Volunteers are desperately sought after to help us implement a comprehensive approach to pre-school educational policies and programs for children from birth to six years of age (school entry age) with the active participation of their parents and caregivers. Within the local community, home-based crèches are established by unemployed women. The majority of these women have never received any kind of formal training in Early Childhood Development, and their establishments' resources are generally very limited, hence the support they receive from international volunteers is so important. Duties for volunteers therefore vary, but tend to include:
- playing and teaching
- helping with preparing meals, and
- making educational toys and learning aids
- Some activities may also involve assisting with cooking and helping out with tidying up.
Volunteers need to be flexible and willing to help wherever help is needed. It is also important that they understand the local community situations and the local challenges associated with these types of placements. Volunteers must be able to take initiative in assessing the needs at the crèche. A love for children and lots of patience are very important. In the areas where Xhosa or Afrikaans is mostly spoken the volunteer would need even more patience as most of the children cannot speak English. The language barrier is not really a problem as the kids are very eager to learn and one just needs extra patience with them.
A willingness to help in other areas of the project would also add value e.g. upgrades to the facility, finding creative ways to make learning aids/material. Other skills required include:
- A love and passion for children
- The ability to use initiative
- A willingness to help where help is needed
Volunteers on this program can choose to be accommodated either at the volunteers house, located in central Cape Town, or with a local host family. At the Volunteer House, breakfast and dinner are provided Monday to Friday only. Volunteers are responsible for their own lunches and meals over weekends as well as their own laundry. Homestay's are situated nearby the project site and include 3 meals a day. Volunteers are responsible for their own laundry.
Please note that due to the nature of this program, all volunteers re required to provide a Police Clearance Certificate (or Police Background Check) prior to commencement of the project. This project is available year-round.
While it is not a pre-requisite to joining this program, we highly recommend all Teaching and Education volunteers complete the 120 hour TEFL course prior to volunteering.
For a list of fees for this program click here.
Areas of focus:
- Cape Town, Province of the Western Cape, South Africa
Extra details:Fee required
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome