Early Childhood Development Focus

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founded in 2011
Nourish Eco Village
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Coordinator | Loren
Coordinator | Loren
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High­lights

Make a real, lasting difference in small children's lives through your participation in our early childhood development projects.
Gain valuable hands on experience in play based learning.
Experience the amazing learning opportunites from a completely different cultural perspective.
Visit Kruger National Park and get the chance to see an elusive leopard or experience the gentleness of an elephant.
Enjoy an authentic South African experience in food, culture and wildlife together with staff, locals and other volunteers from around the globe!
Our Rise Creche focuses on Early Childhood Development and local training. The program is focused on playbased learning to provide the best development opportunities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
At Nourish Eco Village our goal is to create sustainable change - and have long-term impact in the spheres of sustainability, conservation and community resilience. We believe that by working to grow resilient wildlife communities that are healthy, educated, and have access to employment opportunities, we can break the poverty cycle and thus impact the poaching coming out of rural areas.

The community of Sigagule and the surrounding rural villages in the Acornhoek area of Mpumalanga struggle daily with even the most basic elements of life. Access to running water, and electricity is a difficulty most face daily. There is a high unemployment rate, many children have access to schooling, but education levels are extremely low at schools, and the biggest economic contributor to the area - tourism - is out of reach for many. It is in this context that Nourish works.

Our projects are all interlinked and holistic, in order to help a community grow in all aspects. 
Our programming focuses are Education, Enterprise and Tourism.

The Rise Creche, created in 2016, is for the most vulnerable children (many from broken families) who's parents could not afford school fees. These 52 children for 2022 (from a few months old to 5/6 years old) come to the preschool daily for three meals and developmental learning.

The Rise Creche program focuses on Early Childhood Development, through play based learning specialized on Sensory integration and using GROW learning programs.

Our playground is built with different materials, shapes, textures to stimulate our baby's brain. The best way to learn is by having fun!

"GROW learning Company, in collaboration with their Curriculum Professionals, Occupational Therapist and Product Developers recognise that Educators and Teachers require well thought through, designed and quality teaching aids.

They care for the classroom environment and the optimized development of children. Therefore, their focus is to provide content, tools and resources to Educators and Teachers."

As we believe we can improve someone's life by giving them the best opportunity possible, and it should start with a good education and as early as possible. 

For us, Early Childhood Development is the best way to grow a better tomorrow!

Volunteers invloved in the program will assist in daily tasks' classroom assistance and playground based learning activities. 

Volunteers will stay at Shik Shack Backpackers situated on the same property that Nourish Eco Village. You will spend your day working with the team, learning from them and having an amazing experience! Some days you will also accompany the Rise Creche Coordinator to outreach visits to other preschools we support. The work is very hand-on, so expect to be busy but remember to have fun!

This opportunity is like no other, as you are based at the project and will experience Africa like you never have before. 

Typical day

At our Rise Creche program, you will be immersed into the project as one of the team members to engage in the planning and running of the programs, from 7:30am to 3pm with

  • Helping our staff to be ready for the day 
  • Classroom assistance
  • Supervising the activities with the kids
  • Playing with the kids
  • Outreach assistance

Free-time activities

During the weekend volunteers can choose to chill and enjoy the pool with a cold drink as we do have a bar on site or exploring the area!

We can organize activities (at extra cost), from:
  •  A Safari in the Kruger National Park 
  •  Bush Walk in a big 5 area
  •  Panorama Route (Exploring the first largest GREEN Canyon in the World! )
  •  Boat Trip
  •  Horse Back Safari
  •  Hikes
And so much more

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
General at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Nourish Eco Village
Included in your stay with us:
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day (7 days per week)
  • Pick up and drop off from Hoedspruit or Airport
  • Oversight and inclusion in your work and activities
  • Nourish T-Shirt
  • SIM card (if needed)
  • WIFI
100% of your payment will go through our Nourish Foundation to help us to run all of our programs.
Airport Pickup at Hoedspruit Airport
We can organize pick up on Sunday from Hoedspruit, in town or at the Eastgate Airport.
Accommodation
Volunteers will stay at Shik Shack Backpackers, situated on the same property as Nourish Eco Village.

They will be accommodated into one of our Traditional Huts, which can accommodate 2 persons in each. 
Each hut is furnished with 2 single beds fitted with comfortable bedding. Each hut contains amenities such as towels, mosquito nets, fans, storage compartments, and a bottle of water. They will access a communal bathroom with hot-water showers to freshen up.

Shik Shack also boasts free Wi-Fi access in the public area; a common social area with a lounge, a bar, a fire pit, as well as a swimming pool and braai facilities.
Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
3 meals per day and 7 days per week is provided.

Our meals are all South African dishes for a better Immersion. We can provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.. options if necessary. 
Fruits & Juice are always available.

We do have a bar on the Shik Shack side, at extra cost. (beer, wine, spirit, soft drinks)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

We welcome volunteers all year around. 

We ask volunteers to arrive on Sunday, where we can pick them up in Hoedspruit, in town or at Eastgate Airport.

Volunteers can start directly the next day with an introduction, then they will be shown around the property of Nourish Eco Village before starting directly from one of our programs.

Our programs run from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 4pm with 1h lunch break, volunteers will follow the same schedule.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,300
5 weeks
$1,500
6 weeks
$1,765
7 weeks
$1,998
11 weeks
$2,928
19 weeks
$4,789
50 weeks (max. stay)
$12,000
Average fees
$283 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Nourish Eco Village will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Nourish Eco Village during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Early Childhood Development Focus

Our Rise Creche focuses on Early Childhood Development and local training. The program is focused on playbased learning to provide the best development opportunities.

$283/week

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