Pre-school Township Volunteer - Western Cape, South Africa
A perfect introduction into the world of international volunteering; volunteer in a South African pre-school within a township on the Western Cape, & spend your free time enjoying the magnificent beach resort of the Strand.
As is the case in many developing communities, South Africa has a huge divide between rich and poor communities. Many people live in townships without adequate resources and facilities for their children to receive a decent education. These disadvantaged townships can only rely on local charities to provide better quality education and care for their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Volunteers are needed to assist teachers at a day-care centre in a deprived township in South Africa. The project provides activities and three meals a day for roughly 60 children (aged from 7 months to 6 years of age). Regrettably however, there are very few full time staff present at this day-care centre to properly care for all the children - there is therefore a huge need for extra pairs of hands.
Why you are needed?
This is an inspiring social project that effectively makes a difference to many young lives. As a volunteer here you will take an active role in assisting the teachers at the centre with their classes. What does assisting teachers involve? Well, as the children are very young, you will basically be taking part in a range of fun activities: telling them stories, singing, playing, and helping them discover crafts, art and music.
- What's included?
- Dates & duration
- Project life
- Flights & Visas
- Pre-departure information and advice
- In-country assistance and support
- 24-hour emergency contacts
- In-country induction or training
- Donation to the project
- Transportation: airport pick-up, airport drop-off, transportation from the accommodation to the project and back
- Accommodation: volunteer residence
- Food: included, but self-catered
What's NOT included?
- Sightseeing activities
- Monthly stipend
Dates and duration
- Each year, the project is closed between 11th December - 15th January for Christmas, New Year and School Summer holidays.
- Other than the above, the project starts throughout the year.
- Please arrange your arrival for Cape Town International Airport - project starts every day of the week
- Minimum stay is 2 weeks.
- Maximum Duration: 12 weeks
Please check availability with a Twin Work & Volunteer travel advisor. Call 0800 80 483 80 or contact us.
- Minimum age: 18 years old.
- Good spoken English.
- Since you will be working with children, you need to be an outgoing and enthusiastic person with a genuine care and concern for children.
- International volunteers are welcome
Once you arrive in Strand, your first day will be spent getting to know more about the project - where you will be working, who you will be working with, and what activities you will be assisting the teachers with. You will also be introduced to the staff and the children at the school.
During your induction you will be provided with information about:
- The history of the project and the social problems that instigated its development.
- How to effectively assist teachers with the different types of activities/games that you will be doing.
- The main differences between the education system in the UK and that in South Africa.
Your main tasks as a volunteer will be to assist the teachers and staff with the pre-schoolers, help them feed the little ones at lunchtime as well as general duties in the nursery. You will be assigned to the oldest group of children - the 4 to 6 year olds, however, if you prefer to look after the younger children (babies and toddlers) this can also be arranged.
You are expected to be at the day-care centre from Monday to Friday (9am to 3pm). However, as the project is fairly flexible, you are more than welcome to spend a few extra hours at the end of the day to play games with the children.
Accommodation and Food
The project's accommodation is situated 7km away from your place of work in a beautiful volunteers apartment on the beachfront.
The volunteers apartment has two main bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 volunteers at one time. Volunteers have access to a shared living room leading onto the terrace.
The location of your apartment gives you every opportunity to enjoy this beautiful South African region - you can take part in several water sports from swimming to surfing and kite surfing.
Every morning you will be provided with a breakfast of cereals, yogurts and fruits. You will have a fully equipped modern kitchen in the apartment and you'll be given a food allowance of ZAR 350 per week so that you can prepare your own lunches and evening meals.
On occasion, the Project Co-ordinator may pop round to cook you dinner in the evening.
Flights, Transportation & Visas
- Flights are not included
- Please arrange to fly into Cape Town International Airport. You can arrive any day of the week to ensure that you can buy the cheapest flights you can find!
- An arrival transfer is included from Cape Town International Airport.
- A tourist visa is required for Commonwealth, US and European citizens - This can be obtained upon arrival at the airport.
CIBT Visa advice...
For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.
Safety & Insurance
- All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.
- We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
- We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provide support locally.
- We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
- If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.
Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.
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