||All year round - you choose your start and finish
dates - but subject to school holidays.
1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications or experience required, just lots
of enthusiasm and an active imagination!
Full Price List / Other
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 16.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
teaching or working with children overseas while doing
voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study
Also available as a summer placement in South Africa,
short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Volunteer Julia Makin teaching
music at a disadvantaged school in Knysna, South Africa
You'll do some or all of the
Organising and putting on drama workshops in various
local schools around Knysna. This would involve energising warm-ups, improvisations, dance-drama and devising pieces
of theatre in small groups.
Organising an after-school drama club
(and possibly even during lunch break) or drama sessions
during school-time for pupils.
Helping the local school children to put on a small-scale
productions so that they can all been involved in some aspect of it
(either acting, creating costumes, masks, set or make-up).
Please note that these may not always take place during your project - it will
depend on how long you're there for and what's happening when you're there.
and performing educational pieces of theatre (on topical issuesm such as
bullying) for the school children at any available venues (town hall/school
yard/ ... wherever!).
Alongside the Drama, volunteers
could also help out with conversational English
classes (and any other subjects where needed).
It may also be possible to incorporate drama lessons into the English classes,
perhaps once a week.
Sharon, Travellers Volunteer Liaison in Knysna, about what two of our
Drama Volunteers did in a class she went to observe:
I went up to day to sit in on a drama class at
Tembelitsha Primary School that two of our volunteers, Amy Powell and
Jack Gunner, were going to take. It was Grade 5B class which is made up
of children that are approximately 10 years old. The class started with
Amy and Jack teaching them about the different ways of using themselves
in drama, namely facial expressions, body language and their voices. How
to maximise and minimise their body movements and facial expressions and
then the different ways they could use their voices by whispering,
shouting, talking, singing and crying.
As you can imagine, the
class got extremely rowdy and all the children had a lot of fun. The
noise levels then increased as Amy and Jack showed the class how to do
breathing exercises, and mouth warm-ups so they could make a ‘sound
collage’ by splitting the class up into groups and getting the different
groups to make one particular sound. Put together it was deafening but
all the children loved it with them all interacting.
They then where taught
how to create different effects with their voices by changing the pitch,
speed and volume of their voices. All they learnt was then put together
in character enactment and by volunteers from the class doing freeze
frame sketches. They then ended the class with a song.
The hour class went by
so quickly I actually had to check my watch to see if it was really
over! It was so great to see so many children in the class participated
and it was quite obvious to me that they all got a lot out of it as when
the class was over Amy and Jack where surrounded by children hugging and
kissing them! Well done guys!!
SCHOOL TERMS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Dates for the 2013 school terms (semesters) are
Term 4: 1 October – 4 December
Dates for the 2014 school terms (semesters) are
Term 1: 15 January – 28 March
Term 2: 7 April – 27 June
Term 3: 21 July – 3 October
Term 4: 13 October – 10 December
Generally the last week
before term's end is given to exams and tests. This means that you will
generally find your work load dropping during this week and you will
usually find more free time than normal school time.
Please see a list of public (bank)
holidays for 2014 at
Please see a
list of public (bank) holidays for 2013 at
Teaching assistance is not available during school holidays, so if
you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the above
school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project.
On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement,
you could use this time to do any independent travelling and
sightseeing. This is the choice that most of our volunteers make to gain
some additional experience and knowledge of the region or, indeed, the
EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR PROJECT
You may also have the opportunity
to provide help and support to the local community through the various
afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent way to immerse
yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring
hand to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at;
The Children's Home:Make the afternoons fun and exciting for these lovely
children by playing games, helping them with homework and just being
there to give them the attention that they so appreciate.
After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school to set up after
school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great way
to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If
you'd like to set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you
apply so that we can arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
community projects - Past volunteers have helped to paint the
outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is
now looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was
donated to this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together
for the crèche too! There may be other similar projects available at the
time you're there that you might want to participate in.
Township soup kitchen: On days that your school roster
might allow you to finish a little early, our volunteers sometimes help at a
local township soup kitchen. The soup kitchen is open on a Monday, Wednesday
The project may possibly be
extended to involve local unemployed people, or street kids, or even elderly
people or children's orphanages. These are just a few ideas and it may be that
some volunteers will have more ideas that will help to make this project a
worthwhile one that will benefit the community for a long time to come.
Volunteers Amy Powell and Jack Gunner in Drama class
ACCOMMODATION: THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town,
yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and
often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the
volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of
the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to
relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan
in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.
The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained
flat downstairs for couples and families. y volunteer
placements. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels
in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by
our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard
space to store your clothing.
Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining
area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD
player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.
is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have
a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’.
Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’
and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish
is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African
‘snoek’ is a must.
You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic
essentials (but not extras like alcohol, snacks and eating
out). The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might
need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great
seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to
There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food
There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking
distance that offer the most incredible local and international
cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous
for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where
everyone eats and drinks far too much!
The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants
and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees,
cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various
different nationality menus.
Volunteer house in Knysna
View from the house overlooking
Got any questions? Please email us:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
The Community Radio Station is located about 20 minutes from the
centre of Buenos Aires.
"South Africa is FANTASTIC! Teaching is incredible. I've
been excited every day to go to school. The kids are so ready to learn
music and drama. I've been doing a mix with them. I bring my guitar to
school every day and have taught most of my classes four of my favorite
songs. Two by a band called Old Crow Medicine Show and the other two by
The Grateful Dead. I've also been teaching the older kids some stage
combat. All in all everything is wonderful. Thank you for this
experience!" Richard Adler
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely
and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it
feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the
Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our
own very big family, I suppose!!"
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch
dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
Knysna nestles on the banks of a
beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is
surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil
lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing
with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good
music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow
atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The
main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful
holiday atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.
Most cafes have outdoors
seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun
umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on
your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or
staving off the heat with a cold drink.
Read more about Knysna and its
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