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Project Volunteer (PV) Trip to Botswana


What do you do?


In its simplest form we arrange a summer camp for children, putting on activities that all of the children can participate in.  This offers daily respite for the mothers who look after up to 15 children in one house and during the holiday season they can definitely do with our assistance.  The children range in age from toddler to 18, and we plan to take our summer camp to up to three separate locations to see as many of those children as possible during the 10 days. 


We organise and participate in different sporting activities; football, rounder’s, rugby, boxing, netball and anything else that encourages participation.  My personal favourite is the PV Olympic Games whereby we put all of the children into teams and play old fashioned party games like the egg and spoon, three legged, wheelbarrow and sack race. The children are very noisy encouraging on their team mates to win as they get rewarded with a piece of apple; however there are no losers in the PV Olympics and every child ends up with a piece of apple.  The Olympic Games ends with a large tug of war, often with 30+ children on each end.


We do a number of craft activities; face painting, drawing, bead and jewellery making, card making, colouring etc., and educational activities; helping in the computer room, reading and writing, assisting with homework etc.  If possible we borrow a local pool and help to teach swimming. On our last trip we ran a photography workshop and art class.


As you can see, the activities are varied and designed to encourage participation for volunteers and children alike, whatever your ability, skills or experience as a volunteer.


When the day’s activities are over we also have a BBQ style party in each village that we visit, for which we provide the food and entertainment.  One of the highlights for the children is when we put on cinema show with snacks and a drink followed by a disco where they get to stay up later than normal and have some real fun.  If you can’t dance, you will be sure to learn by the time you leave, as the children are quite persistent in trying to teach us how!


The overall philosophy of Project Volunteer is for what we do, to be directly guided by SOS Children’s Village, to ensure we are acting according to their priorities for the children under their care.  We are careful not to impose our own thoughts and cultural viewpoints on how the SOSCV should be run and must remember that we are not in a position to understand what is best for them.  


It is important when making your decision to volunteer that you consider this philosophy and reflect on what it means to you and your experience.  It is also important to remember our philosophy throughout the trip, and your team leader will remind you of it regularly, in order that you may learn from this community as well as imparting your own knowledge in a productive manner.


An example of Project Volunteer’s adaptation to the priorities of SOSCV is the incorporation of two small projects at sites outside of the villages, in the community, within last year’s trip.  The Family Strengthening Programme, as this is known, is a developing area for SOSCV and a focus for growth; therefore it is something we now aim to do as part of all our trips and so an additional activity for our volunteers.  Last year it involved some DIY house repairs and painting, so we would expect this year to be in a similar vein.


Please look at our website to see exactly what we do www.project-volunteer.com           



Working in the Community                                                       Project Volunteer house children


Who should volunteer?


The children respond well to our visit as they do not currently experience this level of external organisation, support and interaction; therefore it is imperative that you are a team player and willing to contribute as much of your time as possible throughout the time we are there.


It can be emotionally tiring and also physically draining.  Our aim is that you have a wonderful experience whilst you are out in Botswana and so it key for us that you do not over commit yourself in terms of the activities.  With this in mind we try to match people and their skills to the activities that best suit them; however at times we will need you to be flexible to support in different areas when required.  Sometimes it’s unavoidably simply a case of all hands on deck!

The trip is structured so you will have time to do a variety of events and sessions if you so wish, and also learn from other volunteers, as well as the SOSCV staff and the children themselves.  There is also time built in for a visit to a rhino sanctuary safari, and a visit to meet the Paramount Chief of Serowe, who will answer any questions that you may have about the way of life in Botswana.


We have had a diverse group of people volunteer, who come from differing backgrounds, and they have all worked out well. The people who get the most out of it are the ones who go to inspire and be inspired. 


How much will it cost?


We try to keep costs to a minimum to encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. We anticipate that this year’s trip will not cost more than £1,500, which will include your flights, accommodation, all travel within Africa, and food on the first and last night.  After the initial deposit of £100, there will be a requirement to pay £500 towards the flights at the time of booking, which will most likely be due in May/June, and the remaining £900 will need to be received by the charity by the end of August.


If you wish to fundraise to pay for your trip we ask for a minimum fundraising target of £1,600; we will assist you in promotion of your event and setting up a fundraising page on just giving. We can also support you with fundraising ideas if you could do with a helping hand. 


Finally, there is scope for some financial assistance from the charity in the form of a bursary and more information is available about this on application.



Pre Water Fight in Serowe   Oct 2013
What next?


