We are involved
with three schools in the Jeffreys Bay Community.
These schools are daycare-centers , and provide
education for children aged 3 to 5 years.
There are up to 20/40 children in each creche, which
makes it very difficult for the permanent teachers
to keep up with education and attention for the
Help from volunteers is needed and has proven to
be very effective, for the teachers and children
can learn a lot from the volunteers, and vice versa.
are meant to prepare the children for primary school,
where they go to from the age of 6. It’s their
first introduction to education, a playful way of
learning new things, such as; shapes and colors,
the letters of the alphabet, songs etc... But also
discipline and structure, something they need to
get familiar with as well before entering primary
In each of these
day care centers there are one or two permanently
employed care givers, who work with the kids throughout
the year. Although they are very good with the children
and dedicated to the school, they don’t always
know how to implement certain teaching aides into
the day to day program. They need assistance and
new knowledge, to keep them motivated and to improve
themselves every time.
With their help, your own creativity and the very
basic equipment present in the school, you can try
to get the most out of your volunteer experience
in the school!
morning is structured in the following way:
7.30 Children start
arriving at the school with the teachers there to
8.00 The teachers make the children porridge for
8.30 Start of the lesson program where the teachers
try to teach the children new skills in a playful
10.00 The children’s singing routine in which
they sing all the songs they know and learn new
11.00 Snacktime! The children eat the food they
11.30 Playtime! The children play outside on the
playground in front of the school
13.00 Sleeptime! The children take their afternoon
nap till the parents pick them up
The time when you as a volunteer can come
into action is during the lesson program in the
morning as well as assisting the teacher in other
tasks through out the day. The lesson time
is where you can use your own ideas and creativity
to teach the kids new skills.
while at the school would include helping out with
practical things like general maintenance that might
be in the form of painting, cleaning or
fixing small things around the school and playground.
At each school there is also a vegetable
garden that previous volunteers have started.
Keeping these gardens going will also be part of
the volunteering activities.
Once you have applied
and been placed in the project we will send you
an information pack with specific
areas that you can focus on while you are at the
school. This will also include a schedule of what
your days will look like, this is flexible according
to the needs at the moment in the school and of
the individual volunteer.
At Ubuntu Lodge you have the choice of either shared
(dorm) rooms or private rooms. The guesthouse is
ideally situated overlooking the beach, and all
necessary shops and supermarkets are a 2 minute
walk away. There is a big self-catering kitchen
for you to prepare your own food, or you can sample
the tasty delights of Ubuntu's hearty African dinners($7).
Included: Airport transfers (PE), bicycle/transport,
free surf lesson, all accommodation, breakfast daily,
financial contribution to project.
Not Included : Flight tickets, food and