SOUTH AFRICA: Share your love of Drama, Music and Dance in Knysna!

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

Work with children from very poor townships, giving them exposure to cultural activities.

People from all backgrounds can participate in drama, developing essential skills by learning to express themselves and gain self -confidence. Theatre can be aimed at children to educate and inform or simply to entertain. It's difficult to be specific about what you can do with your classes on this project, because it's informal and wide-ranging. Previous volunteers have started drama clubs after school and have produced numerous plays that were performed for students and parents. They have coached the children who were then encouraged to give musical performances ranging from pop and dance to actual musical productions.

Some volunteers have used the medium of drama to help children address some sensitive issues, like bullying, alcohol abuse, and more. Some classes are given over to energising exercises and cheerful singing. The possibilities are endles, but you could assist with the following:
► Organising and putting on drama workshops in various local schools.
► Organising an after-school drama club (and possibly even during lunch break) or drama sessions during school-time for pupils.
► Helping the local school children to put on a small-scale productions so that they can all been involved in some aspect of it.
► Devising and performing educational pieces of theatre (on issues such as bullying) for the school children.
► Alongside the drama, you could also help out with conversational English classes.

PAST VOLUNTEERS SAY:

"We're having a great time ... we teach 'Arts and Culture' which is a combination of drama, the arts and telling the students all about England (education, politics, marriage, laws, health problems and other social issues). Today we took the class outside to do some energising warm-ups and we have spent several lessons discussing the idea of a School Performance (variety show in which they can showcase their talents - whether it be hip-hop dancing, Kwaito singing, comedy sketches or Rapping). It's really a great placement and the teachers are so keen to show us around the area. Knynsa itself is the most beautiful place, I'd move here tomorrow if I found the right paid job!" Caroline Menzies

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the different cultures of South Africa.
► New skills, more confidence and 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
► The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them
► And maybe best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
 

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose, but subject to school holiday. 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 three months 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, homestay, 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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