Description: You will find that most of the schools have meagre and ill-equipped facilities; but a wealth of children with a desire to learn. As a volunteer, you will assist teachers and contribute to our efforts to provide our children with a better education. In addition, you will have the opportunity to organize your own classes.As a volunteer you will assist the schools during the mornings with the following tasks:Assistant teaching: Provide individual attention and assistance to children during lessons Help with crafts, painting, reading and games Organize special needs classes for children who have not been able to keep up with the pace of the regular classes Help with meal distribution: Every child receives a meal, which is often their only meal that day. Help clean, maintain and even refurbish the classrooms, most of which are quite run down. After having spent the morning at one of the schools, you will assist the local community services in the afternoon. You will rotate between the following community projects:Building and painting schools: Schools in Red Hill deal with a great shortage of classrooms and facilities. They are often dilapidated and ill-equipped. As a volunteer, you will help repair fences and windows and re-build and paint classrooms in order to provide and safer and more attractive educational environment. Educare Centre: Volunteers will assist teachers with after school care by playing games, reading (both one-on-one with the kids and to the group during story time), and other activities such as art, music, and dancing.Primary School extra-mural involvement: The school principal is very keen to get the sports' programme up and running. Wednesday afternoons are now dedicated for that purpose. Volunteers can help coach sports' activities including volleyball, netball, soccer and rugby. Masiphumelele Library: Masiphumelele has a library with wonderful resources and facilities. The library offers many services to the community and volunteers are often slotted into existing programs offered at the library. These include arts and crafts, puzzles, games, literacy, one on one reading, homework club and math club.Volunteers stay in one of two fully furnished houses, just 20 meters apart, in the beautiful seaside town of Fish Hoek on the coastline of False Bay. The house is within easy walking distance of the safe and beautiful beach and a short drive from Cape Town. Volunteers are provided with two cooked meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis and usually consists of cereal / porridge, toast, tea and coffee.FAST FACTS:Project length: Min 2 weeks Project costs: US$1390 for 2 weeks (subject to exchange rate changes) Discount: 20% discount if you apply for 4 weeks or more Location of project: Cape Town, South Africa Arrival airport: Cape Town International Airport Volunteer work: teaching and community work Number of participants: up to 10 International volunteers Age limit: 18 - 70 WHATS INCLUDED:Accommodation: comfortable rooms for 2-3 people Food: 3 meals a day Airport pickup: Included on arrival and departure day Excursions: daily trips to places of interest around Cape Town Orientation kit: full project details will be sent following registration Training: Pre-departure preparation and In-country orientation Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support WHATS NOT INCLUDED:Flights, Insurance, Personal expenses and Visa (if required)Requirements:Min age 18 Good level of English Flexibility and open mindedness High level of independence and emotional strength Motivation to work with children Full travel & medical insurance Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
Organization's Mission Statement: This project aims to assist the children in the Red Hill pre-schools, in the out-skirts of Cape Town. The schools have a severe lack of facilities. Educational materials are drawn from containers that are donations to community.
Duration/Frequency: Ongoing Position
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