Volunteer with Afrikara

Join our community by volunteering

How to become a volunteer

Prospective volunteers/interns/students/apprentices must submit an Application Form and a Health Form, both of which can be downloaded below.

Both forms must be emailed to Afrikara.

What can you expect?

  • Communal accommodation and living spaces with shared ablution facilities. (Please supply your own bedding.)
  • Farm life on a working farm, in beautiful natural surroundings.
  • Learning to live and work in a community committed to sustainable agro-ecology.
  • Three meals a day, prepared with fresh produce from the farm, including early-morning coffee and beverages served at mealtimes. (Please supply your own sugar, tea/coffee and other beverages for consumption at other times.)
  • Free access to laundry facilities.
  • Free unlimited WiFi access.
  • Access to the library, music, guitar, drums, and movies on a big screen.
  • A wide range of technical texts and documentaries.

What do we expect in return?

  • You will be required to work for 10 days, from dawn until dusk, with three-hour siesta breaks after lunch (during summer), followed by four days off.
  • You will be working outdoors with soil, plants, animals and water. You may also be required to repair or install fencing, and carry out structural and other maintenance.
  • Your work will include food harvesting, packaging & processing, as well as sales & deliveries.
  • You will be required to help with cooking and cleaning.
  • You will be required to be a willing participant in artistic and cultural activities, and to join the mantra sessions at start of each day.
  • You will be required to make a contribution in the form of skills transfer, money, tools, equipment, activities, books, music, movies, social media content, video footage, and/or photographs.

Poetry writing workshops

Shirley's work has been published in several literary journals and anthologies and she recently received the third prize in the 2017 Dalro Poetry Awards.  She has been running poetry writing workshops in the Eastern Cape and Johannesburg since 2016. The workshops usually run over six weeks, with participants meeting once a week for two hours. She hopes to run weekend poetry retreats at Hoekiesdam and other venues in the Western Cape, and also to continue offering six-week workshops to anyone who may be interested in learning to write poetry or improve their writing skills. 

Contact Shirley

Wooden toys

Hennie moved to Hoekiesdam in April 2019. 

He is busy upgrading the workshop and converting part of it into a woodwork shop, where he will be manufacturing wooden developmental toys and domestic accessories for sale under the Afrikara umbrella. 

Once the workshop is fully functional, he aims to offer training in woodwork.

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Both the Tarot and I-Ching can successfully be used as tools to encourage and empower people to take right action and make right decisions for their lives, by highlighting possibilities and concerns and bringing ideas and suggestions into play that may otherwise not have been considered.  Shirley has successfully been reading the Tarot for herself, and for friends and family, for many years.  More recently, she was introduced to the I-Ching, and has found combination Tarot-I-Ching readings to be incredibly helpful and insightful, to the extent that long-standing clients have urged her to start doing readings professionally.

For prices and more information, please WhatsApp Shirley on 082 928 8671.  

Body Alignment

Using the chakras and minor chakras as gateways, Body Alignment seeks to address energetic imbalances on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.  It works at the root cause of issues, with the permission and guidance of the client's Higher Self.  The facilitator, or practitioner, locates specific body points to access the energy fields of systems and organs in the body, linking to and releasing, energy blockages in the physical and supersensible bodies. 

Shirley is a qualified Body Alignment practitioner and can be WhatsApped on 082 928 8671 for more information and/or to book an appointment. 

Medicinal Plants/Herbs

We grow a large variety of medicinal plants and herbs, like Artemisia afra (African wormwood or mugwort), lion's tail (lion's ear/wild dagga), thistles, and many more. 

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We grow a limited range of perennial and seasonal herbs for teas and culinary purposes.  Please contact us if you would like us to cultivate herbs for you. 

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Salad Packs

We supply mixtures of assorted young lettuce leaves, herbs, edible flowers and other greens for good-looking salads.

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Aletta is always happy to share her knowledge and experience of biodynamic farming practices. However, if you would like her to visit your farm for an assessment or should you require more hands-on involvement, feel free to contact her to discuss her fees. Contact Afrikara


Dreamcatcher Workshop

Contact Thierry to organise a dreamcatcher retreat or workshop, or to order a personalised dreamcatcher.

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Mantra Art Workshops

Contact Thierry to organise a Mantra Art workshop or retreat at Hoekiesdam, or a venue of your choice. Mantra Art is a whole-art form practised by many Kung-Fu practitioners and can effectively be used as a team-building or personal-development tool.

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