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Project Description

South Africa’s education system is ranked 133rd out of 142 Countries in the world by the World Economic Forum. Lack of basic amenities, infrastructure, and learning resources exist with many children coming from families affected by poverty, hunger and parents with little or no education themselves.

The many townships in and around the Cape Town area, including Khayelitsha (second largest in South Africa), are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities, and languages. Yet across these differences, there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Locals live in a vast range of housing types from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings.

Schools are often overcrowded and short of qualified teachers. Visiting this township is an eye-opening experience where a communal standpipe for water and blocks of individual toilets shared among a number of families is the norm. It is also a wonderfully vibrant community where the streets are filled with smells of mealie (corn) cob and meat from makeshift grillers and the sounds of kwaito music blur from taxi windows!

Location Highlights

Cape Town is nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The city is truly cosmopolitan with a mix of East and West, old and new, a vibrant nightlife and diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.

The city is rich in history and scenic splendor worth exploring with Cape Point a scenic drive away and Robben Island just a boat trip over the water. Further out you can wander the wine farms and explore the vast mountain ranges.

Volunteering Highlights

  • Experience the real, un-cut Cape Town as a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in the township communities surrounding the city.
  • Genuinely impact the lives of disadvantaged girls and young women, empowering them to become leaders in their community and advocates for real gender equality in South Africa.
  • Through art therapy, educational workshops and youth groups, engage boys in the conversation about gender equality.
  • Be a positive role model for children at girls’ and boys’ clubs, encouraging trust and positive relationships through the discussion of topical subjects.
  • Engage with groups of vulnerable teenagers and young adults, delivering skills workshops and support groups that help them deal with early pregnancy and finding a job.
  • See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the Most Beautiful City in the World for the past 5 years.
  • Live like a true ‘Capetonian’ by exploring the many diverse food markets, restaurants, live music events, and world-class beaches.
  • Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities this city has to offer, including cage-diving with Great white sharks, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, or snorkeling with seals.

How We Make An Impact

Community Pre-schools And Educare Centers

We partner with pre-schools caring for children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years. These schools offer children from disadvantaged backgrounds an invaluable head start to their education and future, with a specific emphasis on helping them to prepare for their next step to primary school.

Unfortunately, understaffed and lacking in essential resources, these schools struggle to meet the needs of the children. Volunteers help the classes come alive, assisting teachers with lesson planning and making real progress for the next step to enter school. While the daily routine focuses on theme-based lessons, structured play, story time, and music and movement sessions, volunteers provide the most help when offering one-to-one attention to individuals who are falling behind.

Emergency Foster Care Home For Neglected And Orphaned Children

This foster care home – where our volunteers work – was established to care for abandoned and orphaned children aged between 0 and 8 years in Khayelitsha and the surrounding areas. This area has been hugely affected by HIV/AIDS and is thought to have the highest rates in the Western Cape. The home’s main aim is to place the children into foster care as soon as they are ready. On average, 40% of the children taken into the home are HIV+, therefore the first stage of the home’s process is to nurse the children back to health.  Once the children are medically and emotionally stable, the home will look to recruit a foster family so the children can be reintroduced into a family environment.

Your role is to help implement a fun plan of activities to help the children with their basic development needs, which will enable them to grow and learn. The program works mainly with the younger children (0 – 3 years) and covers developmental areas such as social play, gross motor skills, language, numeracy and rhythm.

Life-skills Program

Throughout the week, a couple of afternoons are spent at a foster care center for children from various challenging backgrounds. These children live in a network of small family units, with a dedicated foster mother or father and no more than 6 children per household. The aim of the organization is to one day return the children to their biological families, or failing that, with the help of those families and our volunteers, help them lead happy, successful lives.

Volunteers work regularly with approximately 15-20 children and teenagers, helping them develop life skills that will further their development and improve their chances of completing their education. More recently – and with the support of our volunteers – the children have been completing their ‘President’s Award’, which is very similar to the UK’s Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Enrichment And Educational Support

At an after-school care program set up to provide a safe space for children in the vulnerable hours after school finishes, volunteers help to plan and implement fun and educational games. These always have an emphasis on developing important life skills, such as teamwork and leadership.

Volunteers rotate through activities, so may also be involved in providing homework support, craft-making, gardening or holding a reading session. Your input and ideas are always welcomed as new inspiration, so this is the perfect place to share any unique skills you have.

You may also be involved in workshops which aim to provide a platform for sharing information and skills with the wonderful team of grandmothers that help to run the aftercare programs. This encourages our ethos of cross-learning and is based on the ‘Each One Teach One’ model what was implemented by Nelson Mandela and his inmates during their time on Robben Island.

