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 Community Project Port Elizabeth <strong>Province</strong>: Eastern Cape <br />

Community Project Port Elizabeth

Town: Port Elizabeth
Province: Eastern Cape

.: Care Center focuses on the people of surrounding townships and offers a variety of services; a primary school, after school programmes, a clinic, vegetable gardens, feeding and clothing programmes and much more.

The support and help of volunteers is much needed and welcomed by this community center that focuses on helping the very poorest. Project offers a lifeline for those who are in dire need; a daily meal, clothing and some dignity in their struggles for life. Many people are HIV/AIDS infected and there are high rates of alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

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Program: The Care Centre operates in the extremely poor informal shack land township of Port Elizabeth, South Africa - part of the wider Nelson Mandela Metropole. It was founded by Sister Ethel Normoyle, from humble beginnings, under a tree donated by a resident. It has grown into a Centre which provides love and care for the poor and destitute, with particular emphasis on those living with HIV/AIDS.

Care Centre is an interdenominational, non-profit organization committed to providing quality care and support to improve the life of the people through love, consultation, participation and self-development. The center really looks at the circumstances of the people to determine what they need.

The help of volunteers is highly appreciated as there is a variety of projects that could use some support. Especially nursing volunteers are much needed.
Program may include: Primary School; approx. 140 kids in the ages of 5-12 years attend school here and need support with reading, writing, social skills, sports. What they need as well is some individual attention.

Nutrition unit; helps the people each day by providing them with a half loaf of bread and a scoop of nutritious soup powder making it possible for them to go home and provide a meal for their family. This service is available to anyone in need. The Nutrition Unit also distributes food parcels weekly to those families on the Care Centre adopted list.

Medical support and Clinic: A volunteer optometrist visits the Care Centre once a week providing optical examinations and glasses when necessary. The Centre is always looking for old eye glasses that can be recycled for use here. Giving a person the ability to see again is an amazing gift.

The clinic offers a one step facility where people can get a check up and additional care, which is mainly aimed at people with TB or HIV/AIDS related illnesses. The caregivers need help from nurses to offer proper care during the daily home visits to the townships. There are qualified nurses working at the project but not enough can be done and we call out to anybody with a medical or nursing background to come and make a difference.

Crafter Unit: The ladies of the Crafters Unit work very hard every day on a variety of projects including curtains, place-mats, hand bags, aprons, pillows and more. These items are then sold at the Care Centre as well as at Art in the Park the first Sunday of each month. As the women are taught the basics of sewing and become more adept at these skills they have an increased chance of becoming employed by businesses throughout the Port Elizabeth area.

Child Support and Development; Both for children who attend the school and for those who do not, a program of activities is offered each day to make sure that they stay off the streets, being able to play safely. The children can get a meal, computer lessons, listen to stories, learn to play the drum or cultural dancing, play outside and play sports.

Clothing warehouse; all donations of clothing are cleaned and sorted so anyone in need can get a parcel with fitting and clean clothes.

Community gardens; residents of the area can plant and grow their own vegetables and fruits and donate part of the harvest to the soup kitchen.


The project is run by a non-profit organization and is therefore very dependent on volunteers and extra help.

Guidance and Supervision

Daily guidance will be given by the coordinators of the different units.


Because it is possible to combine several programs, you as a volunteer can help out in different ways. You can help with the distribution of food, the children in the school, do sports activities, go on home visits in the township, help in the gardens and much more.
Location: This education project is situated in the Walmer Gqebera Area in Port Elizabeth (PE), better known as Walmer Township.
Gqebera is one of few places in PE where a specific area for the black community still exists in-between neighborhoods populated by mainly whites. During the apartheid regime, the government forced non-whites to move to areas outside the city. Since the white community in the Walmer area preferred their domestic workers and gardeners living closer by, as an alternative to 30 km outside town, Gqebera kept on existing.

Ever since, Gqebera has been a small village within the city of PE and houses more than 65,000 people. Compared to other townships, Gqebera is, because of its location, a relatively calm and easily accessible area. Poverty, child neglect, alcohol abuse and a high unemployment rate are some of the many challenges you will be facing here. The only High school that offers education to the children of Walmer has great challenges in terms of staff, skills development and remedial teaching.
Getting to Project: Transfers to and from the project on a daily basis are included.
Accommodation: Accommodation is in a volunteer house close to the beach. You will have access to free internet in the volunteer house and all meals will be provided. You may have to help with cooking and cleaning the dishes at times.

You will obviously be responsible for your own private luxuries such as snacks and beverages. There will be an on-site volunteer coordinator who is available 24/7.

Depending on availability you will either have your own room or share a room with another volunteer.
Applicants: Love for people and children.


It is important that volunteers of this project understand the importance of the following:

To be enthusiastic and independent, in order to complete (with guidance) a successful term
To show respect towards the people and culture of the local community. You might not agree with certain ways of conduct during your term here, but dont forget you are a guest here, and you cant try to change everything in a period of just a few weeks.
To show flexibility towards responsibilities, tasks and activities.
To be a Go-Getter!
Includes: Pick up, welcome package with SIM card, accommodation, volunteer coordinator, 15% donation to the project, all transfers to and from the project on a daily basis, all meals.
Excludes: Flights, visas, insurance, personal luxury items and transport.
Hours: Flexible.
Freetime: You will also be offered the opportunity to take part in weekend trips and outings arranged by the project (extra costs can apply).
Volunteers Feedback: Geertje and Elly The Netherlands
"It was an incredible experience to feel so at home so far from what we know. We helped with the handing out of food and parcels, wrapped hundreds of presents for the Christmas party and really felt we helped out, even if it was for 2 weeks."

Eleonora Switzerland
"Helping in the kitchen, joking with the mamas and seeing how organized things are being run were the best things for me when I was at the project in October. I would love to come back and see all the staff and people of the project again. I can only recommend this as it has changed me and how I look at life in general."

Patricia France
"Wow, what a great place and so many smiles even without food and waiting for hours to have a meal. I love the project and enjoyed to helping in the school and with the food giving. I dont want to leave.

Rate in ZAR: 4990

Rate For: per week

Rate Extra Weeks in ZAR: R 3990/week when extending longer than a month

Duration: min 2 weeks

Dates: Starting your volunteer work is on Mondays only. You will be picked up at either the airport or any accommodation in Port Elizabeth on Monday morning after which you will have time to settle in and explore the area.


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Rates Valid till Oct this year, All Rates subject to change

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Created on 2014/03/07 Updated on 2014/03/07

Community Project Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape

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