Ithemba Special Day Care Assistant

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Ithemba is a special day care center where mentally & often physically disabled children aged between six and 18 can go to. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur
Couples

About the Program

The intention of a special day care centre like this is to give disabled children the attention and support they need (knowledge, time and means are usually insufficient in townships).

Next to education and attention, Ithemba includes the teaching of basic life skills. In this way more independency is created. This is a very useful and positive development (especially for disabled children) as they can maintain themselves better in society. Furthermore, Ithemba tries to include parents in the program to expand their knowledge of different disabilities and how to cope with them.

Ithemba came into existence in September 1988, when 3 local community members were discussing the fact that mentally disabled children didn’t have the opportunity to educate and develop themselves because there was no special day care centre. To examine the real need for such a centre they enumerated the level of demand within the townships. Especially parents of mentally disabled children were asked for their opinion. Apparently, the parents encountered a lot of problems which they were unable to tackle themselves. The biggest problems were lack of attention, lack of tools, stalled development and no independency. The early founders of Ithemba concluded that the existing level of demand for a special day care centre was huge and proceeded to put the original idea into reality.

They started a centre for disabled township children that at first, was run from an empty ward at the hospital. As more parents heard about the centre the numbers of children attending increased. The ward became too crowded and the founders of Ithemba realized the need to build their own centre.

Today Ithemba has its own centre with 3 classrooms, a therapy room, office, kitchen and volunteer offices, playground and gardens around the premises providing daily support to up to 44 children with a team of 3 teachers, class assistants, a cook, Centre Manager and other supporting staff. 

Vision

To be a dynamic movement thus supporting handicapped children in attaining optimal mental wellbeing and quality of life in society.

Mission

We actively work with the community to achieve the highest possible level of mental health for all by:

  • Enabling people to identify mental health needs and responding appropriately (i.e. communicate with parents, analyse children’s home, supply ergonomic devices);
  • Developing equal caring services for people having difficulty coping with everyday life and those with mental handicaps (i.e. supplying day care, life skills education and transportation);
  • Creating public awareness of mental health issues and striving for recognition and protection of mental health rights (i.e. external activities to church or beach to promote understanding and integration).

The existence and continuity of Ithemba can only be assured because of our loyal staff. They create an environment where the children can learn several skills and develop themselves by offering a structured program.

Program Needs

As a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Ithemba relies heavily on subsidies, parents contributions and donations. Next to the need for support by active involvement of volunteers Ithemba also has ongoing financial needs such as:

  • Kitchen supplies such as cooking gas, utensils, etc.
  • Craft and drawing materials (crayons, pencils, paint etc)
  • Tooth paste and brushes
  • First aid supplies such as plasters and bandages
  • Gardening needs such as tools, seeds and soil
If you like to prepare your stay at Ithemba and do some fundraising they will be most grateful for your support. 

Journée Typique

The support of volunteer and trainees will consist of several tasks:

  • Individual work: physiotherapy/speech therapy/occupational therapy
  • Give a lesson in classroom (teachers will translate)
  • Arrange outings for a group of children
  • Daily life activities: going to the shop, learn to look out for traffic, behaving safely in their environment
  • Basic mathematics, reading and writing, counting, alphabet
  • Creative work
  • Garden work: watering plants and vegetables
  • Self-help skills: toilet training, washing, dressing, shoelaces, buttons, brushing teeth
  • Colouring, painting, any other suitable form of handwork
  • Board and card games
  • Sports and games: ball skills, new games
  • Self-help skills to enable children to be more self-sufficient: washing, dressing, shoelaces, brushing teeth
  • Domestic skills: cleaning, sweeping, wiping, washing
  • You will work Monday-Thursday from about 8h00-14h30, while Friday is from 8h00-12h00 and weekends are off. Some days might start earlier or later and in summertime, due to the heat, hours can change.

A general schedule is as follows:

  • 07h30  Departures from Volunteer House
  • 08h30-09h20 Arrival group 1- Going to the toilet/bathroom and individual work
  • 09h20-09h30 Arrival group 2
  • 09h30-10h00 Morning greeting, exercises, prayers (everyone is involved)
  • 10h00-10h30 Breakfast- helping children that struggle with feeding
  • 10h30-11h00 Lesson of the day-including numeracy/colours/theme of the month
  • 11h00-11h30 Creative activities - garden work (help of volunteers and assistants)
  • 11h30-12h00 Outdoor sports, games, singing, organized plays (mostly supported by volunteers)
  • 12h00-12h25 Sounds and communications-words-story time
  • 12h30-13h00 Lunch – supported by volunteers and assistants
  • 12h45-13h00 Teeth brushing
  • 13h30 Departure group 1 (volunteers take charge of group 2 until their departure)
  • 14h30 Pick up to go home 

Please note that Ithemba will be closed for the school holidays throughout the year and that during those weeks any volunteers will be supporting holiday programs for the youth at one of our other programs: Izizwe Projects.

Activités de Loisir

PE is the biggest city of the Eastern Cape, with approximately 1.2 million inhabitants (including the Northern areas, Despatch and Uitenhage). In the Eastern Cape you will find cities such as Bisho, King William’s Town and Umtata which can be found in the regions of the Transkei and Ciskei, which were known as ‘homelands’ in the Apartheid years.

During the Apartheid era, the ‘homelands’ were the home of the Xhosa speaking people. There weren’t a lot of facilities and work opportunities in those areas. Many off the Xhosa people worked in the bigger cities, but went home every year to visit their families. Fort Hare University was the only university in the area where Xhosa people were allowed to study. Famous politicians namely Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Steve Biko completed their studies at this university. Although Bisho is the capital of the Eastern Cape, it remains poor and an undeveloped city. Many people moved from these homelands to Port Elizabeth in search of employment and a better life.

