Say Yes, to go on a community service exchange programme

Diga sim, e participe em um programma de intercāmbio de serviços communitario

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Applicants for participation in sayXchange must be South African, Malawian or Mozambican citizens between 18 and 25 years old who are currently resident in their home country. Applicants may be male or female and must already have completed their secondary schooling. Applicants may be tertiary students or have completed a tertiary qualification. Ideally, they are or have been volunteers in their community and should demonstrate potential leadership abilities. Applicants must have a valid passport or have applied for a passport by the time of applying to participate in sayXchange.

Participants will be selected through a process of personal, group and home interviews.

Only a limited number of places are available in the programme each year. Applications from some suitable candidates who fulfil all the criteria may therefore not be successful the first time you apply.

How long will the exchange last?

The actual exchange placement will last five months between July and December. However, in addition to the interview and selection process that will begin in April, there will be orientation sessions for successful applicants both before and after the five month exchange. The orientation sessions are compulsory for all successful applicants.

What participant's costs will sayXchange pay for?

The following costs will be covered by the sayXchange once you have been accepted as a participant in the programme:

  • Domestic and international travel required for participation in the programme
  • Placement in a community service project
  • Visa costs
  • Accommodation with host families or within the project with which you will be based
  • Meals
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Medical insurance
  • Four orientation sessions: two before the start of the programme and two at the end of the project
  • 40 hours of language classes in Portuguese or English

More about volunteering

Volunteerism is present in most communities. However, it is generally undervalued. There are several benefits that arise from volunteering that can have a positive impact on regional policies aimed at overcoming poverty:

  • The social benefits of volunteerism: Volunteering helps in building more cohesive communities and it fosters empowerment among the young people and the underprivileged. It also encourages greater trust between citizens and it develops norms of solidarity and reciprocity that are essential for the stability of communities
  • The economic benefits of volunteerism: Volunteerism adds to the overall economic output of a country.
  • The personal benefits of volunteerism: Volunteerism is an activity that is considered altruistic. Not only does it improve the volunteer’s quality of life, but those who volunteer gain knowledge, skills, experiences, and new social relationships that are essential for personal development.

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