- Empowering young children through education
- Encouraging love of learning and education
- Empowerment and self-development
- Meeting people, learning about other cultures, gaining an understanding of the challenges facing the majority of South African youth
These are the program tasks and duties you can expect.
In the morning:
Assisting the class teacher with the following duties:
- Welcoming children and assisting with getting ready for their day at the school
- Breakfast - help with setting and clearing of tables, supervise eating during breakfast, snack and lunchtime
- Brushing of teeth - assist with toothpaste, supervise brushing of teeth, washing of hands and toilet routine during and between lessons. Toilets, wash basins and floor are to be kept clean.
- Assist the teacher in all areas of the daily class activities - this depends on the daily program which the teacher has to follow.
- Before morning break prepare fruit and water/tea for the children
- Outside play - teachers and volunteers to supervise and play ball games etc. with the children
- Music ring - sing songs, play rhythms and games and read books
- Lunchtime - tables and chairs to be moved onto verandah, oversee eating and help with clearing
- Sleeping time - assist with floor cleaning and preparing classroom for resting time
- Assist in the kitchen with food service
- Volunteers are able to assist with art, music or physical science during class or in the afternoon
- Some pupils may need special attention with English, writing, drawing, math or general school work. The class teacher will advise volunteers where to assist.
In the afternoon:
- Assist in our After-School Care Program (reading, teaching, doing homework, playing games)
- Assisting or coordinating a Holiday Club Program (runs for 1 week, twice a year - April & June)
- Help us organise a quarterly outing for our children (find fun and educational places to visit)
- Help teach computers, in the food gardens, a sport, or some other passion you have
- Help us keep our website up to date
- Help us improve our marketing
- Run a fundraising event for us
- Help us find an activist for every child and their family under our care
- Coordinate Christmas boxes for each of our 90 children at the end of the year
- Coordinate or fund our annual Christmas party
- Offer your professional services (occupational therapists, social workers, remedial teachers, dieticians, etc)
- Use your green fingers to help make our grounds look beautiful
1. Volunteers should refrain from picking up older children, carrying them around, allowing them to cling onto their legs or to play with their hair
2. Volunteers may never use physical punishment or degrading remarks to discipline any child
3. Volunteers should treat all children equally i.e. no favoritism
4. Volunteers should always liaise with class teacher before planning something different to existing program
5. Volunteers to liaise with the principal should any problems arise
6. Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 17:00. Please bring your own snacks or food. Tea is available.
This project is closed during the South African school holidays.
23 June - 16 July
29 September - 8 October
18 December - 8 January 2019
15 March - 2 April 2019
14 June - 9 July 2019
20 September - 1 October 2019
6 December - 2 January 2020
However, if there are holiday camps running, there will be work during the school holiday periods. Just contact your travel advisor who can check this for you.
- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- Transfer to project
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on the social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- Basic English
- Volunteer application form with your reason for choosing this project
- Patience, tolerance and respect towards children
- Agility and energy to engage in physical child play
- Willingness to work closely with the teacher - remembering that the teacher is in charge and the volunteer is assisting him/her. The teacher is ultimately responsible for the children in their care.
- Easy to medium physical work
- Large emotional investment
The work itself is not dangerous. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa, so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.