The Eastern Cape is as culturally diverse as it is in nature and the climate of the region. The diversity in culture is represented by the black population (mostly Xhosa speaking), coloureds, Indian and white people of Port Elizabeth. As you can see here and will surely notice in South Africa; we do not mind using the colour of our skins to be identified with, so there is nothing insulting to call somebody black if they are.

The Eastern Cape and the surroundings of Port Elizabeth show a large variety of natural beauty and make PE a great central place to visit the variety of South Africa. To the East you will find the Wild coast (former Transkei and Ciskei) which is mostly rural and undeveloped, but closer you will find Addo Elephant Park and great coastal villages such as Port Alfred. 

To the North you will find the great Karoo; a semi desert area with wide open spaces, large nature areas and long open roads with historical places such as Graaff Reinet, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness and much more. To the East towards Cape Town, you will be amazed by the Tsitsikamma National Park, holiday villages such as Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and natures Valley or the surf mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay. This gives you plenty to see and visit while you are here. 

Sports Nautiques
Natation
Concert /
Musique
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Escalade
Safari /
Zoo
Randonnée
Musée /
Opéra
Des sports
Équitation

Conditions

Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau de base)
Vérification des Antécédents Criminels
nécessaire
Exigences de Formation
à niveau High school
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Ithemba is looking for volunteers which are experienced with kids that need special care. Either educated qualifications or experience with for example within your own life circle.
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 07:30 - 14:30

Services inclus

Services de Khaya Volunteer Projects
  • Information and assistance before departure
  • Pick up upon arrival and drop off at the end of your stay
  • Welcome pack with information guide, free SIM-card, maps, etc. upon arrival
  • City Tour and Introduction Program
  • Accommodation in volunteer house close to the beach
  • (7 nights per week of volunteering booked)
  • Onsite volunteer coordinator available 24/7
  • 3 basic meals a day
  • 15% direct donation to the program’s needs
  • Transfers to and from the program daily
  • Offer of weekend trips and outings (extra costs apply) to enjoy yourself on the weekends 

Transfert de l'aéroport Port Elizabeth International Airport

Your airport pickup is included in your fee when arriving on Monday or any other day of the week. If you choose to arrive on a weekend, we will gladly organize a cab to pick you up (or you can take an Uber) to any accommodation of your choice. We will collect you there on Monday morning at 9AM to start your stay with us.

If you prefer to come to us directly over the weekend, as well as when you depart again, we will charge an extra Weekend Fee of R200 (15 EUR) for your pick up or drop off. An additional R250 (20 EUR) per night for any extra nights outside of your booking dates. Please discuss your personal preference with us to make sure all is prepared for you.

Logement

The volunteer house is located in the popular beach front area of Humewood, and is only a 5 minute walk away from the beach. Shops, beachfront cafés, restaurants and access to other facilities are all within easy reach. It’s the perfect location to enjoy the beach after work or during weekends. The volunteer house offers spacious living conditions and is shared with other volunteers. It is fully furnished and has all the facilities needed and more.

Dortoir
Aliments & Boissons

Our full time cook will provide all meals at the volunteer house on a daily basis. This means you will be able to enjoy great South African home cooked meals, learn how to cook some of these specialties and have a House Mother to comfort you when needed. Our cook is a lady with a warm heart and even bigger embrace for those that need it and she will look after the house and the meals to provide the best possible.

We believe in participation, so volunteers will not be sitting back and get served, they still need to help her cook at times, chop vegetables, clean dishes and warm up the food for dinner themselves.

Our cook will create weekly menus offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as alternate meals like stews, curries, stir-fry, soups, pastas and other wholesome options. Meals will be prepared and cooked from Monday to Friday, where on weekends volunteers will only have to heat up a meal or make their own similar meals.

There is free coffee, tea and cordial juice available at any time. For breakfast you will have toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal and/or eggs. For lunch you can have sandwiches with cheese, marmalade, cold meats or other spreads. Please tell our coordinators about any wishes, vegetarian wishes and allergies concerning food.

Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) à Port Elizabeth. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Afrique du Sud.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Afrique du Sud te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Vaccins
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Afrique du Sud, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Afrique du Sud.

Dates et Prix

PAS DE FRAIS DE CARTE DE CRÉDIT

Informations sur l'arrivée

STARTING DATES

Starting your volunteer work is on Mondays only. 

You will either be picked up at the airport or any accommodation in Port Elizabeth on Monday. You will then have time to settle in and explore the area. Tuesday will be your introduction day at the project. 

If you arrive before Monday, we can assist with accommodation at a backpacker’s hostel or guesthouse for you. 

Participation is in full weeks only (7 nights per week) and the project will be closed for approximately 3 weeks over Christmas and New Years’ time every year.

Please keep in mind that Ithemba does not take on volunteers during school holidays (breaks).  If your time at the project overlaps with school holidays, please chat to us. We will be happy to arrange for you to be placed at any of the other projects that do operate during these dates. 

Public Schools – 2021 Holidays  (breaks)
27 March – 6 April 2021
12 June – 5 July 2021
18 – 27 September 2021
2 December 2021 – date to be determined

Disponibilité
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
Durée
8 - 12 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
8 sem (durée min.)
$2 080
9 sem
$2 340
10 sem
$2 600
11 sem
$2 860
12 sem (durée max.)
$3 120
Coût moyen
$260 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Khaya Volunteer Projects t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Khaya Volunteer Projects durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Ithemba Special Day Care Assistant

Ithemba is a special day care center where mentally & often physically disabled children aged between six and 18 can go to.

$260/week

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