Find out more about what the Project TEN centre in Durban does. We are always looking for volunteers.

About the Project TEN Center

The Project TEN Center in Durban, South Africa opened in November 1, 2016.

Located in the exotic KwaZulu-Natal province, Durban is a thriving coastal town known for being ethnically diverse, with a cultural richness of mixed beliefs, lifestyles and traditions.

Join our team of volunteers to support the local NGO's and take an active part in projects both in Durban and its surrounding suburbs. You will be engaging with various communities across the Durban metropolitan area, implementing much-needed skills ranging from basic literacy, early childhood development, informal education, recycling, life skills and urban agriculture.

The TEN Center in Durban is maintained by a Center Director and Project Coordinators. The center staff is available 24-7 for anything you need during your trip.

While living in the center, you will engage in unique volunteer projects and educational activities, giving you hands-on experience while developing general knowledge, skills and connections that will remain with you for a lifetime. You will have the opportunity for self-exploration while forming your identity on a personal and communal level.

Local Need

KwaZulu-Natal province is a subtropical region, roughly the size of Portugal. It has a multi-racial population of about 10.5 million people, which comprises of about twenty percent of the country's total population.

While the vast majority of the people in the province are Zulu, there is a large Indian population and a significant Caucasian population. While the largest religion is Christianity, Durban has the largest Indian population outside the Indian sub-continent, therefore integrating a considerable amount of Hindu and Muslim faiths too. There is also a long established, but small Jewish community.

The province is at the epicentre of the world's AIDS epidemic. Widespread poverty, with an unemployment rate of 40%, has required innovative programs in health care, education and agricultural, in all of which Project Ten excels.

Volunteer Projects

The TEN Center in Durban, South Africa operates projects in three main areas: informal education, sustainable agriculture and public health.


  • Free Clinic – For all those waiting in a queue to receive medical services, we will provide a safe and enriching environment to place their children while they wait.
  • Feeding Program- Hungry children cannot learn properly. We will get involved in preparing food for them so they have food security and can learn.
  • Educate to hygiene, healthy and risk redacted way of life.


  • Preparing a new class for Grade R - Children in pre school do not have the stimulation they need for their development. We will help create a more stimulating and fun environment for their new school year.
  • Creating educational programs in relevant subjects to complement the communities’ educational system.
  • Summer Camp - During the summer children have nowhere to go, and are more susceptible to risky behavior. We will provide a safe, educational and fun environment for them to be during their summer vacation.
  • Preparing kits for kindergarten- Games for children are expensive. Using recycled materials we will create amazing games for children using recycled materials so that children will receive all the stimulation they need.
  • Adult computer literacy program- We will show adults what is a computer and what are its functions. For the first time in their lives they will learn how to use a computer, what the World Wide Web is and so much more.

AGRICULTURE Coming soon...

Explore South Africa

In addition to the daily volunteer projects and learning components, volunteers will get a chance to explore the flavours, music and unique local culture. During their free weekends, they can tour the province while experiencing sites of historical and cultural significance, hiking the beautiful landscapes and experiencing the local sports.

Participants of the TEN Center in South Africa will have a unique opportunity to explore the local areas and attractions in and around the KwaZulu-Natal provincem including the majestic Drakensburg Mountainsm the magical Valley of a Thousand Hills, North and South coasts, Elephans coast and the Midlands. Outside of KwaZulu Natal one can go see a safari at Kruger National Park, visit the breathtaking Table Mountain in Cape Town, the striking Wild Coast and the fabulous Garden Route.

Shabbat and Holidays

The program welcomes religious and non-religious participants. All of the activities organized on Shabbat or Jewish festivals are suitable for those who observe religious practices, however each participant is free to observe Shabbat in their own way.

Each week we arrange kabbalat Shabbat activities and share a festive meal.


The center is located outside of the CBD in the suburb on Durban North. Participants live in shared dormitories with 2-6 people per room. The facility contains bathrooms, communal kitchen and dining room, and a shared common living room. Men and women have separate rooms.


The food supplied by the center is strictly vegetarian, locally purchased to ensure freshness. We maintain a kosher-style kitchen, and supervised food products may be easily purchased in local supermarkets.

All meals are prepared by the center volunteers.

Safety and Security

The safety and security of our participants is always our number one priority. Our centers are approved by the Jewish Agency’s Security Department. In addition, we ensure that all of our directors are first aid trained, with immediate access to a full first aid kit. Hospitals and medical centers are located in close proximity, and a car is always available for transportation. Project TEN is committed to continually reviewing and updating our safety procedures in order to protect volunteers and staff from harm.

Local Partners

  • Domino Foundation

The Domino foundation seeks to assist and empower the most needy and vulnerable people in various communities. Their programs aim to equip individuals physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and spiritually to enable just, dignified and purpose filled lives. The Domino Foundation has a wide scope of projects from Feeding Programs, Early Childhood Development, Babies' Homes, Life Skills, Literacy Programs, Red light program and recycling.

  • Denis Hurley Centre

Named after Denis Hurley who was Durban's archbishop for 45 years who was known throughout South Africa and abroad as a ambassador for justice and peace. He was a dedicated opponent of apartheid and forward thinking churchman.

The Denis Hurley Centre aims to serve the poorest people in Durban of all faiths, skin color and ethnic or cultural background. Working with South Africans, as well as refugees the Denis Hurley Centre offer services through their clinic, feeding scheme, language teaching, vocational training, educational and community support and pastoral outreach.

  • The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF)

The South African Zionist Federation is the umbrella organisation responsible for all aspects of Zionist activity inthe Jewish community of South Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council (KNZC) is affiliated to the SAZF promoting love of Israel amongst the Durban Jewish community.

  • The Victor Daitz Foundation

The Victor Daitz Foundation was bequeathed by the late Victor Daitz stating preference to be given to a wide range of beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal. While the foundation makes major contribution towards the needs of all community groups in South Africa, a significant portion of its funds are directed towards the AIDS pandemic and the needs of the historically deprived, disadvantaged groups in South African society. Thus, the Foundations contributes to a myriad of projects such as hospices, research, education, organizations supporting disabled, skills training programs, bursaries for secondary and tertiary levels, Jewish charities and much more.

  • I Care

The I Care Trust was formed in 2002 in memory of the late Graham Cochrane’s father, Lawrence Henry Cochrane. The organisation's aim is to be the leading organisation that solves the problems of street children in South Africa. This is made through their Christian Faith and by understanding and addressing every aspect of each child’s needs.

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adiAdi Maya
Director - Project Ten South Africa

031 337 1507

Adi is an anthropologist (M.A.) and a researcher, specialising in Africa and specifically in Ethiopia, development, tourism and faith-based organisations.

She has experience in the private sector - organising international conferences across the globe, as well as in the third sector - working with marginalised communities in Israel, i.e. Ethiopian Jews.

After completing her Master's thesis, which was based on her extensive field work in Ethiopia and volunteering in Project TEN Gonder, she was part of research groups in The Truman Institute for Peace in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and became a member of the Israeli Association for African Studies.

She also has experience in Humanitarian Aid and served as the Head of Mission from Natan International Humanitarian Aid on the Island of Lesvos, Greece. Together with Jewish and Arab youth movements, Hashomer Hatzair and Ajyal, Adi over-saw the establishment, logistical needs and operations of the International School of Peace for refugee children and co-managed a community centre for adult refugees mainly of Syrian origin.

After having worked in Greece for six months, she recently moved to South Africa to become the new director of Project TEN in Durban.

Adi is 35 years old, from Tel Aviv and loves to travel around the world, learn new languages, read and dance.

Project TEN in Durban