Volunteer with us today!

With our award-winning programmes and youth-focused health service delivery models, WhizzKids United is distinguished as a leader in building life skills through the power of sports. However, in order to maintain our progress, it is pivotal that we enlist the best volunteers to join our team and help us make a difference! That is why we need you!

Volunteer with us today and we guarantee that you will do more than add another stamp to your passport. You will become a vital part of a community constantly striving to improve. You will have the opportunity to bring football to life and shape the feet that will lead the future, and in doing so, you will also help to raise the standard for the use of sport as a tool for youth education, health and development.

You will have the chance to get involved in a number of different ways and take on a wide gamut of responsibilities. You could help spread the word about our work, train our life skills trainers and more. The opportunities are endless.

So if you are ready to join our team here in South Africa, and to help us continue to provide excellent youth-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support, please check our vacancies or contact Stefan Kunze for further information.

You can also download our volunteer application form (MS Word, 310kb) and email it to volunteering@whizzkidsunited.org

This is what former Volunteers say..

Mary Carmody

I had the opportunity to volunteer with WhizzKids in South Africa in 2012. Originally I'd committed to a 4-month term, but after just a week of learning of WKU, seeing the need and impact the work had, and meeting some of the South African kids, I knew 4-months would not be enough and nor was 6! It was incredible to see the heart and energy behind WKU and the daily impact they make in South African kids and families. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime being part of it. I'm excited to see the long term success of the programme!

Oli Walsh

My eighteen months at WhizzKids United was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding times in my life. From the first day, the whole team makes volunteers very welcome and the mixture of South African and international staff work well together.

Being there over the World Cup was a once in a lifetime, helping to organise holiday camps, taking programme graduates to games and feeling the buzz in the country, as well as dancing to Shakira’s Waka Waka every day, was something I had never experienced before and hope that the momentum that built during the tournament has not disappeared and will help affect long term change.

Daniel Schoeberl

For me the internship was a wonderful experience with plenty of amazing moments, i.e. the WKU tournaments, living at 313, our daily crossbar challenge, working in townships, spending time with amazing kids, the opening of the Health Academy and so on. Despite all that there were a couple of sad moments as well, mainly caused by HIV.

I'll never forget the smile of the kids from the townships Umlazi and Lamontville while we were taking them to some football games at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Nadine Fischer

I came to WhizzKids United in 2008 with only little knowledge of South Africa and its people. I was a student of sports, media and communication and wanted to use my just gained skills to help raise funds for a good cause. Looking back I am afraid I got more out of this than I was able to give. South Africa, WhizzKids United and all the people I met and worked with - especially Marcus - opened my mind in more ways than I ever expected. The greatest lesson I learned? We all have our obstacles, we all face fear and threat, we all carry our prejudices and stereotypes, but sometimes it can be so easy to overcome all this for a moment just by sharing something everyone enjoys – like playing a good game of football.

Some key things you need to know about volunteering

Where can I volunteer?

Our volunteers are based in either Durban or Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. All volunteers will spend some time in the office and some time in the field. It varies a little depending on your specific role. We ensure that everyone gets enough opportunities to directly interact with the kids and make many memorable experiences.

When can I start?

We accept volunteers all year round for a recommended stay of six months. From experience this length of time has been the most rewarding for everybody. We are aware that you may have obligations back home and limited resources, thus we try to be as flexible as possible, however, we expect the same from you. Allow at least three months of preparation time before you plan to arrive and commence your life-changing experience in South Africa.

What can I do?

There are plenty of opportunities! Programme Coordination, Football Coaching, Monitoring & Evaluation, Fundraising, Marketing and so much more. Tell us what you'd like, where your experience lies and we will see how we can accommodate you. We especially appreciate volunteers who can be flexible and show interest in leaving their comfort zones to make this experience a huge success.

How do I apply?

Send us an email and tell us who you are, why you want to volunteer, what you want to do and for how long you can come. We will then send you a comprehensive application form to be filled out before inviting you for a Skype interview.
Any more questions? Download our Volunteer Information (4 MB) or send us an email to volunteering@whizzkidsunited.org.
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