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 orphanage 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.
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
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 play chess to drama classes.
- Part of your project 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
Start date every Monday except during South African School Holidays
South African School Holidays 2017:
01 - 18 January 2017
31 March - 11 April 2017
30 June - 24th of July
29 September - 09 October 2017
08 December 2017 - 16 January 2018
South African School Holidays 2018, project closed:
29 March - 9 April 2018
23 June - 16 July 2018
29 September - 8 October 2018
18 December - 8 January 2019
However, if there are holiday camps running, there will be work during the above holiday periods
- 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
- Relaxed and friendly with children, but also firm with the naughty kids
- Ability to play games and sing songs and be like a child
- Ability to communicate in a warm and simple way - meet children at their level
- Basic counseling and conflict management (for older orphanage)
- Assist with homework from school (older orphanage)
- Creativeness in regards to after school activities
- Good listening skills
- 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
- 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
• 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
• Lunches (not provided by host/host family)
• Towel and toiletries
• Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
• Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
- Communal lounge and Kitchen
- South African Host Family in local community - own room or shared with another volunteer
Lunches are for the volunteers own account and should be taken and eaten at the volunteer project.