What experience do you feel you are gaining?
Teaching experience with kindergarten, special needs and street kids.
Teaching reading, writing, comprehension, geography, conservation and also life skills such as STD's causes, symptoms and treatment.
Nutrition and regime adherence with HIV/AIDS children.
The best thing about my placement is the variety of the projects, every day is different.
This placement would suit anyone who is interested in social care, teaching or community work or just has a desire to make a positive impact on someone else. Some pointers, though, are - Take a mosquito net!! Also when in the community you will need to ensure that you are wearing a sleeved tshirt/top and your knees need to be covered when you are away from camp.
Can you describe a typical day?
Meet at 7:30am to plan day, breakfast at 8, leave 8:30 for project. This varies from kindergarten to bush school to drop in centres to clinics. More often than not lunch is a packed lunch consisting sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and crisps together with water and can if soda. Lunch in camp is at 12. Afternoon generally move to different project and usually back in camp by 4-4:30. Free time until 6:15 for volunteer meeting and then dinner at 6:45pm.
I spent some evenings creating lesson plans and researching topics for discussion. Saturday nights always party night for volunteers, so I would recommend taking at least one "nice" outfit for that 😊
And be prepared to try everything! I have been white water rafting and ridden a horse for the first time in 40 years. Age is not a barrier, but you'll need to be emotionally resilient.