Dreams To Reality (DTR) is a volunteer organisation that offers international placement in two communities near central Cape Town. These are the Capricorn/Vrygrond community near Muizenberg and the Imizamo Yethu community near Hout Bay. It provides the opportunity for people from all around the world to visit South Africa and to immerse themselves in community projects, aiding those less fortunate than themselves, meeting kindred spirits and having an adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Dreams To Reality helps facilitate the travel, accommodation and introduction to the various programs which they run. These include the Teaching Program, the Childcare Program, the Computer Training Program, the Sports Development Program, and the Surf Outreach Program.
Tim Murray and Iviwe Sixolo, are the founders and driving force behind Dreams To Reality. They have grown the operation impressively in a short space of time and have recently celebrated their second birthday.
Volunteers come from all over the globe: UK, USA, Europe, Canada, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand to join the program. Many return for a second time and have stated that the experience has been uplifting and life-changing for them.
“DTR allows volunteers the chance to do something extraordinary with their time. To be introduced to and immersed in communities that desperately need assistance and to see, one on one, how their efforts change people’s lives. It’s a richly rewarding experience for all involved that many state it will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” says Iviwe.
Dreams To Reality allows this interaction to take place in a safe, well-structured and enjoyable environment. Tim and Iviwe want to uplift communities and do so by helping the younger generation. The organisation implements a “hands on” approach and gives children from disadvantaged communities access to opportunities they would otherwise not have had. Joleen Blaauw, principal of God’s Gift Daycare, describes how “volunteers come in and help us care for the children – watching them, cleaning them, feeding them.”
If you are adventurous, love to travel, care about others, and want to make a change in this world, Dreams To Reality could be the place for you. Watch the video below to see how Dreams To Reality functions: