As a volunteer, you will assist local community teachers and contribute to our effort of providing children with a better education. In addition, you will have the opportunity to organize your own classes.
These are the ways in which you will assist the schools:
- 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 lessons.
- Assist with giving the children their meals. Every child receives a meal, which is often their only meal that day.
- Clean, maintain and even refurbish the classrooms, most of which are quite run down.
You will be working in one of the following school.
Redhill Community Preschool:
This little pre school has been running for over 10 years in Red Hill and the 35 children from the community have been lead by the teaching of a very dedicated lady named Vuyiseka Lombo for the past 4 years. Vuyiseka has been assisted by Ntombi, the cook. The 35 beautiful children range between 2 and 6 yearrs of age, and mostly come from a Xhosa background. The school is run out of several containers with very limited resources. The children are given 2 meals a day, breakfast and lunch, which is sponsored by our organization through our Sponsor a Child Initiative. We have also stepped in by adopting this school and paying for the teacher's and cook’s monthly wages. This will be financed through volunteer project fees.
Situated on the upper slopes of Red Hill, lies Children of Hope, a pre school of 39 children coming from a more Afrikaans background. The school has been in its current location since 2006 and the 2 ladies who run it have been with the kids for 2 years prior to that. Sophia Dick and Ntombi are the amazing women who care for these precious little ones, ranging in age from 3 months to 6 years old. The centre has much better facilities than the rural pre-school, due to a generous donation from a Dutch gentleman, Mr Mags, whose memory lives on as he recently passed away. That said, the children are just as in need of assistance, care and attention as any of the others in this disadvantaged community.
Situated in the township of Masipumelele, the primary school has over 1300 students of up to 49 learners per class. Children are aged from 7 -15 years and range from grades 1-7. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be placed as an assistant teacher in one of many classes needing extra support. Those with specialized teaching areas or interests (ie, Math, English, Science, and Technology) will have the opportunity to be placed with in subject specific teaching. Grades 1-3 remain with the same teacher and do a variety of lessons ranging from English, Math and reading to crafts and physical education.
Volunteers will assist the teacher by:
- Providing extra support for the learners that are struggling to keep up (usually basic Math and English).
- General classroom help and supervision.
- Marking of work.
- Which ever other support is required by the teacher.
Grade 4-7 learners rotate between classes according to their subjects/timetable. Volunteer help in the older classes will be more subject specific and the volunteer should feel comfortable with the subjects they choose to assist in. For those volunteers that have experience in teaching or a willingness to teach, they will have the opportunity to create and present their own classes at the teacher’s approval. After having spent the morning at one of the schools that we work with, you will assist in the local community in various aspects 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, as a result of which they are limited to the amount of children they can accommodate. As a volunteer, you will assist with fixing fences and windows, and rebuilding and painting classrooms. This project will also involve community litter, glass and rubbish collection.
Volunteers will assist teachers with after school care by helping with game playing, reading (both one-on-one with the kids and to the group during story time), and with other activities they engage the children with i.e. art, music, and dancing.
Masiphumelele has been blessed with a wonderfully-resourced library and great facilities. The library offers many services to the community and volunteers slot into some of the existing programs offered at the library. These include arts and crafts, puzzles, games, literacy, one on one reading, homework club and math club.
- Assisting in community pre-schools and primary schools.
- Work with disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
- A cableway trip to the summit of Table Mountain where you will find the best views of Cape Town. The cable car's rotating floor ensures that all passengers get a 360 degree aerial view of the city.
- Reading to and doing crafts with the children.
- Helping to uplift the community through education, health care and building projects.
- A visit to Cape Point, situated within the Southern Section of Table Mountain National Park which is globally recognized for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora - with rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats! See the baboons and perhaps some ostrich or buck if you are lucky!
- A trip to Boulders Beach, home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and visitors will love the penguins and their antics. Also a safe and enjoyable swimming or snorkelling spot.
- Immerse yourself in local “Capetonian” culture and make friends for life!
From April 2008 to May 2009 our volunteers contributed over 7,500 hours to community and child development in Cape Town South Africa, through school teaching and community initiatives. Our project structures, together with the support and advice of our charitable foundation team at The Happy Africa Foundation, are continuously assessing our work and project strategies to ensure that these hours are meaningful with measurable outcomes. For the same period, we have helped pay for children’ school fees for an entire year through our Sponsor a child programme as well as having rebuilt homes in Redhill township.
