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Interns exploring the world through Volunteering!

Just when you think that your studies are becoming a bit of a drag and all you want to do is just get done with your course work and start earning a living, your lecturer tells you that as part of your course you have to do 3 months of volunteering and the volunteering is to be done in another continent; but there was no regret when we decided on Africa and experienced South Africa because of Volunteer Centre.

Volunteer Centre Welcomes the World - 2010

The Volunteer Centre has been welcoming the world into our local communities for more than 5 years. This has been done by mobilizing international volunteers at local projects in various communities.

Hauska tutustua! Nice to meet you!

 My name is Milla Puharinen. I come from Finland and I have been volunteering in Cape Town from September 2007. My sending organisation in Europe is ICYE (Intercultural Youth Exchange) and in Cape Town, South Africa my host organization is the Volunteer Centre.

Julie Marchand - Volunteer from France

While studying at Rhodes University, Julie joined the UN society and worked on the Millennium Development Goals for a year. She specialized in educational goals and therefore visited schools from previously disadvantaged communities and along with teachers tackled the causes of the issues learners and teachers face. 

International Conference Volunteers (ICV) – South African Desk

ICVolunteers is a dynamic international non-governmental organization that recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers with specific skills for non-profit projects in the fields of languages, conference support and cybervolunteerism.

Current programmes

• Serge Mukoka was a volunteer interpreter at the Congress of Encounters conference which was held at the CTICC in Cape Town.
• Makhotso Mokotso an M tech student has been successfully placed as logistic person for the Down Syndrome Associations first Down Syndromes Awareness Fun Walk / Music Show.

Current status

Short term programme support from ICV Geneva – has enabled us to contract the services of Chantel Daniels in a full-time capacity – in order to provide the Desk with the professional, focused support which was needed.

Background to the South African ICV Desk:

2003 Viola Krebbs, Director of ICV visits South Africa to establish the viability of the service and embarks on a partnership with the Volunteer Centre

ICV's main objectives

  • For volunteers, interns and job seekers:
    To gain practical experience, to improve their employability, be socially integrated by participating in public interest projects whether locally or within a context of international cooperation.

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