Volunteer With Us

VOLUNTEER WITH US

The purpose of our volunteer programme is to develop the skills and capacity of healthcare professionals in South Africa who are working on a daily basis with children and adolescents living with HIV.

There are many things that contribute to being an effective volunteer but commitment and reliability are essential to all volunteer roles. Each volunteer role will have different demands on you as a volunteer whether it is time commitment, availability, awareness, knowledge or skills.

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS DO

Our volunteers work with as part of a multi-disciplinary team teams to provide one to one mentoring, support and teaching to healthcare professionals in rural health facilities. Specific activities may include:

  • Helping with strategies to enhance children’s understanding of HIV, promoting open conversations about health and diagnosis. To support, by working in partnership, South Africa Health Care professionals to take these ideas forward.
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to promote holistic approaches to health care.
  • Involvement in teaching sessions and case discussion about the care of children living with HIV including subjects such as:
    • Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT).
    • Recognising signs and symptoms of children living with HIV
    • Natural history of HIV
    • Disease progression
    • Antiretroviral drugs, interactions, sides effects and adherence issues.
  • Facilitate discussion, teaching and consultation around care both for children with HIV and their carers.
  • Undertaking case file reviews in order to identify problems and solutions with current care.
  • Working with healthcare staff to develop action plans for improvement of their facility.
  • Contributing to the development of teaching resources.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

Volunteering with CHIVA South Africa is a great experience and gives you the opportunity to:

  • Provide teaching and mentorship, build skills and confidence in healthcare peers
  • Reflect on and develop your own practice
  • Build peer networks
  • Work in teams with other experienced volunteers

Our team in the UK and South Africa will support you before, during and after your trip. We provide a comprehensive package, including:

  • Coordination of all travel, accommodation and activities for your week
  • Support and guidance before, during and after your week
  • All travel, accommodation and meal costs throughout the week are covered

OUR CRITERIA FOR VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA

CHIVA South Africa is looking for South African based clinicians who:

  • Have experience and expertise in paediatric and adolescent HIV care
  • Are skilled, motivated and enthusiastic
  • Believe in the rights of all children and adolescents to receive quality health care

VOLUNTEERS BASED IN UK

  • All volunteers must be health care professionals registered with their relevant professional organisation.
  • The volunteer must have several years of professional experience working with children, young people, family HIV services or with teams caring for other chronic childhood health conditions (knowledge of HIV is essential) or working in sexual health clinics with adolescents.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team work and teaching is expected.
  • The volunteer should have up to date training in safeguarding and confidentiality
  • Volunteers need an awareness & understanding of working with different cultures and belief systems.
  • Volunteers need to be sensitive to the possibility that staff may be living with HIV.

In addition to the core criteria above there are specific Clinical Requirements:

Several years working at a senior level in sexual health clinics, working with young people and adolescents living with HIV.

Several years working at senior level in paediatric HIV

A minimum of 5 years as a registered pharmacist, with two years full time HIV experience, including some work with HIV positive children.

A minimum of 5 years general dietetic experience, to include working directly with children and families – preferably those with HIV.

OR

Two years full time paediatric dietetic experience, to include some experience of working with HIV preferably with children and their families.

Several years experience of working directly with young people, adolescents and sexual health and of working with adolescents and young adults living with HIV.

A professional post graduate psychology qualification: clinical, counselling, health, educational.

Experience of a range of interventions which enhance treatment adherence, coping and adjustment.

Knowledge and experience of communicating general and sexual health (relevant to age and developmental level) information to children and young people.