Rural Healthcare & HIV/AIDS Awareness in South Africa | Smaller Earth UK


FROM £874 / 2 WEEKS
£100 deposit

Perfect for anyone with a specific interest in clinical practice or medicine, this programme offers you the opportunity to provide life-changing medical attention and education to the community of St Lucia, South Africa. 

When arriving into the community you will be welcomed with open arms into the Zulu culture. With your efforts, knowledge, and experience you will enrich and impact the lives of many people. 

Situated around the beautiful area of St Lucia are medical providers who look after the local villages. Unfortunately, the medical team have little time, money, and resources to help care for the thousands of people that live around them. With your help you can become part of a project which educates and saves lives on a daily basis. 

We offer you the opportunity to become involved at the grass roots level by assisting care givers to offer medical treatment and care, provide people with advice on health matters and helping them build a better life in their homes. With HIV/AIDS being such an impact on the communities, raising awareness and educating people on this virus to people young and old is also an important part of this project. This project with its variety and direct positive impact on individuals and families really is an unforgettable and life changing experience.


Spend your time helping the local people in the St. Lucia area of South Africa. As a volunteer you will provide direct assistance on home based care visits and help to educate and support people to live a healthier lifestyle. Volunteers help at the local clinic by taking the blood pressure, weight, and temperature of hundreds of patients. This project has succeeded in refurbishing community buildings in desperate need of repair including the local clinic, houses of poorer families in the villages, and helping build a place for orphans to live. You will be working alongside the team on the ground, where you can help run a weekly education class which helps raise the awareness of the HIV/AIDS virus. 

The projects and placements will depend on your previous experience, and where you will bring the greatest impact to those in need of your help. 


Location & Accommodation

The project is based in St. Lucia, a safe and charismatic town within walking distance of the beach on the North East Coast of South Africa. During your placement, you will stay at the project house situated in the middle of St. Lucia, which is a fully furnished with a large lounge, satellite television, barbecue area, and garden. The house is staffed with a full time cook, laundry/cleaning staff and a maintenance person. You will be sharing a bedroom with one to five people.

Age & Required Experience

Minimum age 18 years old, but there is no upper age limit. For this project, no specific experience is required, although any medical or pharmaceutical training/experience would be useful. An interest in medicine or caring for others and a first aid certificate are encouraged. Some prior reading on HIV is highly recommended to get the most from your time on this project.


What's Included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation programme upon arrival 
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay
  • Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (except Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes)
  • Laundry service during your stay
  • Assistance at your projects by experienced staff and volunteer coordinators

What's Not Included?

  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement, which must include cover for evacuation and repatriation
  • Flights
  • All items of a personal nature
  • E-mail / Internet and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks, wines and spirits
  • All visas for border crossings
  • Any excursions over-and-above your planned itinerary in St. Lucia

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