We believe that WORDS really can change worlds, and we are committed to empowering our children through the gift of reading.
Be part of our diverse group of volunteers. All you need is the love for children, books and the willingness to donate your time!
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Duration: Min 4 weeks
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At the project, we 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.
The founder, Maurita Weissenberg, an experienced remedial teacher, was volunteering at a Junior School in South Africa when she realised that a structured early intervention educational support programme was really needed for learners in Grade 1 - 3 (7 to 9 years old) who`s first language was not English. The programme breaches the gap between `learning to read and reading to learn`.

The project chooses to work with schools that have a good infrastructure and committed teachers: but the people we really hope to be of future service to are the previously disadvantaged families - who are paying high transport costs from township areas, because they want to provide their children with a better education.

We will also refer to the children as learning partners as we believe that you will both be learning from one another. It’s a partnership filled with mutual respect for what you both may bring to this journey you are embarking on.
We want children to have fun while learning and to be excited about what they see and hear. We want to give them the message that any dream is possible. Fear and anxiety do not play a part in learning, and all expectations are put aside.
Your role:
8h30 -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 -16h00:
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)
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 2019, project closed:

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

South African School Holidays 2020, project closed

23 March - 1 April 2020
15 June - 8 July 2020
21 September - 30 September 2020
7 December - 13 January 2021
Min 4 weeks
Additional per week:
7958 ZAR
- Empowering young children to read and learn through books
- Interacting with young children
- Helping Children to build a future
- Encouraging them to excel
- Sharing your love for reading
- Meeting new people and making friends

Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
Any skill is welcome.- please keep in mind that you will be working with children between the ages on 7 to 9 years old.
Language requirement:
Volunteers must have an intermediate to advanced level of competency in English.
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
What's excluded:
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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