What is Community Teaching in Cape Town all about?
Assist with early years education and homework clubs in South Africa by joining us for community teaching volunteering in Cape Town. You will assist with providing essential teaching support in the poverty stricken communities in the townships of Cape Town. Through education the project aims to promote, support and provide Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) with better opportunities and futures. Pre-school preparation has been identified as being extremely important and this project helps to give children from impoverished backgrounds a head start by focusing on the basic skills. It also works with after school programmes with homework support. Where possible, the schools are looking to incorporate sports and arts into their programmes, as these are often deemed less important than academic subjects.
Throughout this volunteer experience you will have rewarding opportunities to help prepare and implement weekly learning activities as well as getting to know the children. You will leave knowing that you have helped in a small way in providing teachers and children with pre-school education and homework support.
Why choose this Community Teaching volunteer project?
As a teaching volunteer, you are an essential part of the project team, assisting in the efforts in providing OVCs from townships with a better education and a brighter future. These pre-schools and after school clubs are desperate for extra educational support, from delivering the day-to-day curriculum to providing a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn. Extra pairs of hands are always needed in these resource poor communities. You will really love getting to know the children, learning how to engage large numbers of children and assisting the teachers with their daily efforts to provide children with quality education.
Role of the Teaching Volunteer in South Africa
As a teaching volunteer placement vary due to the ever changing needs of the community. The placements and your role may include:
- Pre-school – support the development of the children, as schools are often understaffed and lacking in essential resources. Help is needed to prepare them for their move to primary school where English is part of their curriculum through song, play, and fun activities!
- After-school Care – established in 2007 by grandmothers who saw the need to provide a safe environment for at-risk children. You will provide reading support, homework help, planning outdoor and gardening activities, and arts and crafts.
In addition to teaching and depending of the length of time that you are volunteering, you may be able to also become involved in community work related to OVCs, sports development, dance or healthcare initiatives. Please speak to a Kaya Placement Advisor if you would like to find out more. During the school holidays there will be holiday clubs and other activities so your support will be valued.
What skills do I need to be a Community Teacher in South Africa?
Teaching in the schools requires no formal experience but those who have worked with children before or in an educational setting are most desired. As projects like this have many needs and with children’s needs changing each day the adaptability of volunteers to help in different situations is key to the project. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project. if you are a trained teacher and have classroom experience your skills will be most welcome!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Help a local team to uplift a community through education
To assist local childcare and education workers in providing structured impactful education to children of the townships
Improve your CV/Resume to enhance your career
Where will I work in South Africa?
Considered to be amongst the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, with its crystal blue waters resting under the shadow of the magnificent Table Mountain, has the city wrapped around its base. Cape Town, like many cities in South Africa, houses some of the richest as well as some of the poorest communities of Cape Town. The project works in a number of townships where there is a melting pot of people of different cultural backgrounds who are facing issues such as high unemployment, HIV/AIDS and crippling poverty.
The spacious and comfortable volunteer house, by contrast, is situated in Observatory, the city’s most bohemian suburb located 10 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. It has lots of bars where live music is played. Spend weekends visiting the Cape Peninsular where penguins dive around bathers at the beach, an amazing experience. For the more adventurous, take at trip to meet the infamous Great White Shark, go abseiling or paragliding. For those preferring to stay on dry land, take one of the trips to the wine regions, visit Robben Island or visit an art gallery.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks (from May-July only 4-weeks maximum placements accepted)
- Cost: £1457 / $2331 for 2 weeks
Additional weeks’ costs can be found in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Project Activities: assistant teaching, reading support, making crafts with children, dance lessons.
- Working Hours: 08.30 – 17.00, Monday – Friday
- Project availability: Projects start every other Monday. School Holidays are19th March – 4th April; 25th June – 17th July; 1st – 9th October. The project will be closed over the Christmas holiday. Please speak to an advisor about dates.
- During the months of June and July this project is only available for a maximum of 4 weeks
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house, communal bathrooms
- Food: 3 meals a day Monday to Friday
- Airport pick up and drop off from Cape Town International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Daily transfers to and from your project.
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24-hour support.
- Staff will be available to help weekend excursions on sites such as Table Mountain, Boulders Beach and Cape Point (fee payable).
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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