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Loving Cape Town kids

Volunteer your time at a pre-school and after care centre with LOVE
Making a difference in a child's life
from EUR 1100
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks
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    Loving Cape Town kids was established to provide hope for the future through early childhood education and care to the community of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

    Volunteers work within a school in the morning and at an aftercare centre in the afternoon.

    Over the last 13 years the school has grown and thanks to the generosity of our various corporate and private sponsors, renovations to the existing school buildings were started in 2007. It was completed in 2012 and now consists of 11 classrooms, 17 toilets, a well-equipped kitchen, covered verandah and large playground.

    Today Loving Cape Town kids provides childcare and pre-school education for 250 disadvantaged children aged between 10 months and 6 years. The young ones are cared for in a loving way, are taught Christian values, the English language and hygiene, along with being provided with a balanced nutritional diet.

    After the school the volunteers work at an after care centre which was founded in 2004 and has since been steadily growing caring for over 90 children.

    The holistic After School Care program is to the primary school children of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement of Hout Bay. This service includes home visiting, advocacy and referral for their family carers. We work to ensure that family units remain strong under the strain of illness and poverty and to support communities in caring for their orphaned and vulnerable children.

    We long for a world where every child has a hope and a future and the effects of poverty, trauma, and HIV & AIDS are no longer seen.

    The core value that the centre holds: every child, regardless of race, colour, religion, history or current living situation is individually loved by the all encompassing love of God. It is this love that causes us to seek the very best for every child we work with in every aspect of that child’s life – physical, social, educational, emotional and spiritual. It is our belief that this love is able to bring fullness of life,

    Your role:
    The morning:

    Assisting Class Teacher with the following duties:
    • Welcoming children and assisting with getting ready for their day at the school
    • Breakfast – help with laying and clearing of tables, supervise eating during breakfast, snack & lunchtime.
    • Brushing of teeth – assist with toothpaste, supervise brushing of teeth, washing of hands and toilet routine during and between lessons. Toilets, wash basins and floor are to be kept clean
    • Assist teacher in all areas of the daily class creative activities – this depends on daily activity and program which teacher has to follow.
    • Before morning break – prepare fruit and hand out to children. Water /tea to be served to each child
    • Outside play – teachers and volunteers to supervise and play with children e.g. ball games etc.
    • Music Ring – assist with songs, rhythmic, games and books
    • Lunchtime – tables and chairs to be moved onto verandah, oversee eating and help with clearing
    • Sleeping time – assist with floor cleaning and preparing classroom for resting time
    • Assist in kitchen with food service
    • Volunteers are able to assist with art, music or physical science during class or in the afternoon
    • Some pupils may need special attention with English, writing, drawing, math or general school work. The class teacher will advise volunteers where to assist

    The afternoon:

    • Assist in our After-School Care Program (reading, teaching, doing homework, playing games)
    • Assisting or Coordinating a Holiday Club program (runs for 1 week, twice a year – April & June)
    • Help us organise a quarterly outing for our children (find fun and educational places to visit)
    o Help teach computers, in the food gardens, a sport, or some other passion you have
    o Help us keep our website up to date
    o Help us improve our marketing
    o Run a fundraising event for us
    o Help us find an activist for every child and their family under our care
    o Coordinate Christmas boxes for each of our 90 children at the end of every year
    o Coordinate or fund our annual Christmas Party
    o Offer your professional services (Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Remedial Teachers, Dieticians, etc)
    o Use your green fingers to help make our grounds look beautiful

    Please note:
    1. Volunteers should refrain from picking up older children, carrying them around, allowing them to cling to their legs or to play with their hair
    2. Volunteers may never use physical punishment or degrading remarks to discipline any child
    3. Volunteers should treat all children equally i.e. no favoritism
    4. Volunteers should always liaise with class teacher before planning something different to existing program
    5. Volunteers to liaise with Principal should any problem whatsoever arise
    6. Working hours are Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am to 17.00pm. Please bring your own snacks or food. Tea is available.
    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.
    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

    Minimum 2 weeks
    Additional per week:
    - Empowering young children through education
    - Encouraging love of learning and education
    - Empowerment and self-development
    - Meeting people, learning about other cultures, gaining an understanding of the challenges facing the majority of South African youth
    Minimum age:
    Police clearance:
    Special skills required:
    • Patience, tolerance and respect towards children
    • Agility and energy to engage in physical child play
    • Willingness to work closely with teacher – remembering that the teacher is in charge and the volunteer is assisting her. The teacher is ultimately responsible for the children in her care.
    • Stress-resilience
    Language requirement:
    Basic English
    What's included:
    • Thursday arrival transfer from Cape Town/ Airport to accommodation.
    • Sunday departurture transfer from accommodation to Cape Town/ Airport
    Friday Cape Town city walking tour which covers South Africa history, social skills, transport, safety and projects, Transport and Lunch included.
    Saturday Cape Penisular tour. Explore the beauty that is Hout bay, the famous chapmans peak drive, Cape point nature reserve and hang out with the african penguins on bolders beach. Transprt and Lunch included.
    •All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Program
    •Appointed co-ordinators for duration of program
    •Accommodation: volunteer house/ host family. Volunteer house
    •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
    • Bi weekly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers
    •Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes upon completion of questionaire
    - FREE 2 Hour Surf Lesson
    What's excluded:
    - 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 for social activities
    - Catered meals
    - Use of Phone: Landline or Mobile costs
    - Towels and Toiletries
    - Accommodation if you arrive before start date or after project end
    - Transport to accommodation if you arrive before start date or leave after project end
    Closest town:
    Hout Bay Cape Town
    Surrounding area:
    Cape Town
    Provided to and from project.

    Free time: Volunteers must use public transport at their own cost.
    Hout Bay Volunteer House
    Is set in the beautiful Hout Bay!

    A quiet and comfortable House in the valley of Hout Bay. Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, and easily accessible by public transport.

    The House is conveniently located close to the beach and shopping centre, where a variety of activities are offered. These include: Surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, sea kayaking, hiking trails, top restaurants, wine and township tours, and if that's not enough there's loads of live entertainment!

    Rooms sleep 2-4 with shared full bathrooms

    Communal living area, dining room and kitchen
    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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