Optional activities and excursions:
Guideline prices for popular activities offered in and around Cape Town:
- Aquila private game reserve – a Big 5 reserve situated 2 hours drive outside of Cape Town: +-ZAR1500 pp (based on a minimum of 4 pax), which includes a buffet breakfast, lunch and a 3 hour game drive. It is also a possible opportunity to pet cheetahs.
- City hop on-hop off double-decker bus: +- ZAR130pp.
- Shark Cage Diving: +- ZAR1500pp (including transport and based on a minimum of 4 pax).
- Sky diving: +- ZAR2000 (including transport and based on a minimum of 2 pax).
- Abseiling down Table Mountain: +-ZAR495.
- Surfing lessons: +-ZAR250.
Where will I sleep?
Volunteers will stay in a fully furnished house situated at the foot of Chapman’s Peak in the rustic town of Noordhoek. The house is on a private and secure one acre property and boasts a swimming pool and barbeque facilities. The house is comfortable, spacious, and within easy walking distance of a shopping mall and cinema. It is also staffed with a cook and cleaner and each room has a fridge and an en-suite bathroom. Other facilities include satellite television, a snooker table and a lock-up safe for your valuables. All bedding is provided, but you will however need to bring your own towels please.
You will be provided with three meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis consisting of cereals/porridge, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner will be cooked or prepared for you by one of our chefs at your volunteer house. On weekends you will need to cook your own meals (we will provide ingredients) as our staff will need to be given time off. Weekends are usually a good time for tourist activities and exploring the surrounding area, so this is the time that a lot of volunteers are out and about.
How do I get there and travel around?
Our Destination Manager will assist you with the procedures and one of our representatives will meet you at the airport upon your arrival in Cape Town. You will then be escorted to your volunteer base in Fish Hoek.
Volunteers on our Cape Town Teaching program do not require any formal qualifications or previous experience. Orientation Upon arrival at our project base on the outskirts of Cape Town, all volunteers are involved in a comprehensive orientation programme, which is included in your fee. This is facilitated by your Project Manager and entails:
- An introduction to the city of Cape Town and surrounding Cape Peninsula, as well as the communities you will be working in.
- An introduction to all of our Cape Town projects. Not only will you see where you will be working, you will also see where your fellow volunteers will be spending their days.
- Volunteers will also receive our detailed Welcome Pack, which will contain further information for your time with us.
Support Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of our experienced Volunteer Coordinators. They are part of our greater support team, which will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
A day in the life:
Please note that your itineraries may differ from this, depending on your own experience and the number of other volunteers on the placement at the same time, and this is simply to give an example:
07:00 Rise and Shine! Eat breakfast of cereals, toast, tea/coffee, and begin to get ready for your project.
07:45 Head off on a short drive to your morning project.
08:00 Start work at your community school. To make sure you teach a variety of classes, you will rotate between different tasks and classes.
12:30 After serving the children their lunch, you will be picked up from your project and taken to your volunteer house, where lunch will be waiting for you.
14:30 Leave for one of your afternoon community projects. You will spend the afternoon playing with the children at the schools and library or building and painting classrooms.
16:30 End of the working day. You will be picked up from your project and taken home where we evaluate the day and discuss the schedule for the next day. You can also opt to be dropped off in town to check your emails.
18:30 Dinner at your volunteer house. After dinner, volunteers often go for a few drinks at one of the local night spots.
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This fee facilitates funding for items such medical supplies, building materials, equipment, vehicles and for developing new housing for volunteers to provide for the expansion of the project.
- All airport transfers from Cape Town International Airport upon arrival and departure.
- Comprehensive orientation program.
- All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay.
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house.
- Weekly laundry service during your stay.
- Assistance in your projects by various representatives of our staff and Project Managers.
- Outings to Cape Point – the most South-Western tip of Africa, Boulders Beach – to see the African Penguin colony and a trip to the summit of world famous Table Mountain.
- What is the minimum stay: 2 weeks
- Where exactly is it: Cape Town Southern Peninsula
- What will I be doing: Contributing to child and community development on the outskirts of Cape Town, through teaching, building and painting at local underprivileged schools.
Prices from: £835/€1085/$1505.
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