This project is ideal for energetic and creative people who love small children aged 6 months—6 years and want to help teachers in a traditional educational environment. Located in and around Chintsa, a stunning little coastal village on the East Coast of South Africa, halfway between Cape Town and Durban, you can help make a difference.
Volunteers work in one of the preschools assisting the teachers in the classroom; helping to run lessons, giving the children one-on-one attention, working in smaller groups, developing resources and taking part in creative play.
With up to 45 children in one classroom and only one or two teaching staff, teachers desperately need extra support to provide the best possible foundation of education and care for the tiny learners. All of the preschools are very poor, under resourced and full of children from infants to six years old.
Volunteers work alongside teachers and community volunteers to fulfill the daily needs and requirements of the pre-schoolers. Project tasks include:
Volunteers also take part in afternoon community development initiatives including:
The "Project Contribution" included in your overall fee will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the project during your actual volunteer stay on the ground.
All of our Projects require you to be in good health, be reasonably fit, and on this particular Project, a minimum of 18 years old.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT RUNS EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER YOUR OASIS OVERLAND TRIP.
Prices - A £300 deposit is required to book this project. Please note the average weekly price reduces for every extra week booked. All prices are in Pounds Sterling (£GBP) and are per person (pp). Once requested your volunteer project cannot be refunded or exchanged.
No. of Weeks
Advertised price based on 2 week project, please ask for a price if you have more than 4 weeks to spare.
Dates: Please contact Oasis Overland in regards to Start dates for this project
During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy excursions in and around the area.The house is within a few minutes walk of the beach & volunteers will have access to canoes, boogie boards and beach accessories. A Local tour operator also runs a surf school, beach horse rides, game drives and quad biking. Additional sight-seeing can be arranged directly through your project.
Accommodation and Hours
Volunteers stay in shared accommodation in a serviced and catered house overlooking Chintsa beach (single accommodation available upon request and for an additional fee). The volunteer house is located just 3 minutes walk from the main part of town where there is a small choice of local restaurants, a liquor store, our office and internet cafe, a general store with ATM and two restaurants. A short walk across the beach is a fun and funky backpacker hostel which offers volunteers a place to relax at the weekend with volleyball games, boogie boards and a divine swimming pool.
Hours are normally between 08:00 until 17:30 - 18:00 followed by dinner, although this can vary depending on season. Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sundays off to explore the area.
You will meet you at East London airport and transferred to Chintsa to start your project on Mondays only.
It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred overseas with a recommended sum insured of £500,000. It is also wise to leave a copy of your insurance policy with a friend or relative for safe keeping.
Please ensure that your policy covers you for Volunteering work and activities.
We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. It is a mistake to think that "it will never happen to me". It is also very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip.
For further information on the insurance we offer, the activities covered, costs and how to book - please check out the Insurance section of our website.
Visas and Vaccinations
Most nationalities do not require a Visa for South Africa, but it is advisable to contact the relevant Embassy in plenty of time before the trip departs to check the current visa requirements.
As we are not medically trained - we are unable to give detailed or professional adviceon vaccination requirements, therefore please consult a reputable travel clinic or GP for advice on any medical issues. We suggest allowing 8 weeks to get all your vaccinations. For more information visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk or www.nomadtravel.co.uk Oasis travellers receive a 10% discount on vaccinations, medical kits, clothing and camping equipment from the Nomad Travel Clinic - you will receive your discount code on your booking receipt. Medical advice should also be taken regarding Malaria risks.
Clothing and Equipment
Please see our full list of Clothing and Equipment, in the Before You Go section, for the Overland trip that you are undertaking before or after this project. This should more than cover the items you will need for your Project. You will also receive a full Welcome Pack from our Project Provider, after booking, that will list any other items.
Before you go
While Youre Travelling
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Please note that you will be required to fill out an application form prior to being accepted on the Project. You may also be asked for references.
This Project can be combined with any other African Project.