Teaching assistant volunteering in South Africa
Longer stays heavily encouraged.
Includes airport and project transfers, food, accommodation and training.
Description of Teaching assistant volunteering in South Africa
Become a part of the education system in South Africa, supporting teachers in under-privileged areas to teach children English. You will be working in some of Port Elizabeth's poorest townships, helping the teachers around the classrooms and working in small groups to improve the children's English.
The kids here are motivated to get a good education, and the presence of an English speaking volunteer stands them in very good stead for later life. You can become part of extra curricular activities as well, such as music lessons, after school clubs and sports sessions.
There is very little money within the schools here, and often teachers are working with large groups with limited resources. Volunteers help smaller groups of kids within the classroom to ensure that they have understood the work and that they can learn. Volunteering in these schools is a rewarding experience, and gives you an insight into an upbringing far from your own.
If you’re a fun-loving person with a big heart, you’ll be perfect as a volunteer teaching assistant. The staff will be delighted to have you and the children will all want to be your best friend! It is important that you have already had experience of working with children and preferably teaching experience to become part of this.
Accommodation and food
You will be living with other volunteers in a shared volunteer accommodation in the leafy suburbs of Port Elizabeth. Three meals per day are provided, as well as trips to explore and enjoy the local area.
|Day 1:||Arrival day is a Saturday. You will be met at the airport and transferred down to your accommodation.|
|Days 2 -5:||The first four days on the project is spent receiving an induction. You will be taken around the schools and the townships, receive instruction on how to teach and bring the best out of the kids and more.|
|Day 6+||Get stuck in! You will be working 5 days per week with weekends free to enjoy the local area. Minimum participation on this project is 4 weeks, with most volunteers choosing to stay for the full term of 12 weeks.|
|Last day||You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your onward flight.|
PlanetProtecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
This project allows children living in some of the poorest townships in Port Elizabeth to have access to English-speaking volunteers and learn from them. As well as improving the children's knowledge of English, you will be helping to improve their life chances.
Supporting the local economy
The volunteer scheme provides work for domestic staff at the accommodation. You will eat locally-sourced food and make use of shops and leisure facilities in the town. You will not be taking jobs away from local people. The project employs local staff where possible, but relies on volunteers to support them.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in South Africa’s poorer communities. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
We have strict policies in place when it comes to working with children overseas. We thoroughly check out the projects that we work with to make sure that there are clear policies in place. We also assess the suitability of our volunteers through interview to make sure they are motivated but also up to the challenge physically and mentally. All volunteers need to have experience working with children and must volunteer for a minimum of 4 weeks. Anyone working 1-1 with vulnerable children must provide a police check.