Here are the answers to some questions concerning volunteering for AFS Interculture South Africa. Please contact us if any other questions arise about volunteering with AFS.
Volunteers are not required to speak a foreign language, although it can be a great way to learn or brush up! But also keep in mind that AFS participants come to South Africa to learn and improve their abilities in a foreign language.
There is no set requirement for how much time you give AFS. Some volunteers choose to focus their work on a single activity within their community. AFS welcomes your support and respects your availability.
There are many ways you can help AFS with your volunteer time. AFS volunteers on a local level help coordinate recruitment, selection, placement, preperation, and support activities for AFS participants and host families. Volunteers also help with fundraising and volunteer training and development. Local volunteers also arrange various AFS social activities and events.
A chapter is a group of volunteers in a community. There are AFS volunteers living in many parts of South Africa- some contribute as individuals, and others have joined a chapter in their area. Chapters perform many functions related to the programmes, such as counseling and orientations, but they also provide an environment, which enables volunteers to socialise and meet new people. Generally, the volunteers in a chapter would meet monthly.
One of the powers of the chapter is to guide AFS by electing fellow volunteers to the national board.
Cape Town North
Cape Town South
You can create a chapter in your area! Being an official chapter with AFS means that you have moral and financial support to run AFS activities.
The following are the criteria to form a chapter:
All people are invited to start chapters. There is no special qualification required. If you gather a group of interested people we will help you do the rest.
You must have a group of five or more willing volunteers
Be prepared to open a chapter bank account with two signatories
At least one member should have the ability to be contacted by fax, phone and/or email
You will be given a manual explaining AFS policy and procedure
Have received or arranged to receiv training on the role of the chapter, responsibilities and risk management issues
Have received or arranged to receive contact person training
Must agree to submit monthly chapter meeting minutes
Must send contact person reports to the national office monthly (can be included in chapter meeting minutes)
Must agree to abide by the rules set out by AFS Interculture South Africa and try at all times to maintain AFS quality standard