*Our Teaching project can be done alongside a sports coaching project, or by itself.
Again you don’t need any previous experience!
Many of our sports coaches choose to teach 1-2 days a week and coach the others. However, for those wanting to make a difference in the South African townships, but not interested in sports, this is the perfect way to do so!
Where and what would I help to teach?
Here at Camp South Africa we work with two main schools in the Townships.
One is a a conventional primary school and the other is a school for those with special needs.
Participants will mainly be involved in helping with Maths and English to slow and fast learning children in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. However, some participants may get the chance to teach a whole class of children, either by themselves or alongside other volunteers.
As levels of education do not stay within strict grade guidelines in South Africa, as in other countries, it’s important all Camp South Africa participants are proactive, flexible and adaptable.
All the students within the schools we work with have workbooks with set assignments in, so teachers are not expected to come up with materials to teach, just help the children with their already existing assignments.
What are the Kids like?
You will be teaching children ranging from 8-14 years of age, sometimes in the same class (as the classes are very mixed) with a mixture of boys and girls. As mentioned above, the reasons for these children needing some extra tuition is extremely varied.
Some children need help as they are falling behind in the important subjects of Maths and English, whilst others need some extra tuition as they are ahead in their classes and this is to be encouraged.
One key thing to remember is that Maths and English doesn’t have to be boring. Although teaching will involve a lot less running around than sports coaching, this does not mean it will involve any less dancing!
As you are spending more time in the same place than the coaches, many teachers find they create stronger bonds with the children and this is definitely shown in the amount of letters and cards they leave with.
What does a typical day look like?
- Teaching takes place Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:30pm.
- On a normal day, you will leave the accommodation at about 8:30am and return at about 2:30pm. We say ‘on a normal day’ because as you will quickly find out, the way of life in South Africa is very relaxed and plans often change, so you may end up only doing half a day.
- Teachers will usually stay in the same school for the day, and alternate the schools during the week. However, volunteers can choose which school they prefer if wanted.
- Due to the varying amount of children that may need extra help each day, teachers often volunteer for slightly fewer hours than coaches.
- The purpose built guest centre and other facilities are situated both in close proximity to and on the main reserve.
- The main facility is an area locally known as Pote, which is on the wildlife breeding area of the reserve. General game including zebra, kudu and waterbuck can be found along with buffalo on the adjoining property.
- The reserve is malaria free.
Main Building Accommodation;
- Spacious twin bedded rooms
- Shared shower, toilet and basin bathroom facilities per room
- Communal safe per room
- Built in cupboards
- Outdoor boma area (fire pit and seating area)
- Plunge pool
- Canteen dining area
- Lounge and entertainment area
- Television with DVD player and access to local cable channels
- Computer with internet access (Wi-Fi vouchers bought at cost)
- World Call Card telephone system
Tented Camp Accommodation;
- Spacious tented accommodation sleeping three per tent
- Shared en-suite shower, toilet and basin per tent
- Cupboard storage space
- Canteen dining room area serving as study room and kitchen
- Communal fridge for storage of beverages or perishables
- Communal computer
- Outdoor ‘boma’ (seating area) and fireplace
- Airport pick up and transfers
- 3 meals a day, 7 days a week
- Accommodation throughout your stay (complete with WiFi and other amenities)
- Shared House with a Swimming Pool
- Full Orientation in South Africa
- Pre-departure and 24/7 in-Country support from our supported charity
- Coaching equipment – feel free to bring your own too!
- A Camp South Africa goody bag (with a branded t-shirt, whistle, lanyard and sports bag!)
- 2 FREE Group Excursions, which may include (depending on date of travel) a visit to a local safari park, day trip to Jeffreys Bay, day trip to Bloukrans / Storms River, Boat trip