Why You Should Join

  • Experience the real, un-cut Cape Town as a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in the township communities surrounding the city.
  • Genuinely impact the lives of disadvantaged children, giving them the opportunity to access one-to-one educational opportunities that would otherwise not exist in severely over-crowded and under-funded facilities.
  • Through structured early learning development plans, support an emergency foster care home that takes in abused, neglected and orphaned children.
  • Work alongside local teachers at community pre-schools, empowering them to be better able to educate the children in their care.
  • Become a positive role model at after-school care programs that aim to provide a safe and engaging environment that keeps vulnerable children off the street.
  • See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the Most Beautiful City in the World for the past 5 years.
  • Live like a true ‘Capetonian’ by exploring the many diverse food markets, restaurants, live music events and world-class beaches.
  • Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities this city has to offer, including cage-diving with Great White sharks, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, or snorkelling with seals.

Details

Duration:  2 – 12 weeks

Countries: South Africa

Experiences: Volunteering

Ages: 16 and up

Experience Requirements:

  • Genuine love and concern for people and the environment
  • Enthusiasm, and interest in wildlife and the natural environment
  • You must be in good physical health, as you will be expected to participate in physical activities
  • Ability to work as part of a team, be flexible and cooperative
  • **Note: Patience and enthusiasm are essential for this project J (a laptop is highly recommended).

Project Starts: Every Other Monday during selected dates

Dates: 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June |    2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October | 5 & 19 November

South African School Term dates:

The school terms for Cape Town for 2018 are as follows:

Term 1:  17 January – 28 March

Term 2:  10 April – 22 June

Term 3:  17 July – 28 September

Term 4:  9 October – 12 December

Price: 
10 Days – $1,372.00
2 weeks – $1,524.00
3 weeks – $1,935.00
4 weeks – $2,345.00
5 weeks – $2,755.00
6 weeks – $3,165.00
7 weeks – $3,575.00
8 weeks – $3,985.00
9 weeks – $4,395.00
10 weeks – $4,805.00
11 weeks – $5,215.00
12 weeks – $5,625.00

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A Typical Volunteer Week

Mon AM: Assist local teachers at a pre-school with a focus on child development. Lunch at the volunteer accommodation.

PM: Support an after-school care program. Volunteer welcome night

Tues AM: Assist local teachers at a pre-school with a focus on child development. Lunch at the volunteer accommodation.

PM: Support a community-based foster care home for the youth. Tours talk and free time.

Wed AM: Work on children’s development at an emergency foster care center. Try some of the local delicacies in the community that you volunteer in.

PM: Support an after-school care program. Workshop on topical issues and free time.

Thu AM: Work on children’s development at an emergency foster care center. Lunch at an amazing viewpoint, getting to know the history of where you are working

PM: Support a community-based foster care home for the youth. Events Night.

Fri AM: Work on children’s development at an emergency foster care center. Lunch at the volunteer accommodation.

PM: Plan the activities for the week. Weekend Begins!

Sat – Sun Explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas on a day safari, wine tour or Robben Island trip. It’s up to you!

Spend your morning shark cage diving, or hike up the famous Table Mountain. There’s always the beach to explore too!

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Accommodations

Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The “Mother City” is home to iconic Table Mountain, beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards and a very rich history. During your free time, you could enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the world, spot exotic marine life along the coast, or sample some of the eclectic restaurants and markets which has seen Cape Town recently been named the number one food city in the world. Don’t forget that it’s also an adrenaline-junkie’s paradise, so you could dive with sharks, go sky-diving or even try out sand-boarding.

You will be staying in a fully furnished house situated in the seaside suburb of Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from the beach! This area is one of the major tourism attractions in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise. The area is filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants, and you’ll be based just opposite a major grocery store for you to do extra shopping should you need.

The volunteer accommodation is a cosy, safe home shared by volunteers and African Impact staff. It boasts a central lounge and dining area, a living room with some comfortable couches for socialising and relaxing, prepare for your next day or chat with fellow volunteers, as well as a spacious backyard in the sun to relax, or enjoy a South African Braai. It is the perfect base from which to explore this incredible city.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  Airport Collection and drop off on arrival and departure

Wi-Fi available for an additional fee (± R20 per week) but you will need your own Wi-Fi compatible device.

Laundry @ R60 per load

All your daily transport to the project sites

3 meals a day (Monday to Friday) from our team of great chefs

A full-time housekeeping service and 24-hour support

Comfortable shared accommodation

A great experience with the opportunity to make new friends!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Items of a personal nature, personal insurances, visas and gratuities

 Gratuity

Optional extra activities, not specified above

Optional Tours and Trips

During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the incredible attractions Cape Town has to offer. These excursions are also a great time for volunteers to interact and get to know each other better.

Popular Outings:

  • Cultural Community Tour R700
  • Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve R2250 (min 4 people)
  • Cape Point Peninsula Tour, including a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach R750
  • Abseiling down Table Mountain R895
  • Shark Cage Diving R1850
  • Sky-diving R3150 (including transportation)
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus R170 daily
  • Take a hike or cable car to the top of Table Mountain R275 (cable car)
  • Surfing lessons R650 (including transportation)
  • Experiencing fine wines and warm hospitality at Constantia and Stellenbosch wine farms R800

 

All prices are approximate and always subject to change

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