Volunteer Opportunities for Students

July 13th, 2015 by Pearson

There are several ways in which you can contribute to society, and volunteering for charities is definitely a rewarding experience. You can learn a lot from the people you work with, and help out in areas that might need it the most. We’ve listed a few organisations close to a CTI campus near you that’ll be happy to take you and your friends on for a good cause:

Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth Lake Farm Center
This institution is home to 90 intellectually disabled adults. They’re frequently looking for volunteers who can assist on the weekends with sporting activities, gardening, swimming lessons, events and even their feral cat situation.

Free State: CHOC House – Bloemfontein
The CHOC house is a national organisation which provides free food, housing and transportation for parents of children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. In order to become a volunteer, you first need to finish an application process. Making sick children laugh to forget about their illnesses, well what can be more rewarding than that?

Gauteng: Kagyu Samy Dzong JHB Soup Kitchen
The KSD centre is always looking for volunteers to help serve soup and sandwiches to the homeless. They also conduct collection rallies and are often looking for extra assistance for their hosted events.. If you’re not sure about giving up a Tuesday or weekend evening, you can always rope your classmates in to donate old clothes and blankets.

Kwazulu Natal: Project Dog
Who doesn’t love puppies? You can sign up to be a foster owner for neglected pups, to give them love, cuddles and help socialise them so that they can be adopted. This is quite a responsibility therefore you should only volunteer if you have the time required, and inner strength needed to give them back. You can also chat to Project Dog about their ‘puppy play time’ schedules. I’m pretty sure they can be coerced with some donations.

Mpumalanga: Guardian Angels
Guardian Angels is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide companionship and love to house-bound elderly folk. Your purpose is to help them in any way such as by making shopping lists, doctors’ trips or just being someone to have tea with.

North West: Street Store
This popup store is aimed at providing homeless people the chance to ‘shop’ and create their own styles. It started in Cape Town in January 2014 and due to its soaring popularity, the owners of the concept made it an open source. The shop is run purely by volunteers and relies on donations. All you have to do is follow the link, fill in the form and be on your way to set up your own Street Store. Watch the video to feel more inspired by the difference you could make.

Western Cape: TEARS
The Emma Animal Rescue Society has a long list of duties just waiting for eager volunteers, including dog walking, cage cleaning and office admin. Working with animals can sometimes be an overwhelming and heart-breaking experience. Be brave and take a tissue.

Volunteer work is not only good for your surrounding communities but can also humble you to be grateful for what you have. There are many organisations out there looking for young eager people to help out, so don’t hesitate to approach them and offer your assistance. The rewards will surprise you.