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Volunteer at a children`s home for babies and toddlers (birth to 5 years)
from EUR 3000
Duration: Min 8 weeks
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    Volunteer either at an orphanage with babies and toddlers (aged newborn - 5 years)

    The babies and toddlers are hungry for love and attention, and are in need of being changed, fed and held all through the day. The home has a lovely play area outside, as well as a crèche where the infants` learning can be stimulated.
    At the orphanage they try hard to be more like a family than an institution - there is also a strong focus on trying to reunite the child with its natural family if possible. These children are wards of the state waiting to be adopted, either coming through children`s court after having been removed from abusive families, or abandoned very young. This home can accommodate about 60 children, and they currently have more boys than girls. The spread of age groups is fairly fluid as there are constant changes – children get adopted and leave, and new children arrive.

    The orphanages have 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:
    - Play simple games with babies and children
    - Assist with feedings and afternoon nap times
    - Read stories to the children
    - Assist creche supervisor with keeping children busy and keeping creche tidy
    - Assist with cooking, laundry and gardening (optional)
    - Initiate and co-ordinate activities: sports, games, drama, art, music, story telling
    - Arrange and take out children on outings
    - Assist with Administration work
    Is the work dangerous?
    Is there a potential risk?
    Some children might be HIV+ but there is a non-disclosure policy in line with Government regulations and laws, so volunteers need to exercise caution.
    SCHOOL PROJECTS CLOSES:- Sunday 17th of December 2023.

    FIRST TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 11th of January - Sunday 17th of March 2024.


    SECOND TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 4th of April - Sunday 16th of June 2024


    THIRD TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 4th of July - Sunday 22nd of September 2024


    FOURTH TERM ARRIVALS:- Thursday 26th of September - Sunday 15th of December 2024

    Min 8 weeks
    Additional per week:
    5500 ZAR
    - Observe children developing and discovering new things
    - Being present for babies` first words, and first steps
    - 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:
    - Relaxed and friendly with children, but also firm with the naughty ones
    - Ability to comfort and calm distressed toddlers and babies
    - 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 orphanages)
    - Assist with homework from school (older orphanage)
    - Creativeness in regards to after school activities
    - Good listening skills
    Language requirement:
    Intermediate to advanced English for the senior project - you need to be able to communication with children and adults in the community.
    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 Athlone
    Surrounding area:
    FREE Transport to/from Project Daily
    - 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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