So you’re thinking of volunteering in South Africa at Nkosi’s Haven? That’s great news! This project offers a number of programmes: Performing Arts, Childcare and Business Management. It’s very much an opportunity to use your specific skills to help the local community.
However, as you’re going into the unknown, there’s bound to be some anxiety! At Volunteer Invest, our team is very much happy to answers any questions you have (do let us know!). But who better to tell you about the experience of volunteering at Nkosi’s Haven, than the very people who have been and done it!
So below, here are some testimonials where volunteers talk about their experience of volunteering at Nkosi’s Haven firsthand:
“Nkosi’s Haven is more than just space that provides holistic care and support for HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans. Interning from Toronto, Canada here back in 2011, allowed me to discover the stories and overwhelming warmth held here in Johannesburg. Nkosi’s truly became a home to me and really ignited my passion in HIV/AIDS and PMTCT research. It is now 2017 and I continuously return to Joburg and visit the Haven. I am currently completing my PhD here and now live and work in SA. I can honestly look back and say that Nkosi’s Haven and mentor Gail Johnson both hold a special place in my heart and has paved my path in research. I admire the hard work of Gail Johnson and Nkosi’s Haven, words cannot express my gratitude and love for their continuous support and guidance. The passion and dedication over the countless number of years to the HIV/AIDS field really has allowed me to discover my own. To the staff and residents at the Haven thank you for making each day entertaining and motivational in Johannesburg, South Africa.” – Melanie
“A team of 18 Volunteer Artists recently wrapped up artsINSIDEOUT, which took place at Nkosi’s Haven for two weeks. In addition to the traditional visual art, storytelling, music, and dance workshops offered, this two-week arts camp offered an engaging stagecraft class! The programme culminated in a final performance in Johannesburg for the entire community — it was an inspiring evening for everyone who participated.The theme for camp this year was “Zazise!,” a Zulu expression that means “introduce yourself.” For a chance to see the show, check out the video below”
Other visitors to Nkosi’s Haven have been;
Actor, Antonio Banderas ‘Very emotive visit to Nkosi’s Haven AIDS Children’s Orphanage. Goosbumps after the experience, the happiness and the work that is done there. Philanthropy is a privilege that we wish to express through. I feel really blessed.’ Watch his video compilation here
Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson
Artist, Pearl Thusi
Actress and Model, Alexandra Daddario
Actor, Scott Wolf