Our goal is for volunteers to serve the vision of Seed of Hope: Working Together to Build Thriving Communities. To maximize the benefits for both short-term volunteers and local South Africans, we’ve put careful thought into the way visitors engage with our work. Volunteer visitors assist us in 3 ways:
1. TRAINING AND EQUIPPING SEED OF HOPE STAFF
Individuals or groups of 1-4 people (usually 1-3 weeks) who are invited by Seed of Hope to assist with staff training and development, or helping develop other resources (grief/abuse counsellor training, video production, etc.). Because our programs are locally-led, the key contribution of these volunteers is equipping the organization with skills and tools to be more effective. We consider applicants who are experienced trainers or who bring unique technical skills and resources to meet strategic needs in the organization.
2. INTERN FOR 3-12 MONTHS
Individuals or couples who help with a specific task or function within Seed of Hope that requires specialized skills (curriculum development, social work, proposal-writing, marketing, project management, etc.). These volunteers help grow our organisational capacity and function, and are the unsung heroes supporting the work of local staff. Due to limited volunteer management time, they must be able to work semi- independently to contribute to SOH’s goals. Minimum requirements are an undergraduate degree or equivalent training, previous/ongoing relevant volunteer experience, an interview process to determine suitability and financial means to support themselves while in South Africa. A South African visa may be required.
3. LEARN AND FINANCIALLY SUPPORT
Groups of 4-8 short-term visitors (typically 2 weeks) seeking a better understanding of holistic community development and poverty alleviation. Seed of Hope seeks long-term partnerships with individuals, churches and organizations who share our vision of impacting communities through raising up local leaders. As such, we give priority to groups that make an on-going financial or material commitment to our programs. Learning through exposure to Seed of Hope’s staff and ministries, readings, discussion and other activities is a major component of the group’s time on the ground with us.
Our prayer is that after reviewing the options available through Seed of Hope and prayerfully considering whether God is stirring you to get involved, we can work together to discover how He is leading you, or your church/organization. We also trust that your time with us will spark growth and transformation in the vision you have for your own community, wherever that may be!
Please contact Gerry Provencal at Gerry.Provencal@hopeshares.ca if we can be of assistance in applying to serve at Seed of Hope and preparing you for your visit.