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A learning experience you will never forget.

Learn.Work.Make Friends for Life

A Volunteer Programme with a Difference

An experience you’ll never forget!

  • Are you open minded?
  • Do you want an interesting adventure?
  • Do you want to support and motivate others?
  • Are you interested in helping others to learn and gain qualifications?
  • Do you want to be part of a social organisation?
  • Do you want to get to know the people of Cape Town?

… then this programme is for you!

Why should you enrol?

Learn.Work.Make Friends for Life is a programme for those who want to make a tangible difference to the development of South Africa’s disadvantaged communities. By enrolling on this programme, you will:

  • Be part of a certified community development training programme to uplift communities and create future leaders of South Africa.
  • Sponsor one or more local participants and build lifelong friendships.
  • Volunteer in a social organisation and actively work on social projects.
  • Have the flexibility to enrol for anything from one month up to a year.
  • Experience the diverse and fascinating cultural life of Cape Town.

Who runs the programme?

Learn.Work.Make Friends for Life is run by The Fundamentals Training Centre (FTC), a fully accredited training institute that provides leadership and management programmes. For over six years, FTC has delivered the highest quality, needs-based training interventions to its clients, both locally and internationally. Our learning programmes are designed so that participants can achieve their personal and career goals.

Who are our community participants?

Those who work in community organisations are enthusiastic about contributing to community development and growth. They are passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality. Paradoxically, these are the very people who cannot afford to study further to gain the skills required to combat these social challenges.

The courses which make up this programme are targeted at South African development workers. The full qualification is called the Higher Education and Training Certificate in Development Practice (HETC: DP). Completion of the qualification can provide participants with access to further study at higher education level e.g. at a university and/ or to gain employment.

Why should you enrol in the programme?

By enrolling in Learn.Work.Make Friends for Life you, the international volunteer, will automatically be giving a local participant the chance to attend courses with you.

By learning together, you can share ideas and insights into your cultures and experiences. So besides learning about a thought-provoking topic, you will also improve your language and intercultural skills, while simultaneously being exposed to experiences that few other exchange programmes can offer – a unique opportunity to make friends for life!

How can you be part of a community organisation?

Learn.Work.Make Friends for Life will place you in a selected organisation where you will make a concrete contribution by being part of planning and implementing a community development project. This way you will put into practice all you have learnt from your training.

We work with an extensive range of non-government organisations (NGO’s), community-based organisation (CBO’s) and government departments. Your placement is guided by your interests as well as by the needs of the targeted organisation.

Choose from a wide range of organisations active in social development, for example:

Arts and culture: film, music, dance, visual arts, photography

  1. Cancer awareness
  2. Community upliftment programmes
  3. Early childhood development
  4. Education, Training and Development
  5. Environmental projects
  6. Health care
  7. HIV/AIDS
  8. Homeless people
  9. Infrastructure improvement
  10. Medical research
  11. Orphaned and abandoned children
  12. Sexuality and Gender-based abuse
  13. Sports and recreation
  14. Substance and drug abuse
  15. Vocational skills development
  16. Women and child abuse
  17. Youth development

We match all our international volunteers with the most appropriate organisational environment. Close contact is maintained throughout your stay to ensure that you get the most value out of the programme.

How is the programme offered?

To suit the time you have to invest, Learn.Work.Make Friends for Life is offered in flexible monthly cycles. Join for a minimum of one month, or stay for further months leading to completion of the entire 12-month programme.

Programme flow

Start:Duration:Minimum age:Field:Location: First week of every month. Sign up now for December 2013!Minimum 1 month. Extensions can be granted up to one year18 yearsSocial Development/ Education and TrainingCape Town and surrounding areas

Each course consists of one week of theoretical training, run at the beginning of each month. These courses are interactive and you will engage in the real issues confronting the targeted communities.

The one-week training programme is followed by a three-week placement in a local organisation, where you will be given the opportunity to practically implement what you have learnt. You will work collectively with the participant(s) you have sponsored.

Course Dates

Contact us for available dates cap-enquiries@eurocentres.com

Where will you stay?

The packaged price includes 6 weeks accommodation at Eurocentres school residence in Dorp Street, Cape Town.

What are the costs?

The packaged price covers the cost for the delivery of the 1 month training to the international volunteer and one local participant. The fee also covers a stipend for the local participant and placement costs. We are running a special opening deal as follows: For an additional €300 per person added to the packaged price, we will be able to enrol a second local participant. This will give the international volunteer the opportunity to learn and work with two local development practitioners.

Contact details

Please contact cap-enquiries@eurocentres.com if you require any further information.

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