The South Africa Volunteer Work Camp Association (SAVWA) Gardening Project is a community lead innovative to encourage young people to promote low environmental impact living and eco-friendly practices.
The emphasis is on the development of and to practice self-sustaining environmental awareness for climate change and sustainable living. We have seen the impact we have had on the environment and what better ways to be able to live sustainable.
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will have an opportunity to get hands on training from relevant training personnel and also some community based organizations working with the people.
We will have voluntary work at a informal settlement where various activities will be conducted. Volunteers are encouraged to bring an open mind as we will have various activities to keep them busy for the work camp period.
What to bring: Sleeping bag, mosquito spray/lotion, sandals, shoes are advisable. Warm clothes at night, as it may turn out to be chilly; Torch or flash light and arts and cultural items.
Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a home, either Pretoria or Johannesburg. Participants will be required to bring their own sleeping bags. The accommodation has a simple bathroom with shower and there is running water. The accommodation and work place have flushing toilets and do have electricity.
Language: The community has multi-cultural people and English is mostly spoken with local languages such as Ndebele, Zulu, and other local languages
Extra info: The work camp participation fee is strictly Euro 220 and this covers simple accommodation, food and project expenses office running/administrative expenses, certificate of participation during the camp, communication prior to, during and after the camp. Please note that this does not include travel expenses to and from the camp, pick up from airport so participants are asked to reserve a small amount of money for transport to the camp and vice-verse. We advise all volunteers to ask for advice from us when they are planning to book their ticket to Pretoria.
Soshanguve is a township situated about 30 km north of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The name Soshanguve is an acronym for SOtho, SHAngaan, NGUni and VEnda, thus showing the multi-ethnic composition of the population (Mashabela 1988:138). The major African languages of South Africa are heard in Soshanguve.
The acronym divided the Soshanguve residents according to their tribe when they were resettled from Mamelodi and Atteridgeville in 1974. While this was to make admin easy for the apartheid government, it left a community divided and suspicious of each other. More than 20 years later, there are still remnants of the past but there is integration of cultures. The people of Soshanguve arguably are the most multi- lingual of South Africans.
Tswaing, meaning Place of Salt in Setswana, is a 2000-hectare heritage site, some 40 km north-west of Central Pretoria, surrounded by settlements inhabited by more than a million people, such as Winterveld, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Eersterus.
Leisure: Pretoria CBD is 30km out of Soshanguve and ideal for local and night engagement activities and sites. It is advisable that participants are indoors by 10pm and with a local participant if they would like to go out.
South Africa Volunteer Work Camp Association (SAVWA)