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CARE, ORPHANAGE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

SOUTH AFRICA

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      CARE FOR KIDS IN A CHILDREN’S SAFE-HOUSE IN KNYSNA
Assist the trained Carers in a children’s Safe-House in the local township by helping to care for children from abusive backgrounds. You'll work with a variety of ages, from assisting in the soup kitchen, general caring for the youngsters, and observing counselling to HIV sufferers. You'll help with basic Reading, Writing, Maths, play games with the children, help them with their homework and generally keep them stimulated and entertained by providing educational activities.

      PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELLING AND SOCIAL WORK, IN KNYSNA
This organisation focuses on providing Counselling services to people in need of support owing to emotional problems they may be suffering from. These can include marital and family stress, depression, mid-life crisis, divorce counselling, HIV-related counselling, conflict management and parenting. This is Work Experience rather than an Internship.

      CARE IN THE RED CROSS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Children from a few months old to 12 years of age attend this Children's Hospital for specialised treatment. You'll visit the children, hand out toys, play and interact with them, and give them lots of comfort and love. The Matron says, “The kids love having volunteers from overseas around because they’ll be new faces who can tell them new stories about their own country”. Even something as simple as entertaining the children with stories lifts their morale and helps the healing process.

You may also assist with general non-medical support, e.g., accompanying a patient to another department, collecting folders and fetching food, etc, or assisting the pharmacy area or clinics where patients wait for their medication. You may also assist in various out-patients departments as administrative support, or assist in the fund-raising shop.

      STREET KIDS PROJECT: SOCIAL WORK / CARE IN A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN KNYSNA (TWS224 Sineth)
Work at a Youth Development Centre in a township on the outskirts of the beach resort of Knysna, helping out with anything from basic schooling, such as reading or writing, to community projects and life skills lessons. Your work will combine many aspects that all help to provide a caring environment where guidance and assessment is offered to children living on the streets and children at risk. The purpose is to get the youngssters ready to be taken back into the mainstream schooling and domestic home life again. A very worthwile project.

      CARE FOR CHILDREN IN A CRÈCHE IN KNYSNA (TWS512)
Care for children at a crèche in Knysna. Help prepare the children for primary school. Many of the children come from underprivileged homes and therefore any help they can get from volunteers is greatly appreciated. You'll use fun activities and educational programmes to greatly benefit their social and mental development.

You'll have a lot of freedom to set up your own day's activities, if you would like to, and also to paint murals to brighten up the class rooms. Activities include singing, painting, reading, educational classes (like learning the alphabet) and playing with educational toys. 

      DEAF SCHOOL PROJECT IN CAPE TOWN
Help children with hearing difficulties. Work in a school in Cape Town that caters for partially and fully deaf children. You'll work with children from 3 to 13 years old, right from when they're first introduced to sign language. The content of the lessons is the same as a regular school, so any subjects you have some knowledge in would be most welcome.

      CARE FOR AND TEACH CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS IN CAPE TOWN (VN)
Assist in a primary school for children with a variety of disabilities or special needs. Some of today’s pupils have cerebral palsy, which refers to a group of permanent but non-progressive disorders of posture and movement. It is due to a dysfunction of the brain, which can occur during birth or as a result of accident or illness in childhood.

Some children have other syndromes or conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple physical impairment, ADHD and specific learning disabilities. You'll work in five different areas, including class aide, 'scribe' administration, libary and generally filling in wherever you're needed

      CARE FOR AND TEACH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN IN CAPE TOWN (BP)
Help in a school that has just over 200 children with physical and intellectual impairments. The pupils are aged from 3 years old to 18. There are four sections covering nursery, junior, middle and senior.

Work as a classroom assistant or class aide (helping children in and out of wheelchairs for different activities, or helping the teacher with various class activities, like painting, doing puzzles – and with the older children cooking, simple maths and reading etc). Other tasks include reading stories to children, helping children to simple tasks on the computer and supervising the outdoor activities

      CARE FOR AND TEACH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN CAPE TOWN (Ver)
Work in a Centre and Hostel for children with Autism, as a classroom and hostel assistant. You may be asked to help where children need special attention, or to work with a small group while the teacher works with another group. School work varies with different age groups, but is based on the normal school activities – a great deal of one-to-one attention is needed and children learn basic skills.

You'll also be able to help with supervised activities like swimming which is part of the daily summer curriculum. After school, you'll help with "play time” duty while the children play outdoors under supervision. You will also be involved in indoor supervision of children. Autistic children have to be watched closely at all times, as they may react suddenly and unexpectedly.

 

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