Choosing the right partner for organising your sabbatical, volunteer or internship placement in South Africa is surely not easy.
We have put together 10 reasons why you should choose live&learn:
We have been living and working in South Africa for over 20 years, have travelled the country extensively and are very familiar with the social and political developments in the country. We have specialised in arranging volunteer work, internships, sabbaticals, language courses and travel in South Africa. As true South Africa experts, we are the right people to help you have an unforgettable South African experience.
Already before your formal enrolment, we check together with you which projects best fit your qualifications, experience, wishes and expectations and advise you on how to make your dream of a stay abroad in South Africa come true. To ensure individual support, we limit the number of participants per year in our programmes.
Nachdem du dich für dein Wunschprojekt entschieden hast, kümmern wir uns für dich um die Vertragsabwicklung mit dem Arbeitgeber sowie um weitere mögliche Formalitäten, wie zum Beispiel den Freiwilligen- oder Praktikumsvertrag sowie die Bestätigungsschreiben für den Visums-, Stipendium- oder Kindergeldantrag.
We will help you with your visa application, advise you on the necessary insurances and vaccinations, cheap flights and local payments. We will also help you find suitable accommodation if it not supplied by project partner. If you are planning to take a language course or travel around South Africa during your stay, we will also help you with that. We will also provide you with an individual information package and a Cape Town guide with valuable insider tips for your time in South Africa.
Before making your final decision to work in a project, you can contact former live&learn participants to exchange their experiences in your desired project. Even before you leave for South Africa, you have the opportunity to contact other live&learn participants and plan joint activities.
Depending on the location of the placement, the live&learn team will meet you personally at the airport or organise the airport transfer for you. We will take you to your accommodation, familiarise you with your new surroundings and take care of your first shopping and cash withdrawal. The 1-day live&learn introductory programme with a comprehensive city tour also gives you an overview of Cape Town's tourist attractions and introduces you to current social and political issues in Cape Town.
With our office in Cape Town, we are available to answer any questions you may have throughout your time in South Africa. This allows us to react quickly to any problems. Regular social events, such as the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market in Muizenberg, also give you the opportunity to share your experiences with other participants and clarify any questions you may have.
We will already provide you with detailed cost overviews during the first contact, which will transparently show you the costs for programme fees, flight, insurance, accommodation and meals in the various projects. We are also happy to advise you on financing options for your stay and support you in compiling your documents for scholarship applications or approaching sponsors.
Quality control is a very important for us. In this context, detailed examination of qualifications, expectations and needs of participants and project partners prove to be the key to success for high-quality voluntary service and internship placements. Long-term cooperation with our project partners, the provision of comprehensive information about our projects and regular evaluation of experiences are also central to our quality management system.
The main focus of our project partners in the social sector is on the implementation of human rights, especially in the areas of education and health. Our projects in the field of nature and animal conservation are committed to the sustainable protection of South Africa's unique flora and fauna in a variety of ways. All wildlife conservation projects adhere to the ``Hands Off Policy`` to ensure that wildlife is kept in a species-appropriate manner, i.e. neither volunteers nor visitors to the projects are allowed to touch or stroke wildlife.