Volunteers are placed in a school or educare centre in a disadvantaged community. Schools have 30 to 50 children per class and educare centres have between 5 and 50 children. Resources are stretched and teachers cannot provide attention to every student. Volunteers provide much needed classroom assistance.
Volunteers assist in daily running of classes and give one on one attention to children in need. No experience is necessary and volunteers are supervised by a teacher or co-ordinator, but will also have the opportunity to give lessons.
Project starts: every Monday
Location: Blaauwberg/Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
About the educare centres
Volunteers are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities. We currently support or run the following schools and educare centers:
- Dunoon Crèche: This includes two preschools in a township with Xhosa speaking children from the age of 1 – 5 years old. There are two containers where the classes are run out of for +_ 50
100 children. The main focus is teaching the kids basic English in the form of games and early childhood development.
- TLC Wolverivier Educare: This is a very small class of 4 – 8 children that are Afrikaans speaking. The educare is located on a settlement. The classes focus on early child hood development and school readiness programs such as counting, colors and writing.
- ACVV Educare: Based at a social services office, the children from the surrounding settlements are brought to the center for school readiness and early childhood development programs. There are +_ 30 – 60 children in the school from age 3 – 6.
- Vissershok School: An Afrikaans farm school where children from the local settlement get taught grades 1 – 7. The children are from ages 6 – 15. Classes are between 40 – 60 children.
Volunteers assist with teaching computers and supporting individual children.
- Working in a school or settlement educare center under the supervision of a teacher or volunteer co‐ordinator
- Giving lessons and managing the class
- Building great relationships with the children in your class and watching them grow
- Learning about South African cultures and way of life
- Making new life time friends
About the children / schools:
- Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa
- The children live in townships such as Dunoon or site 5, these townships usually have 1 tap for many house to share and no electricity
- Children in the program range from 2 – 14yrs.
- School starts at 08:00 and closes and 13:30/14:30
- Many of the children do not pay school fees so the schools funds are stretched and any assistance is welcomed.
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the program and will be involved in:
- Providing one-to-one assistance to children in the classroom
- Giving lessons and managing the class
- Running fun days and sports programs
- Teaching computer skills
- Giving lessons on life issues like HIV awareness, drugs, etc.
- Running after school programs such as sports activities or homework assistance
- Helping with other tasks in schools
- Volunteers work 3 to 5 days a week, between Monday and Friday.
- Working hours at the school or educare centre are between 08:00hrs and 14:00hrs or 09:00hrs and 12:00hrs.
- After school, volunteers can run their own after-school activity with the children or visit one of our other programs.
- Police clearance
- Minimum age of 18
- Intermediate to advanced level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Shared rooms sleeping 2 - 4
- Communal lounge and kitchen
- Dormitories sleeping 4 - 10
- This can be upgraded to private rooms
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. These include:
- Breakfast: self help breakfast of cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast & spreads
- Lunch: self help lunch of breads, fruit, cold meats & spreads
- Dinner: a hot meal will be served every night. These range from a traditional BBQ, stews, casseroles, fresh vegetable etc.
- Tea and coffee will be available all day
- All dinners will include a meat, starch and vegetable
- A generous amount of food will always be given so no one will go hungry
- All other drinks will be at own expense
- A refrigerator is available for volunteer’s personal food
Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs
- Volunteers will be met at Cape Town International airport and taken to their program
- On project days the volunteers will be transported by private car or mini bus. The vehicles are roadworthy and have all relevant licenses and liability insurance
- Airport pick up
- Orientation and welcome BBQ
- Three meals a day
- Transport to and from the program
- Weekly Social Events
- 24 hour support and supervisor on project
- Donation to the NPO to assist with programs
- Certificate of appreciation
Project wish list
- School supplies
- Sports equipment