Assist in two very different schools located in Gauteng Province in
Northern South Africa, helping children from different backgrounds, one
of which is very deprived. Your help makes a difference!
One of the schools
you'll work in is located on an organic farm. Here you’ll work with
children from more affluent backgrounds. This is a ‘Montessori’ school
and has computer facilities and basic sports gear.
You’ll then take the
knowledge you’ve gained and share it with a poorer school located on a
nearby Game Reserve. This school lacks many facilities – it is really
poor and you will make a difference to the children.
||All year round (subject to school
terms/semesters) - you choose your start and finish dates.
Minimum stay 1 week and up to 1 year, subject to visa
No qualifications needed, just a big dose of enthusiasm for children
and the outdoors
for 1 week, ranging to £2,895 for 12 weeks.
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►Meeting you at the Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support
►24-hr emergency support
What's not included
Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and
transport to and
from the projects, return transfer to
Who can do this Project?
All our projects are
open to all nationalities.
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+
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South Africa has
everything and in this region you will have lots of opportunities to see
Game Reserves with wild animals in their natural habitat. We also have a
rage of optional activities you can get involved in before or after your
You’ll assist at two different pre-schools, combining and
sharing information and teaching. One is a more affluent school based on
an exclusive residential development on a working organic farm, and the
other is a poorer school on a nearby Game Reserve.
As the first school uses the Montessori method of educating children,
your aim will be to learn the routines of the more affluent school and
take these valuable methods to teach at the poorer school.
This project is varied and challenging. Giving material goods is easy,
but giving constructive attention, care and sharing knowledge is
life-changing for disadvantaged children, giving them confidence and
stimulating their intellect.
This project is situated in the beautiful hills between Johannesburg and
the Magaliesburg Mountains in the Gauteng province (formally known as
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
HOT-AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS depart from various venues close to the farm
5-DAY OR 7-DAY SAFARI from
Cape Town up the renowned Garden Route: taking in Dolphin and Whale
Spotting, visits to many tourist attractions, such as a visit to a
brewery(!), the Bloukrantz Bungy Jump (reportedly the highest in the world),
and a guided tour of the Cango Caves.
1 WEEK WHALES, SHARKS AND DOLPHINS
Project: This is
an extraordinary and exciting project in a beautiful location, surrounded
by white beaches and blue ocean. And two hours from the world's third
favourite city - Cape Town.
What more could anyone want?
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!
THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
The Montessori school is located on an organic farm and is a small
independent school for up to 25 children, between the ages of
two-and-a-half to four years old. Having started in 2010 from small
beginnings, the plan is to grow into a Primary School and later into a
High School like no other in Africa. Their aim is to also sponsor as
many local disadvantaged children as possible.
The school is in beautiful, secure surroundings on the farm, with top
class facilities, instruction and, most importantly, it honours and
maintains the high standards of Montessori education and its philosophy.
At the Montessori School, the method of teaching concentrates on
providing a place where the spirit of children and the spirit of nature
The school will provide an exceptional educational journey for children
and the surroundings will foster respect for Mother Nature and allow
children to experience peace and tranquillity.
The staff welcomes volunteers who would like to gain pre-school
experience. There are 10 children at present, and numbers are expected
to grow steadily. Apart from extra hands keeping 10 busy children busy,
they would love to start a Drama and Music section at the school.
The school day starts at 8am, and you need to be there by 7.45 before
parents arrive with their children. Their “Prepared Environment” will be
filled with only the best equipment that will entice them to want to
learn and work at their own individual pace.
There is also a focus on incorporating the environment into the
curriculum. The children have a hands-on experience of growing their own
vegetables and fruit in the school’s own vegetable garden. This
encourages them to understand the seasons and cycles of nature as well
as equipping them with vital life skills.
The children are encouraged to explore their natural ‘sense of wonder’,
which will be expanded into all areas of learning as they get older –
mathematics, language, science, geography, cultural studies, practical
life, art, sensorial, music and drama, etc.
“THE CRADLE” PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Montessori school also sponsors a local disadvantaged pre-primary
school on a nearby game-farm, where you can assist by taking methods
from the Montessori school and sharing with the underprivileged kids.
This ‘bridging’ of schools and knowledge is a very exciting concept and
welcomed with open arms by the staff there!
