Volunteer in Limpopo, South Africa with the Future Volunteers Program

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Please note: Applications for the Future Volunteers Program are currently closed. If you’d like to apply for another TravelBud program please navigate accordingly on our site, alternatively submit a quick enquiry and we’ll get back to you!

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We’ll help you with everything you need before you depart on this volunteering adventure, including our on-going support from the moment you arrive.

TravelBud Program Coordinators

Our Program Coordinators have all taught or volunteered abroad. We’ll guide you every step of the way!

What is the Future Volunteers Program (FVP)

The Future Volunteers Program  is a collaboration between TravelBud and Future Comprehensive School in Limpopo, South Africa and is focused on facilitating meaningful and constructive volunteerism.

The program puts emphasis on interactions that are tailored to both the needs of the community and the skills and/or passions of volunteers, thus aiming to create a positive and productive environment which benefits everyone involved.

Future Comprehensive School

An aerial view of the Future Comprehensive School in Masemola, Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Province, South Africa



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About The Future Comprehensive School

Situated in an authentic, peaceful, rural environment in Masemola, Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Province, South Africa, the Future Comprehensive School is a progressive school bringing about real change to children in a community hungry for growth and opportunity.

Kindergarten class take a seat for a morning reading session

Started in 2011 and caters for students right from pre-school up until grade 9.

The school will be adding a grade per year over the next 3 years as the students get older, until all pre-school, junior school and high school classes are offered.

What makes this school unique is its rural setting, ecological sensitivity, and community-driven education model.

Mr. Mogowe - Director of The Future Comprehensive School

Mr. Mogowe – Director of The Future Comprehensive School


The entrance to the School – indicative of the area’s agricultural heritage

Students engaged in school work.


A wise local cow (Gomo)

What kind of volunteering experience can you expect to have?

You will be working at a progressive, independent, eco-conscious school in a region of the Sepedi language and culture of the Pedi people (BaPedi).

You will be engaging in activities tailored to both your skills and the areas of need at the school, such as developing:

  • the library and literacy program
  • Art and Music classes
  • English, Mathematics and Science education
  • sports program
  • sustainable food garden

The specific volunteer curriculum is currently being finalised by the FVP team and the FCS. This process will include consultation with each volunteer upon acceptance onto the program.

You can relax in a peaceful, charming rural area surrounded by undisturbed bushveld and vast grasslands, listening to the cry of a jackal in the summer evening and waking up to the singing of birds.

As a volunteer in this program, you will be doing incredibly important work that will assist the growth of an energised, rapidly developing community and will help young minds to dream big and realise those dreams.

This is also work that considers the well-being of the natural environment in which it occurs, as well as the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of the people doing it. Conscious work. Meaningful work. Necessary work.

Sustainable Development

You will participate in the making of a real, positive impact at FCS. These impacts will be evaluated and recorded, and the necessary information will be given to future volunteers who continue where you left off.

This is to ensure that there is continuous and progressive growth in the constructive changes being made in the community, rather than disconnected periods of impact from different volunteer intakes.

FVP puts emphasis on interactions that are tailored to both the needs of the community and the skills and/or passions of volunteers, thus aiming to create a positive and productive environment which benefits everyone involved.

Peter the TravelBud Volunteer

Peter – one of the first trial volunteers, reading Winnie the Pooh


Mrs Mamaila, cook extraordinaire, hands out the morning breakfast

Meet Didi – Your Program Manager

Didi Mathibe – FVP Manager

Didi has taught English at a school in Thailand and returns to Limpopo (where she did part of her schooling) to take up her post as the Future Volunteers Program Manager.

She has a contagious smile and laugh, a caring heart and strong mind, and serves as the ideal person to welcome volunteers and manage their time effectively whilst at the Future Comprehensive School.

Mr. Mogowe – Director of The Future Comprehensive School

Mr. Mogowe - Director of The Future Comprehensive School

Mr. Mogowe – Director of The Future Comprehensive School

Mankgobele Patrick Mogowe is a renaissance figure. Years of experience in Education have led him at last to a kind of promised land: pragmatic and exceptionally astute, he has in recent times founded Future Comprehensive School, a low-fees Independent school with a global outlook; a school intent upon setting a precedent for rural empowerment in the formative years of childhood and adolescence.

Etienne van Bart - Sports and Library Developer and Co-founder of FVP

Etienne van Bart – Sports and Library Developer and Co-founder of FVP

Etienne van Bart

A self-identified bush man, sports visionary and literary wizard, Etienne has been living and working at the Future Comprehensive School since the beginning of 2017. His core goals are to develop the school’s library and build sporting facilities for the pupils to use.


Liam Kelly - Co-founder of FVP  and Founder of TravelBud

Liam Kelly – Co-founder of FVP and Founder of TravelBud

Liam Kelly

A travel, cultural exchange and film fanatic, Liam has worked extensively across the world exploring his passion for videography and for bringing English teachers to communities in need. The Future Volunteers Program has been the perfect outlet for him to work across the board on creating what he hopes to be a revolutionary blueprint for volunteerism within South African education.

What is the cost of participating in the program?

Why is there a fee?

TravelBud is registering a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that will be made up of members of both TravelBud and the FCS. This NPO will be responsible for the allocation of funds raised through the Future Volunteers program, and aims to develop further volunteer programs within rural South Africa.

