THOMI AFRICA relies heavily on volunteers to help with many facets of our program.Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!
1. I want to volunteer at THOMI AFRICA ? What do I need to do?
- You can fill out our online applicaiton form If youre interested in becoming a volunteer, you need to fill out an application form. You can either apply volunteer online or onsite.
- For onsite volunteering you will need to attend an orientation. Orientations are normal held on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m
*Please note: volunteer orientations fill up quickly please RSVP to ensure you have a spot.
- RSVP to Cindy Deet, our Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27723553703
- Review the volunteering opportunities
- Complete an online form here
- Sign the Volunteering Agreement form here
- Some opportunities require specific qualifications. We will contact you if we need more information.
2. What should I expect at a Volunteer Orientation?
The orientation will take about an hour and a half. You will get the history of THOMI AFRICA and a tour, detailed information regarding ongoing volunteer opportunities, and an opportunity to see if we are a good fit for your schedule and interests.
3. Are there any evening and/or weekend opportunities?
The majority of our volunteer opportunities are during business hours from 8:30am-5:30pm. However, we do have specific volunteering opportunities during the weekends for workshops and seminars.
4. Are you looking for specific skills?
The majority of our volunteers are caring, supportive individuals who believe in our mission and are looking to pay it forward. There could be special requirements for specific volunteer areas, but we will inform you of those at the orientation.
5. How old do I have to be?
Generally, we ask that volunteers are 18+. We do make exceptions for students on a case by case basis. Email Michelle, email@example.com
6. I have court mandated volunteer hours I need to fill. Can I fill them at THOMI AFRICA?
This is done on a case by case basis. We may have some work for you, but do not assume you will be able to fill your hours at THOMI AFRICA. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, +27723553703
7. Do you have volunteer opportunities for groups?
We do have some opportunities for groups. Email Nathi Maunga, email@example.com
8. Does THOMI AFRICA offer internship opportunities?
- Social Work Interns: We generally work with students. If this sounds like something you are qualified for and interested in, please contact our Program Director,firstname.lastname@example.org
9.Benefits of Volunteering?
Volunteering is a great way to:
- Learn new skills and meet new people
- Fulfill other community service requirements and give back to your community
- Do your part to help empower women and girls
- . And many others!
Volunteers at THOMI AFRICA may:
- Be recognized through our e-newsletter and website
- Receive discounts on special events
- Be provided with letters of recommendation
- Receive the THOMI AFRICA volunteer e-newsletter
- Be a part of the THOMI AFRICA family!
What kinds of things would I do as a volunteer?
THOMI AFRICAs volunteer opportunities are as diverse as our programs. You can check out our current volunteer opportunities online, If you dont see a current volunteer opportunity that speaks to you, we still encourage you to apply as a volunteer to get updates on new opportunities as they arise.
Do I have to make a long-term commitment?
Some of our volunteer opportunities are one-day occurrences (like helping out during the Workshops, Seminars & Expo), while others might be for a longer amount of time (like sitting on a committee to plan a fundraiser, or volunteering part-time for several months). You can decide whats right for you.
Ive handed in my application. Now what?
Once weve received your application, you will be added to our volunteer e-newsletter, where youll be the first to know when a volunteer opportunity arises. When a volunteer opportunity arises that you are interested in, you will be contacted to set up a short interview and orientation with a staff member, and you will be asked to submit a resume. During the interview, well orient you to THOMI AFRICAs programs and activities, and see if theres a match between your interests and experience, and what opportunities are available. We will also ask you to provide us with one or two references you have worked or volunteered for. If theres a suitable opportunity, and weve contacted your references, well put you in touch with the staff member who will be supporting you during your placement. Well provide you with an Agreement that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of both you and THOMI AFRICA.
Do I have to provide a police reference check?
Only volunteers who will be working one-on-one with children (e.g. assisting with childrens programs, small girls programs) are required to provide a police reference check.
Am I guaranteed a volunteer opportunity?
Unfortunately, we cant guarantee a volunteer role for you, either immediately or in the future. If theres not a current match for your volunteering skills, youll still receive our volunteer e-newsletter so that you can be kept up to date with opportunities as they arise. Because we have more interested volunteers than opportunities, THOMI AFRICA will place the most qualified candidate in the role. THOMI AFRICA also reserves the right not to place a volunteer who is unable to either fulfill the duties as outlined in the placement agreement and/or is deemed unsuitable for the specific opportunity, even if theres not a better candidate available.
Whats involved with training?
Regardless of the nature of your volunteer position, a staff member will give you the training you need to succeed in your volunteer placement. The length and depth of the training will depend entirely on what volunteer opportunity you end up pursuing. For example, if youre interested in helping out at an event one day, we may just have you come a little early so that we can explain what your specific job for that day will be.
I dont see any current volunteer opportunities that I want to do.
No problem! It sometimes takes a while for the right volunteer opportunity to come along. Thats why well make sure to send you our volunteer e-newsletter from time to time when there are new volunteering opportunities that you might be interested in pursuing.
Who can become a volunteer?
We encourage anybody who wants to volunteer with THOMI AFRICA to fill out an application form. We do not discriminate against somebody based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or socio-economic status. We strive to support volunteers as best we can, and to place them in roles that match their abilities. Its up to the volunteers to identify whether they are capable of performing the required tasks.
Can a child, teen, and/or student volunteer?
Youth between 14 and 18 years wishing to volunteer will be placed at THOMI AFRICAs discretion, based on the potential volunteers experience, ability and the specific volunteer opportunity. As a registered charity, THOMI AFRICA is able to sign off on service hours, but students must provide the necessary paperwork. It may be possible for children under 14 years of age to volunteer alongside a parent or guardian, but this will be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the volunteering opportunity.
Can I suggest my own volunteer opportunity?
Absolutely! As a community-focused organization, we definitely like to hear from our residents. If you think that theres something we could be doing and you can help us to achieve this wed love to hear from you. Please feel free to suggest possible volunteering opportunities that you could help out with this is especially good for motivated, initiative-taking individuals.
Are there any current volunteer opportunities?
Check out our main volunteer page for the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities. Click here.