- 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
Assisting 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 & 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 teacher in all areas of the daily class creative activities - this depends on daily activity and program which teacher has to follow.
- Before morning break - prepare fruit and hand out to children. Water /tea to be served to each child
- Outside play - teachers and volunteers to supervise and play with children e.g. ball games etc.
- Music Ring - assist with songs, rhythmic, games and books
- Lunchtime - tables and chairs to be moved onto veranda, oversee eating and help with clearing
- Sleeping time - assist with floor cleaning and preparing classroom for resting time
- Assist in 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
- 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 every 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
It is important to respect the rules of program.
Working hours are Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 to 17.00. Please bring your own snacks or food. Tea is available.
- 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)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- 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
- Bi weekly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson
- On departure: Debriefing and volunteer feedback session with the local coordinator
- 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 teacher - remembering that the teacher is in charge and the volunteer is assisting her. The teacher is ultimately responsible for the children in her 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.