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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Teaching Assistant, Mentor & Buddy

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

As a volunteer at the Human Dignity Centre, you will focus on the primary school and after-school projects and activities. You can make a difference and impact lives.

About the Program

The Human Dignity Centre (HDC) has been running for many years as a registered non-profit organisation that supports local communities in need and runs a variety of projects in the Walmer Township area of Port Elizabeth

HDC consists of a primary school with classes from Grade R to Grade 3 (4-8 years old) and provides education for 64 children on a daily basis. They also offer an after-school program that is designed to improve the educational development of school children.

The centre runs a community program as well as an "orphanage without walls" project. The aim of these two projects is to make sure that vulnerable children within the community of Walmer receive the care they need.

Typical Tasks

Pre School and Primary School

The primary school started off in 2011 and has grown to 4 classes with 64 children (4-8 years old). Volunteers can assist the teachers in one of the four classrooms. One of the most urgent requirements is offer personal attention and homework supervision to children with special needs, where you can really make a difference as a volunteer.

After School - Care Program
In the afternoon, there is an after school program that is especially designed to help the children with their personal development. As a volunteer you can organise all kinds of activities such as football matches (very popular in South Africa!), homework supervision, arts and dancing. You can help improve the kids’ English, or work with them on their writing skills or with mathematics. If you see yourself as an open-minded person that takes initiative and is geared toward uplifting of vulnerable communities, then this is a perfect program for you.


Community Work
As a volunteer you can assist the community workers with their home visits in the community of Walmer Township. You can assist with their orphanage program and with sorting donations – by preparing the parcels to be distributed.

Project Needs

There is, besides daily aid and assistance, also a need for financial support. Any possible gifts and donations provided by volunteers and their network of people are extremely appreciated. Instead of collecting goods and materials for donation, it is recommended to purchase and donate these on location.

  • Learning materials and school stationary for the children
  • Sporting equipment and materials for the children
  • Toys, puzzles and educational games for the children

Typical day

Volunteers will generally work for 5-6 hours a day for 5 days a week including the following activities.

  • Assistance in primary school
  • Helping in the sewing shop
  • Think of activities for the children for after school
  • Play sports
  • General assistance in the centre

Free-time activities

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.
During the weekends or after work there are a few beautiful places in Port Elizabeth as well that you can visit. Such as SAMREC, where you have the biggest penguin colony in the world, Sardinia bay, or catch a boat and go sandboarding on the Sunday river.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers at this project need to be mentally strong, open-minded, proactive, and willing to make a contribution how small or big. Nothing you can offer is too small to be helpful!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Khaya Volunteer Projects are happy to help you.

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Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects

Information and assistance before departure - Pick up on arrival and drop off at the end of your stay - A welcome pack with an information guide, free SIM card and maps - All meals - Accommodation in our beachfront volunteer house - Daily transport to and from the projects - City Tour and Introduction Programme - Direct donation to the project - On site volunteer coordinators - Free social activities

Airport Pickup at 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.

Accommodation

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.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Our full time cook, Melanie 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. Melanie 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.

Melanie 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.

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 Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. 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)
$1,220.00
5 weeks
$1,470.00
6 weeks
$1,720.00
7 weeks
$1,970.00
8 weeks
$2,220.00
9 weeks
$2,470.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,220.00
Average fees
$287.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects 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.
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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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