Volunteer Testimonials   |  Nazareth House Project Photos

COVID Recovery Note: We are currently not able to accept applications for this project. We recommend St. George's Home for Girls as an excellent alternative for ethical community volunteering.

Nazareth House is one of the oldest non-profit organisations in South Africa and is at the coal face of specialized child and geriatric care. They were also one of the first organisations to open their doors to HIV-positive babies.

What makes Nazareth House so unique is that it has over 130 years of experience in medical and relational care. This combination of specialist care and love is unique to their personnel and services.

Nazareth House in Cape Town provides long term care to babies and children (0 to 18 years old) with severe disabilities and terminal illnesses. Some of these children need specialized end of life / palliative care.

Many of these children have been abandoned in hospitals by their families as they cannot cope with their intense medical care needs. The types of children that we care for, are those who have very severe disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Bifida, Gross global developmental delay, Epilepsy and Microcephaly.

These children have been given very poor prognoses by their doctors and have limited life expectancies due to the severity of their disabilities. The children are placed at Nazareth House for end of life palliative care – they are placed with us for their last stages of life.

To join this project, you will need to be in good physical condition and aged 21 years or older by the time you arrive in Cape Town.

Personal characteristics like emotionally maturity, commitment, flexibility, an ability to take initiative, and a compassionate heart for disabled children will be key. To ensure effective communication between all team members, a good understanding of the English language is also required.

We particularly welcome volunteers who are studying in this field, or those intending to work with disabled children, such as student nurses, student social workers, qualified nurses, health care workers, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and doctors.

Arrival AirportCape Town (CPT)
Arrival DayFriday recommended - you can arrive earlier or over the weekend
Join Project OnMonday
DurationYou can volunteer at Nazareth House for 8 weeks or more
Volunteering HoursApproximately 8am - 4pm, from Monday to Friday each week
Main ActivitiesAssisting with a wide range of childcare support tasks including the daily stimulation programme, activities, games and outings
Fly Home OnFriday or later
Minimum AgeYou must be aged 21 years or older when you arrive
AvailabilityAvailable dates for each duration are shown on the top-right of this page with the option to select from several currencies.
Pre-arrival SupportOur experienced team is on hand to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa
Airport WelcomeOne of our team will be at the airport to welcome you and escort you to Ashanti Lodge
AccommodationYou will stay at Ashanti Lodge in central Cape Town with a pool, restaurant, bar and wonderful views of Table Mountain
FoodBasic breakfasts are included at Ashanti Lodge. All other meals are self-catering
OrientationOn your first day with Nazareth House you will have a full orientation
Vodacom Sim CardA free, pre-registered Sim card for your phone
Wi-FiFree Wi-Fi at Ashanti Lodge. There is no Wi-Fi at Nazareth House
In-country SupportOur volunteer coordinators are available 24/7 for emergencies, and are on hand to help you make the most of your stay
CertificateOn completion of your placement we will send you a special thank you certificate to accompany your CV or resume.
VisasCitizens from most countries can arrive in South Africa and stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. Please refer to our FAQ section for more details if you are unsure
FlightsPlease refer to our FAQ section for recommendations about keeping your flight costs to a minimum
InsuranceWe have partnered with World Nomads Insurance to give you access to great value insurance for volunteers. Please check out our Insurance page under the FAQ tab for more details
TransportWe will take you to Nazareth House on your first morning. Thereafter, you will need to budget about R260 each week for the short Uber trips between Ashanti Lodge & Nazareth House (approx ₤14, €16, US$18, CAD$23, or AUD$26).
Return transfer to Cape Town AirportUber works really well in Cape Town and is the best value option for this.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Nazareth House Project Photos

Your first visit to Nazareth House will be on the first Monday after you arrive in Cape Town. One of the Via Volunteers team will collect you from Ashanti Lodge and escort you to Nazareth House for an introduction to Abigail, the on-site social worker and volunteer coordinator.

You will have a 2-hour orientation session with Abigail at 10:00, with the rest of the day free for exploring Cape Town. The following day (Tuesday) will be your first full day at Nazareth House.

You will be provided with a schedule so that you can see in advance when you will be helping out. Typically you can expect to be busy from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00. Abigail will let you know if there any changes to your schedule, which is possible as the schedule has to revolve around the needs of Nazareth House.

Make sure you eat breakfast before you leave Ashanti Lodge in the morning, and don't forget to take a packed lunch - there are fridge and microwave facilities at Nazareth House for storing and preparing your lunch. If you prefer to stretch your legs at lunch time, you can always walk 10 minutes to the local SPAR, cafe or shopping centre.

Remember to take your phone with you each day if you are planning to use Uber for your transfers between Nazareth House and Ashanti Lodge.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Nazareth House Project Photos

Voted in 2019 as Cape Town’s best backpacker accommodation, Ashanti Lodge has excellent facilities and is perfectly positioned in central Cape Town as an ideal base for volunteers. This will be your home while you're here and is a great place to relax when you aren’t out exploring everything Cape Town has to offer.

Uber works very well in Cape Town, and Ashanti is just a couple of minutes away from the excellent MyCiti bus route which provides cheap, safe and reliable transport to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and much more. Close by you will also find an incredible variety of restaurants and bars, plenty of great hangouts in Long Street, a well-equipped shopping mall, supermarkets, health shops, cafes…the list goes on.

While you’re at Ashanti you can enjoy all of the facilities below. Whether you’re having a dip in the pool or watching Table Mountain while you have breakfast, you will find that Ashanti have thought of everything:

  • Dormitory accommodation with all bedding and linen provided.
  • Free Wi-Fi from anywhere on the premises
  • A fully equipped shared kitchen with fridge/freezers for storing your groceries
  • A basic breakfast is included in the kitchen, with tea, coffee, juice, cereals, yoghurt, toast, peanut butter and jam
  • All bedding including linen, duvet and pillows (linen is changed every four days)
  • Laundry service – R70 per 0-5kg load including powder, wash, dry & fold. Drop it off at reception and it will be ready for you about 12 hours later
  • Lots of showers and toilets
  • A lovely pool area with sun beds and a BBQ
  • A restaurant bar with a pool table, and a balcony overlooking the pool with impressive views of Table Mountain. If you're extra hungry, an all you can eat breakfast buffet is available for only R70, with great value meals available through to 10pm
  • A personal safe for every volunteer and coded access to your room
  • Lockable under bed storage for your suitcase/clothing (bring your own padlock for this)
  • CCTV Security, controlled access and a night guard
  • A night manager
  • The lodge is cleaned daily and rooms are also serviced daily.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Nazareth House Project Photos

Nazareth House is located in Vredehoek, close to the centre of Cape Town with Table Mountain providing an impressive backdrop to the home.

Your arrival airport is Cape Town (CPT)

  • We have arrival dates for this project on most Fridays throughout the year.
  • You can also arrive earlier or over the weekend if you prefer. We can easily add extra nights to your stay, before and/or after your placement.
  • You can book your arrival flight to land at Cape Town International Airport at any time of day.
  • One of our team will be at the airport to give you a warm welcome. We will also escort you to Ashanti Lodge and help you get settled in.
  • You will have the rest of the weekend to explore Cape Town before joining Nazareth House for your orientation session on Monday.

Durations & Pricing

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You do not pay anything when you book. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and quote for you to check. When you are happy with the details, you will be able to confirm your placement with a deposit of £30.

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