We have noticed through the years how the excitement rises at our facility when foreigners arrive. Monitoring and evaluation has proven that our participants are more likely to attend our programs when volunteers are around. It's the social interaction that our children crave, the chance to say a few words in English and exchange smiles.
Our after school day care centre has many activities which volunteers can easily assist in coordinating to ensure our participants have a fun colourful afternoon.
Activities for volunteers:
- fine art
- music and dance
- English empowerment sessions
- theatre and role playing
- maintaining hiking / biking trails
- assistance with admin
On average we have approx. 5 volunteers staying with us at a time.
Only 2 Steps to take towards volunteering:
Step 1) Duration of voluntary service
Listed below are time options for your stay, starting from 1 day to 3 months.
Step 2) Application
Indigo Youth Movement requires potential volunteers to submit a brief motivational email which answers the following questions:
a) Your qualifications & past work / travel experiences.
b) What are your interests?
c) What sports do you participate in?
d) Do you play a musical instrument?
e) Why do you feel Indigo is a calling for you?
We offer bursaries to qualified volunteers who we believe will greatly improve our operations. If you wish to qualify for a bursary, please state this in your application email.
An introduction to being an Indigo Volunteer:
The following text provides a brief outline of where our organization is and how you may participate as a volunteer:
Indigo Youth Movement is our non-profit organization, which has been formed from the work of Indigo Skate Camp. After years of ground work we have refined our after school day care activities at camp, and stand now prepared to delegate responsibilities to capable volunteers. Our children are humble, respectful and hungry for your guidance. We are certain you will enjoy your interaction with the Zulu children aged between 5 and 17.
A typical day as a volunteer would be something like this:
- 8am breakfast
- 9am group meeting to discuss day's game plan
- 10am general up keep around our facility, gardening to cleaning
- 1pm lunch is served
- 2pm general preparations for the after school activities
- 3pm Children arrive at the camp to receive a hand full of fresh fruit and then begin the day's activities by gathering on the ramp for a stretching / yoga class.
- 4pm Food and fresh fruit juice is served
- 4:15pm Children are split into groups according to age / learning ability and convene in designated areas for instruction from Indigo staff / volunteers.
- 5pm Free skating / fun and games
- 5:30pm Children encouraged to return home before dark falls.
Rates for Indigo volunteers:
- 1 day / night – R 200
- Includes overnight accommodation breakfast & lunch.
- 1 week – R 1 200
- 1 month – R 3 500
- 3 months – R 9 000
In order of appearance we have a 5ft mini ramp, hipped by a 8.5 ft halfpipe with 11 ft extension. Kidney bowl, surrounded by a ledge banks and bumps.
Skateboarding is fast becoming an attractive activity amongst youths throughout South Africa as it's an expression of freedom without limits and boundaries.
In an attempt to include rural and vulnerable youths, professional skateboarder Dallas Oberholzer set out to nurture sustainable skateboarding environments in the most unlikely places.
Indigo Skate Camp was the founding pilot project in a Zulu village in the Valley of 1 000 Hills. This rural facility grew from 2001 with contributions from more fortunate urban participants who attended youth camps at the facility. Today Indigo Skate Camp hosts a tourism ambassador programme employing 35 youths in the surrounding village.
As the participation in skateboarding grew, we developed training manuals incorporating life skills. Standout skateboarders from Indigo Skate Camp then become instructors who went on to take our programmes to neighbouring villages and then provinces. This is how Indigo Youth Movement includes and continues to guide more youths into the world of skateboarding.
Indigo is proof that skateboarding can change the world- Tony Hawk
Buy 1 Give 1 free
This initiative is still under development.
Buy 1 of our products online and we will donate a similar product to a vulnerable child in need.
This idea has its roots in being less dependent on donations in kind and rather allowing buyers to take a stand towards equality in South Africa.
Our product range is to kick off with back packs and accessories.
Product range release date - October 2012
In a move to be less reliant on funders and donations in kind, indigo
Through years of skate park supervision, consulting and construction indigo has the ability to design and build the finest skate parks in South Africa.
Beyond regular concrete skate parks, Indigo is developing local pre cast concrete technologies to build quality skate structures throughout South Africa.
Indigo Skate Park Construction Co. is currently building 4 parks simultaneously in the Northern Cape.
Contact Dallas for assistance from consulting, to design to construction.
Indigo also assists in guiding you or your community in the right direction to get the wheels turning for your local skate park to be built.
With the bravery of our participants and the general rhythm of our skaters, Indigo developed an interactive Zulu dance show whereby skaters weave between Zulu Dancers and drummers.
This area is still rich in culture and there are traditional ceremonies most weekends. Visits to the headman, healers and medicine man can be arranged.