While volunteers from outside South Africa have played an important role, our aim is to help build an empowered local community, transformed by the people who live there. Local people have the most at stake and the most to contribute in bringing about social change in their communities. They live and cope with the challenges, and have the time and relationships that are essential to true development.
Real transformation is a long-term process of empowering leaders. Local people, equipped to be leaders, use their knowledge and relationships to positively affect their communities in ways that outsiders could not. We don’t want to weaken local initiative and create dependency on outsiders, or have visitors do for people what they can do themselves.
Community development is hard work that requires cultural insight, resilience and flexibility, along with some helpful skills. It’s not easy to affect deep-rooted local issues as a short-term volunteer. It takes time to develop an understanding and relevant skills to make a difference.
Volunteering in Canada
As we work to raise awareness and vital support for Seed of Hope in South Africa, there are a number of volunteers opportunities available here in Canada. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with our Marketing and Fundraising teams or other team members, please contact Naomi Provencal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering with Partner Organizations
If you would like to volunteer with one of our partner organizations, please click one of the following links.