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!
from EUR 2366,70
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

    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.
    Open from January 2023
    Arrivals on Thursday and Departures on Sunday included.

    (should you wish to arrive/ depart on a different day additional costs will be incurred)

    First Term: Arrivals every Thursday starting from: Thursday 19th of January 2023
    Schools open from Thursday 19th January 2023 - Friday 31st of March 2023
    Schools closed: Saturday 01 April to - Sunday 9th of April 2023

    Second Term: Arrivals every Thursday starting from Thursday 6th of April 2023
    Schools open from Monday 10th of April 2023 - Friday 23rd of June 2023
    Schools closed: Saturday 24th of June - Sunday 16th of July 2023

    Third Term: Arrivals every Thursday starting from: Thursday 13th of July 2023
    Schools open from Monday 17th of July - Friday 29nd of September 2023
    Schools closed: Monday 2nd of October - Tuesday 10th of October 2023

    Fourth Term: Arrivals every Thursday starting from: Thursday 5th of October 2023
    Schools open from Tuesday 10th of October - Wednesday 13th of December 2023
    Schools closed: from Thursday 14th of December - January 2024 Dates to be confirmed.
    Min 4 weeks
    Additional per week:
    - 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:
    • 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:
    - Lunch
    - Free time activities
    - Free time transport
    Closest town:
    Cape Town
    Surrounding area:
    FREE Transport to/from Volunteer Project Monday - Friday
    - Volunteer House: shared rooms between 3 - 6 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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