Education volunteering in South Africa

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Skilled volunteers wanted!

This operator arranges career breaks for skilled volunteers. It is unlikely that we will be able to place volunteers without specific transferrable skills. This project is not suitable for under 21s. We place skilled volunteers to work with not instead of local people. Your skills will be matched to specific needs. Please apply at least 4 months before you wish to volunteer.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Education volunteering in South Africa

Environment

Our core values are responsibility & sustainability, respect & dignity, service & partnership and economic transparency.

Responsibility & sustainability: You will be working with principals and staff to enhance their own teaching capacity, not taking the place of any local teacher or member of staff. Each volunteer placement is part of a considered programme with specific aims to enhance local abilities not to replace them. The price includes a donation which ensures that your volunteer placement is in no way subsidised by the project.

Respect & dignity: mutual respect for personal and cultural dignity involves listening to each other and learning from each other. The local people with whom you live and work are your hosts your knowledge and perceptions will differ from theirs, but both sets of values are equally valid. You will be fully prepared for your placement, and given guidance on how to maximise the potential mutual benefits.

Service & partnership: We work together with the Project Management Team all of whom are local people - in matching you and your skills to the specific requirements of the schools and the project. In this way, we facilitate partnerships between you and the project where your volunteer input is part of a larger programme and not just a drop in the ocean!

Economic transparency: the price of the placement is paid by you straight to the Project Management Team, not to us at least 80% of the price remains where it is needed most, in the host country and your project donation is used exclusively for this project.

Community

1. Any volunteer wishing to teach or coach (unless as an assistant) should have an appropriate qualification - whether that's a TEFL certificate, a PGCE, sports coaching qualification or another relevant certification in youth work.
2. Any volunteer wishing to be involved in teaching without the relevant qualifications or experience can work as a teaching assistant, supporting the local teacher/coach during lessons, workshops or other sessions. This could involve helping students practise their English in conversations with a native speaker, or helping students carry out written or practical work under supervision by the teacher.
3. Education support placements should last a minimum of four weeks to allow the volunteers to establish relationships with local staff and their students and make a real impact Volunteers working in extracurricular activities such as after school support clubs, specialist language schools, or as coaches or teaching assistants may have placements as short as one week, if the curriculum has been designed specifically for a course of this length - although a longer duration is preferred.
4. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in line with international TESOL standards which require that teachers should be "at a level to access tertiary education".
5. Prior to a placement, volunteers are provided with background and context information - about the local culture, the institution where they will be volunteering, the students' ages, current language/sports abilities and what they will be expected to cover over the duration of their placement, to follow on from the previous teacher or coach. Relevant curriculum information will be included wherever possible. A minimum one day training and orientation is included at the start of a placement.
6. Every volunteer, including qualified teachers, should spend most of their time working alongside local teachers. The volunteer will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and build upon what has already been taught, while the local teacher can benefit from the support and presence of a native English teacher, with new ideas for lesson plans and classroom activities. Learning is a two-way process.
7. DBS (formerly known as a CRB) checks - or equivalent - should be carried out for any prospective volunteers who will be working with children - particularly those who may be working unsupervised.
8. Volunteers must agree to the project's child protection policy and volunteer's code of conduct before their placement is confirmed.

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