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SOUTH AFRICA

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
~ Mahatma Ghandi

 

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KENYA MISSION TRIP
Mission: Medical & Dental
Team: Medical, Dental & Non- Medical volunteers
Dates: July 28th – August 13th, 2018
            December 18th – January 3rd, 2019
July 29th – August 14th, 2019
Country: Kenya
Location: Bondo & Nairobi
Cost: $1200USD

 

Our 17 day healthcare mission is dedicated to providing free medical care, medicines and health awareness to the underserved and vulnerable people in Kenya. Access to healthcare is often limited or unaffordable in these communities.

 

You will be involved in visiting underserved communities and institutions such as orphanages, schools and medical clinics to promote health and physical well-being.You will help carry out general health tests such as blood sugar levels and blood pressure, screen for many common diseases and illnesses including malaria, treat minor wounds, deworming and educate people about general health issues.
Malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, and tetanus are treatable diseases, yet many still die in Kenya as a result of not receiving proper medical care. Other major causes of morbidity and mortality include acute respiratory infection, malnutrition, diarrheal, HIV/AIDS, TB, gastrointestinal complaints, skin problems and vision problems.

We also see a lot of chronic diseases as well as women’s health issues, malnutrition, gastrointestinal complaints, skin problems and vision problems.

We manage these issues in collaboration with the local health care workers, who understand the local culture and can provide long­term follow up. We also rely on local doctors and nurses for acutely ill patients who require hospitalization.

Government-run hospitals and medical clinics lack adequate medical equipment and tools, and are ill-equipped to handle the volume of people in need of care.

Join us today on a mission trip to KENYA, JOIN A TEAM

DUTIES; 

                                                                         

Medical Duties;

– monitoring and taking vitals (blood pressure, 

  temperature, saturation etc.)

– taking blood samples, blood cultures

– IV placements

– administering drugs

– intravenous infusions and injections

– dressing wounds

– filling in prescriptions and organizing the pharmacy and inventory

– assist doctors during different procedures and ward rounds

 

Dental Duties;

– Oral Examinations

– Cleanings

– Extractions

– Provide dental restorations and sealants if available

– Fluoride treatments

– Oral health and hygiene education

– distributing care packages and supplies

 

Non- medical/ dental duties;

– Patient intake and registration

– clinic setup

– registration of patients

– translators, if you are fluent in the local language

– assist in teaching health education to patients in the clinic, schools and orphanages

– crowd control, to maintain order in large crowds

– distributing donations to patients

– Health Education & Training

– Teaching first aid, good hygiene practices, dental health and nutrition. Teaching will be done within the framework of a basic classroom. You will be working with basic resources, such as posters, blackboards and whiteboards.

 

 

 

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Azma International has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in South Africa.

 

  1. Child Care in orphanages
  2. HIV/AIDS
  3. Teaching
  4. Medical and Health Care
  5. Disabled Care

 

 

 

  1. Johannesburg
  2. Capetown
  3. Port Elizabeth

 

Click here to apply online!


 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Orphanage and HIV/AIDS

OrphanageVolunteers have the opportunity to help children in need. Children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, children who have been abused by their parents and children whose parents are not able to provide for them.

 

Volunteer placements in this program are in Children homes that provide a safe place caring for children in crisis; children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, abandoned children and children of destitute mothers.Volunteers in this program get the opportunity to interact with and educate AIDS orphans in Orphan Day Care Centres, alongside HIV/AIDS awareness.

 

These kids need love, attention, life skills, and education so they can have successful futures free from poverty and filled with the same opportunities as others.

 

Just being with the babies & children means so much to them! Help is needed in,

 

  • Feeding & nappy (diaper) changes
  • Food prep, bottle & dish washing, kitchen cleaning
  • Taking out the nappies, tidying toys
  • Changing cot bedding, nursery tidying, nursery cleaning
  • Educational & social time with older children
  • Edu-play and games with toddlers
  • Outdoor/creative/fun playtimes
  • Bathing children & babies, cleaning bathroom
  • Outreach events like picnics, visits to the beach or public park, etc

 

 

Teaching

schoolVolunteers in the teaching program are placed in community schools, public schools or orphanage schools.

 

Volunteers will be working alongside teachers at the school as well as working with other volunteers. Typical subjects taught at the school could include English, Mathematics, Life Skills, Social Studies, Art and Physical studies. Volunteers may also be asked to help with other programs at the school, including sports programs. During the school holidays, teaching volunteers can participate in another volunteer program such as childcare (pre-school/crèche, where they are also able to teach) or surfing, take a break, travel and get to explore the beauty and adventure of beautiful South Africa.

