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Enabling Disabled Children

Help give Autistic children a better quality of life.
Volunteer at a unique school for children on the Autism spectrum. Be part of a team that works towards enriching lives of autistic children and helping them deal with everyday activities.
from ZAR 25458 EUR 2058.04 USD 1846.12 GBP 1625.67
Duration: Min 4 weeks
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Use your creativity and compassion to communicate with children who are often gifted in their own unique way, but find mainstream living a challenge. During school volunteers assist in classrooms, take children on outings, and assist in dancing and karate classes; and after school there is the opportunity to help the children develop life-skills such as dressing, grooming, making tea, riding bicycles and basic road safety. The school has beautiful premises and is well equipped to give autistic children (under 18) the best possible quality of life.

This Program is a school for children who are suffering from Autism. The school was founded in 1970 & houses 92 learners, the oldest of only 5 schools in South Africa making provision for learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

As a volunteer, your duties would include assisting the teacher in class, stimulating autistic children in a creative environment as well as one-on-one sessions with learners. Mostly, you will assist in the classrooms as well as at the hostels. Some useful skills would be creativity, patience, a love for children and prior exposure to Autism. It is very important for volunteers to be able to understand a bit about how autistic children experience the world.

After school hours you will be allocated a ‘play time` duty at the different hostels while the children play outdoors under supervision. You will also be involved in indoor hostel duties after this, which involve the supervision of children. Autistic children have to be watched closely at all times, as they can react suddenly and unexpectedly. You will also be required to help with admin work such as photocopying for the teacher. If the receptionist is absent you may also be required to answer the phone, etc.

The Department of Education acknowledges the need for the high staff to learner ratio and allocates more staff to the school in relation to other schools. There are still never enough adults per child, therefore volunteers play a major role in ensuring the children receive individual attention.
Your role:
We are a school of 92 learners and don`t have the manpower to give each child individual attention more than activity time. We also don`t have the staff to implement projects, so you can be involved in all these aspects:

- Assist the teacher in class
- Sometimes work with individual children in an attempt to improve their reading or writing skills
- Assist with hostel duties
- Assist with admin work
- Assist with activities like swimming which is part of the daily summer curriculum.
Is the work dangerous?
Is there a potential risk?
Children might be HIV+ but there is a non disclosure policy in line with Government regulations and laws, so Volunteers need to exercise caution.
Arrival every Thursday for FREE 3 Day Orientation Start date every Monday except during South African School Holidays

South African School Holidays 2019, project closed:

15 March - 2 April 2019
14 June - 9 July 2019
20 September - 1 October 2019
6 December - 2 January 2020
Min 4 weeks
Additional per week:
7956 ZAR
- Teaching children with Autism and making a difference in their lives
- Making a Child smile
- Helping those that are incapable of helping themselves
Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
None, besides a love for children and ability to cope with disabled children. Previous exposure to autistic children would be an advantage.
Language requirement:
Intermediate English - you need to be able to understand enough English to follow instructions from the teachers and other staff, as they guide you in helping the children.
What's included:
- Airport Transfers
- CAPE TOWN ORIENTATION: 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 there
accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday).
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program
- Appointed Supervisor for 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 social)
- Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2 hour surf lesson
What's excluded:
- The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days

- Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa
as You2Africa will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme

- Weekend excursions

- Local Transport

- Own towel and toiletries

- Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date

- Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
Closest town:
Cape Town
Surrounding area:
FREE Transport to/from volunteer project Monday - Friday
- Volunteer House - shared rooms between 3 - 4 volunteers
- Communal lounge and Kitchen
- South African Host Family in local community - own room or shared with another volunteer
Good wholesome fresh meals cooked daily by our You2Africa chef who provides a great cereal breakfast and tasty delicious dinners with weekly menus to suit all culinary tastes.

Lunches are for the volunteers own account and should be taken and eaten at the volunteer project.
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