THE 2018/2019 VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The Phelophepa Train of Hope in South Africa is looking for individuals who want to spend some time volunteering on these remarkable health care trains – The largest mobile hospitals in the world.

Normally the train only accepts volunteers from South Africa, but as part of a wider initiative, the train has given permission for international people to spend a week volunteering on the train.

If you are interested in this opportunity, fill in the interest form below and we’ll be in-touch with further details.

Expression of interest form

*Please Note* Filling in this form does not commit you to volunteering. We will send you some more information and you can decide from there.

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“What an impressive train. My time spent helping out there was a life changing experience”

 

| Sarah Robinson – Volunteer |

What is the volunteering trip all about?

Every year the train takes on-board 30-40 local South African volunteers to the train, but as a part of a wider initiative, this year the train has opened it’s doors up to allow international volunteers the opportunity to come spend a week on-board to help, learn and become brand ambassadors for the trains. The American Friends of The Phelophepa Train has partnered up with some corporate sponsors that together with some crowd source funding, will be able to send these volunteers on an expenses paid vacation while helping further the trains objectives.

  • Spend two (2) weeks in South Africa, on an expenses paid trip, with time spent at the train and time spent in Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city.
  • Travel costs and accommodation will be partially covered by corporate sponsorship and the other will come from a crowd funding platform. The travel includes return airfare from your country, airport transfers and b&b and hotel accommodation costs.
  • Flexible travel dates – you can determine when and how long you spend in South Africa.
  • You’ll spend up to a week on the train. This will include seeing various aspects of the train in operation, joining the outreach teams and generally helping out in the worlds largest mobile hospital.
  • The volunteering opportunity is open to all people interested in this fantastic cause. There is a minimum age limit of 18 to sign up to become a volunteer, but no maximum age limit.

Previous Volunteers

This is what previous volunteers have had to say about their trip to the trains

Sam Boyles

I had tears in my eyes from sadness and happiness. South Africa is a unique place with the poverty mixed with positivism.
I had tears in my eyes from sadness and happiness. South Africa is a unique place with the poverty mixed with positivism.

Mark Molefe

I spent 5 days at the train and can honestly say that this changed my view on what it means to be of service to people.
I spent 5 days at the train and can honestly say that this changed my view on what it means to be of service to people.

Grace Fila

I was volunteering in the eye-clinic. It felt so good knowing that I was helping people to see clearly again. I'll never forget my time here.
I was volunteering in the eye-clinic. It felt so good knowing that I was helping people to see clearly again. I'll never forget my time here.

Sarah Smith

What a fantastic opportunity. I would recommend anyone come to see this remarkable set-up. These trains are fantastic!
What a fantastic opportunity. I would recommend anyone come to see this remarkable set-up. These trains are fantastic!

ABOUT THE PHELOPHEPA TRAINS

Two unique trains that operate as mobile healthcare hospitals, bringing much needed medical and educational services to impoverished rural areas of South Africa. With over 40 permanent staff and numerous volunteers, the train is more than a mobile hospital, it provides out-reach and educational programs and has thus far reached 23.5 million people since it rolled out in 1994, which makes it the worlds biggest mobile clinic.

“There is a train eagerly awaited by everyone fortunate enough to be on the line – The Phelophepa Train. It is a powerful force for healing, change and development in the communities it touches”

– Kofi Annan –

THE TRAIN OF HOPE CLINICS


EYE
CLINIC


The Eye Care clinic consists of pre-screening areas and refraction rooms, fully equipped with phoroptors, eye test projection charts and biomicroscopes.


PHARMACY
CLINIC


Four pharmacists and their pharmacy students educate people, while the Roche-sponsored pharmacy dispenses a variety of prescriptions.


COLGATE
DENTAL CLINIC


The Dental Clinic, partially sponsored by Colgate, is equipped with six dental chairs, x-ray units and state-of-the-art dental equipment.


EDUCATIONAL
CLINIC


The EduClinic, sponsored by Canon Collins Trust, offers basic healthcare awareness education to volunteer members of the community.


ROCHE
HEALTH CLINIC


The Health Clinic, sponsored by Roche Ltd., focuses on health education, the treatment of minor diseases like diabetes and also screens for cancer.


PSYCHOLOGY
CLINIC


The Psychology Clinic offers solution-focused individual counseling as well as psycho-educational workshops. Over 440,000 have been treated.

“I met so many good people and was sure I could have so much fun while helping so many people”

 

| Pam Weller – Volunteer |

Expression of interest volunteer form

*Please Note* Filling in this form does not commit you to volunteering. We will send you some more information and you can further decide from there.

Your First Name

 

Your Last Name

 

Your Email

 
Your Title

 
You're age group

 
Gender

 

What is your area of interest