 

School in South Africa runs for four school terms a year:

 

Term One – Jan 9th to March 20th
Term Two – April 9th to June 21
Term Three – July 15th to Sept 20th
Term Four – Oct 1st to Dec 4th

 

Students in senior classes stay in school during holiday breaks to prepare for exams. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach these students if their volunteer placements coincide with one of these time periods.

 

Alternatively, volunteers can take a break from their work placements to travel (e.g., go on a safari), participate in outreach activities, or participate in another placement.

 

N.B: Volunteers DO NOT need to be a qualified or experienced teacher.

 

Volunteers should note that if they apply for the teaching program and it is during the school holidays, automatically they will be placed in another program in South Africa which runs over the holidays such as childcare.

 

Alternatively, volunteers can take a break from their work placements to travel (e.g., go on a safari), participate in outreach activities, or participate in another placement.

 

 

Disabled care

MaasailandAzma International works with community centres that support children with various physical and mental handicaps including cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, and high risk medical conditions like tracheostomy cases, tube feeders, etc.

The centres provide individual & specialised medical care & therapy.

 

Volunteer placements in this program are based in community rehabilitative centres.

 

Staff in disability programs work to teach children the social skills necessary to maintain a successful life when they become adults.

 

 

Click here to apply online!

 

 

Safety

 

General Notice of Safety for all the programs

Safety and security are big concerns for most people traveling to developing countries (or to the friends and families of the volunteers who are traveling). While there is no way to eliminate all risk, Azma International does as much as they can to reduce any dangers. Volunteer coordinators and supervisors live and work side by side with the volunteers at all times, other than any free time where volunteers choose to spend how they like.

 

Bodily Harm

In almost all Azma International program locations, the potential for violent bodily harm (rape, mugging, etc) is significantly less than that encountered in large American cities. We generally travel with company, a fellow volunteer, local staff or host family member.

 

Project Safety

We select appropriate work activities, with safety of the volunteer in mind. We do no projects, for example, on high ladders or handling heavy duty machinery or equipment. We handle no bodily fluids. We avoid program locations with significant risk for major illness outbreaks, such as Ebola or typhoid. If at any time a volunteer feels that he or she is not comfortable with any given activity, he or she may freely abstain.

 

Illness and Injury

Most of our projects are relatively low on the manual labor scale, and are chosen with a high degree of safety in mind. However anyone can twist an ankle anywhere in the world, particularly in places with cobblestone streets. Likewise anyone can catch a cold or get sick to their stomachs. Therefore, Azma International’s program fee covers mandatory medical insurance/evacuation insurance. This insurance requires NO medical deductible to be met. In the event of any illness or injury, the volunteer coordinator accompanies the affected volunteer to the closest trusted medical facility, and stays in communication with headquarters and the volunteer’s emergency contact regarding the situation. The most common physical ailment on our programs in altitude sickness at our Huancayo program in Peru, which can be mitigated by drinking water and taking it easy the 1st few days.

 

Possessions

In many of our program locations, the local population is far less materially advantaged that that of our volunteers. Yet theft while at work site or at accommodations is incredibly rare. However when volunteers spend free time in crowded places, like markets, possessions such as fancy cameras or watches should be kept out of site to minimize the chance of being pick pocketed. There is a higher rate of petty theft in many of our program locations than what our volunteers are usually accustomed to in their home setting. Hence it is a good idea to leave designer clothing and bags at home.

 

Food And Water

All water is either bottled or boiled. All food is prepared fresh from locally purchased sources. Community hosts have been well instructed in preparing food with delicate stomachs in mind. We communicate any dietary restrictions or allergies to the host families.

 

Traveling Alone is okay

Because our programs are typically small groups, volunteers never are fully alone. The coordinator and fellow volunteers, along with the local staff and host are there to help, they are your companions.

 

Any travel comes with certain risks, and travel with Azma International is no different. Of course all reasonable precautions will be made to prevent any dangers. Travel to different countries mean that conditions will vary – – sometimes quite significantly – – from those in the United States. These reasons are some of the primary reasons volunteers are drawn to Azma International adventures, but can also be the basis for possible risks. For example, the condition of roads, infrastructure (such as phone lines, water lines, etc) and hygiene conditions, are likely to differ from, and often be considered inferior to, those found in the volunteers’ home. In addition, Azma International cannot be held responsible for forces of God, war, public transportation, level of medical service, availability of medical treatment and medical personnel, political stability, and the like.

 

The volunteers should also be aware that environmental conditions may provide certain challenges to some. For example, higher altitudes in some locales may mean volunteers with difficulty breathing may find it even more difficult in new climates. For those with sensitivity to dryness, certain climates may be uncomfortable.

How to prepare for your trip

 

1. Passport

You need a passport to travel to another country. Apply for your passport early in advance to avoid delay in your travel plans. Whether it’s your first time applying for a passport or only need to renew an old one, you should start the process early.

 

2. Keep an open mind

Keep an open mind as the culture your visiting may be different from what you are used to.

 

3. Dress code

Clothing that is fashionable and appropriate in the USA and Europe may project a provocative image in another culture. Leave the revealing clothing at home. There are cultural differences to note. The principle factor to be aware of especially for a woman traveling alone is that you may attract unwanted attention in certain areas of Africa and Latin America (in the form of catcalls and the like) if you dress in short skirts or really short shorts, or wear spaghetti straps. Likewise, you may be seen as disrespectful in you have uncovered shoulders, knees, or the heels of your feet as you enter a Buddhist temple.

 

Also, check on the weather for the period you will be in the host country and pack appropriately.

 

4. Coping with jet lag

If you’ve ever done any long distance travel, you’ve probably experienced jet lag and the host of symptoms that accompanies it – dehydration, nausea, swollen feet, fatigue, headaches, dry eyes and disrupted sleep patterns, among others.Jet lag occurs when your body’s internal clock – known as the circadian clock – is out of sync with your surroundings. Crossing time zones is the main cause of jet lag, although a number of factors, including cabin pressure, stale air and high altitude also contribute to this unpleasant travel-related condition. International travelers who pass through more than one time zone are especially susceptible to jet lag. On long trips, however, travelers should try to adjust to their new time zones as quickly as possible.

 

Remember that you want to adjust to the local time as soon as possible. Therefore if you arrive at 2pm in your destination, and take a nap, you are likely to sleep for several hours and thereby put-off your adjustment to the new time zone. Try as HARD as you can to stay awake until your normal bedtime on the 1st few days. Another common effect of jet lag is that the traveler will wake at 3am and find it extremely difficult to get back to sleep. Explore options for sleep aids with your doctor prior to your trip. Drink water. Prevent dehydration by drinking at least two eight-ounce glasses of water before you get on the plane. And don’t forget your H2O once you are in the air. Slip a plastic bottle of water in the seat pocket so you can to drink whenever you’re thirsty. And skip the peanuts, pretzels and other salty snacks that can speed up dehydration.Pack sleeping aids. Bring earplugs, eyeshades, a pillow or whatever makes you comfortable, especially on a red-eye flight.

 

5. Coming Home After Volunteering Overseas

Transition May Be Hard. Allow yourself time to process your overseas experiences and re-adjust to life at home. The longer you were overseas and the more culturally immersed you were, the harder the re-entry process will be. Keeping a journal and making a scrapbook while your memories are fresh can help you through the reverse culture shock experience. Recognize your emotional vulnerability and avoid making major life decisions until you feel grounded. Do what you have to do to maintain-or regain-spiritual balance: go for long walks, meditate, or practice the rituals of your faith or tradition.

 

6. Make Connections

Maintain contact with friends overseas. You can contact other people going to the same country as you and get to know them beforehand. Try to identify ways to build community with those who share your interest in the country from which you have returned.

 

5. Get Involved

Many people return from overseas with more questions than answers. If you have returned from a low-income country, take the time to educate yourself about the root causes of the “underdevelopment” and poverty you may have experienced. Write a testimonial, we will share your review so other volunteers can learn from your experience. You can share your experience in you class, club, family, friends, and other groups. You can start a discussion group to explore the history of the area where you worked or traveled, or take a class to study the literature from that region. As global news coverage is notoriously weak in North America, seek alternative sources of information like online newspapers.

Volunteering opportunities in various parts of South Africa

 

  1. Johannesburg
  2. Capetown
  3. Port Elizabeth

Booking Process

 

The booking process has four simple steps:

 

First: Choose the country, time period, and volunteer program that you are most interested in. In addition you may choose from our amazing tourism excursion packages at checkout as additional options to your volunteer time period.

 

Second: Complete the online application form and submit at checkout. On the online application you will select the dates you will be volunteering. Once you submit the online application form, you will receive an email confirming we have received your request.

 

Third: An Azma International staff member will contact you within 48 hours to confirm the details of your work placement. We will send you important information about planning your volunteer trip and how to pay the placement fee. You are now ready to plan your trip!

 

Fourth: The Azma staff member assigned to you will send you a detailed information booklet and answer any questions that you have. This booklet provides important details about your trip, such as what to pack, information about your placement, and local customs.

 

Congratulations on your choice to volunteer with us! If you have any questions about your upcoming stay in one of these countries, please contact us at info@azmainternational.org. We are happy to assist you if you have any questions. We are here to take care of you every step of the way until the completion of your trip. Happy Volunteering!

 


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