Lakush Volunteers is a Programme of Lakush Institute. Lakush Institute Volunteers Programme specializes in year-round volunteer abroad projects available for 2 weeks to 6 Months in Africa. At the moment we organize volunteer programmes through our partner organizations in Swaziland.
Lakush Volunteer placement programme experience starts with five days of language and cultural immersion program giving volunteers an in-depth understanding of language basics, local culture, regional and local issues, and ways of life before the start of the volunteer programme. In Swaziland we are presently focusing on 6 major volunteer service projects (working in orphanages, teaching English in rural schools, environmental conservation, Computer and entrepreneurship programmes, Women Rights, HIV/AIDS-education, and healthcare).
Lakush Volunteers works with a network of over 5 local and international NGOs, orphanages, and community projects. Volunteers contribute to capacity needs of local communities and we are happy to continue offering meaningful placement for our valuable international volunteers.
Lakush has its own facilities and experienced staffs. The uniqueness of our programme is that while we give importance and priority to the community service that volunteers enlist in, we also blend tourism, cultural immersion and adventure in the programme, making volunteering with us an exciting and lifetime experience! We are committed to providing you a meaningful volunteer abroad program abroad.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME IN SWAZILAND
Swaziland's incredible natural environment and cultural heritage is almost unmatched in Africa. If you're adventurous - and sensible - it promises the globe's most magnificent wildlife parks, unsullied beaches, thriving coral reefs, memorable mountain scapes, and ancient Swazi cities. Swaziland's beauty is compromised by a cluster of familiar problems; HIV remains a major problem, along with TB and malaria epidemics. Swaziland has also experienced major floods and droughts; one drought led to food shortages in mid-2011 that were deemed a national crisis. While Swaziland's Unique population has produced a vibrant culture, it is also a source of pressing challenges include high unemployment, crime, and poverty; most Swazi’s live below the poverty level of $1 a day.
Geographically Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland, and sometimes called kaNgwane or Eswatini, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordered to the north, south and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique.
Lakush Volunteers has acknowledged that volunteers make a big difference in the lives of community members by enhancing self-esteem and learning, sharing experiences and skills. It also helps the volunteer in learning or developing a new skill that could give you tangible work experience to enable you access the job market easily while being motivated and having a sense of achievement. Volunteering enables one to meet a diverse range of people thus developing one's interpersonal skills. Volunteers provide assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups within swazi communities, focusing primarily on orphaned children, HIV/Aids groups, the Swazi people, and school children.
As a volunteer in Swaziland you can provide love, affection, education and support to disadvantaged children. You will help to improve education in schools ensuring children learn and flourish. As a volunteer you can practice and teach preventative healthcare, and hygiene. You will also provide education, inter-cultural exchange and understanding in Swazi communities.
What else can I do in Swaziland?
Visitors to Swaziland will have no shortage of activities to fill up their free time. Visit wildlife orphanage in Manzini, and Hhoho regions and witness feeding time, experience the hustle and bustle of market shopping, go on game parksi and spy the Big 5! To cool off you can take a trip to the Maguga daam and soak up the sun and surf at the beach.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN SWAZILAND
Volunteers will be placed in program locations in the suburbs surrounding Manzini and Mbabane in projects targeting:
You have the opportunity to help children in need. Children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, children who have been abused by their parents and children whose parents are not able to provide for them. These kids need love, attention, life skills, and education so they can have successful futures free from poverty and filled with the same opportunities as others.
As a volunteer you will be a mentor by becoming a big brother or sister to kids in children's home. You will work alongside local staff to help with classroom teaching and homework help, childcare, and the daily operational running of the home. Volunteers are also encouraged to initiate their own work by organizing arts and crafts, music, dance, games, sports activities, and day trips for the children. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person who has a love for children and has childcare experience.
