Volunteer in rural and village schools along South Africa's scenic Wild Coast and focus on enhancing education with the older children through computer literacy skills and sports development.
Wild Coast Uplift & Outreach Through Teaching Project Chintsa, near East London on South Africa’s beautiful and rugged ‘Wild Coast’
Please note GBP and US$ prices displayed for this course are guideline prices only and placement fees are payable in South African Rand (ZAR). Project Costs 2012 (ZAR):
2 Week Placement: R7 857
4 Week Placement: R15 143
6 Week Placement: R22 857
8 Week Placement: R30 571
The Wild Coast, with its strong amaXhosa culture, vibrant population and environmental significance, is a destination of recognized developmental importance in the newly established democratic South Africa. The Wild Coast Schools & Community Project started a few years ago with 16 broken laptops, 4 working ones, a dilapidated outbuilding and lots of enthusiasm. Today we are proud to say the project manages around 150 computers in four labs, reaching over 1000 learners with computer literacy, and is involved with six rural schools.
The project focuses primarily on three main aspects:
1.Computer Literacy Skills Development
Computer Literacy is only in its infancy in the Wild Coast region. Working from an established course framework, volunteers are part of developing a module of appropriate teaching resources for future use in computer literacy courses in rural South Africa. The project is committed to resource schools with computers and put into place the necessary training and continued support for these schools to allow them to produce competitive learners for the demanding technological world of adulthood.
Ultimately the program works towards:
•Meeting learning criteria by teaching computer literacy through reading, maths and the sciences
•Developing Environmental learning and applied competencies through sustainable technology and life skills
•Interactive Sport’s Development
•Equipping rural and peri-urban schools with computers (a multi-phase project)
•Continued development of appropriate teaching aids and support structures for both teachers and learners
2.Interactive Sport’s Development
The sport’s initiative is an exciting drive to introduce and develop on-going growth and appreciation in the sporting arena in socio-economically challenged areas of the Wild Coast. For the most part, schools lack the resources and the capacity to provide effective sports opportunities for their learners.
The program will strive towards creating a formal sporting framework where new sport’s disciplines, teamwork and the understanding of sport etiquette are developed. In a country such as South Africa, sport is able to encourage not only a healthy lifestyle, but also develop necessary social skills and peer understanding that is essential to the stability and well being of our society.
3.Environmental Education and Aesthetic Upliftment of schools
The project has also become increasingly involved in environmental aspects of the school. Volunteer presence in the area has allowed the project to partner with the WWF/WESSA Eco-schools programme by providing booster support to existing environmental projects under the guidance of the Eco-schools team. This partnership is to continue into the future and will involve supporting a range of targets from Marine and Coastal Education, Water and Sanitation, Vegetable gardens to general aesthetic improvements and playground development.
WHAT OUR PROJECT MANAGERS SAID THEY LOVE ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
•We are reaching over 1000 rural kids for ICT support on a daily basis.
•The project is entirely dependant on volunteers - our volunteers are the project!
•There is a highly organised and structured volunteer system in place in the schools - timetabled lessons are taught by volunteers and there is strong support
•Lesson plans and resources are developed by volunteers under the guidance of our two professional facilitators.
•Volunteers will experience diverse interactions - ICT daily, sport twice a week, art classes once a week and outdoor initiatives such as food gardening support, playground developments, etc. - lots of exciting things for our volunteers to get involved in!
•Relaxing on the beach and lagoon - bliss!
•Plenty of optional activities available for volunteers to get involved in - surf school, mountain bike rides, beach horse rides, elephant safaris, big 5 reserve on our doorstep.
•Stunning volunteer accommodation right on the beach!
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Chintsa, near East London on South Africa’s beautiful and rugged ‘Wild Coast’
What will I be doing?
The scenic ‘Wild Coast’ invites you to help with education, computer literacy, sports development and sustainability.
- Pioneering the development of user friendly, appropriate teaching resources for future programme expansion in rural South Africa
- Work with disadvantaged and vulnerable children
- Team teaching
- Reading and crafts with children
- Being part of a community upliftment program through education, health and sports
- Experiencing South African diversity through immersion and exposure at the grass roots level
- Travelling and exploring South Africa's most exciting and culturally diverse coastal region, the Wild Coast of the former Transkei
- Immerse yourself in the local culture
- Make friends for life
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as teaching materials, sports equipment, supplies, work tools, etc.
- All airport transfers from East London Airport to Chintsa upon your arrival and departure
- A comprehensive orientation
- All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day with lunch usually being a self-packed meal
- Access to facilities for weekly laundry service
- Assistance in your projects by various African Impact and project support staff staff and volunteer coordinators. Full support from African Impact and project managers and coordinators throughout your time on your Chintsa placement
Project Fee Excludes the following:
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement, which should include cover for repatriation
- All transport to East London
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email/Internet and telephone calls
- Soft drinks, wines and spirits
- All visas for border crossings
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Chintsa e.g. tours with African Heartland Journeys to explore the Transkei homeland, or horse rides on the beach at Chintsa , etc
Orientation is designed to give volunteers are chance to settle in and allow the co-ordinating team and all volunteers to develop their working relationship, understand the support structures and become familiar with the workings of the project.
Upon arrival volunteers are taken to their accommodation to settle for the afternoon, before having dinner and meeting all the other volunteers. The following morning there is a comprehensive orientation meeting, followed by your first visit to the various schools where you will learn the ropes by shadowing.
Throughout your stay at your placement in Chintsa you will have the support and guidance of experienced field-workers and project coordinators. They are part of our greater African Impact support team, and will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
- 24 hr personalised contact person available
- Internet, fax, phone and post facilities (reduced rates for volunteers)
- Travel centre
- Lounge facilities at the accommodation sites
- Daily access and support from our co-ordinating team
- Weekly feedback, troubleshooting and planning sessions with co-ordinating team
- Free use of canoes and boogie boards
- Surfboard hire and surf school lessons at a reduced rate
At the support centre Head Quarters based in Chintsa you will also have access to the following:
Minimum 18 years, maximum dependent on participants' health.