Volunteer Information Pack
You will be
making a difference.
Project Volunteer (PV) Trip to Botswana
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
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
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
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
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
Working in the
Community Project Volunteer house 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.
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.
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
If you are
interested in applying for a place on the 2016 trip then please confirm this to
Katie Jackson by emailing her at
or call/text on 07795 670485. Please
note that we carry out a DBS check on all volunteers as we work with
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.
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.
Mob: 07795 670485
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
Joburg 08:35, clear customs, connecting flight to Gaborone.
Drive to Tlokweng Village in Gaborone, unpack Bags and
sort for 3 Villages
with SOS Representatives and village Orientation.
Party night 1
Making, Carnival float preparation, evening Parade, BBQ, Concert
Plan activities with Village Director: Football, Rugby,
Rounder’s, Arts & Crafts
Sleep in Tlokweng
Activities Tlokweng: Card Making Competition, Camera School, Volleyball, Rounder’s,
Sleep in Tlokweng
Travel to Serowe Village.
Village Party night 2
Group Activities Serowe: Football,
Rugby, Rounder’s, Arts & Crafts,
Volleyball, Rounder’s, team games
28th Group Activities.
Work in Nursery School.
Meet chief of Serowe, and afternoon Safari Khama Rhino
Activities and Nursery School (Serowe).
30th 7am Travel to Francistown
Village Party night 3
Activities Francistown: Football, Rugby, Rounder’s, Arts & Crafts,
Volleyball, Rounder’s, team games
1st Depart Francistown after Breakfast
for drive to Tlokweng
activities / Free time to explore Gaborone
Concert from Marimba Band and group dinner with Kitso & Team
Gaborone 11:00 (use Departure Checklist)
flight to Joburg airport to depart Jobug 20:40