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Join the Philisa Abafazi Bethu - Family

The Philisa Abafazi Bethu volunteering programme is unique in that you are able to choose any combinations of the projects according to your preference – the structure of our volunteering programme caters for the needs of the community and also the volunteer will learn from the experience. Host family accommodations will be arranged and airport pickup and transport will be provided for international volunteers.


According to their interests and qualifications, volunteers can choose in which programme they want to support Philisa Abafazi Bethu. Below, you will find information about the different programmes as well as the key responsibilities: 


After School Programme:

  • Fundraising for the bi-annual children’s camp
  • Group workshops and therapy
  • Surfing and other sports
  • Arts and crafts
  • Reading, writing and mathematics tutoring
  • Excursions


Women's Support Group:

  • Legal and human rights
  • Psychosocial support and counselling
  • Workshops
  • Computer training
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Health and nutrition education
  • Parenting


Senior Programme:

  • Group work and games
  • Counselling
  • Arts and crafts
  • Excursions and wellness


Philisa Abafazi Bethu Support Programme:

  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Public relations
  • Business management


Do you want to become a PAB - volunteer? Then check out our "Philisa Abafazi Bethu Go Abroad booklet" for further information:

Info Booklet (PDF)

Info-Broschüre (PDF)

and send your

Volunteer Application Form (PDF) via Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (German Contact)

Ex- Volunteer Testimonials 

"Hello, my name is Erica Collins and I came from the US to volunteer for Philisa Abafazi. I am the single mother of a nine-year-old boy, and traveling internationally with a young child on my own has been an interesting experience. Since our arrival, however, Lucinda and the other volunteers have made us feel so at home.  Volunteering has been both a tremendous learning experience and also a fulfilling opportunity to share my passion for public health with the ladies in the women's empowerment group and the children in the after school program. The women and children have taught me a lot about myself and have caused me to introspectively reflect on various aspects of my own life. Living here within South Africa and being able to help and support such an important and much-needed organization has been a positive, life-changing experience for myself, and has also benefitted my son in so many ways."  


"My name is Laura. I already visited South Africa twice to volunteer with Philisa Abafazi Bethu. It was my main task to help with the children in the After School Programme. Together with the other team members, I did workshops on cooperation and emotions and we all together took part at a music workshop with music producers from SA in which the kids wrote a song and recorded it. Also, I visited several workshops on gender-based violence and helped with the intakes of the clients in the Emergency Safe House, where I actually stayed. In 2017, I even got the chance to spent three days at the Internationel Women's Conference in the South African Parliament in Cape Town. During my stay, Lucinda also made sure that I had time for the research for my master thesis, which I wrote about the situation of women in Cape Town. She arranged several interviews for me and helped me a lot with my research. The facilitators and volunteers of PAB are probably the most inspiring, open, warm-hearted and strongest women I have ever met and I learned a lot every day, especially about myself. I am very sad about leaving them but also very sure to come back as soon as I can."


"Hi, my name is Eleanor. I started working with Philisa Abafazi almost 7 years ago, and since then I have been back every year since! Working with the PAB team changed my life, and encouraged me to help people just as Lucinda and her team do. I will be eternally grateful to Lucinda and her team for empowering me and helping me to empower others. I now have a South African family for life. Working alongside this team is honestly the most eye opening and rewarding experience ever."