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South Africa Education & Nursery Support

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South Africa Education & Nursery Support

Work in one of Cape Town’s townships supporting the educational development of impoverished and disadvantaged nursery/pre-school children.

Prices from $1,045

Visit South Africa, the "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

However, many people continue to live in poverty and government services are unable to reach some of the most vulnerable. Children’s opportunities to progress in life are thwarted by their limited knowledge of English, which has a direct effect on their success in school and employment later in life. You can make a real difference to orphaned and under privileged children in some of the poorest parts of Cape Town, as you support them in their academic studies and personal development as part of this worthwhile and hugely rewarding project! 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Provide vital academic and personal support to disadvantaged and orphaned children
  • Explore the stunning South African landscape and all it has to offer
  • Make lifelong friends and create unforgettable memories

FAST FACTS

Location Cape Town, South Africa
Activities Provide vital teaching support
Teach basic English
Help with homework
Assist with extra curricular activities
Empower local staff
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Volunteer house
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food (3 meals a day Monday-Friday)
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
Onsite staff support
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

For any mother looking after her children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience; however, with few alternative childcare options available it also means that her opportunities to contribute financially to her family are limited. This project aims to provide that much needed support to families by providing a safe and fun environment for children to spend their days, allowing them to benefit from vital academic development. This also ensures that mothers have time available to undertake paid work and support the family financially.

Impoverished children from local townships often do not have the opportunity to learn English during nursery and their early education. This leaves them severely disadvantaged when they begin Grade 4, as most subjects from this point are taught in English. One of your main responsibilities will be to assist in the teaching of basic English to help prepare them for this transition. In South Africa English is described as the ‘bread language’, meaning that it is literally a life supporting skill which opens up an array of opportunities for the future and particularly those centred around the tourism industry.      

This project is perfect for anyone hoping to make a real difference in a child’s life – help these enthusiastic, happy children to reach their full potential and support them in developing the skills which will give them the best chance in life. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be working in one of a number of educational centres and nurseries in the Cape Town townships supporting disadvantaged nursery children in a crucial stage of their educational development. You will help lay the foundations of these children’s future success by encouraging and supporting their personal development and helping to deliver and reinforce a broad education.

You will be asked to help with a variety of tasks and activities during your time on the project, many of which may change on a daily basis depending on the needs and demands of the children in your care. 

For the younger children, you will focus on their physical and social development, primarily helping them learn through play. Activities will most likely revolve around arts and crafts, music, drama and storytelling. Playing games, both inside and out, is the perfect opportunity to get to know the children you’ll be working with and is a great way to teach English in an informal but effective way. 

Work with the older children will concentrate more on their literacy and numeracy skills. This aspect is vitally important to ensure that they are at a suitable level to continue through the higher levels of schooling. You may take part in formal classes, where you’ll take on the role as teaching assistant, or you may work with a small group on your own cementing information previously taught in class, or alternatively you could be working with a child on an individual basis, providing tuition with homework and any other academic issues they may have. 

The project staff will ensure that you are always busy helping in some way or another. You will find your contribution to this project incredibly rewarding as you come fully to understand the very large difference that your small but valuable input can make.   

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be greeted by a Frontier member of staff who will accompany you to your new home. You will receive an introductory talk about the area and be briefed about what to expect from your project.  

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your time on the project you will be staying in our volunteer house, local to the township where you will be volunteering. You will share a dormitory style bedroom with other volunteers, including Western style bathrooms. 

The house has a comfortable living area for you to relax in after a long day’s work where you can reflect on the events of the day with your new friends. 

Cape Town city centre is only a short train ride from the house, so is easy for you to access on your evenings and weekends off should you want to get away from the house for a bit and explore the surrounding area. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will receive three nutritious meals a day (Monday – Friday) sampling a wide variety of fine South African cuisine. Like the country, the food is the outcome of its long, multicultural past and is a fusion of many different influences. Volunteers will be asked to help prepare and cook meals for each other, so make sure that you have a couple of delicious recipes ready for use when needs be. Who knows what other handy cooking tips you’ll be able to pick up from each other. 

Make sure you make time to try out an authentic South African braai (BBQ) too! 

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In your spare time take the opportunity to explore your local surroundings and experience the spectacular sights which South Africa has to offer. Cape Town, also known as the ‘Mother City’, is budding with attractions for you to see and activities to try out. Behold the spectacular, unearthly Table Mountain as it stands bold against the skyline – you could even try your hand at abseiling off the top of this natural wonder if you have the nerve! Admire the beautiful scenery of South Africa as you walk across one of the many national reserves situated in the surrounding area, Cape Point being one of the most well known. If you fancy letting your hair loose one night, you should head down to Long Street, the party capital of the Mother City, to dance the night away. During your time in Cape Town make sure you take a trip to Robben Island, where the prison is where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life fighting against apartheid. For many, Robben Island represents the victory of democracy and freedom over oppression and discrimination. Travel a little way out of the city to the Stellenbosch winelands and admire the expanse of vineyards extending as far as the eye can see - you can experience for yourself where the popularity of South African wine comes from. There are also fantastic opportunities for great white shark diving and whale watching, in addition to visiting the Boulders Bay penguin colony. And if all that adventure has tired you out, then there are miles of sun kissed, white beaches for you to relax on and recuperate.  

COSTS

1 week $1,045

2 weeks $1,545

4 weeks $2,045

6 weeks $2,545

8 weeks $2,895

10 weeks $3,245

12 weeks $3,595

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Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food (3 meals a day Monday - Friday)
  • Project orientation & training
  • On site staff support
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cape Town (CPT)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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