St Lucia  St Lucia Orphan Day Care & HIV/AIDS Education

St. Lucia is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a beautiful area that was declared as South Africa’s first Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and which is called by many “Africa’s premier bush-and-beach destination”. Encompassing almost half a million acres, it is a stunning and ecologically diverse area, where five different eco-systems join, and where you find savannahs, wetlands, swamps, beaches, and a great wealth of wildlife. The area is home to the Zulu tribe; a group of people with a very lively and colourful culture. It is within this impressive setting that we offer you the opportunity to photograph the phenomenal wildlife in the area, and to help raise awareness in the local community about the importance of conservation.

St Lucia

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2 Weeks


St. Lucia, North East Coast of South Africa. A comfortable and charismatic town within walking distance of the beach


Age Limit: Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health

Required Experience: For this project, no specific experience is required



* Educate and play with small children some of whom have lost their parents as a result of AIDS

* Help raise awareness on preventing the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the local community

* Help build, refurbish and paint important community building e.g. schools, day care centres

* Immerse yourself in the local Zulu culture

* Make friends for life

Start Date

Please, contact us for further details.


Starting from:
2 weeks
Until 12 Weeks, please contact us for further information

Working Hours

Working hours: 8:00am – 14:30pm (lunch break 12:30-14:00)


Project Cost Includes:

* The project fee entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. Day Care Centre lessons, building and farming materials

* Transport between Richards Bay Airport and St. Lucia

* Orientation programme

* All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay

* Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (except Sundays)

* Laundry service during your stay

* Assistance at your projects by African Impact staff and volunteer coordinators

* Any visits to other African Impact programmes based in St. Lucia

Project Cost Excludes:

* Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement, which must include cover for evacuation and repatriation

* All transport by air or bus to Richards Bay

* All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)

* E-mail / Internet and telephone calls

* Soft drinks, wines and spirits

* All visas for border crossings

* Any excursions over-and-above your planned itinerary in St. Lucia (see below for more information on some of the great travel options available in and around the area you will be staying)


In St. Lucia’s local community, many myths about HIV/AIDS still prevail. A large percentage of local South Africans believe that the virus is a result of witchcraft, and people infected with it are often rejected from their own communities and families. As a result, many people who are infected do not admit to having the virus. Not many people know how to prevent infection, and even fewer people know how to deal with the virus once they have it.

Working together with our Volunteer Coordinator with experience in teaching this subject you will be involved in teaching adults and children about the virus. During your placement, you will visit both schools and community centres, and do the following:

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