Programme: Volunteer with Children Gordons Bay Travel to South Africa and help make a difference in the lives of many underprivileged children in this community program. This program is located 45 minutes away from the beautiful city of Cape Town. It aims to provide the children in local townships with a safe, fun and creative educational environment.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). During your project dates your accommodation and food are included in the project cost. Your accommodation is located in the coastal town of Gordons Bay, surrounded by the rich vibrant culture of local communities. Accommodation is in houses/apartments with shared rooms and bathrooms, with access to hot running water and electricity. Three basic meals a day are provided along with fruit and snacks. Meals are prepared during the week by community staff and volunteer dinner teams are responsible for heating up and clearing up.Lunch is a packed lunch prepared in the morning and brought onto project.
Does the project require any special preparation? All volunteers are encouraged to learn more about local history, culture and customs before travelling. All training will be taught in the field.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. In South Africa students have to obtain a certain academic level in order to be able to attend formal school you will be helping the children we work with to reach this standard. A good level of English will open up a variety of possibilities for the children we work with. You will be involved in helping to organize and run outdoor games/activities, arts and crafts lessons, story telling, music and drama lessons as well as assisting with homework.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. As a result of the basic living conditions volunteers need to be flexible and able to work well in teams and people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time. The nearest emergency medical facilities located approximately 15km away. Staff are First Aid qualified and health and safety briefings are given to all volunteers when they arrive.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect weekends off. In this time you could take part in some of the optional side trips; Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend, Stellenbosch Wine Tour, Cape Town Wildlife Safari, Shark-Cage Diving. Please note that you would not be able to do all of these within a 2 week duration. Before and after your program you could visit the Garden Route or travel up to Kruger National Park – the possibilities are endless.
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's included:
Pre-departure support and discounted services:
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Community work workshop
Certification and summary of training and experience received
Weekly evaulation with your mentor
First Aid & CPR training
PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Diving compressor training workshop
Coral reef ecology
First Aid & CPR training and certification
Confidential professional reference
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
PADI Advanced Open Water
Transfer to base location
Teamwork and leadership experience
Leading biological surveys course
Work placement (if successful on training period)
What's not included:
Medical and travel insurance
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
PADI Open Water
Food during work placement
Additional Information. Field staff advise that you enter the country using a volunteer visa. For most nationalities this must be arranged in advance. Check with immigration authorities of the countries you intend to visit.