Volunteers Tell Their Story

"My time here...

With a heart for the poor and desire to do the will of God, I came to Beautiful Kidz with an open mind and little expectations other than desiring to serve Jesus. Prior to arriving in Namibia, I considered my role as a volunteer at Beautiful Kidz and the opportunities for service that God would provide while I was there for three months; I never expected however, to be blessed above all others through my experience.

During my entire stay in Namibia, God revealed his compassion and overall wonder in several ways, helping me to develop a more deeply-rooted relationship with Him. The joy and playfulness of the Beautiful Kidz preschoolers and youth, the love and reception of the Katutura community, the accountability and family-oriented structure of YWAM, the beauty of Africa and the countless opportunities to pursue and serve Jesus throughout each day are just a few glimpses of how God is providing for volunteers at Beautiful Kidz.

In fact, I believe that my time in Africa has and will continue to extend further than my mere three month stay at Beautiful Kidz; I was impacted in such a deep and meaningful way that my perspective and lifestyle will be forever changed because of the work God developed in me during that time."

-Patty

When You Can Volunteer

Calendar For When You Can Join Us

1. January till end of March
2. April till end of June
3. July till end of September
4. October till middle of December

General Volunteer Information

Accommodation

Staying on the YWAM BASE:

Safety

Namibia is one of the most peaceful countries in Africa.

Smaller population/greater impact

Namibia has only 2 million people and the possibility to impact the Nation is great.

Transportation

Transport is available between the YWAM Base and the airport; on request and at a fee of 200 Namibian dollars.
Transport is arranged from the YWAM Base to the Beautiful Kidz centre.

Food

You will have to provide and prepare your own food though Beautiful Kidz provides a light lunch throughout the week. Kitchen facilities are available and shopping can be done in the city.

Cost / budgeting

The following amounts are per person per day:
N$ 50 when staying three months or more
N$ 60 when staying two months
N$ 70 when staying one month or less

This amount excludes food and personal expenses (except for a light lunch provided at the Centre).

Please confirm these prices with us before you leave home.

 

Things you need to know

Do I need injections?

Beautiful Kidz Ministry strongly advises each volunteer to ensure that the following immunizations are received before coming to Beautiful Kidz Namibia.
- Injectable or oral Polio vaccine.
- Tetanus toxoid injection if latest injection was 5 years ago.
- Hepatitis A vaccine x 3 injections.
- Hepatitis B vaccine x 3 injections.
You will not need malaria prophylaxis during your time at Beautiful Kidz Namibia.

Is Beautiful Kidz the same organisation as Beautiful Gate?

Until today you will hear people being confused about the difference between Beautiful Kidz and Beautiful Gate. Beautiful Kidz Namibia was part of Beautiful Gate Ministries International from 2003 till November 2007. This ministry to children in need was established in 1994 by a Dutch couple, Toby & Aukje Brouwer. They experienced God's heart for children in need and made it their mission to establish an organisation that focused on improving the quality of life of children in need and their families; and show the love of Jesus Christ through practical assistance. The Brouwers and many other Beautiful Gate staff members were part of Youth With A Mission, but decided to move away from Ywam in November 2007. Beautiful Kidz is no longer part of Beautiful Gate but falls under YWAM ministries. However we continue to have a good relationship with Beautiful Gate.

What would my daily responsiblities be?

You would be helping with the everday running of the Beautiful Kidz centre, from helping cook the meals for the children to cleaning and helping with their play times. You would also help with the Youth programs including, home work classes and Youth Clubs and Youth evenings during the week.

Would I get any time off?

Most weekends you are free to go into town and church. You will also be given a week where you will be able to travel around the country or to South Africa.

Where will I stay?

You will live on the YWAM base which is 15km from the Beautiful Kidz centre and town. No private arrangements will be accepted.
You will have access to a washing machine.

Do I need to bring all my toiletries?

No, you will be able to buy everything in the shops including converters for your hairdryer or mobile phone.

Will there be access to the internet?

There is no internet facilities at the YWAM base, but it is possible to gain internet access via the local mobile phone service providers by using 3G or EDGE devices.
There are also Internet cafes in town where you can go on Saturdays.

Will I be able to use my electrical devices?

Namibia uses 220 Volt alternating current. Wall sockets and plugs are mostly three pegged - large, round pegs - the same as what is used in South Africa. We suggest that you buy plug / socket adaptors in Windhoek if needed, as most "travel" sets do not include this size.

Can I bring gifts for the children?

We ask that you do not bring gifts, but if you would like to give something rather bring the money and then fulfill a need that you see here.

Are my evenings free?

You will be expected to attend one meeting per week in the evenings where staff and volunteer workers come together for spiritual input.

Do I need a visa?

All teams that come to Namibia need to have visa's and we will apply for the visa's for your team here. We will also need a copy of the page from your passport with your picture and information on to hand in with the application. We will need this from each team member. Please download the forms and either email them back or fax them. Every team member will need to fill in the whole first page as well as the top section (Section A) on the second page and then sign and date the bottom.

 

Volunteer Application Information

Once you have read all the information, you can download the application forms for coming to volunteer. In order for us to process your application, we must receive all the forms completed by you and your references. If a question does not apply to you, please write N/A in the space. Husbands and wives both must complete separate applications.

