Despite the tourist trade and influx of travelers, there is real poverty in this city. Outside the Old Town are neighborhoods with extreme poverty. Children living in shambles, not attending school, vying for food by working on the streets trying to sell goods to the tourists.
You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience with a local law firm with lawyers who specialise in the field of Criminal Law; the Community Safety Department of Knysna Municipality (local council); and a social welfare organisation.You also have the option of combining your Work Experience Programme with any of our Knysna based Community or Conservation Volunteer Programmes! (additional cost – for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure)
By joining this Programme you will have the opportunity to be involved in the following establishments:
Knysna Community Police Forum (1-2 days) - A Community Police Forum (CPF) consists of organisations and institutions such as schools, ratepayers associations, civic organisations, businesses and religious institutions, working in partnership with the local police. The purpose of a CPF is to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for citizens living in the CPF's area.
The Department of Community Safety (1–2 weeks) – this department is responsible for civilian oversight over Police and Traffic Management as well as crime prevention and community police relations in the Western Cape.
FAMSA (1-2 days) – this society is made up of trained counsellors, skilled in all potential problem areas encountered in relationships, marriages, families and communities and are available to give assistance where and when necessary.
Law Firm (1-2 weeks) - Criminal law and criminal defence services are provided by a group of professionals who are specialists in the area of criminal law and provide support for persons facing criminal charges.
Comfort level = Comfortable
You will have access to all amenities including running water, electricity. Most bankcards work at local banks (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX) and you will have access to the Internet. You will also find that you can purchase almost anything at local shops.Recommended for those who enjoy having access to restaurants and shops as well as daily communication with friends and family at home.
The Knysna volunteer house is basic but comfortable and cleaned daily by our hardworking House Manager. It is full of character and has spectacular views over the mountains.
- Hot Water Showers & Electricity
- Communal Kitchen
- Communal Lounge Area with TV/DVD Player
- Comfortable Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements
- Unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access
- Outdoor braai (barbeque) area & Hammocks
- Private & Family Rooms Available on Request
- All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
- Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town to Knysna
- Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George/ Knysna)
- 24/7 emergency support
- Orientation & Training
- Accommodation in our Volunteer House
- 3 Meals a day
- Project Related Transport
- Project T-shirts
- Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
- Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
- Assistance with optional activities and tours
- Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
- Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
- Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the volunteer house
- Post-project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount
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I went to Colombia with a broader view in the midst of a breakup hoping to find a distraction, but what I got was much more. I felt like there were so many elements to the trip. There was the volunteer work at the foundation and my relationships with the ladies who worked there, the mothers and the babies. And although there was a lot of work there was also a LOT of laughter. There was my home life and my relationship with my host family which was fun and warm. Then there was my individual exploring which I really enjoyed. All these elements made for a trip that was truly rich in its blessings.
I absolutely loved my overall experience in Cartagena, Colombia. My main reason to go to Cartagena was to help out at an institution where poverty was high and resources were very limited. I absolutely had a blast with my host family. I got really close to the mother of the host family, Elena. I call her “Mami”. We did everything together. We went to beaches, we went jogging, dancing, cooking, touring, eating, praying and going to church together. I really believe that she stole my heart and a big piece of my heart will always be with Mami and the family. My Spanish teacher was fun and I did learn a lot from her. My ABV coordinator was helpful and always there when I needed help.