After a relaxing weekend, it’s time to get into it. On your first morning our team will accompany you to the township, to introduce you to the team of dedicated teachers and of course the children. It’s a good day to get to know the kids as well as the school and it’s routine before you get teaching properly tomorrow.
The Southern Peninsula of Cape Town is a beautiful area visited by tourists every day. But there are still poor communities in which many residents are uneducated and unemployed.
At the heart of one of these communities is a school which, despite a shortage of funds, is dedicated to providing a good education for their pupils to give them a chance for a better future. It’s at this school that you can use your own education to help teach these enthusiastic youngsters and really make a difference to their lives.
Your weeks will be spent experiencing life as a teaching assistant, a fantastic opportunity to work alongside a professional teacher and gain valuable classroom experience.
Each day you’ll head to school by public minibus taxi, a cost of around $4 a day for the 15 minute journey. In the mornings you’ll be assisting the teacher and working with the children on a one to one basis. Your help is greatly appreciated and this one on one time makes the world of difference. During lunch and break time you’ll help in the playground and later you’ll help with children waiting for their transport home.
Most classes are conducted in English. However the level of English varies among students - most children will have a grasp of the language but their comprehension may be low.
Bring your smile, your creativity and all your great ideas about learning and help these children find their way out of poverty. These smiling little faces will make a permanent imprint on your heart and you’ll have an experience that you’ll never forget.