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FAQ

How do I know that DTR is a legitimate volunteer organization?

Dreams To Reality (DTR) is a registered organization and our organization registration number is IT 1125/2011. DTR has been operating for 3 years now and has placed over 1000 volunteers in their programs. You can also visit our Facebook page and get in contact with past, present and future volunteers. Furthermore, you can reach us on +27827375000/ +27724967742 to speak to us directly, alternatively, you can email us at info@dreamstoreality.co.za.

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH DTR?

DTR is one of the affordable volunteer organizations around the world, offering high quality and safe volunteer placements to volunteers from all over the world. DTR and its staff strives to provide you with a fun, affordable, flexible and life changing experience while giving back to our disadvantaged communities.

WHY VOLUNTEER ABROAD?

The dictionary defines volunteering as “a person who introduces into a matter that does not concern him/her, as a person who pays the debt of another where he/she is neither legally or morally bound to do so and has no interest to protect in making the payment”. By volunteering with DTR you will get a chance to give of your time, skill and energy to improve the lives of those in need. Not only will volunteers be giving of their time, but they will also learn about different cultures which in turn will enrich their own lives and help enhance career prospects.

WHY PAY TO VOLUNTEER?

At DTR we understand that sometimes it is hard to understand why one should pay to volunteer. However, the program fee that each volunteer pays is used to pay for expenses that will make your stay and volunteering experience memorable. These expenses include but not limited to food, accommodation, airport pick-ups, orientation, staff salaries and 24hr support to make sure your volunteering experience goes as smoothly as possible. All of DTR’s placements are purely funded by the program fees volunteers pay, therefore your program fee is very important for the sustainability of the programs to make sure that we continue to give hope to those who need it.

CAN WE VOLUNTEER AS A GROUP?

Yes, we do accept group bookings. Please contact us at info@dreamstoreality.co.za to find out about our group specials.

Can I volunteer with a friend or partner?

Yes, you can volunteer with a friend(s) or a partner and we will ensure that you are placed in the same accommodation as long as you specify in your application form.

Can I volunteer if I am less than 18 years of age?

Unfortunately we do not accept volunteers under the age of 18 without being accompanied by an adult minder or with a guardian, caregiver or parent. Should a volunteer under the age of 18 wish to volunteer being accompanied by an adult, guardian, caregiver or parent, we ask that you specify in your application form with the name of the adult, caregiver, guardian or parent.

Generally the only requirement for volunteers is to be fluent in English. However, if you wish to volunteer at our surfing and computer training program, you should be able to swim or be computer literate.

Can I donate money through DTR?

DTR is solely supported by volunteer program fees and we do prefer donations in the form of resources rather than money. However, if you wish to give money, we will gladly send you a detailed report of what your donation has been spent on.

Which countries do volunteers come from?

We have had vounteers from all over the world in the past 3 years but the majority of our volunteers have been from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and China.

Will I be working with other volunteers?

Yes, you will be working with other volunteers. We always make sure that there is at least one other volunteer with you at your placement. However, in our quiet seasons, it is possible for volunteers to be placed by themselves.

Is travel insurance included in the program fee?

In order to keep costs as low as possible for the volunteer we do not include travel insurance in our fees as we have found that generally volunteers can acquire it cheaper by getting it privately. Travel insurance is compulsory to volunteer abroad on the DTR volunteer program. While DTR does everything it can to ensure your trip abroad goes smoothly and is a fantastic, memorable experience, it is very wise to ensure you have adequate travel insurance should you fall sick, bags go missing or something is stolen.

How far in advance should I apply and register?

Due to limited space and number of applications we receive daily, it is advisable that volunteers apply and register early or at least a month in advance to guarantee a spot. This will give you enough time to plan your trip and get to link up with other volunteers on our Facebook page. DTR will also be sending you information pack which requires a great deal of attention and we would like all volunteers to have enough time to go through everything before departure.

Do I require a visa to travel to South Africa?

Every situation is different and depends on the country you are travelling to and your home nationality, however in the large majority of cases you will have to get some type of visa. More information is provided on this when you sign up to our program.

Will DTR provide a reference or act as a referee for me once I finish volunteering?

Yes, DTR will be more than happy to provide you with a reference letter upon completion of the program as well as act as referee. However, your commitment and dedication to your placement plays a big part in the type or reference DTR provides.

What are the accommodations and meals like?

South Africa is a developing country and therefore our basics often differ from developed countries. Volunteers need to be flexible and open minded. At DTR we do our best to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible and that you are provided with all the basic needs necessary to make your stay memorable. Due to the affordability of our fees, meals and accommodation are very basic. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers and you can expect to share a room with 4 to 10 other volunteers.

What vaccinations will I require?

To travel to Cape Town, South Africa you do not need any vaccinations unless you are travelling from or to a yellow fever infested area.

Do I need to be able to speak the local language?

Although South Africa has 11 official languages, the children you will be working with can speak and understand English. Even though taken as a second language in most of the school we work with, the children do understand English.

Can I take time out from volunteering to go sightseeing?

Yes! We believe it is extremely important to “soak up” as much of a country as you can while you are with DTR. Volunteer travellers will often spend thousands of dollars on their airfares and while we believe our trips are the most authentic way to experience a country (living and working with local people), tourist activities and in country travel will only enhance your experience. Your volunteering is only from Monday to Friday and you will have the weekends off to do explore our beautiful country. However, depending on the activity/tour you wish to partake in and the number of volunteers available at your placement, we do allow volunteers to take days off in the week upon request.

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