Volunteers establish base in Cape St Francis

Lyn Aitken
VOLUNTEER in South Africa, a Christian outreach volunteer organisation, recently established a base in Cape St Francis to bring volunteer tourists from all over the world to assist in community upliftment projects, particularly sports education.
“One of our aims is to add sports tuition as an extra-mural option for school children in areas such as Sea Vista,” said founder and director Mandy Weschta.
“We have partnered with Talhado Children’s Haven to offer sports activities to the children attending their after-care programme. This way the children are exposed to new sports opportunities such as surfing which would ordinarily be beyond their means. They learn very quickly that sport can be fun and very exciting.”
According to their website at www.volunteerinsouthafrica.co.uk Volunteer in South Africa offers a significant mix of volunteer opportunities for Christian volunteers who want to make a meaningful impact in South Africa and other parts of Africa to help poor communities
Weschta launched the organisation four years ago in Cape Town.
“This all started very simply when I offered to teach youngsters in Muizenberg to surf if they promised to go to school,” she said.
“Before I knew it I had as many as 30 children faithfully gathered after school for surfing lessons and some food,” she said.
“I knew then I would need help and the idea of Volunteer in South Africa was born.”
Weschta now bases herself in Cape St Francis and commutes between her new home and Cape Town.
“We identified St Francis as a viable destination for volunteer tourists and began operating in November last year. Since then we have had 20 volunteers in this area,” she said.
“The volunteers pay all their own travel costs and expenses and choose both the projects that interest them and the areas they want to include in their visit. Volunteer in South Africa facilitates their tour and to helps make their time in SA entertaining and rewarding.
“Apart from sports education, volunteers have participated in feeding schemes and recycling projects while having the opportunity to spread the word of God.”
Volunteer in South Africa was recently featured on the Supersport5 television channel.
“We hope the exposure on national television will help us to secure desperately needed sponsorship for running costs and donations for equipment we need to grow,” says Weschta.
Our wish list includes surf boards and wax, wet suits and any sports equipment. We also need storage space near the beach, help with transporting the children, and food.” Contact e-mail volunteerinsouthafrica@gmail.com or call 079-138-6116.

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