Your fee goes towards the follow:

  • Project Running Costs
  • Volunteer Costs
  • Promotion of Program
  • Staff Salaries
  • Administration Costs
  • School Development

Deposit Payment once accepted: $600
Final payment: $1800
– dependent on your length of stay. Refer to the table below for duration options.

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LENGTH 4 WEEKS 6 WEEKS 8 WEEKS ADDITIONAL WEEKS COST  (Max 12 weeks total)
COST IN USD $1800 $2400 $3000 $200 per week

What is included in the TravelBud program fee?

PRE DEPARTURE SUPPORT

  • Getting the necessary visa and documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 DEDICATED ON THE GROUND SUPPORT

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance from the Future Volunteers Program Manager (Didi) throughout the duration of your volunteering.
  • Assistance arranging wild-life tours and culturally informative activities
  • Customized daily schedule

TRANSPORT

  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Daily transport (to and from school – if need be)

ACCOMMODATION

  • Volunteers will live on the property of the Director of the school, in rooms separate to his family’s home. Depending on the number of volunteers at a given time, you may have a roommate
  • The property is safe and close to the school
  • Water, electricity, meals, self-service laundry and wifi are included.

Inside the volunteer’s cottage – a lick of paint coming soon!


The volunteer cottage living room.

EXTRAS

  • Your own South African sim card
  • Welcome braai (a South African barbeque)

TravelBud Staff

TravelBud program coordinators and support staff have all taught or volunteered abroad and will give you honest, first-hand insight into any questions or queries you might have.

What’s not included in the TravelBud program fee?

FLIGHTS TO SOUTH AFRICA

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to organize her/his/their own flights to South Africa.
  • For Visa compliance, you will need to have a return flight booked or reserved.

FIRST NIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA PRIOR TO STARTING THE PROGRAM

  • You will need to arrive in Johannesburg the day before intake date. TravelBud will help arrange transportation and hotel bookings for you. You will be required to cover the costs of this.
  • Leisure activities in Johannesburg prior to starting the program.

TRAVEL INSURANCE  

  • Everyone is required to obtain travel insurance for the duration of their stay in South Africa.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the travel insurance covers health insurance as well. This should be all-inclusive, and should cover repatriation of mortal remains and general repatriation.

What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

  • 20 years of age and above
  • Completion of High School (Grade 12 or country-specific equivalent)
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Rational, compassionate, open-minded, mature, motivated and determined
  • Positive attitude (there are challenges/minor frustrations that you might need to overcome so mental strength and a positive attitude are going to be imperative)
  • Proactive nature (remember that there is a lot of important work to be done – this about meaningful interaction and contribution. Although you will be in a beautiful place, this is not a vacation)

Documentation requirements

  • Valid passport and relevant travel documents
  • Travel (and health) insurance
  • International drivers license (preferred but not compulsory)
  • Visa (No visa needed for volunteering / holiday of up to 90 days if you are from the United States, United Kingdom, Most EU countries, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Please consult the following list to double check if a visa is required for your nationality. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
  • Further information on South African visa requirements can be found here
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Yellow Fever Certificate if coming from or passing through one of these countries http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/yellowfever.htm

Volunteer Peter chats to Lesedi


Young guns set off on an after-school athletics race

When can you start your journey with the Future Volunteers Program?

Monday 5 February 2018 - Friday 2nd March 2018

First intake for the Future Volunteers Program

Tuesday 6th March 2018 - 3rd April 2018

Second in-take

How much should you budget for extra expenses during your stay?

This budget is an estimate of how much money you may need for a one month period. It is merely a guide. Ultimately, how much money you use will depend on your spending habits.

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Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

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Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

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Local lunches on weekends $8.00 x 8 days) $75.00  
Local transport (on weekends, to the nearby towns of Lebowakgomo or Masemola) $75.00
Entertainment and spending money $225.00
Miscellaneous $148.00

How do I apply to join the Future Volunteers Program?

If you have all the information you need and would like to apply, please follow this process:

Step 1: Submit an enquiry and speak to one of our experienced consultants who will guide you through the program and answer any questions you might have.

Step 2: Submit an application form with your supporting documentation and then schedule your formal interview with our consultants.

Step 3: The Future Volunteers Program team will review your application. Due to limited spaces available, a follow up interview may be required.

Step 4: You will be informed of your acceptance onto the program.

YOUR LETTER OF MOTIVATION   – FOR SUBMISSION ON APPLICATION ONLY

Kindly write a one page, word-processed letter of motivation explaining why you would like to volunteer at the Future Comprehensive School.

In your letter, please also answer the following questions:

  • What you would like to do/achieve (generally) while at FCS and why?
  • Select your top 3 volunteering tasks from the list below and why?
    • Library development, Sports development, Art development, Tutoring, Organic, small-scale farming, Eco-housing solutions
  • Approximately how long you would like to stay at FCS: 4, 6, 8 or 8+ weeks.

Meaningful interactions with dynamic students

As a volunteer in this program, you will be doing incredibly important work that will assist the growth of an energised, rapidly developing community and will help young minds to dream big and realise those dreams.

It will be challenging, but equally – if not more – rewarding.

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