Quality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty, promoting gender equality and creating opportunities for the poor. Schools in Swaziland are currently struggling with overcrowded classes and a lack of skilled teachers. As a volunteer you will help to empower girls and boys by giving them the skills they need to overcome poverty and to make their voice heard. We have opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching at preschool, primary, and secondary levels. At primary and secondary levels, volunteer teachers can teach core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, social sciences, and can initiate extra-curricular activities. Volunteer preschool teachers will teach basic English skills and carry out basic childcare duties. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. A teaching qualification is not required (except for secondary teaching) but volunteers need to be confident in the above subjects and preferably have or be studying towards a university degree.
Swaziland has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic with approximately Population: 1.2 million 26.1% adult HIV prevalence (42% among pregnant women)190,000 people living with HIV/AIDS 32,700 people on treatment, 59,000 need treatment 56,000 AIDS orphans. The aim of the HIV/AIDS program is to decrease the spread of HIV through raising awareness and education, increasing access to homecare, and providing emotional support to those affected by HIV/AIDS within the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a community HIV/AIDS organization to assist with homecare visits to HIV positive people, and educate and counsel community and school groups and individuals. This role is suitable for a caring, motivated, and self-directed person. Medical training is not necessary for all aspects of the program, but a background in HIV/AIDS and basic health care is required.
Malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, and tetanus are treatable diseases, yet many still die in Swaziland as a result of not receiving proper medical care. Government-run hospitals and medical clinics are ill-equipped to handle the volume of people in need of care. As a medically qualified volunteer you can help by sharing your medical skills and working alongside local staff to provide those in need with basic medical care. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the areas of general medical practice, maternal health, minor surgery, and laboratory work. This role is suitable for self-directed, caring people who are medically qualified.
Swazi Culture and Teachings
For all the modernisation that has come to Swaziland, the people have preserved their age-old culture and traditional ceremonies. The two most important and colourful of these, in the eyes of Swazi's and foreigners alike, are the Incwala in December and the Umhlanga in late August or early September.
The Incwala or "first fruits" ceremony is rich in symbolism and the most important and sacred of all Swazi ceremonies. During the Incwala, all people, especially male, converge at the Royal Kraal at Ludzidzini for several weeks of traditional dancing which is always joined by the King.
The Umhlanga or "Reed Dance" is the second most important ceremony as well as one of the most colourful. The ceremony is specially for unbetrothed maidens to pay homeage to the King and Queen Mother.
Although these ceremonies, which are at the core of Swazi culture, are performed but once a year, there are still many opportunities to witness traditional Swazi customs. The sibhaca dance, vigorous in style, is performed by teams of men throughout the country. Teams of dancers enterain visitors regularly at the Royal Swazi Sun, Lugogo Sun Hotel and Ezulwini Sun Hotels, as well as Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mkhaya Game Reserve and Hlane Royal National Park. EXPERIENCE SWAZILAND'S CULTURE
You have a unique opportunity to learn a different way of living and culture, and to experience the traditional swazi diet. Accommodation in home stays and on-site have been selected to ensure volunteer well-being and comfort, to maintain safety and security, and to give an insight into swazi life.
VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT PROGRAMME PACKAGE
How much does it cost?
Long Term - Negotiated Rate
What's included in the package?
1. Accommodation: Home stay or onsite at your project.
2. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
3. Project Donation: Included.
4. Airport pickup: On arrival date.
5. Training: In-country training and orientation.
6. Supervision: In-country staff supervision.
7. Support: Pre-departure personal support from your volunteer coordinator, 24/7 in-country support from partner, and 24hr emergency line
8. Personalized Local Guide and Volunteer Care and Other Services
9. Emergency support
10. Certificate of Appreciation/Completion
11. For interns you get professional assistance to write report or project paper
If you are looking for a once in a lifetime adventure, relaxation and enjoyment, Swaziland is certainly the place to be. Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities.
As one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. As well as the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe. Add to that a stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.
When you are not in the volunteer programme, you can laze away on our soft sandy beaches at coast, enjoy the magnificent view of the snow peaked Mount Swaziland, sample diverse habitats in the breathtaking Rift Valley, enjoy abundant wildlife in the renown cities of Manzini and Mbabane. While you are in Swaziland, we will go out of the way to make you feel at home because that's the way we all like it! Sabonani Swaziland! Welcome to Africa! Get the registration form Here>>
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