Tlokweng SOS Children’s village is located ~10km south east of the centre of Gaborone, capital city of the Republic of Botswana. The Project center at SOS is home to about 200 children orphaned due to circumstances and belonging to distressed back grounds. These children are given quality education and good health care at the center. Most of the food needed comes from the fruit orchards and vegetable spread of the center itself. The center houses two vocational centers where vocational training courses like welding, carpentry, sewing, cookery and home economics are offered. The process that SOS follows is based on family model. A group of such victimized children are looked after by a volunteer mother in each home at SOS. This helps them bond among the inmates and it further stimulates their emotional needs. SOS center offers Pre Schooling, Formal Schooling and Primary Schooling for free.
GWC volunteers will assist the mother volunteer and other care takers in educating the kids and provide expertise in gardening, sports, personality development, music, dance and general counseling. Volunteers being young and bubbling with innovative ideas is looked up at by these children as their role models. The bonding that develops between the volunteer and kids are so strong that it facilitates the child become a good human being, one like you. Volunteers can assist the SOS with anything that would be the need of the hour. While this turns out to be the most humble experience in life you will get to unwind by visiting tourist spots and explore the rich and exciting wild life. Most of the spots are in and around capital city of Gaborone which is just about 12 km from Tlokweng. You can visit Kgale hill, visit village Cinema to witness the ruins of colonial fort. Remember to visit St. Claire Lion Park and witness the proud Lions in its majestic surrounding. While you enjoy the beauty and culture of the land remember you as a youth has the power of change, the power combat hunger, fight diseases, enhance poor people’s living standard and add dignity to life. It is achievable, together you and GWC can make it happen!!!
The kids are taught during the day depending on their standards of learning. The centre mainly offers pre-school/kindergarten and primary schooling for free.
IMPORTANT: Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of children you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 2:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at airport in Gaborone, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation in Mochudi. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you have a choice to roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring local surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Botswana Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location of SOS (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Socio – Psychological counseling & Education) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Botswana along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
Note: For volunteers under the age of 18, you need to submit both permission letter and volunteer application signed by either of the parent or legal guardian giving you consent to volunteer.
GWS partner organization SOS will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. The accommodation is provided in their shared hostels/ houses. Hot showers facility and bathrooms/toilets with running water are available. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real Botswana’s culture.