Volunteers are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities. We currently support or run the following schools and educare centres:
Dunoon Creche: This includes two preschools in a township with Xhosa speaking children from the age of 1 – 5 years old. There are two containers where the classes are run out of for + 50 – 100 children. The main focus is teaching the kids basic English in the form of games and early childhood development.
Wolverivier Educare: This is a very small class of 4 – 8 children that are Afrikaans speaking. The educare is located on a settlement. The classes focus on early child hood development and school readiness programs such as counting, colors and writing.
ACVV Educare: Based at a social services office, the children from the surrounding settlements are brought to the center for school readiness and early childhood development programs. There are 30 – 60 children in the school from age 3 – 6.
Vissershok School: An Afrikaans farm school where children from the local settlement get taught grades 1 – 7. The children are from ages 6 – 15. Classes are between 40 – 60 children. Volunteers assist with teaching computers and supporting individual children.
No experience is necessary and volunteers can have the joy of watching a child learn and helping them through the process. You will be assigned to a class and will help the teacher in their daily tasks, be it teaching, marking and sports training. After school hours volunteers will be involved in after care or after school programs in the settlements.
Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa.The children live in townships such as Dunoon or site 5, these townships usually have 1 tap for many house to share and no electricity. Children in the program range from 2 – 14yrs. School starts at 08:00 and closes at 13:30/14:30
Average working day:
Volunteers work 3 to 5 days a week, between Monday and Friday,Working hours at the school or educare center are between 08:00 and 14:00 or 09:00 and 12:00.After school, you can run your own after school activity with the children or visit one of our other projects.