communities and when dealing with children or youth programs, a stringent operational code of conduct is always
We believe that in order to see success for both the beneficiaries and the volunteers of the Gap Year South Africa Program - 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 their personal interests and skills.
We have set up our Programs with a focus that is first and foremost on the safety of our volunteers. This is why we include the following Safety Protocols:
Transport to and from each project: a door to door service, using our privately owned vehicles and our trusted drivers who have local knowledge of the areas.
We run a week long induction to orientate volunteers with their surroundings, giving them tips on how to stay safe in all circumstances.
A house manager securing the property and ensuring the safety protocols of the Gap House are stringently 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.