Athlone Training and Development Volunteer Applications Now Open

Join our dynamic team of Training and Development Volunteers at our Athlone office. Applications close 20 December 2016.

What is the volunteer training program?

  • comprises an experiential training course and probation period
  • the experiential training course is facilitated by experienced Rape Crisis Trainers over approximately 3 months
  • the training course is divided into 3 sections involving Personal Growth, General section (political, social, legal, medical and psychological) and Facilitation/training skills development sections
  • assessment takes place throughout the training course and some participants may decide to withdraw
  • a probation period of 6 months after completion of the experiential training course during which time trainees will facilitate workshops, do talks and information stalls and attend buddy group meetings and focus group meetings
  • at this stage, the training is not SETA/SAQA accredited

T&D Volunteer, Feroza Booysen facilitating discussion on the myths and stereotypes around rape at Belgravia High. Pic: Alexa Sedgwick.

Our expectations of volunteers are:

  • that you are  18 or over
  • able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours of your time per month
  • able to commit a period of one year once graduated (approximately 9 months after the completion of the training program)
  • able to attend focus group meetings where volunteers contribute ideas and suggestions and get involved more generally in the work at Rape Crisis. The meeting takes place once a month
  • able to attend buddy group meetings over and above the 8 hours and monthly meetings
  • able to attend volunteer forum meetings and general meetings (4 times a year in total)

Our commitment to you

  • to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to educate the community and support rape survivors through our training course
  • to support you after the training through mentoring and supervision
  • to welcome you into the organization and make available resources and  opportunities that all volunteers have access to
  • to your ongoing development within the Training and Development team
  • to assist your exit from the organization when the occasion arises

The selection process:

  • only fully completed application forms will be considered
  • only applicants who are short-listed for the course will be contacted and invited to attend an interview
  • only a limited number of applicants can be brought into each training program
  • only applicants who attended the interview process will be contacted regarding the success of their application

Course fees:

The cost of the course is R4, 000.00 with a non-refundable registration fee which is R1, 500.00. Payment options are as follows:

  • in full before or on the date of registration – R4, 000.00
  • registration fee and payment over the duration of the experiential training course – R1,500.00 on or before registration plus R833.33 per month for 3 months
  • registration fee and payment over the duration of the experiential training course and probation – R1,500.00 on or before registration plus R277.78 over 9 months
  • registration fee and outsourced sponsorship. Once your application for the training is approved, we can provide you with a letter supporting your appeal – R1,500.00 on or before registration and you seek sponsorship for the remainder of the fees.

One of our Peer Educators, Keagan Bloys, won the Lead SA Youth Hero of the Month Award for the change he’s making challenging rape myths and stereotypes in his community:

Training venues and times:

  • Venue: 335A Klipfontein Road, Grassroots Building, Gatesville, Athlone
  • All training except where specified alongside the date is from 18h00-21h00
  • Training will take place on week nights on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Closing date for applications: 20 December 2016
  • Course starts: 7 February 2017


Please note that transport will be provided for those that live in our service areas. Please note that if you live outside of our service area that you would need your own reliable transport.

To get your application form and for more information, please contact Athlone Training and Development Co-ordinator, Rifqah Abrahams at or call 021 684 1180 (Monday – Friday 9:30 – 4pm).



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We have a vision of a South Africa in which rape survivors suffer no secondary trauma, and are supported throughout their interaction with the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Our mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence. Rape Crisis Cape Town seeks to achieve its mission through counselling and training of women, thereby reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, and encouraging reporting of rape and the conviction of rapists.

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