BetterSA

With a hop on hop off bus service and great volunteering opportunities, giving a helping hand has never been easier, thanks to Better SA and MySchool. 

Making it as easy as possible for South Africans to volunteer their time and skill, MySchool and Better SA have teamed up to drive a very special initiative.  Described by SA media as ‘The Uber of volunteering’, Better SAs Hop on Hop off bus service takes the hassle out of volunteering.  Free of charge and fully facilitated, volunteers are able to make the biggest impact in the time they have available. 

The sponsorship of a MySchool Volunteer Bus will allow 680 supporters to help change lives from needy communities in Soweto, Alexandra and Thembisa to name a few. The only requirement from the volunteer is that they book a spot on our bus, arrive and hop on. Better SA does the rest.

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How Do I Volunteer?

To volunteer, log onto www.bettersa.org, choose from our upcoming calendar of MySchool events and then complete the booking form. Then simply arrive at one of our bus hubs and hop on.

The Hop on Hop off volunteer bus service runs every Saturday morning, between 8am and 12pm from the following hubs: 

· From Illovo heading into Alexandra and surrounds 

· From Broadacres heading into Diepsloot 

· From Roodepoort heading into Soweto 

· From Midrand heading into Olievenhoutbosch 

When you arrive at our hubs, you’ll be greeted by Better SA team leaders who will brief you on the community, the organisation being visited and the volunteer activity. Once you get there, you’ll be given a step by step guide on how to complete the activity and all the supplies needed. Volunteers spend 90 minutes at the organisation before boarding the bus and heading back to their cars. It simply doesn’t get easier than that.

Volunteer activities include: teaching computer skills, playing educational games, typing up hand written CVs for the unemployed, visiting the elderly, painting inspirational murals, environmental clean ups, making sleeping bags for the homeless and so much more.

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Where will we be volunteering?

The Boys and Girls Club of SA – running numeracy and literacy activities and games with 10 – 15 year old school going youths.

The Smile Foundation – visiting sick children who have been in hospital for quite some time and are in desperate need of stimulation and entertainment.

Park Care home for the aged and disabled – visiting elderly residents and giving manicures and hand massages, playing cards, going for a walk in the grounds or just talking.

TLC Children’s home – spending time cuddling babies, sorting donations, assisting with food preparation and playing games with toddlers.

Marang House – Playing educational games with young kids with illnesses who have all fallen behind in their education due to being in hospital, home sick etc.

Husky Rescue – spending the morning grooming and playing with beautiful Huskies. Helping clean their runs and filling their paddling pools.

 

MySchool and Better SA are always adding new beneficiaries and activities to the event calendar, so keep checking the schedule for new volunteering opportunities.