Wild Coast Schools

Computer literacy with kids in a rural environment can make a huge impact
from ZAR 17250 EUR 1394.50 USD 1250.91 GBP 1101.53
Duration: Min 2 weeks
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Teach, plan and develop resources on a day-to-day basis.
Be part of the after school sports development initiative.
Deliver computer lessons in our solar powered mobile computer lab the Big Green e-Machine
Provide support to a local orphanage

Computer literacy, Environmental & Aesthetic upliftment Gardening and Environmental Education.
The primary focus of Wild Coast Schools involves developing computer literacy skills within the classroom.
Volunteers work under the guidance of highly qualified project facilitators to deliver daily lessons.
Give your input nput in the schools and run art clubs when required. Afternoon sports training and environmental awareness.
Your role:
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work closely with children in a supported and professional classroom environment.
Your mornings are spent teaching basic computer literacy in various schools in our area.

Afternoons are broken into the following activities:

Mondays – Community Gardening Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays – Sports Club
Wednesdays – visit to a local orphanage
Is the work dangerous?
No
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.
Dates:
Arrival every Thursday for FREE 3 Day Orientation
Start date every Monday except during South African School Holidays
South African School Holidays 2015:
10th December 2015 – 13th January 2016

South African School Holidays 2016:
18 March - 05 April 2016
24 June - 18 July 2016
30 September - 10 October 2016
07 December - 18 January 2017

However, if there are holiday camps running, there will be work during the above holiday periods
Duration:
Min 2 weeks
Additional per week:
Highlights:
The peri-urban and rural schools of South Africa have found themselves in the restrictive scenario of “equal education” policies in a country consisting of vastly different levels of development. One of the major areas to be overlooked within the education system is that relating to the technology fields.
Computer Literacy, considered in today’s developed societies as a basic human right, is only in its infancy in the Wild Coast region. In the few schools that have electricity, very few have computers, and those that have computers have been left to develop in a vacuum with inappropriate and non-existent support structures for the maximising of the resource potential they have. We are committed to resource schools with computers and put into place the necessary training and continued support for these schools to allow them to produce competitive learners for the demanding technological world of adulthood.
It is into this challenging and exciting arena that is appealing to the international volunteer community to support, through appropriate skill provision, for the attainment of these targets.
The most recent innovative development to the project is a fully self-sustainable 4x4 mobile computer lab that operates on solar power. It is equipped with 11 laptops and a server. This directly addresses the lack of technology in the extreme rural areas. Furthermore, the mobile lab has proved to be the solution to the lack of space, security risks to assets and the unreliable or nonexistent electricity supply. The Big Green allows the Wild Coast Schools Project to expand teaching opportunities, and identifies the potential expansion into adult community classes.


Interactive Sport’s Development
The Wild Coast Schools sport’s initiative is an exciting drive to introduce and develop on-going growth and appreciation in the sporting arena in socio-economically challenged areas of the Wild Coast.
For the most part, schools lack the resources and the capacity to provide effective sports opportunities for their learners.
It is into this void that the Wild Coast Schools team will be employing their energy, enthusiasm and skill.
The program will strive towards creating a formal sporting framework where new sport’s disciplines,teamwork and the understanding of sport etiquette are developed. In a country such as South Africa,sport is able to encourage not only a healthy lifestyle, but also develop necessary social skills and peer
understanding that is essential to the stability and well being of our society.
Wild Coast Schools has become increasingly involved in environmental aspects of the school.
Volunteer presence in the area hasallowed Wild Coast Schools to partner with the WWF/WESSA Eco-schools programme by providing booster support to existing environmental projects under the guidance of the Eco-schools team. This partnership continues to grow and involves supporting a range of targets
from Marine and Coastal Education,Water and Sanitation, Vegetable gardens to general aesthetic improvements and playground development.
Minimum age:
18
Police clearance:
No
Special skills required:
Love of children computers and patience required !
Language requirement:
Intermediate English required
What's included:
- Breakfast is self-service and provided by the volunteer house host
- Lunch is sandwiches and fruit
- Supper is a cooked meal provided by the volunteer house host (we do cater for vegetarians)
- Airport Transfers

ORIENTATION
A pre-project familiarization and orientation, will take place before volunteers are placed into the project for their school responsibilities.
Topics and activities covered in orientation:
• Understanding South Africa - Socio-political & historical developments
• Culture & traditions – what to be aware of in your placement
• Project overview by facilitating team
• Teaching methodology explained
• Lesson preparation and delivery
• Visit to the schools for practical introduction to the labs and systems.

Project Support
Support centre, Chintsa East
o 24 hr personalised contact person available
o Professional, full time facilitators for planning & mentoring
o Weekly feedback, troubleshooting and planning sessions with co-ordinating team
o Transport to and from projects
o Internet, fax, phone and post facilities (reduced rates for volunteers)
o TV & DVD in volunteer house
o Free use of canoes
o Surfboard hire and surf school lessons at reduced rate
What's excluded:
•All flights
•The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days
•Travel insurance
•Weekend excursions
•Local Transport
•Towel and toiletries
•Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
•Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
Closest town:
East London
Surrounding area:
Transport:
Yes daily project to/from project from Volunteer House to project 15 minute drive
Wild Coast Schools has its own house in the quaint seaside village of Chintsa East. Volunteers will be staying in shared accommodation (two - four to a room) in this awesome house overlooking the beach. The house is within a few minutes walk of the beach & volunteers will have access to canoes and beach
accessories. Accommodations have most mod cons (including daily visits from the monkeys!)
Meals:
Breakfasts are early and healthy. Volunteers will have access to a buffet style breakfast which will include fresh fruit, toast and jams, a range of cereals, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Please note that yoghurt and fried breakfasts are not included in the buffet.
Lunch is in the form of sandwiches and fruit. Each volunteer is responsible for their own lunch and they will have access to all the necessary ingredients over breakfast to make this. White, brown and whole wheat bread, cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, jams, peanut butter and cold meats will be
provided for sandwiches.
Dinners are scrumptious home cooked sit down meals. These will be prepared by staff and we cater for vegetarians at all times. We will also give volunteers the opportunity to enjoy traditional food at our once off Xhosa Dinner Party (depending on length of stay), as well as a weekly “braai” (BBQ).
Leonie Griesel
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Doris Wolf
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