Since 2008, OHS has designed and operated volunteer programs for people who seek to broaden their context of humanity and the world through a global health lense. Each year, a global collective of volunteers recruited from universities all over the world unites to promote empowerment through education and positive social uplift.
Our programs are designed to provide pre-med students and health professionals access to experiential learning in a global context. Through service-learning projects, cultural immersion, and international collaboration, One Heart Source volunteers are able to develop themselves as leaders and scholars in an ever-increasing global community. OHS offers a series of two-week Professionals programs focused on health in the community. The program will look at what health means for people living in Cape Town’s townships while examining potential solutions through an education-based lens.
Volunteers on the Health Innovation Program will have the opportunity to engage in various service-learning projects throughout the community. These include but are not limited to: assisting community health workers with weekly home-visits, reading assistance to underprivileged students, health dialogue and discussions with community members of all ages, assisting individuals living with disabilities, design and implementation of community health surveys, and more.
Volunteers on the Health Innovation Program network with historians, activists, artists, and other organizations throughout the greater Cape Town area in order to better understand the historical and socio-economic context of inequality and to empathize with the children and community whom we serve. The OHS Collective includes people of all backgrounds in Cape Town who can provide a first-hand account of the past, present, and future social context of health in the community. Immersion activities allow volunteers to contextualize the nature of the health challenges which our program aims to address.
As a group of motivated, passionate, and dedicated individuals who hail from different nations, traditions, beliefs, backgrounds, universities and fields of study, we take every opportunity to engage with each other in a wide range of social justice topics. Free of discrimination and judgement, we believe in creating a space where every individual can learn from and share with each other. Dialogue and discussion amongst volunteers is a major component of the program as we seek to understand why, how, and what we are doing as we examine what it means to be human.
The choice to volunteer is one that has the potential to greatly affect your future. OHS volunteers often find their interests or perspectives on health broadened and enriched after completing a program. It is our hope that our programs serve as a catalyst for you to reaffirm your passion, or to discover something new, and to pursue whatever that may be with confidence, motivation and compassion.