SAVE Foundation is committed to providing responsible and sustainable volunteering opportunities. We believe that responsible volunteer practices are paramount to any high-quality international volunteer organization. SAVE differs from other non-profit organizations because of the way that we work to create self-sufficient and thriving communities. Each project goes through a rigorous assessment in conjunction with local authorities on the matter to identify the needs of the particular community and/or school and how SAVE can best assist them to achieve their goals. SAVE aims to do more than provide Band-Aid solutions to larger issues, but instead, work alongside locals to assist with development that will continue to positively impact the community throughout generations.
SAVE Foundation provides responsible volunteering opportunities by ensuring that:
- Volunteers do not replace paid employment opportunities for local people
- Volunteers work alongside local staff to assist them with day-to-day operation and the implementation of improvements
- The goal of each project is to create a self-sufficient and locally run program
- Ex. We assist schools to achieve a high level of education and operation to obtain official school registration.
- Once a program/school is successfully up and running, we identify a new program in need of our assistance and leave the local staff to run the operation on their own
- Volunteers receive training upon their arrival to provide the best assistance possible within their specific placement
- SAVE regularly collects feedback from volunteers and local project staff
- SAVE evaluates programs on an ongoing basis
- Assess both needs for improvement/assistance and areas of growth
- SAVE does not use “stereotypical” aid images in our marketing campaigns to garner attitudes of pity or victimization amongst the individuals that we work with
- The images and film that SAVE disseminates simply depicts the activities and projects in which volunteers participate
- We encourage the dissemination of resources and education, rather than simply donating funds and goods
- Our aim is to contribute to the self-sufficiency of struggling communities by teaching valuable skills and educating the citizens to empower themselves
- We do not promote the idea that these individuals are simply beneficiaries of charity.
Furthermore, SAVE takes a developmental approach to poverty reduction by working with communities in need at all stages of life, from education and care in preschools to empowerment through business and skills development for adults. We believe that it is not enough to simply work with a single sector of the community; it must be a holistic approach that will promote a change in the cycle of poverty.
SAVE Foundation is committed to providing ethical volunteering opportunities with African wildlife. Our wildlife projects focus on conservation and rehabilitation of endangered, injured, and abandoned animals. SAVE also strives to educate volunteers about the various species that we support. All interactions with the animals are in a safe and respectful manner with constant supervision from a professional.
SAVE provides responsible volunteering opportunities with wildlife by ensuring that:
- We do not treat animals as a tourist attraction; no animals are trained to perform in front of an audience
- We only support breeding at projects that are specifically designed for re-population purposes of endangered species
- The animals at our projects receive professional and attentive veterinary and handling care
- SAVE aims to release all animals back into the wild that is capable of doing so
- The projects act as a safe haven for orphaned, injured, and traumatized animals
- Each enclosure provides adequate space for the animals to roam freely
- Volunteers work closely with researchers and project staff to enhance their knowledge about the wildlife
- We provide a Pre-Vet project that is geared towards individuals with an interest in the professional fields of veterinary science, animal welfare, and animal management; thus, contributing to the future of animal conservation and protection through the addition of further professionals
With the help of volunteers we have:
- Built and started six pre-schools for 250 children a year
- Started four vegetable gardens
- Started a computer school with computers donated from volunteers
- Taught 200 children to swim and 60 children to surf
- Taught computer literacy to 600 children
- Run many uplifting events such as Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts, cooking competitions and youth days as well as hosted our annual surfing competition and beach fun day
- Assisted in school classrooms and crèches