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Teach in a deaf school in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

TEACH HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN IN A DEAF SCHOOL IN CAPE TOWN IN SOUTH AFRICA

Help children with hearing difficulties. Work in a school in Cape Town that caters for partially and fully deaf children. You'll work with children from 3 to 13 years old, right from when they're first introduced to sign language.

The content of the lessons is the same as a regular school, so any subjects you have some knowledge in would be most welcome. The school is very poor with just a few classrooms, library and a hall, so every bit of involvement makes an incredible difference.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round, subject to school vacations - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 2 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications or experience required, just lots of enthusiasm and a love of children.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Local transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, care or teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in South Africa, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Teach in a deaf school in South Africa

Teach in a deaf school in South Africa

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The project is located in a suburb of
Cape Town, called Observatory, situated at the bottom of Devil’s Peak (so named because of its shape). This peak makes up the left-hand formation of the famous Table Mountain (named after the 'tablecloth’ of clouds that cascade down its slopes). The view of the peak from the school is quite spectacular.

The school has about 80 pupils. The age range of the children is from about 3 to 13 years of age. There are about 12 teachers and teaching assistants. The classes are very small to ensure that children receive individual attention.

The very little ones are introduced to sign language and do what all pre-school children do – learn by playing. They have stories read or signed, they paint, they do puzzles, play simple games - and they have outdoor ‘play-learning’. If you choose to work in the Pre-Primary section, you would help with all of this. This is a very interesting section as the children are learning communication skills perhaps for the first time.

The pupils aged 6 – 13 are taught the normal Grade1 to Grade 7 school curriculum in two different sections.

  • One section (Grades 1 – 7) consists of children who have hearing aids or implants, which enable them to have partial to good hearing. They have normal lessons.

  • The other section (also Grade 1 – 7) caters for children who are completely deaf – and they are taught their lessons in sign language.

The hearing children will continue their education at other special needs schools or at mainstream schools and could leave at any time to do this. The completely deaf children usually continue their education at a High School for the Deaf in Worcester (about an hour from Cape Town).

WORK CONTENT:
You may assist with any section, and any age group, fulfilling class assistant duties such as helping children with maths, reading and other school subjects.

If you know sign language, you could work with the totally deaf children - or you could actually teach sign language to those learning how to sign! You may, at first, spend a bit of time in each class, and then decide where you would like to go on a regular basis. The children follow the normal Grade 1 - 7 lessons and if you would like to teach any specific lessons, the school would be happy to arrange this. Once settled in with the classes you'd like to be involved with, you'll be given a timetable to follow for the duration of your placement.

School starts at 8am and finishes at 2.15pm. There are breaks at 10.30 and 12.50. Lessons are 30 minutes long and all teaching is done in English.

Sports: Some time during the school day is spent outside, playing games, but they have no formal sports. The kids love playing football or netball, but unfortunately the school doesn't have a formal sports timetable. If you'd like to coach children in any sport, it would be very welcome and the children would be encouraged to participate. If you do choose to do this, you can arrange to coach groups of children during their “Life Orientation“ lessons. 

During the summer, the children go to the local Observatory public swimming pool right next to the school – it's an outdoor pool and a very popular “sports” outing, which the children love!

SCHOOL SEMESTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Please note that this placement is not available during the school vacations, so it’s important to consult the school semesters below to plan your placement dates. Your project coordinator will also assist you with your placement planning, as well as suggest alternatives and exciting things to do during the vacation periods.

Dates for the 2015 school semesters are given below.

Term 1: 21 January – 1 April
Term 2: 13 April – 26 June
Term 3: 20 July – 2 October
Term 4: 12 October – 9 December

Dates for the 2016 school semesters are given below.

Term 1: 13 January – 18 March
Term 2: 5 April – 24 June
Term 3: 18 July – 30 September
Term 4: 10 October – 7 December

Please see a complete list of current public holidays for 2015 and 2016 at http://www.publicholiday.co.za.

Generally the last week before terms end is given to exams and tests.  This means that you will generally find your work load dropping during this week and you will usually find more free time than normal school time.

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ACCOMMODATION:
Nestled under the mountain near the city, is the trendy and arty suburb of Observatory, the student Mecca of Cape Town. We have chosen this location as an accommodation base and make use of a backpackers lodge, where you will be staying. It’s distance from the projects, safety conscious attitude and very friendly staff make this the ideal home away from home.

