STAESA is very concerned about the high rate of unemployment and poverty among the women and youth across Africa. To combat this, STAESA's Women and Youth Development programme touches lives and transforms communities in two ways – our Poverty Alleviation focus and our Small Grants programme.
The programme allows volunteers and interns to work very closely with women and youth organisations to create and develop an income generating project (micro economic venture) in the community. The aim of these projects is to alleviate poverty and to create jobs in the deprived communities - to formulate ideas that will help both the youth and women physically, spiritually and economically to enable them to break the cycle of poverty.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on the existing projects in the communities and to be involved in fund raising activities. Some of these projects might require a volunteer to teach the groups basic and conversational English, basic proposal writing and marketing and advertising strategies. At the end of the training programme, STAESA gives small grants to the trainees so they are able to start their own business. Other activities include candle making, tie dye, batik making, dress making, farming, soap making, computer literacy and much more. The project allows volunteers to be immersed quickly into the culture of the people.
Social Programme - social development programmes for the youth and women in the areas of career development, family planning and health familiarity. We introduce programmes that fight against physical and sexual abuse, harassment, alcohol and drug abuse and promote suicide prevention. Volunteers will also help in teaching how to manage the accounting and bookkeeping practices and educate the youth and women on basic bookkeeping.
Economic Programme- Volunteers will work to develop programmes focused on gay youth and women in the communities. Tasks might include grant writing, fund raising activities to support the capital base of the project, conducting regular marketing initiatives throughout your stay to expose and attract the products from the youth and women projects to both local and international market, lead women/youth workshops on issues related to health, relationship, art and business.
School Programme - The programme is about providing extra support and guidance in a self-contained special needs classrooms for K-6, supporting the head teacher in daily class lessons as well as curriculum development, providing special one on one support and guidance to an autistic students with extra special needs.
Your application is read thoroughly by your country coordinator. We encourage everyone to apply since our infrastructure can handle many more participants. We want more people to walk away with a great African experience, so we look forward to reading all your applications.
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If we accept your application, you will be notified via email and will be asked to pay the $75 processing fee as soon as possible to ensure that we can reserve your placement. The deposit is not part of your programme fee. The entire programme fee should be paid before your arrival in Africa. Our preferred method of payment is wire transfer to our bank account in South Africa.