If you have initiative and are full of ideas, this project is an
ideal place to introduce and incorporate your ideas and improvements.
After spending some time at the Monaghan Montessori Pre-School, you will
take all you have learnt and carry it over to the The Cradle Pre-Primary
School. This school is run by two sisters, Tumelo and Martha, who have a
fairly good knowledge of English. Apart from a few children from The
Cradle Nature Reserve, most of the children come from the poor local
disadvantaged community, making a total of 39 children. Outside the
fenced area of the school playground is natural bush and giraffe,
monkeys, springbok and other buck pass by. There are also rhino on the
The day will consist of drawing, painting, learning letters and numbers,
constructive playing, baking, drama and lots of singing! The curriculum
is quite flexible, and you can use your initiative to introduce and
include English in all activities. Each child can be assessed to
ascertain what their needs are, both intellectually and sociably.
Useful items to take with you could include children’s books, magazines for
information and cutting out pictures, dressing up clothes, toys, games,
fun creative stationery or even a sewing machine. There is a huge fabric
factory shop not far from the farm and you could have fun creating
costumes for the children. Teaching the teachers to sew would be an
added advantage for the children!
The children are given breakfast and lunch and there is a mid-morning
break, too. Many children from local communities arrived at The Cradle
School scruffy, hungry and unhealthy, but two good meals a day have made
a huge difference in their health and concentration and you can help
these children progress with daily mental stimulation.
Although the local mother-tongue is “Tswane” (one of the 11 South
African official languages), English is a necessity in the modern world.
Most of the older group can speak and understand a little English and
the Montessori method of teaching English will help both teachers
and volunteers transmit this knowledge to these children in a
creative and easy way.
The children also love having their photographs taken!
Optional afternoon activities
Close to Monaghan is Refilwe, a residential centre for children of all
ages who don't have parents. There are a number of cottages and each
a foster mother who looks after a small group of children. These foster
mothers try to createas normal a home environment as possible.
The children benefit immensely from afternoon activities, such as Sport,
Art, Drama, Music, or just playing games and having fun. You
will be taken to Refilwe after being picked up from The Montessori or
The Cradle during the week and fetched again at 4.30pm.
After a full day with children, you can relax, have a
swim in the pool, watch TV, email home, prepare for the following day if
necessary and on occasion enjoy a Braai (South African BBQ) ... on days
there is no storm! In this area, thunder, lightning and rain are
commonplace around 4pm, but the storm usually passes quite quickly,
clearing up to leave the beautiful surroundings watered and refreshed
after the dry, hot day.
This project is varied and challenging. Giving material goods is easy,
but giving even a little constructive attention and care and sharing
knowledge is life-changing for disadvantaged children, and will give
them confidence and stimulate their intellect... a priceless gift!
Got any questions? Please email us:
HOURS OF WORK
You will generally work at the school from 8:00am till
2:30pm, but sometimes this is flexible and you may wish to take part in
the after school activity at Refilwe until 4:30pm.
This placement is not available during school holidays, so if you're
planning to participate in a placement, please take the below 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
SCHOOL TERMS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Dates for the 2012 school terms (semesters) are
Term 1: 18th Jan – 30th Mar
Term 2: 10th April – 22nd June
Term 3: 16th July – 28th Sept
Term 4: 8th Oct – 7th Dec
Nervous about going somewhere new?
Or about teaching?
Adrian Tate's description
of his arrival
in South Africa to teach Sports.
This project is based on a
residential project, situated on a working organic farm. Although luxury
living, one feels as though one is living in the bush, with jackals,
guinea fowl, small buck, hedgehogs and porcupines wandering freely.
There is also an abundant and varied birdlife.
The Farm is situated just north of Lanseria Airport, lying between the
cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Mogale. It is 1 360 acres in size
with the Jukskei River meanders through it for more than 3km providing
several kilometres of common river frontage. A major difference between
the estate, and most other upmarket developments, is that it’s actually
a working farm, with a strong emphasis on organic agriculture.
ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON THIS PROJECT:
Park, Lion and Rhino Park, The Cradle of Humankind or Sterkfontein Caves:
The 2.5 million year-old skeleton of ‘Mrs. Ples’, and an almost complete
skeleton estimated to be 3.3 million years old were excavated here. These
caves have one of the richest and most productive anthropological sites in
SAFARIS There are various wildlife reserves if you would like to go
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