Invest in YOUR career working with children and gain valuable experience on the ground 


Do you long to give back to those most in need?

Do you also wish to gain hands on experience in an area that you have studied or been working in but want to add a new level of experiences, possibly abroad?

This is a unique opportunity to join a dedicated human rights organisation in South Africa, working with young victims of sexual abuse, local communities and educational projects to protect and care for children who have suffered or are in recovery.

Operation Bobbi Bear work with a toy teddy bear known as a ‘Bobbi Bear’ which aids the young children to communicate the nature of the abuse, crossing all language barriers and prevent secondary abuse at the point of rescue.

Operation Bobbi Bear’s success rate with prosecution of the perpetrators and providing safe homes for the abused children is testament to the organisation’s training programmes both with individuals, the community and collaboration with the criminal justice system in South Africa.



What you can expect


  • Go to emergency call-outs and support the Operation Bobbi Bear Child Safety Officers throughout the abuse cases that come in during your programme.
  • Visit local police stations, hospitals and the High Court to assist with trauma recovery and support of victims.
  • Be closely involved with the rescued children when they come to the rescue centre, and/or support on site where the case is attended too on location, this will include comforting them, counselling them and loving them, using your expereince and knowledge working in this field.
  • During your stay, you will shadow the Bobbi Bear staff and support where needed. You will give guidance, listen and learn about the differences in culture and policy.
  • You will gain insight and experience the social welfare system in South Africa.
  • You will participate in lectures at rural schools to raise awareness about sensitive issues such as HIV / AIDS, sexual abuse and sex education. 
  • Attend ‘The Tree’ and help develop outreach programmes that bring rural communities together to share stories and empower women and children. 






Friday Tree:

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What you can expect from the tailor made Volunteer Investment Programme 

You will be based in Durban, South Africa for 4 weeks at the Bobbi Bear Rescue Home and will contribute to an investment programme fee that covers all in-country associated costs and supports Bobbi Bear’s work and mission directly.

80% of the fee goes directly to Bobbi Bear to cover the cost of caring for the children, their running costs and your VIP experience.

This is a fund raising initiative for the charity on a not-for-profit basis. We offer fund raising support and encourage you to explore fun ways to take the leap from home to abroad.
Bobbi Bear Investment Programme: 

****£350 per week****

Additional weeks; after 1 month: £200 per week

Your volunteer investment includes:


Bobbi Bear is around 40 minutes drive from the Durban airport. A member of the Bobbi Bear staff will meet you off your flight.

TRAINING **plus manual** – on arrival

Mumma Thuli, a long serving member of the Bobbi Bear family will guide you through everything you need to know about working with Bobbi Bear during your stay. You will learn about the history of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, how they use ‘the bear’ and what procedures you will need to go through when a case comes into Bobbi Bear HQ.


Bobbi Bear HQ is a beautiful and very secure house. You will have your own bed, hot shower, wifi, fridge/freezer in room, air con, kitchen and tea/coffee. You will stay with other volunteers. A great way to bond and make friends.


You will be guided through every step of your VIP programme. You will be assigned a member of staff to answer any pre-trip questions and a member of the Bobbi Bear team will support you throughout your volunteer programme

Some meals are included and there is a large food market close by

You will have some time off to explore South Africa. Bobbi Bear staff are happy to arrange trips with you trips to visit a Zulu family, safari, traditional street markets, night tours etc etc


Volunteer Schedule


First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. You will be taken to your accommodation and given a meal.

Training: 2 Days
The training will begin the day after you arrive. This consists of 2 days with a Child Safety Officer, the founder of Bobbi Bear, important history, Bobbi Bear operations and current cases.
Friday: Mum’s and babies at the Illovo Tree
7.00AM – 2PM
Saturday: Children’s Day at the Illove Tree
7.00AM – 2PM
Sunday: (This could be rotated if Sunday is a required working day)
Free time
Weekdays: Volunteers work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. A typical schedule is as follows:
7.00 AM – Breakfast at the volunteer house. Debrief of current cases. Allocation of buddy/mentor for week 1 (2 weeks of shadowing if 4 week placement)
7.30 AM – Volunteers travel with their buddy for the day. Start time and daily workload depends on the project that the individual volunteer is participating on.
1.00 PM – Volunteers break for lunch. Volunteers either travel back to the volunteer house or eat a packed lunch at their placement. After lunch, volunteers continue with their volunteer work (where applicable).
3.00 PM – 4.00 PM – Work with the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to return to the volunteer house, plan for the following day’s activities or use their free time as they wish.
7.00 PM – Dinner at the volunteer house.