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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


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, I am Amelie and I'm from Germany. After I finished my bachelor I wanted to spend some time abroad to experience a new life style and culture. Also, I wanted to work with disadvantaged children and women, as this is a field that I have always been interested in. I did a little research on the internet and found Lucinda's project. 

During my time with Philisa Abafazi Bethu, I gained valuable experiences. I was welcomed like a family member and from the beginning Lucinda gave me a lot of responsibility. Because of that, I did not only feel like a "normal" volunteer. PAB showed me the real world of South Africa and I got to know its cultural diversity as well as unspoken rules and inofficial procedures which I never would have discovered without it. 

And I learned a lot about myself and about my life back in Germany. I will never forget my time with PAB and I am so happy to have been part of the PAB - Family!" 




"Hi, my name is Ira. I am 19 years old and I'm from Germany. Before I came to South Africa, I graduated from High School and did not know where my future would lead me. So I decided to go and volunteer at Philisa Abafazi Bethu. Luckily enough, I got the chance to become part of the PAB - Family for two months. Thanks to Lucinda, I stayed with the most caring host family where I felt like at home from the very first day until the end of my stay. I especially liked working with the children in the After School Programme and the whole PAB - Family really touched my heart." 


"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."  



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"My name is Laura and I'm from Germany. When I first visited South Africa in 2015, I watched a few documentaries about South Africa's past and present and began to read about the situation of women in Cape Town. In one of the documentaries I saw an interview with Lucinda Evans and was truly impressed by the passionate way she talks about her work in Lavender Hill. And when I then bought a book about 13 storytellers from Cape Town, I found that Lucinda was one of the storytellers... I felt as if someone was actually pushing me into her direction and so I contacted her to meet and find out more about her NGO. And only a few months later I became part of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu family :)

Since then, I have been back every year for at least three months to volunteer. As I studied to become a teacher in Germany, I mostly help with the children in the After School Programme. Together with the other team members, I do workshops on cooperation and emotions and in 2016, we all together took part at a music workshop with music producers from SA in which the kids wrote a song and recorded it. This was really a great experience!

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. Furthermore, I went to support our clients at court and supported PAB in a lot of demonstrations. 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 in 2016, 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. Working with the Philisa Abafazi Bethu team helped me to find out who I am and who I actually want to be. They really became my second family and although I am always very sad about leaving them, I also know that I will always come back."




"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."



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"Hi, my name is Anna and I'm from Denmark. I went to South Africa to volunteer for Philisa Abafazi and it turned out to be the best decision I've ever made. I was there for 3 months and I worked alot with the children in the chrildrens programme and it taught me a lot about the problems in Lavender Hill (where Philisa Abafazi is based), but also a lot about myself. When the 3 months were over I was not ready to leave this place, but I had to continue my travels which took me to Tanzania. After a month there I realised I missed South Africa and Philisa Abafazi so much that I had to go back. So after a couple of emails I was on the plane on my way 'home' to South Africa. This time I ended up staying for 4 months with Philisa Abafazi.

I really enjoy working with Philisa abafazi and see the difference the work does to the community. Its amazing to be a part of it. Especially because the staff and director of Philisa Abafazi gives you a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do and where your skills would help the most. And in Philisa Abafazi there is space for everyone and there special talents. Do you know something about social work, computer, farming, sports, psychology or business? Then Philisa Abafazi is the right place to volunteer. When you volunteer with Philisa Abafazi you stay with a host family and I believe that is the best way to really experience a new country and culture. My host family became my real family and while being home, I think of them every day. Philisa Abafazi chooses the host families which means you are placed in a 100% safe environment. I learned a lot from my host family and their children became my sister and brother - especially after the sibling fights we had with each other :) After 7 months working with Philisa Abafazi I returned to Denmark and it took me a long time getting used to being home. I missed South Africa, I missed Philisa Abafazi, I missed the work and I missed my south african life in general - so I decided to go back.

Philisa Abafazi gave me all I was looking for in volunteering for an community based organisation. I had responsibilities and I felt like a was a part of the team and not just a volunteer. Some of my highlights of my stay were doing the childrens programme, walking through the township only meeting smiling faces and warm people, participating in the struggles and seeing how government doenst really seems to care about the people living in rough conditions, playing vollyball with the children, hearing my name in the streets and seeing people wave at me. I loved every bit of the work, and I havent had another job where I every morning was looking forward going to work. The Philisa Abafazi staff is truely amazing people who sacrifices their own time to give it to the community. I learned a lot from the staff there and they became my best friends. They also gave me good ideas of what to see in my free time and all the things I had to do while being in South Africa. I have the greatest respect for the women there and the director who are all working really hard to give the people of Lavender Hill a better life. I haven't met people with such a dedication and passion before, it is amazing - and infectious :) I wont hesitate recommending Philisa Abafazi to everyone who wants to volunteer where the need is big and the help is truely appreciated. Its hard work, but the smiles on the childrens faces are worth it all. When the women hugs you when they see you and the elderly women says; 'God Bless you' whenever they see you, then you know you are volunteering the right place. South Africa and Philisa Abafazi is no long just a country and an organisation to me, now its my home and my family.

Please don't hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions or comments: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Anna Jensen"


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