Join us on our Computer Literacy and Arts Volunteering in South Africa and assist with the teaching of children from rural communities on the outskirts of Chintsa, the beautiful East Cape of South Africa. Since 2004, this project has focused on bringing computer literacy to the children of the poorest communities in the area. Through fundraising, grants, sponsorship by Microsoft, and volunteer support, the project is working with 6 schools, managing 4 computer labs with 150 computers teaching over 1000 learners from pre-school to high school. The project has equipped schools with networked labs, developed teaching aids and support structures for teachers and pupils, and has helped to teach basic computer skills in the classroom environment. Arts is being used as a way to make computer use more fun and interactive. A new initiative launched in 2010 saw an ex-army land-rover adapted into a mobile solar powered computer lab. This amazing idea has allowed the project to reach even further with their work with peri-urban schools now benefiting from this access to computer literacy.
Why choose this project?
Children from the poorer communities who do not have access to computers at school are immediately disadvantaged in their search for jobs in an ever-technologically advancing modern South Africa. Projects such as these provide the children with a skill that can lift them out of poverty. The success of this project is dependent on the ongoing support of volunteers, especially as the numbers being supported grow and the mobile lab is set up. In addition, the project has become more involved in supporting environmental and sports teaching initiatives at the school and extra help is needed to ensure that these programmes run on a more frequent basis.
Role of the volunteer
The primary role of the volunteer will be to work under the guidance of highly qualified project facilitators to deliver daily lessons and provide individual support for children in the classroom. Additional to our computer labs, volunteers will also become involved with running weekly art clubs and teaching during afternoon sports training, as well as get involved with both environmental educational and development in the schools and occasional maintenance work as part of the commitment to aesthetic improvement in schools.
While the project requires no formal experience, volunteers will need to have existing a minimum of basic computer skills. Those who have worked with children before or in an educational setting are very welcome as are sports specialists and environmentalists. 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, as well as the enthusiasm and energy to work in a highly motivated team and high energy children. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To assist the local community in developing key skills in children
Share your creativity and provide inspiration to children who lack regular access to arts and computers
To have an African adventure!
The Wild Coast is South Africa’s most secret jewel. Much more remote and untouched than the ‘garden route’, the lush mountains rushing to golden sands and blue seas are a breathtaking sight. Chintsa sits on an estuary and has a beautiful beach. Kite-boarders often enjoy the tranquil lagoon, meters from the surfers and bathers on the main beach. This area is popular with backpackers as it offers adventure sports and has a very relaxed approach, and you can hire surfboards, kayaks and other equipment at preferential rates locally. The volunteer house has an amazing sea-view and plenty of space to relax in the evenings and it is only a short walk from local cafes and bars.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-26 weeks
- Cost: £940/$1645 for 2 weeks
£1405/$2459 for 4 weeks
£245/$429 for each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Chintsa, South Africa
- Project Activities: Assistant teaching in computer labs with children, sports coaching, help uplift a community through environmental education, sport and aesthetic improvement work.
- Working Hours: 07:30 – 16:30, Monday – Friday
- Project availability: Project starts every Monday.
- Project closed dates: 30th March until 12th April, 22nd June until 19th July, 28th September until 11th October, 30th November – end of year.
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house
- Food: 3 meals a day Weekly laundry service
- Airport pickup and drop off from East London airport on a Monday
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Daily transfers to and from your project.
- Free use of boogie boards and canoes. Reduced rates for surfing lessons and board hire.
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24-hour support
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities. (Activity price may be extra)
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.
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