Skills Development


An entrepreneurial skills hub set in one of the poorest parts of the city. We provide skills that enable previously disadvantaged and unskilled South Africans to become entrepreneurs, creating opportunities for themselves and growing our economy. They can then learn essential skills that make it possible to start a small business from home which means when the children return home from school, they can help with homework and keep them safe, away from the street gangs and drug lords.

High level skills as well as creativity, innovation and competition will not only promote higher growth in our economy but also create inclusive growth which will help reduce the poverty levels and curb the inequality of the city.

Business and life skills are woven into each and every course. The computer skills are aimed at those who have attended school and would like to get a real job.

Some of the skills we facilitate:

  • Sewing & Embroidery
  • Quilting
  • Soap making
  • Candle making
  • Jewellery making
  • Sandblasting
  • Screen Printing
  • Knitting
  • Bead, tin and wire work
  • Catering
  • Woodwork
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer Repair
  • Sustainable Vegetable Growing
  • Creating saleable goods from recycling
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
What's included: Airport Transfers
Johannesburg Orientation
All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program Appointed Supervisor for duration of program Accommodation.
Two meals a day - Breakfast and Dinner.
Donation to the Volunteer Project, to assist in their funding. A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system.
Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social) Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purpose. Three-day Johannesburg Orientation; (Included) Accommodation for 3 nights in the best backpackers in town.
Two meals per day.
Day 1:
Full day walking tour of Joburg (including a choice of museums) Discover this rich and textured city; take in the history of the last 200 years Fascinating Joburg is an immigrant town; get to know the different African cultures, the hospitable and colourful people of this continent. Their craft and treasures are a delight. Movies, music and the like can be arranged for the evenings.

Day 2:
Saturday Transfer to Soweto 20kM from Joburg.
Cycle, walk, or ride… whatever you fancy. This tour will open your mind about township living.
The struggle for our rainbow nation started in Soweto and Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Laureates lived – Tata Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Try ShisaNyama (barbequed meat), Makwenya (doughnut) or for the very brave a Smiley(sheepshead). You will see the good and the bad of this amazing town. A trip to the Apartheid Museum can be arranged for you.

Day 3:
Sunday community market for breakfast. Relax in this eclectic and fun precinct, with lots to see and do: art galleries, exhibitions, street art, shops, food and drink – and of course as always Africa, music. Watch a perfect sunset from the rooftops and breathe in the warmth of Jozi. OR: A Day Safari, balloon ride, or a hike or walk can be organized Ask about our wide range of adventure outings.

What's excluded:
The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days. Medical Insurance, which must include work and emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa as Hero Holidays will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme. Weekend excursions
Local Transport
Lunches (not provided by host/host family)
Towel and toiletries
Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date.
Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date.

Minimum Age: 18
Police Clearance: Yes
Facilitate and share the existing skills at the centre. All training provided.
Introduce new skills particularly in the green economy. This is a great opportunity for you to create develop and explore your entrepreneur skills. Learn and experience diverse markets and learn how to support their needs.

Volunteers studying: Marketing, Economics, IT, Social Media, Financial Management or any business or development courses will find this a great opportunity to hone their skills while helping the less fortunate.
The centre is open every day from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 till 5:00

Highlights: Working with adults who want to improve their lives.
Sharing basic business skills and ideas.
Helping to build a workspace.
Help to develop new product.
Exploring the green economy.
Help with market Research.
IT and social media development.
Permaculture and food security.
Special Skills needed: Any and all skills are welcomed. Our needs are varied.

Language requirement: Basic English
Arrivals every Thursday for FREE 3 Day Johannesburg Orientation Project is closed for the Christmas holidays. +- 15 December to 15 January.

Minimum 2 weeks

2 weeks (17 nights) - ZAR 17500 (USD 1166)
4 weeks (32 nights) - ZAR 28500 (USD 1900)
Extra Week - ZAR 8750 (USD 583)

Single sex dormitory in trendy downtown backpackers hostel. Please contact us for more information.

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