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Soweto Orphanage Project

If you have a love for children and are caring and hardworking, our volunteer project in Soweto could be right up your street. Make a valuable difference at this Orphanage in South Africa!


At a glance:

Volunteering: Helping orphaned children in Soweto

Accommodation: Shared volunteer cottage in the property

Meals: Preloaded card for you to order food

Dates: Starts 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month

Minimum stay: 14 days plus orientation of 3 days


Who will I look after? 

Since 99% of the work is with children, the projects are looking for caring, hardworking team players that are tolerant and open to different cultures and traditions. Volunteers must be flexible and open to assisting with the various projects' needs. Working as a volunteer in Soweto will definitely pull on your heartstrings and is guaranteed to be a most rewarding experience.

About Soweto Orphanage

Soweto is a large community that falls under the municipality of Johannesburg. 

With the drastic rise in HIV and AIDS related deaths amongst young parents as well as the hardship faced by the poor within Soweto, children's projects in the community are under a lot of strain due to the number of children they attempt to offer services to. There is an unofficial report that says that almost half a million children in Soweto live below the poverty line and are in need of social service support.

Over the past 6 years, The Soweto Orphanage have built fantastic relationships with the projects we work with in Soweto.They have created a system whereby the projects are able to best utilise volunteers at certain times of the year when needed. 

What will I be doing at The Soweto Orphanage?

Volunteer work here is varied; and can include:

  • Food preparation in child feeding programs
  • Help out in the nursery with babies
  • Assistance in taking care of orphaned children aged from birth to 18 years
  • Assisting with children's homework
  • Personal interaction with children to help with social development
  • Basic building and maintenance projects at all the homes which are in constant need of repairs and general upkeep
  • Playing games and offering fun programs on weekend and holidays, like arts and crafts
  • Help with hygiene and health education amongst the children and community
  • Volunteers also get the chance to spend 2 days a week at the Elton John sponsored sister centre – Masibambisane which is an after school care for local school kids. The centre was designed to keep kids off the streets after school.


  • Volunteers are accommodated within the grounds of their project in a cottage, which is specifically set aside for volunteers.
  • The cottage has shared bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom.


  • Volunteers are provided a preloaded card each month in order to purchase food from the local grocery store. 
  • Anything over and above this will be at the expense of the volunteer.​

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