Red Cross Children’s Hospital Care Project
from £895 GBP
to £2695 GBP
The Red Cross is the only dedicated Children's Hospital in sub-Saharan Africa. Children of all ages from a few months to 12 years old attend the Hospital for specialised treatment. Internationally it is regarded as the 'one-stop shop' for excellence in child health care and treatment. This is a care project whwere you can give the children love, care and entertainment.
These children need every bit of love and attention they can get. The Matron and staff of the hospital are very grateful to have you there to help because, according to the Matron, “the kids love having volunteers from overseas around because they’ll be new faces who can tell them new stories about their own country”. Even something as simple as entertaining the children with stories lifts their morale and helps the healing process.
Some of the work at the hospital on this Care project can be overwhelming at times because some of the children suffer from AIDS/HIV, which is even more reason why the children need love and attention. Your main tasks and responsibilities will be to visit the children, hand out toys, play and interact with them, and give them lots of comfort and love. You may also assist with general non-medical support, e.g., accompanying a patient to another department, collecting folders and fetching food, etc, or assisting the pharmacy area or clinics where patients wait for their medication (which can often be for long periods of time).What you'll gain from doing this Project:
- An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South African culture.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them
- New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
- An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
- And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Add to your travel experience in Africa by doing some additional exciting activities, such as:
- 5- or 7-day Safari from Cape Town up the renowned Garden Route
- Surfing Courses in Cape Town
- Photography & Photoshop Courses
- 1-Week Wildlife Rehabilitation
- 1-Week Zulu Culture Tour
- Surfing Courses in KwaZulu-Natal
- 1-Week Whales Sharks Dolphins
- 10-Day Paragliding Course
Talk to us - We're there to help you. Most of our team are ex Travellers volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen!
If you’d like to apply for this project. Visit our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
It’s as easy as that.
This placement can be extended for any length of time (many of our volunteers do!), subject to availability and any visa restrictions that may apply.
When you’re on your placement, if you’d like to extend your time, you can do so at a minimal cost per additional week.
All the time
This placement would suit:
People who want to make a difference to children, want first-hand experience of African culture and who have initiative. No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! This placement is not suitable for medical undergraduates or graduates unless you are prepared to accept the limitations of the project
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“The children in that ward were mostly small babies, and were being cuddled and comforted. Many of the mothers were sitting with their children – but of course some have to go to work, so the volunteers take over. There had been a large number of gastro-enteritis patients recently – seems to have been a serious tummy bug in Cape Town affecting children in townships and the hospital had been caring for lots of them. There were also lots of other little babies with various syndromes and illnesses – malnutrition, foetal alcohol syndrome and so on. Volunteers only get told briefly about the medical conditions of the children – their job is to hug, comfort, play and try to take their little patients’ minds off how ill they are.”
~ by Eleanor
accommodation, food, airport pickup
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE! Help children, animals and conservation around the world. Gain valuable work experience and new skills. All ages & nationalities welcome. EXPLORE a new culture from the inside on worthwhile, well-structured projects.
FLEXIBLE: From two weeks to one year - you choose your dates and duration.