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Volunteer Africa 32 Degrees South

Community Pre-School Teacher's Aid

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Support community pre-school teachers in their daily work and provide children with everything they need to know for their future life.

Preschools and attention to Early Childhood Development is one of the most overlooked and under resourced education sectors in South Africa. Through your time as a volunteer you will have a positive impact in this sector and provide much needed support to those already involved in the lives of these children.

What does the Project do?

We have partnered with several community pre-schools in a rural township environment and work closely with the teachers (who are often volunteers themselves) to enrich the daily lives of early learners. With up to 45 children in one classroom and only one or two teaching staff, these teachers desperately need extra support to provide the best possible foundation of education and care for the tiny learners. All of the preschools are very poor, under resourced and full of children from infants to six years old.

Volunteers work in one of our partner preschools assisting the teachers in the class-room; helping to run lessons, giving the children one-on-one attention, working in smaller groups, developing resources and taking part in creative play. This project is vital to the children and their community. We are in a fairly rural area, and school is the only  stimulation and learning that these children receive.  Having them exposed to art and music and computers for the first time is a truly wonderful experience.  Parents often come and thank us for helping their kids learn and enjoy school so much.

About the Location

Chintsa is a beach town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, situated about half way between Cape Town and Durban and approximately 25 miles from East London (the nearest large town). Sitting on the Indian Ocean with a 5.5 mile stretch of white sandy beach Chintsa is a volunteer’s paradise; a great starting point for ongoing trips to the buzzing city of Cape Town and right on the doorstep of the rugged and untouched Wild Coast. Chintsa is a malaria free area.

Although it's a small village, Chintsa has all the essentials: a general store, ATM, local restaurants and bars, public telephones and an internet cafe in the VA32 office. There is a small strip mall approximately 9 miles towards East London where there is a supermarket, post office and pharmacy amongst other necessities. The volunteer house is situated just 3-4 minutes’ walk from the beach and the same distance from the shop and other amenities. A short walk across the beach takes you to fun and funky Buccaneers Backpackers which offers VA32 volunteers a place to relax and spend the weekend as well as discounts on surf schools, free rental of body boards and canoes, use of their swimming pool and the opportunity to take part in free afternoon activities.

Chintsa has a real community feeling that many find irresistible. Buccaneers brings an eclectic mix of travellers and backpackers into the village, Chintsa's permanent residents are a diverse mix of older city dwellers who have moved out to the coast to retire and young travellers who fell in love with the village and have returned to settle here.

Orientation

A pre-project familiarisation and orientation, will take place upon arrival in Chintsa. This will involve an introduction to the local area, volunteer routine and house as well as a familiarization chat about life and what to expect in South Africa. 

A project specific orientation is also provided before volunteers are placed in the pre-schools. It includes: a project overview, in depth introduction to VA32, introduction to the preschools and teachers, lesson & resource preparation and available resources. Orientation is designed to help volunteers to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible and to understand where their energy and enthusiasm can be used best on project.

Typical day

Volunteers teach in the preschools every morning Mon—Fri from 8am to 1pm. Afternoons are spent on our Community Development Initiatives, evenings and weekends are free time. 

Volunteers work alongside teachers and community volunteers to fulfill the daily needs and requirements of the pre-schoolers. Project tasks include:
  • Leading activities and reading with children one-to-one and in small groups 
  • Assisting teaching staff in delivering lessons and preparing lesson materials 
  • Creating and facilitating activities in art, song, dance and structured play 
  • Assisting teachers in resource development 
  • Attending to the children's needs during meal and nap times
Volunteers are placed in the most appropriate preschool according to current need and their skill set, to achieve maximum benefit to the aims of project.

You will also take part in afternoon community development initiatives including:
  • Sports Development 
  • Children's Home of Safety Project 
  • Gardening Initiative 
The afternoon initiatives change according to current needs in the area and may be different during the time that you volunteer. We guarantee that volunteers will take part in meaningful, productive afternoon initiatives during their time in Chintsa.

Free-time activities

There are many fun activities to do on days off such as horse riding on the beach, canoeing down the river or going on safari (please note these costs are not included in the project rates).

For people keen on swimming there is the warm Indian Ocean and we have a local lady who does awesome yoga classes

Water Sports
Swimming
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Police clearance certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Community Preschool volunteers require a good level of spoken English and the ability to work in a highly motivated team. Early childhood teaching experience/ an education background would be an advantage but is not essential.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Included Services

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Services by Volunteer Africa 32 Degrees South

- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure (Monday arrivals only)
- Accommodation in shared, serviced camps
- Three meals a day whilst on project
- All project related transport
- Support of our experienced on-site project co-ordinator
- Welcome pack with all project info, and meal and drink vouchers for local Chintsa restaurants and bars, 1 free hour internet
upon arrival, free VA32 T-shirt


Admin Fee = 12%
Facilitation Fee = 30%
Accommodation = 15%
Meals = 8%
Orientation & Transportation = 20%

Airport Pickup at East London Airport

All arrivals and departures are on Mondays at the East London Airport in South Africa. A VA32 representative will meet all volunteers with a signboard and names on it.

We can arrange transfers on different days, however there is an additional fee for this service.

Accommodation

The volunteer house sleeps up to 13 people in 2 - 6 to a room and there are two and a half bathrooms. There is a large communal area with a lovely deck and braai (barbecue) area with stunning views of the ocean.
Facilities:
- Shared accommodation
- Communal kitchen & living area
- Electricity
- Hot & cold running water
- Bath & shower room facilities
- All bedding and linen included
- Washing machine available for volunteer use

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Breakfasts are quick and healthy - toast, cereal, jams. Please note we do not provide cooked breakfasts.
Lunch is made up of sandwiches and fruit.
Dinners are scrumptious, home cooked, sit down meals. These will be prepared by VA32 staff and we cater for vegetarians at all times. Volunteers also have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Xhosa foods at our once off Xhosa Dinner Party.
Participants with very specific dietary needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense

Internet Access
Limited 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 East London Airport (ELS) in East London. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,750.00
5 weeks
$2,016.00
6 weeks
$2,281.00
7 weeks
$2,547.00
8 weeks
$2,813.00
9 weeks
$3,078.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,875.00
Average fees
$380.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cintsa/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Africa 32 Degrees South will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Africa 32 Degrees South during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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