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Heart for Orphans Senior

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

Minimum 4 weeks
from EUR 2058.04
Duration: Min 4 weeks
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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 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.

Your role:
Volunteers only 21 Years old and above please

08h30 -12h30:
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

13h30 -1630:
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
Is the work dangerous?
Is there a potential risk?
Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in the South Africa so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.
Arrival every Thursday for FREE 3 Day Orientation
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
Min 4 weeks
Additional per week:
7958 ZAR
- 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
Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
Volunteers only 21 Years old and above please
- 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
Language requirement:
Intermediate Advanced English required
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
• 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
Closest town:
Cape Town
Surrounding area:
FREE Transport to/from Volunteer Projects 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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