REFORESTATION & ECO EDUCATION PROJECT IN CAPE TOWN
Join this hands-on environmental volunteer project! This is a great opportunity to assist with urban greening and reforestation, spread the message about climate change in South African communities and to learn about environmental issues yourself. Jo

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Greenpop is a social enterprise that plants trees and sets up creative ways of sustaining trees through community involvement and spreads environmental education in sub-Saharan Africa. Greenpop’s objectives are to uplift communities, plant trees in deforested areas, green under-greened urban areas, spread environmental awareness, combat climate change and inspire a green movement by making greening enjoyable. Greenpop started in September 2010 and has since planted over 13,000 trees in over 180 beneficiary schools, crèches, orphanages, old-age homes, community centres as well as deforested areas. Creative tree-care programmes have been implemented and children, community members and volunteers are getting their hands dirty, learning a lot and loving it.

Greenpop recently won the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Western Cape Provincial Government competition for Social Enterprises in South Africa, as well as a LeadSA competition run by Cape Talk in association with the Dischem Foundation. Greenpop was also shortlisted for an Enviropeadia award in two categories in South Africa.

Join Greenpop as a volunteer on this project and help in the fight against drastic reforestation in the area. Throughout your placement you will have full support from the experienced Greenpop project managers.

Your Role:

As a volunteer, you play a vital role in the project by helping plant trees, map and monitor trees, and involving the local community in the conservation of their environment.

Once or twice a week, you will be planting fruit trees at schools, community centres, and creches in deprived areas around Cape Town. The planting is always done as a team effort together with the children or other community members. An essential part of this is education. As a volunteer, you will be involved in educating children on the importance of their natural environment, and on how they can play an active role in preserving it. This is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the South African cultures, to learn from this unique cultural exchange, and to give local children some vital knowledge about sustainable living.

For one or two days a week you will be part of a monitoring team that goes out into local communities to check on trees that have already been planted. You will help assess the trees, record information, and communicate with the teachers or community leaders about the progress.

Once a week, you will be part of a team that goes out to explore new opportunities around Cape Town, network with relevant people, and spread the message of the tree-planting mission.

In addition, you will be involved in some other exciting green projects in Cape Town. You will, for instance, have the opportunity to plant lavender as part of the Lavender in Lavender Hill Project. This project aims to plant a million lavender plants in a deprived and under-greened community called Lavender Hill, in an attempt to uplift the community by creating jobs, attracting tourist attention, and giving community members something to be proud of.

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