Teach Children in Township Schools

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Program Description

The important thing is to help people speak English. You may also be asked to help with other subjects, but this is optional and only if you feel confident. You will normally be asked to stand up in front of a class and teach conversational English - you are not expected to be an expert on grammar or literature.

Video facilities are available in some schools and audio equipment is quite commonplace.

The average class size ranges from 15 to a manageable 40.You will most likely teach in more than one school. Most of the schools are State schools, both secondary and primary. You will generally be asked to help out with any age groups.

You can choose to work with primary or secondary schools. Teach disadvantaged children in township schools in the beautiful coastal resort town of Knysna.

You'll begin by assisting the teacher but you may, depending on your ability and your confidence, take classes on your own.

Generally you'll teach conversational English but you can teach a variety of other academic subjects if you'd like to, as well as Sports, Drama, Arts and Music. The choice is yours.

Highlights

FOOD:
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 offer.

There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food shopping.

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.

ACCOMMODATION: THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town, yet set against a natural green belt. The birdlife 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. 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.

There 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.

Qualifications

Minimum age 16, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm)

Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates! Subject to school holidays.

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

►Arranging your Programme
►Full pre-departure support and assistance
►Payment Protection Insurance
►Accommodation
►Food
►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.

What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.

Program Locations

Knysna, South Africa

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Program Details

Provider:
Budget Volunteering (BVOL)
Location
  • South Africa: Knysna
Terms:
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks, 3-6 months
Languages:
English
Participants:
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
Cost:
£575 for 1 week, then £120 for each additional week. Includes Accommodation and Food.
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