We believe that words really can change worlds, and we are committed to empowering our children through the gift of reading. Be part of our diverse group of volunteers. All you need is the love for children, books and the willingness to donate your time!
At the project, we provide a literacy programme to support children at English-speaking, inner-city schools whose first language is not English and who need a little extra help.
The founder, Maurita Weissenberg, an experienced remedial teacher, was volunteering at a Junior School in South Africa when she realised that a structured early intervention educational support programme was really needed for learners in Grade 1 - 3 (7 to 9 years old) who's first language was not English. The programme bridges the gap between "learning to read and reading to learn".
The project chooses to work with schools that have a good infrastructure and committed teachers: but the people we really hope to be of future service to are the previously disadvantaged families - who are paying high transport costs from township areas, because they want to provide their children with a better education.
We will also refer to the children as learning partners as we believe that you will both be learning from one another. It’s a partnership filled with mutual respect for what you both may bring to this journey you are embarking on.
We want children to have fun while learning and to be excited about what they see and hear. We want to give them the message that any dream is possible. Fear and anxiety do not play a part in learning, and all expectations are put aside.
- Empowering young children to read and learn through books
- Interacting with young children
- Helping Children to build a future
- Encouraging them to excel
- Sharing your love for reading
- Meeting new people and making friends
Weekly Schedule & Activities
08:30 - 12:30:
Spend some one-on-one time with the children in the literacy programme
- Assist with reading, spelling and pronunciation
- Assist with word games
- Assist children with key problems in regards to reading
- Create conversation to encourage language development
- Listen and support
13:30 - 16:00:
This is your chance to shine and bring your own individual skills to the table
- Take initiative and develop an after school activity that is within your area of personal interest but also that would be fun for the children.
- Anything goes - from teaching children to playing chess to drama classes.
- Part of your project amount goes towards resources for the afternoon activities you initiate (within reason and depending on the activity)
This project is closed during the South African school holidays.
31 March - 18 April
11 December 2017 - 16 January 2018
Please note that you cannot book a project to coincide with these dates. If you want to book a project where the first part of the project is before the holidays, and the second part is after the holidays, talk to your travel advisor who will be able to help you.
- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on the social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- From intermediate to advanced level of competency in English
You can choose to be accommodated in a Volunteer House OR with a South African Host Family in local community (own room or shared room with another volunteer (same gender)).
Here is some additional info about your accommodation in the case of a Volunteer House:
- Shared rooms between 4-6 volunteers
- Communal lounge and kitchen
- Your airport transfers are included in the price.
- A You2Africa shuttle (door to door from host family/volunteer house direct to project) is included in the price.
- Volunteers can also hire a car (at their own cost; only with valid a driver's license).
Arrive Thursday for orientation, start volunteering Monday.
A few notes on your meals:
- Breakfast is self service and provided by the volunteer house host/host family
- Supper is a cooked meal provided by the volunteer house host/host family
- Lunch is not included in the price and is at the volunteers' own cost.
- The food can be and often is very basic.
- Special dietary needs must be passed on to us at the time of booking. While it is possible to cater for special dietary needs most of the time, this might not be the case if you have extremely complex needs. Please be prepared to take care of any special food requirements yourself.