Please send all forms to:

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OR

Administration
Beautiful Kidz
P.O. Box 97392
Windhoek
Namibia, Africa

Tel: +264 61 234465/264486
Fax: +264 61 265766

Forms:

1. Staff / Volunteer Application Form 

This form must be completed when you are applying as staff/volunteer at Beautiful Kidz Namibia.
If there isn't sufficient space on the application form, please answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper.

Staff / Volunteer Application Form 

2. Reference Forms

Please fill in your name on each of the three Confidential Reference Forms. Hand one to your pastor/minister, one to your most recent school leader or supervisor of YWAM and the other one to who knows you well e.g. employer, teacher, friend (not family). Ask them to complete the form and e-mail or post it directly to Beautiful Kidz Namibia. We must receive ALL of the reference forms BEFORE we will process your application.
If you have never been involved with YWAM please ask somebody else from your church to fill in one of the forms.

Confidential Reference Form

3. Financial Form

Please read carefully, complete and sign the Financial Form. Please note that signing this form commits you to payment of the fees as set out in the Financial Form.

Financial Form

4. Indemnity Form

Please read carefully, complete and sign the Indemnity Form.

Indemnity Form

Parents Consent Form 

5. Medical Form (injections)

Please read carefully, complete and sign the Medical Form.

Beautiful Kidz strongly advises to take the following immunizations before coming to Beautiful Kidz Namibia:
- Injectable or oral Polio vaccine.
- Tetanus toxoid injection if latest injection was 5 years ago.
- Hepatitis A vaccine x 3 injections.
- Hepatitis B vaccine x 3 injections.
You will NOT NEED malaria prophylaxis during your time at Beautiful Kidz Namibia.

Medical Form

6. Passport

You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure from Namibia.

7. Visa

It can take between two weeks to one month to obtain Visa's. Please complete your forms as soon as possible, so that we can start the application process here in Namibia. You can download the visa forms from our web site. Please also send copy of the page in your passport with your picture and information on. Please only download the visa forms once you have been notified that you have been accepted to volunteer.

Visa Application Form

Traveling to Windhoek

Own transport by road:

The YWAM base is about 15 km north of Windhoek city. Should you plan to arrive by road, please contact us if you need detailed road instructions.
(Note: road tax is payable at the border on all non-Namibian registered vehicles.)

By bus from South Africa:

Regular luxury bus services are available from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Windhoek. InterCape allows internet bookings via their website.If you plan to arrive by bus, we can arrange for you to be picked up from the bus stop in the city at a fee of 100 Namibian Dollars.

By air:

All flights to Windhoek from outside of Namibia will arrive at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport.
The airport is about 42 km to the west of the city and about 60 km from the YWAM base.
Should you arrive by flight, we can arrange to pick you up at the airport at a fee of 200 Namibian Dollars.

Things to Know

Do I need injections?

Beautiful Kidz Ministry strongly advises each volunteer to ensure that the following immunizations are received before coming to Beautiful Kidz Namibia.
- Injectable or oral Polio vaccine.
- Tetanus toxoid injection if latest injection was 5 years ago.
- Hepatitis A vaccine x 3 injections.
- Hepatitis B vaccine x 3 injections.
You will not need malaria prophylaxis during your time at Beautiful Kidz Namibia.

What would my daily responsiblities be?

You would be helping with the everyday running of the Beautiful Kidz centre, from helping to cook the meals for the children to cleaning and helping with their play times. You would also help with the Youth programs including, homework classes and Youth Clubs and Youth evenings during the week.

Would I get any time off?

Most weekends you are free to go into town and church. You will also be given a week where you will be able to travel around the country or go to South Africa.

Where would I be staying?

You will be living on the YWAM base which is 15km from the Beautiful Kidz centre and town. No private arrangements will be accepted. The premises are protected with an alarm system. You will have access to kitchen facilities and a washing machine.

Do I need to bring all my toiletries?

No, you will be able to buy everything in the shops including converters for your hairdryer or mobile phone.

Will there be access to the internet?

There are no internet facilities at the YWAM base, but it is possible to gain internet access via the local mobile phone service providers by using 3G and EDGE devices. There are also internet cafes in town where you can go on Saturdays.

Will I be able to use my electrical devices?

Namibia uses 220 Volt alternating current. Wall sockets and plugs are mostly three pegged - large, round pegs. Plug/socket adaptors can be bought in Windhoek.

Can I bring gifts for the children?

We ask that you do not bring gifts but if you would like to give something rather bring the money and then fulfill a need that you see here.

Are my evenings free?

You will be expected to attend one meeting per week in the evening. This is where staff and volunteer workers come together for spiritual input.

How much will a visa cost and do I need one for three months?

A visa will cost money and you will pay this back to us once you have arrived. Yes you will need a visa for the three months that you will be volunteering here at Beautiful Kidz, the reason is the government sees this volunteering as work, so in order for you not to be deported we will apply for your work visa for three months.

Can I do my Internship at Beautiful Kidz Namibia?

We unfortunately do not accept volunteers who want to complete their internship for their studies here at Beautiful Kidz Namibia.