Volunteering in a preschool is rewarding, sometimes chaotic, but always great fun. Around 100 local kids ranging from 4-7 years currently attend the preschool. The children are always happy to see volunteers and the local teachers are very appreciative of the help provided by volunteers who are needed to assist with all day-to-day activities.
The preschool runs from 8am until midday and again in the afternoon for a couple of hours, usually between 1–3pm. However, the hours are flexible and can change without much notice. In the afternoons volunteers will also have the opportunity to help out on the construction project. This is a highlight, especially after learning about the challenges these families face and seeing their appreciation when their new home is complete.
We encourage volunteers to use their skills and interests to assist local teachers in developing activities for the children, such as music and dance, sports, arts and crafts, etc. Other activities might include basic teaching of the alphabet, numbers and counting, reading and storytelling, as well health and hygiene. Volunteers need to have an open mind, flexible attitude and be willing to help in many areas.
Many of the children come from difficult backgrounds and therefore require a lot of care, attention, encouragement and most importantly, companionship. The experience of helping vulnerable children, while it can be emotionally difficult, is a positive and life-changing one. The children greatly benefit from the support and attention that they receive from volunteers.