Teach Children in South Africa (STA exclusive)
Day 1 Cape Town
Arrive at anytime. Overnight in a Cape Town hotel. Please see the welcome note at the hotel for more details regarding the meeting (usually you will be picked up at 9:30 am on Day 2). Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the Visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Cape Town offers many different activities – something for everyone. Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45min drive). Visit the old French Hugonote town of Franschoek and surroundings (1h drive). For the not so faint hearted there is numerous adrenaline activities in the surrounding areas, from skydiving to abseiling to cage diving and having a close encounter with the great white sharks. Or wonder through the city centre with some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens). Do not miss the wonderful Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium and numerous other small museums and theatres. Cape Town's name originated from the term 'Cape of Good Hope' when Bartholomew Diaz and other seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain, like an inn that promised hospitality and prosperity. The city is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant character being derived from Khoxisan and other African tribes from the North, and Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers. Cape Town is the third most populous city in South Africa, with over 3 million inhabitants, and is the provincial capital of the Western Cape. It is also the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located. For shopping, dining and entertainment the V&A Waterfront is a hotspot for foreigners and locals alike. Still a working harbour, the Waterfront is an example of creative architecture and restoration and has become South Africa's most visited tourist attraction. The Waterfront offers over 250 shops from designer boutiques to craft stalls, a host of restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of other activities. For cultural exchange, you shouldn’t miss out a "Local Dinner” in a private home in an informal settlement. This authentic community experience provides guests the opportunity to get deep inside the heart of Cape Town. Choose from Cape Malay, Xhosa traditional or Cape Town fusion foods, and visit families in their private homes in townships and get insight into South African realities - be part of the family for an unforgettable night. Proceeds go into the community (details in the optional activity section).
Day 2-6 Cape Town - Teaching and Community Development Volunteering (5B,5L,5D)
Transfer to the volunteer house for your orientation. Mornings and afternoons will be spent assisting teachers at the schools, as well as helping out local community projects. Evenings and weekends are free to explore the beautiful Cape area. Optional activities can include: day tours to Cape Point and Stellenbosch, visits to Robbin Island and Table Mountain or just relax and wander the V&A Waterfront. On arrival to the Cape Town project, the following orientation will take place: • Introduction to Cape Town and the surrounding areas • Overview of all of our Cape Town Projects and the communities in which you will be working • Introduction to all project staff • Familiarization of the surrounding neighborhood where you will be living • Full induction into your role as a volunteer with African Impact Join us in Cape Town where you will experience the hustle and bustle of city life and the diversity of the Cape Flats. Voted the world’s top tourist destination and arguably one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town has some of the widest ranges of attractions and is alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. It offers diverse cultural and heritage sites such as Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront as well as outdoor activities including Table Mountain and viewing African Penguins – Cape Town has it all. Added to the mix is the Cape Flats area which is home to many of the communities with which you will be volunteering: Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain, Nyanga, Athlone and Grassy Park. Often referred to as the “dumping ground of Apartheid”, the Cape Flats are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages. Yet across these differences, there are many parallels such as crippling poverty, substance abuse, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Khayelitsha is the largest of these townships and where many of our projects are based. Home to just under 2 million people, locals live in a vast range of housing types from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings. Visiting this township is an eye-opening experience where communal standpipes for water and blocks of individual toilets shared among a number of families is the norm. While Khayelitsha is the largest and fastest growing of the Cape Flats townships, we work in a number of other communities which have been greatly affected by social and economic hardships and where there is a big need for your help. Assist teachers in community schools and pre-schools during the day • Take an active part in sharing ideas and lessons with teachers in the classroom • Run after-school programmes working with disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the community * Help at a Grandmother's program • Keep youth educated and off the streets through reading, homework, crafts and more! • Read to and give valuable one-on-one homework help and tutoring to students • Help to uplift communities through literacy and numeracy Volunteers will be rotating during the 5 days between pre-schools, sports development projects, after school care clubs, emergency care homes etc. Example of a day as a volunteer: 7:00 am Rise and shine! Eat breakfast of cereals, toast, tea & coffee, and begin to get ready for your project 8:00 am Depart house to be taken to your morning project 8:30 – 9:00 am Start work at your community project – you will be able to use lesson plans, resources and ideas created the previous week 12:30 pm Pick-up from your school for Lunch at the volunteer house or a packed lunch 2:30 pm Depart for afternoon project 4:30 pm End of the working day! You will be picked up from your project and taken back to the volunteer house where we evaluate the day and discuss the schedule for the following day 6:00 pm Dinner at the volunteer house. After dinner volunteers often relax and unwind around the house watch a movie, go to trivia night, or head off to one of the local pubs or coffee shops
Day 7 Cape Town (1B)
Depart at any time. If you are interested in volunteering for more time, you can extend your stay for up to 8 weeks.