Frequently Asked QuestionsWill I be taking away jobs from local people?
No. We do not support projects that utilise volunteers if they are perfectly capable of employing local people. The projects we work with would love to employ local people, but in reality, they rely on local and international volunteer support as they barely have enough resources to provide for the children or wildlife in their care, never mind employ anyone.
With each of the project’s we work with, we have seen amazing improvements that would only have been possible with assistance from local & international volunteers. For example, one children's home we work with had a small number of volunteer caregivers and 60 children living in very poor conditions in 2004. Six years later, they now have much improved facilities for 150 children, a community Health Centre, a HIV Respite Centre, a crèche for 300+ local children, a community soup kitchen... and they employ 95 local people.
International volunteers leave their mark in South Africa, not only by dedicating their time and energy to a community or conservation project, but also through the positive contribution they make in supporting local businesses, tourism operators, craftsmen and women, and the many jobs that are created and sustained by purchases they make, and activities they take part in while they are here.
When managed correctly, volunteer projects like those on our web site, tick all the boxes when it comes to satisfying the criteria for responsible tourism, bringing visitors to areas of the country outside the traditional tourist routes, and providing a sustainable means for Non-profit organisations to develop and employ local people.