South African backpackers are unique and majority are run as a ‘home away from home’ in large houses, so there is always lots of space to relax and watch TV, read a book, or just sit by the pool and soak in the sun.

In Observatory, we use The Green Elephant backpackers lodge, which has been running since 1994 and is spaced across 3 beautiful houses. The main house consists of dormitory style rooms, free unlimited wireless internet, a festive bar, a braai (BBQ) area and a swimming pool. The other two houses have private rooms (single and double rooms).
The lodge is situated in the heart of Observatory and a short (5 minute) stroll away from a large supermarket, internet café, restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacy and laundromat. The lodge is also closely situated to the main road, where busses and taxis are available literally at your doorstep.

You’ll be staying in a dorm-style room in the main house, which consist of 6 beds each. The mattresses are great and all linen and towels are provided, but it’s a good idea to bring your own beach towel. There is a laundry self-service area available at the lodge for R15/load (about £1), but there are also laundromats a few minutes walk away that will wash, dry and fold for you.

The lodge has a 24-hour reception desk, and they pride themselves with long-term staff of up to 20 years. This translates into a safe environment with experienced staff, who are able to offer the best local advice to guests for trips & tours, restaurants and basically any local information on the Cape Town area.

The Green Elephant is also committed to low impact and sustainable tourism to preserve our natural beauty for future generations. They recycle everything from water (in grey water systems) to bottles, paper and plastic, which we strongly support!

FOOD:
You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic essentials (but not extras like drinks, snacks and eating out).

All the lodge houses have fully equipped self catering kitchens, with all the necessities to cook a good meal. If you aren’t feeling up to cooking on any particular day, the lodge also does meals that can be paid for on the day. For example, Thursday nights are pizza nights, and they also do BBQ’s on regular occasions.

Accommodation on your voluntary project in Cape Town, South Africa

Accommodation on your voluntary project in Cape Town, South Africa

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

TEACHING THE DEAF / HEARING IMPAIRED
Report by Travellers Volunteer Liaison Eleanor about a Deaf Volunteer's Teaching placement at a Deaf School in Cape Town

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

  

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

 

You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling and sight seeing.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their project in Knysna..

Wildlife Safaris & Adventure Tour Combos
4-Day Surf Safari and Wildlife Adventure
1-Day Adventure Activities in Cape Town
1-Week Wildlife Rehabilitation

1-Week Whales Sharks Dolphins
Cage Dive with Sharks

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in South Africa, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Cage diving with sharks in Cape Town
Cage diving with sharks in Cape Town

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up there :-)  KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very different. Knysna is where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of how lovely the region is.

ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN
Adrenaline Activities -
Enjoy exciting and “real” adventures with an adrenaline twist!

  • Abseiling

  • Sandboarding

  • Deep-sea Angling

  • ‘Kloofing’ (insanely jumping off very high cliffs into pools of water!)

  • Paragliding

  • Helicopter flips

  • Bungee jumping (just up the coast)

  •  …..and a LOT, LOT more!!!!

      Township Tours - A visit to one of the many townships surrounding the city is an experience that will open your eyes to the way in which the biggest portion of Cape Town's population are living. Take a township tour of Langa, the oldest township in South Africa or Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa. Township tours will usually be co-led by a resident in the area, showcase local industry and community projects and include a visit to a township bar or 'shebeen'.

       Two Oceans Aquarium - Located in the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium has lots of display tanks, interactive experiences, a touch pool and the highly popular predators tank.

      Cape Winelands - Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must as the region is one of breathtaking beauty and majestic mountain backdrops. Rolling vineyards and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads ... as well as some of the country's best wines.

     Relaxing drives: Drives are a very popular leisure activity in South Africa, because the roads are generally wide, in good condition, relatively empty and a pleasure to drive on. People often go for drives on a Sunday afternoon to a favourite hotel or restaurant for afternoon tea and scones, or to the top of a pass just to look at the view, or to a national park to watch the baboons - there's always a good reason to go for a drive!

Cape Town has lots of cafes and restaurants with outdoors seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or staving off the heat with a cold drink.

Read more about Cape Town and its attractions

TRAVEL:
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