If you are interested in applying for a place on the 2016 trip then please confirm this to Katie Jackson by emailing her at katiej.projectvolunteer@gmail.com or call/text on 07795 670485.  Please note that we carry out a DBS check on all volunteers as we work with children. 


We will be holding an information evening for you to ask questions and find out more from the committee and previous volunteers.  More details of when and where the meeting will be held will be sent to you nearer the time and as long as you have contacted Katie to confirm your interest after receiving this pack.   


An application form will be available on the night for you to take away to complete and return together with a £100 deposit.   There will then be a selection process as we are limited to places, so we will then confirm whether or not you have been successful. 


If we have to disappoint you, the £100 deposit will be returned, and there’s always another year!  I do hope that you are inspired to come along to our meeting, and I look forward to meeting you.


Kind regards




Katie Jackson

Vice Chair


Mob: 07795 670485

E: katiej.projectvolunteer@gmail.com    







































  Example Trip Itinerary    



23rd Sep             Meet at the Group check in desk, Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, 17:30 latest.

Leave Heathrow 20:30 destination Johannesburg.

Overnight flight (sleep on plane or top up on food and drink).


24th                  Arrive Joburg 08:35, clear customs, connecting flight to Gaborone.

Drive to Tlokweng Village in Gaborone, unpack Bags and sort for 3 Villages

Dinner with SOS Representatives and village Orientation.

                        Sleep in Tlokweng


25th                  Village Party night 1

                        Costume Making, Carnival float preparation, evening Parade, BBQ, Concert

Plan activities with Village Director: Football, Rugby, Rounder’s, Arts & Crafts

                        Sleep in Tlokweng


26th                  Group Activities Tlokweng: Card Making Competition, Camera School, Volleyball, Rounder’s, team games

Evening Movie

                        Sleep in Tlokweng


27th                 7am Travel to Serowe Village.

Village Party night 2

                        Group Activities Serowe: Football, Rugby, Rounder’s, Arts & Crafts,

Volleyball, Rounder’s, team games

                        Sleep Serowe


28th                  Group Activities.

Work in Nursery School. 

Meet chief of Serowe, and afternoon Safari Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Sleep Serowe


29th                  Group Activities and Nursery School (Serowe).

                        Sleep Serowe   


30th                       7am Travel to Francistown

Village Party night 3

                        Group Activities Francistown: Football, Rugby, Rounder’s, Arts & Crafts,

Volleyball, Rounder’s, team games

                        Sleep Francistown



1st                   Depart Francistown after Breakfast for drive to Tlokweng

                        Group activities / Free time to explore Gaborone

                        Evening Concert from Marimba Band and group dinner with Kitso & Team

                        Sleep Tlokweng


2nd                   Depart Gaborone 11:00 (use Departure Checklist)

                        Connecting flight to Joburg airport to depart Jobug 20:40

PV Annual Charity Ball 2015
Project Volunteer invites people to make a real difference and contribute in a way that requires them to "step up to the plate". 

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2015 Charity Ball making it a sold out event.  See you again next year.

In the meantime, if you missed out don't worry, have a look at this video.

You can also view our event brochure here.

#ProjectVolunteer  #MakingADifference #PVball15
#CharityBall  #Botswana  #SOSChildrensVillages

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Donate a Quid Campaign 2015/2016

Our "donate a quid" campaign is to encourage everyone to give no matter how small the donation, One pound goes a long way in Botswana feeding a child for a day.

SOSCV needs funds to continue its fabulous work with the children in it's villages.  The PV house costs £5000 pa in food alone. 

If you can spare a quid or two, then please do so, and pass this card onto a friend and encourage them to do the same. 
You can see the difference that your donations are making by reading more of our website.


Face Painting with Children
This website has been created to give you an insight into the work of how Project Volunteer is helping orphaned children in Botswana. 

Hopefully this will encourage and inspire you to partake in our project or to start your own elsewhere.  Please take some time to browse around our site and sign our guestbook. 

Thank you.

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Andreas Evangelou | Reply 08.10.2015 10.33

Great work David, See you next week

Maurizio | Reply 02.10.2015 18.02

Well done

Fabrizia | Reply 25.09.2015 22.12

you are amazing, guys!

Andy | Reply 19.06.2014 17.38

Great initiative. Andy AB is in full support :)

narayan adhikari | Reply 25.11.2013 07.36

nice thought n iwill like to join in that group

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08.10 | 10:33

Great work David, See you next week

02.10 | 18:02

Well done

25.09 | 22:12

you are amazing, guys!

18.08 | 19:19

Great news about PV bringing the children here as part of next years' trip. Keep up the good work #Makingadifference

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