If you are fun, outgoing and enjoy spending time with children our Volunteer Teaching At A Day Care Centre In Swaziland project could be perfect for you. The project established 7 non-fee paying pre-schools that are attended by children that have been selected by their communities as taking priority for the support provided. With one of Africa’s highest HIV / AIDS rates, many of the children have lost their parents and thus face food shortages, lack of adequate shelter and care, and most of all lack of attention. These centres provide the children with a safe place to be, 2 nutritious meals, early years education and the promise of better futures.
The project has made great progress over recent years from rough structures and lessons under trees to brick classrooms, kitchens and playgrounds. Work continues on the physical structures but it is the development of the teachers and children that is now a priority. The pre-schools help to prepare children for their entry into primary school and a curriculum has been developed to help the largely untrained local teachers with this. The schools vary in size from 25 to 106 so teaching assistance and activity support is essential. With a new curriculum in place, assisting the teachers with this is important. Teachers are delighted to have a clear focus on a soon to be appointed coordinator is going to lead on teacher development too. Join us in Swaziland and help the local team, teachers and children with this community based teaching abroad placement.
Why choose this project?
There are several reasons to choose to volunteer abroad at a daycare centre in Swaziland. You can share your ideas, knowledge and love of learning with the children and teachers inspiring them and developing the games, stories and rhymes to support the curriculum. Teachers are not trained here and are always in need of extra support to run more focused lessons and to manage the children, especially where the class sizes are large. You will gain an incredible insight into the reality of the lives of those living in poor communities and understand the issues and challenges facing those that are trying to create better futures these impoverished people.
Role of the volunteer
The volunteer teaching at a daycare centre in Swaziland role is varied. Each morning you will attend your designated pre-school and work alongside the local staff in the classroom, in the playground and at mealtimes. You will also join in with the regular activities that are run by the sports project which are great fun. You will help the teachers to implement the curriculum by planning and using a teachers resource book. You may also be able to help to organise craft sessions, and develop classroom materials. ,The provision of breakfast and lunch is an important service offered by the pre-schools and you will help local ladies with this. On an ongoing basis the intention is to create profiles of the children so that we are aware of their ongoing needs and the progress that they are making. You can discuss this in the weekly volunteer catch up meeting.
In addition to the pre-school work you will also support primary children from a sponsorship programme with homework in subjects such as spelling, English grammar, maths and social studies. You will also help out at a local children’s home one afternoon per week. While you are there you may even be asked to go out with the sports team on swimming, horse vaulting or other activities. It really is a great child focused project.
No specific skills are required for this project, but enthusiasm and energy are important for working with children. Those with previous teaching experience are highly valued as the teachers need support with delivery of the curriculum. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project. Bring your stories, games and songs and bring joy to the classrooms.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To assist local carers with the care and development of young children
Spend time exploring a scenic country
To help to raise HIV/AIDs awareness in a country with the highest prevalence rate in the world
The project is located in the stunning Ezulwini valley of central Swaziland. This is the cultural heart of Swaziland and is where most of the tourist activities are based and home to the Royal Palace, houses of parliament, national sports stadium and national museum. There is a western style shopping mall with all you could need plus local market stalls and a range of craft centers within an easy taxi ride. Hiking is a must hear and you should take advantage of the opportunity to visit a reserve during your stay. The project communities are scattered within a few kilometers radius of this area. A stable and friendly destination for those volunteering abroad for the first time.
Click here to read more about what Swaziland makes a great destination for solo travellers, under 18 and those volunteering abroad in Africa for the first time.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1478 / $2587 for 4 weeks
Additional weeks available in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: age 16+
- Location: Swaziland, Southern Africa
- Project activities: Helping to run lessons, developing materials for class, feeding children, playing sports and games, helping with homework club. Activities vary during school holidays in January and August
- Working hours: 08:30 – 15:00 Monday – Friday
- Project availability: Projects start 1st Monday of each month. Project closed during December.
- 1st Monday of every month, additional date mid-July
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house, communal space, kitchen, TV room and small pool.
- Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Airport pickup and drop off from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, SA
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site Orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
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.
- Daily transfers to and from your project. This will cost approximately 20 Rand per day (£1.50)
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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