SOUTH AFRICA: Care for children in a creche in Knysna

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activity: Community Volunteer Projects
Country: South Africa
Location : Knysna, South Africa
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Help care for children at a crèche in Knysna. On this project you will play a vital role in helping to prepare the children for primary school.

Through fun activities and educational programs, your input will greatly benefit their social and mental development. Many of the children come from underprivileged homes and therefore any help they can get from volunteers is greatly appreciated. The crèche was established in 1993 in the aim to help prepare the children for primary school and to help with their social and mental development. Many of the children have progressed onto primary school with great feedback from the community, parents and school too.

The crèche is supported by the Department of Social Development and some of the parents (that are able to) pay a small school fee. They also do fundraising in the form of concerts, fashion shows, braais’ and selling hamburgers to raise money to keep the crèche running. There are currently about 70 children at the crèche aged between 2 and 6 years old with about 5 staff members. Afrikaans is the main language spoken however your supervisor does speak good English.

The children learn through educational activities, music, fantasy and discovery programs. You will get the opportunity to help out with all activities and will also have some freedom to set-up certain activities yourself - you are very likely to be in popular demand!

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa
► The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WORK CONTENT:

You will have a lot of freedom to set up your own days activities if you would like to. You will also get the opportunity to painting murals to brighten up the class rooms. Activities include anything from singing, painting, reading, educational classes (like learning the alphabet) and playing with educational toys. Any activities are welcomed that will stimulate the children’s mind and teach them about themselves and the world around them.

You will be required to work from Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 2.15pm.

► 7.00am: The crèche opens early for those parents who drop their children off before work.
► 8.00am till 8.30am: The crèche officially starts the day with breakfast porridge for the children.
► 8.45am till 10.00am: The daily program starts in the form of the ‘morning ring’. The children are split up into groups according to their ages and arranged in a circle. They then go through the particular activities for that day. This is the most important part of the day’s activities.
► 10.00am till 10.30am: Children eat their snacks they have brought from home
► 10.30am to 11.00 am: Play time!
► 11.00am to 11.45am: Singing, music and story time.
► 12.00 am till 12.30am: Lunch which is a cooked meal at the school.
► 12.30am till 13.30pm: Hours nap time.
► 14.00pm: The children are then collected by their parents or arranged transport. If they live very close in the surrounding area they might walk home.

ACCOMMODATION:

Knysna: For this project you will live in our volunteer house with other Travellers volunteers. You may either have your own room or will share a room with one or more other Travellers volunteers. It will depend on how many people are there at the same time that you are. This is a comfortable house with good facilities and a beautiful view of Knysna Lagoon. You will be provided with a food budget, so that you can buy your own groceries and cook and prepare your own meals at the house, this makes for a great social event. When accommodation is limited, we occasionally place volunteers in a local Guest House which is very comfortable and convenient for access into town. Please note that occasionally the house that we use may change owing to availability.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. This project is not available between mid December and mid January.Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for one week. You can participate for up to twelve weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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