While in Cape Town, you will join forces with a team of international participants working towards addressing gender equity. You will assist with breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, by ensuring women in township and rural communities have access to equal education, public health and opportunities, through the creation of income generating initiatives.
Many girls around the world are still denied a basic education and women continue to dominate the world’s illiterate population statistics. Interning with GVI allows you to join a dedicated team of international participants assisting on women’s empowerment initiatives. In the traditional township and rural culture, gender discrimination stems from patriarchal cultural and religious beliefs. This has spilled over into the workplace, especially in senior management roles. By supporting women in society and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and public health, the whole community benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, household incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be slowly be broken.
In order to counteract this, GVI collaborates on various initiatives in local communities to help give women and girls a more equal future, including educational, public health and income generation workshops, which take place on this program.
A prominent request from the community in the past, has been for volunteer to assist with the need for basic computer skills education, coupled with sewing classes, which is why you will help to coordinate these while participating on this particular program.*Please Note: During holiday periods, all participants will join Cape Town’s school holiday program. During the school holiday period, all of GVI’s projects come together to work at a local library to provide a safe and educational space for children of all ages. Activities here possibly include a wide range, from tutoring, reading and arts & crafts, as well as sports and wellbeing. When possible to do so, the team also runs soup kitchens on the ground in the community.