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Enjoy a volunteer combination of working in a school in the mornings and spend afternoons at a home for children and teens (aged 5-17).

At the home for children and teens, the volunteer`s day is spent in the mornings at a secondary school. The school is based in Observatory and volunteers will be participating in the morning component of our `Words Changing Worlds` project. At this project they provide a literacy programme to support children at English-speaking, inner-city schools whose first language is not English and who need a little extra help. Afternoons are spent at the children`s home based in Athlone, once the children return from school. The children are in need of positive adult attention, as well as assistance with their homework, playing games, sports and general guidance.

With both choices, activities depend on the age of the children, but giving children positive attention and meeting them at their level is the biggest requirement.

The home has limited resources and therefore are grateful for any help and all contributions. Having volunteers increases the ratio of children-adults, therefore enabling each child to receive more individual attention, and more chance of noticing and dealing with emotional problems before they escalate.
Price per person 1,818 EUR
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Heart For Teens

Project Highlights

- Observe children developing and discovering new things
- Form friendships with children
- The joy of lots of loves and hugs from small people
- Developing relationships and crossing culture barriers
- Being a positive influence and guiding teens to make good decisions
- Altruistic feeling of doing something meaningful

Weekly Schedule & Activities

08:30 -12:30
Spend some one-on-one time with children in the literacy programme
- Assist with reading, spelling and pronunciation
- Assist with word games
- Assist children with key problems in regards to reading
- Create conversation to encourage language development
- Listen and support

13:30 -16:30
This is your chance to shine and bring your own individual skills to the table
- Take initiative and develop an after school activity that is within your area of personal interest but also that would be fun for the children
- Anything goes - from teaching children to playing chess to drama classes
- Part of your project donation amount goes towards resources for the afternoon activities you initiate (within reason and depending on the activity)
- Assist with administration work
- Help children with homework and projects
- Assist in word games, reading and basic language in the literacy programme
- Listen and offer guidance
- Assist with arranging after school activities

School Holidays

This project is closed during the South African school holidays.

2018
23 June - 16 July
29 September - 8 October
18 December - 8 January 2019

2019
15 March - 2 April 2019
14 June - 9 July 2019
20 September - 1 October 2019
6 December - 2 January 2020

However, if there are holiday camps running, there will be work during the school holiday periods. Just contact your travel advisor who can check this for you.

Inclusions

- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Accommodation
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on the social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- Intermediate English
- Volunteer application form with your reason for choosing this project

Difficulty Level

- Easy to medium physical work
- Large emotional investment

Is There a Potential Risk?

The work itself is not dangerous. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa, so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Accommodation

You can choose to be accommodated in a Volunteer House OR with a South African Host Family in local community (own room or shared room with another volunteer (same gender). The Volunteer House is a very nice backpackers hostel and the guests staying there are mainly volunteers.

Here is some additional info about your accommodation in the case of a Volunteer House:
- Shared rooms between 4-6 volunteers

Local transport

- Your airport transfers are included in the price.
- A You2Africa shuttle (door to door from host family/volunteer house direct to project) is included in the price.
- Volunteers can also hire a car (at their own cost; only with valid a driver's license).

Arrive Thursday for orientation, start volunteering Monday.

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