If you are studying early childhood development or early years education or are an experienced practitioner join us in South Africa or Swaziland on this internship and, learn from and compare your experiences in your own country with local teachers and students. Early years education is important in preparing children for attending primary school and often those from impoverished backgrounds lack the opportunity to attend. Many of the children come from vulnerable backgrounds and have been abandoned or orphaned due to HIV, drug abuse and poor family circumstances. The projects in both destinations work with local pre-schools set up these children a better start in life through preparing them for school, providing a place to stay while their guardians and parents try to find work and a nutritious meal.
The pre-schools are at different stages of development. All are offering a safe place to go and are run by well-meaning women from the local communities. With a curriculum now in place support is needed for these teachers to apply it effectively, assess the children and to develop the teacher’s competence. Support is needed with this process. Intern in South Africa or Swaziland and see how education of the vulnerable is delivered, appreciate amazing and colourful African cultures and extend your knowledge as an early years development professional.
Why choose this project?
If you are a keen educator and have experience or are studying this placement could be for you. You will have the opportunity to work with local educators and help to develop the curriculum, with classroom management and tools to assess the progress that children are making. It will really help the local teachers and children as well as developing you as a professional.
Role of the volunteer
During your internship you will work with local qualified educators to help to provide an inspiring environment and curriculum for young vulnerable children both in and outside of a classroom setting. You may be involved in the following activities:
- Develop the curriculum and help with lesson planning and delivery
- Train local teachers and support staff in areas you are familiar with or new approaches
- Share ideas and approaches to evaluating student learning both in and outside of the classroom, including focus on rights of the child
- Design and implement approaches to develop child self esteem and age appropriate life skills
Potential study related learning outcomes from this internship include:
- Researching, designing and running training sessions for teachers and support staff
- Development of lessons in a local cultural setting, in line with the local curriculum
- How to write best practice guidelines for lesson planning, teaching and curriculum development
- Working in resource stretched environments
Weekly reviews will be held to answer any questions and to review your progress and at the end of your placement you will be asked to present your experience to the local team. It is a fantastic opportunity to use apply and develop your skills and knowledge.
Click here to read more about the project and your time in Cape Town.
Interns should have some experience in early childhood development or education either as a student or as a practitioner. You will be working at a more strategic level helping to develop the curriculum and local staff so you should have completed at least 1 year of study or have practical experience of working in the field. You will be supported during your placement by a dedicated mentor and will have the opportunity and be expected to use your own initiative. Bring a positive attitude, love of children, and team working skills to make the most out of this placement. Interns will need to bring their own laptop to work on materials and your presentation.
You will be asked to submit a full CV/resume and letter of motivation upon application plus any documentation that will support your application. You will be asked to attend a telephone interview to discuss your experience and assess your suitability for this amazing internship.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To compliment your studies in education or early years development
You wish to support local efforts to prepare children with the skills needed for school
To share your skills and ideas as well as learn new ones
Interns are based in either Cape Town, South Africa or in Ezulwini, Swaziland. Cape Town is one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities with arts, wine tours, adventure sports, museums, cafes and bars on offer as well as beaches, wildlife and walks. In Swaziland there are amazing hikes, wildlife and adventure activities with cinema, restaurants and museums to fill your time. Travel from Swaziland to Mozambique, take in Kruger National Park or even the stunning Victoria Falls as add ons to your adventures.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 – 12 weeks
- Cost: £1601 / $2802 for 4 weeks
additional weekly prices can be found in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa or Lidwala, Swaziland
- Project activities: write lesson plans, design teacher training sessions, run training sessions for local staff
- Working hours: 7.30 – 17.00.
- Project availability: All year round, except September and December
- Arrival day: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
What is included
- Accommodation: Dorm accommodation in a house with 4-8 others, communal areas, kitchen, and swimming pool.
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from Cape Town International Airport for South Africa or OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg for Swaziland placements
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project
- 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.
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