Besides upliftment through sports coaching, you will have the opportunity to be involved in our rural pre-school, as well as participate in community building projects. Together with the support and advice of our charitable foundation team at The Happy Africa Foundation, we are continuously assessing our work and project strategies to ensure that work on this project remains meaningful, with measurable outcomes. We are working hard to improve children's physical well-being through our education programmes as well as paving the way for a grass soccer field for the children of Masipumelele Township.
Masiphumelele Primary School:
This is the only primary school servicing the township of Masiphumelele, which has in excess of 35,000 residents. This is a Xhosa speaking school with over 1300 pupils and 33 teachers. The average classroom has between 45-49 children with only 1 teacher, so your efforts to assist will be hugely appreciated. PE lessons run for 30mins each day, from 8:30 am until 12:30, with each grade sending 2 classes at a time. After having spent the morning at the primary school, 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. Volunteers with adult skills such as computer, administration, financial or training can also add huge value to the teachers lives.
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.
- Taking physical education lessons with disadvantaged children.
- Bringing fresh ideas and stimulation to the children.
- Helping to uplift the community through education, health care, building projects.
- Immerse yourself in local “Capetonian” culture and make friends for life!
Optional activities and excursions:
These are not included in your volunteering fee, but our coordinators are able to assist you with making the necessary booking arrangements.
- Vivacious Cape Town is one of the most stunning cities on the globe. It is the home to the heritage site of Nelson Mandela’s prison home, Robben Island; it is the gateway to the stunning Western Cape wine lands; and boasts magnificent beaches, amongst other spectacular highlights.
- The "Wild Coast" along the eastern frontier of South Africa is a collection of unrivalled surf spots, beautiful beaches and cultural stops that will intrigue even the most seasoned traveler, endearing this land to you.
- Garden Route weekend.
Guideline prices for popular activities offered in and around Cape Town:
- Aquila private game reserve – a "Big 5" reserve situated 2 hours drive out of Cape Town: +-ZAR1500 pp (based on a minimum of 5 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?
We will meet you at the airport! 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.
Do I need experience, is there orientation?
Volunteers do not require any previous coaching exerience in order to join this program and we welcome both experienced and qualified volunteers, as well as those who just have a keen interest in sports! 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.
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 Get up and eat breakfast of cereals, toast, tea/coffee, and start getting ready for your project.
07:45 Head off on the short drive to the Primary School.
08:30-12.30 Help run PE lessons with Nceba.
12:30-12.45 You will be picked up from your project, and taken to your volunteer house, where lunch is waiting for you.
14.30 Leave for one of the community projects. You will spend the afternoon playing with the children at the schools, assisting with the Educare Project, local library, sports 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 emails.
18.30 Dinner at your volunteer house. After dinner, volunteers often go for either a few drinks at one of the local night spots, go to the beach or the gym.
- 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, etc. Project fees are also used to buy vehicles/equipment for the project, 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 staff and Project Managers.
Project Travel Highlights Included in your Placement:
- 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.
- A visit to the summit of Table Mountain where you will find the best views of Cape Town. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under 10 minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensures that all passengers get a 360 degree aerial view of the city.
- What is the minimum stay: 2 weeks
- Where exactly is it: Cape Town, South Africa
- What will I be doing: Change the lives of disadvantaged children through sports coaching and physical education.
Price from: £835/€1085/$1505.
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