Help Wanted

I need your help! I am going to volunteer regularly with a local organization while I am here in Cape Town, but I can’t decide which one to choose! Here are the ones I have narrowed it down to:

  • Brooklyn Chest TB Hospital – A hospital funded by the Department of Health which assists children and patients from disadvantaged communities who are suffering from TB and cannot afford better treatment. I would be working in the school or Pediatrics ward, which has about 40 babies. Volunteer hours are in the afternoon. *I was able to visit this site and playing with the kids was so much fun, but I’m not sure if I want this opportunity to have a larger advocacy role and that probably wouldn’t happen here.
  • Young in Prison – YiP offers creative, recreational, and educational programming for incarcerated youth in order to make beneficial use of their time in prison. There seems to be a bit of flexibility in the times of this program depending on your goals, but actually working in the prison would be a morning job. I would work with about 15-20 kids and have a 3:1 ratio of volunteers to youths.
  • Passop – Passop is a grassroots human rights non-profit devoted to protecting the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in South Africa. They work to foster education and community participation as well as provide workshops. *This opportunity sounds amazing because it would allow for a lot of first hand work with advocacy campaigns and is flexible as far as what you can work on and what times you can work. My slight problem is that I won’t engage with many South Africans… but I will be with lots of other African people so it still is a great opportunity.
Any input you have would be greatly appreciated!!

6 thoughts on “Help Wanted

  1. I say the prison but would go for another choice (#4) if given one. I would not choose the hospital because of potential health risks.

  2. Personally, I’d probably pick Young in Prison, but I think Passop sounds like the coolest opportunity for you and the flexibility will be great to ensure you have plenty of time for your classes/enjoying South Africa.

  3. I think you’d really like either of the first two cuz you loved working with the kids in DC Reads, but I think Passop would be the best opportunity for you in the long run. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU CHOOSE!!

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