TEACHER ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Volunteer Arrival and Departure:

Volunteers will be collected at their place of stay in the Cape Town area or at the airport and on departure they will also be delivered to the airport.

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Volunteer Accommodation and Meals:

The founding members of One Heart offer accommodation at their home in the heart of the rural community that they serve.

Volunteers can be expected to share a room with one to 4 other volunteers would their projects overlap. The bedroom is fully furnished with single beds with bedding and towels, housekeeping, laundry and 3 meals per day. Volunteers are expected to bring their own toiletries and spending money.

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A tuck shop is available on the premises that sell airtime, sodas, sweets and chips and supply the local area with the day to day needs, e.g. fresh bread.

The accommodation is safe and secure and the living is comfortable and relaxed with electricity, running water and Western toilets.

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Volunteers receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and supper) and meals are typically Western-style. Fresh Fruit will be provided to enjoy at breakfast or with lunch or as a late afternoon snack. Breakfast consist of self-serve tea, coffee and cereal where volunteers will also be provided with food for making sandwiches to pack their own lunch for eating at their projects, specially the teaching projects as their day at the school only ends by 15h00. Supper is typical Western dishes consisting of white or red meat, vegetables, rice and potatoes or pasta dishes with salads and bread.

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Tap water is fine to drink, but bottled water is available at the tuck shop.

 If you have any dietary requirements, e.g. not eating red meat, you can let us know when filling in the volunteer registration form. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also remember there is a need to be flexible.

VOLUNTEER WEEK

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by the local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

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Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

7:00 Wake Up at the volunteer house
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break. Volunteers take a packed lunch to their placements, prepared in the morning.
14:00 – 15:00 Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer house, go for a swim at the volunteer house, sight-seeing, or do some shopping in the nearby towns which is Moorreesburg, 17km and Malmesbury, 19km from the volunteer house.
18:00 Supper at the volunteer house

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VOLUNTEER WEEKENDS

On the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore the Swartland, Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. Long weekends can be taken if volunteers wish to go on safari, or travel. These arrangements will be for your own planning and expense.

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VOLUNTEER CAR RENTAL

The projects are in walking distance.

If, for any reason, the project are not in walking distance, transport will be provided or the volunteer will have the option of renting a car if they would want to be self-dependant and use it for site seeing over weekends.

The Program:

  1. Teaching

The teacher assistant program focus on rural farm schools, not only to help and assist the teachers in multi grade classes, but also to help the students that need the extra care that is often missed (not deliberately), but due to the multi grade facet.

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Typical subjects taught at these schools include English, Mathematics, Life Skills, Social Studies, Art and Physical studies. Volunteers will be able to help teach any of these subjects with help from the teachers and handbooks. A program will be worked out specifically for each volunteer where the most help is needed, but also considering each volunteer’s strong points.

Considering exams and holidays, the following time table will serve as a guide when the best times will be to come abroad for teaching:

First Term:     Beginning of February to 3rd week in March
Second Term: Middle April to Middle June
Third Term:    Middle July to 3rd week in September
Fourth Term: Middle October to Middle November

If, however you cannot be abroad on these dates, but you really want to do a voluntary project with children, please just communicate with us and we can consider a holiday program if your dates fall in the holidays and not in exam time.

Volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate in this program.

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Please contact Selene for more information,
program cost or a registration form.