Here are a few of the program highlights:
- Program duration varies from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.
- Many departure date options
- International volunteer experience
- Training provided and includes classroom management, lesson planning, curriculum, a local language lesson, township life
- Accommodation in an attractive coastal village
- Optional side trips available
This volunteer project involves teaching primary school children using dedicated one-on-one sessions to help bring them up to required standards.
After working with each child, not only may you see a measurable improvement in their abilities, the children should also be more confident and comfortable once they return to their classrooms.
The children assigned to the program have been selected by their teachers as they require extra tuition. The sessions aim to improve literacy, numeracy, English language skills and confidence levels.
You should typically work with the same small group of students in your one-on-ones each day for 30 minute sessions, then several more in the reading focus and afternoon workshop sessions. Resources, art materials, games and the curriculum will be provided to help you prepare your lessons.
Your typical day
From Monday to Friday you will travel by minibus to the township school where you will work from 9am-4pm, with an hour’s break for lunch. Usually in the morning you will teach individual students and in the afternoon you will conduct small homework and reading workshops. You may also play sports, run art projects and assist with basic childcare for younger children. After school you may spend time preparing your lessons for the next day.
Weekends are free for you to explore the local area and there are many different side trips and activities available such as a safari day trip or a Cape Town cultural weekend.
South Africa has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some
places to consider visiting while you are there.
Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes.
While walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.
National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences. There exist an incredible amount of parks such as Groenkloof, Kruger, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, & Wilderness), Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, and many more.
Many more opportunities
Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing option in this stunning country.