Community Volunteer Coordinator - South Africa

GVI - Field, ON (30+ days ago)

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Start Date: March 2020

Length of Contract: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

About the Role:
As a GVI Volunteer Coordinator in Gordon's Bay you will be living on base in a communal setting, running a variety of community-based programs, such as women’s empowerment, sports, teaching and childcare and develop your volunteer management skills. You will be working in a rich cultural environment and be part of making a long-term sustainable impact within communities in South Africa.

The role entails assisting with daily operations of the projects, base and volunteer management. As a coordinator you will be responsible for overseeing the volunteers, making sure they are receiving the highest standard of training and enjoying the experience of project life. This role is ideally suited to someone who is passionate about education and community empowerment, and looking to grow their skill set and experience in exchange for all food and accommodation.


What does the life of a Community Volunteer Coordinator look like?

Day to day running of our community projects
Supporting the base managers in making sure programs are run to a high standard
Maintaining good relationships with project partners and volunteers
Assisting and actively contributing to project development
Completing necessary administration tasks to help ensure the smooth running of the projects and base, including gathering data to help monitor project impact and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
Delivering presentations and training to volunteers and members of the community
Providing daily support to volunteers, by being an enthusiastic role model and providing guidance and mentorship during their stay
Coordinating volunteer activities such as social nights or cultural reflection activities
Attending weekly staff meetings as an integral member of the team
Carrying out additional duties at the request of the base managers
Supporting base management by ensuring that base duties are carried out, hygiene standards are maintained, GVI’s high health and safety standards are met
Being flexible and open to working on a variety of projects and working evenings and weekends where necessary


There are no specific qualifications that we require for this role, see desired experience below.


GVI is a multi-award winning social enterprise on a mission to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference. We run sustainable development programs in 13+ countries worldwide, all of which are aligned to the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Above all else, we want people to join us who are aligned with our vision of making a lasting positive impact on the world! Further to that, the competencies that would ensure you're a good fit for the Volunteer Coordinator position at GVI are:

Drive and enthusiasm to develop yourself and motivate others
Hardworking, with the ability to show and use initiative
Flexible, open-minded and adaptable


The below experience would make you a very good fit for this position, however it is not required and if you share our passion we still want to hear from you!

Previous volunteering experience
Experience living in a communal setting
Group management experience
Experience living in a foreign country or a remote location
Teaching experience

Reports to: Program Manager

Contact name: GVI People Team