Community Farming Volunteer Projects in South Africa
- Placement location: Nyanga, Cape Town
- Role: To work alongside a local organisation and transform unused land into green parks. Volunteers will also help create awareness around community issues
- Types of placements: Community-based
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Nyanga is one of the oldest and most underprivileged townships in Cape Town, where the community is facing chronic challenges that include HIV/Aids, poverty and unemployment.
Projects Abroad South Africa is working with a local organisation on their Greening Nyanga project. They need Farming volunteers to create green spaces in Nyanga, by transforming the innumerable unused and polluted plots of land. The convivial land created by the organisation and our volunteers will serve as a green park for the local community. Farming work will also include establishing vegetable gardens for the vulnerable households in the township.
Farming volunteers work on some of the following activities:
- Planting trees and seedlings on the pavements in the community, starting at the local community centre
- Weeding, composting and cutting grass
- Collecting litter
- Maintaining household food gardens
- Create awareness around nutrition, HIV/Aids, children’s needs
Additional work at the Farming project includes working alongside and/or mentoring the local interns, to organise events for significant days, such as Arbor Day. Volunteers will update the blog, market the programme and possibly help with fundraising.
As the placement is located in the Nyanga township, a Projects Abroad driver will transport volunteers from to and from this placement. There is no language or educational requirements for volunteers, and the Farming project runs all-year-round.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.