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This very special school, close to central Cape Town, offers a “last chance” education opportunity to teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19.  The students, for a variety of socio-economic and other reasons, may have missed years of schooling and can no longer be accommodated by the conventional school system. They now wish to catch up on their basic education and, once accepted to this school, are offered a scholarship to attend. The students, therefore, are generally very keen learners.

The full-time teaching staff are very motivated to help the students achieve their objectives and are highly supportive of the volunteers who assist them. Volunteers are expected to assist pupils with English reading and comprehension, which is generally of a very poor standard, as well as maths literacy.

Project Code
BEST

Age of children
15 to 19 years old

Minimum age of volunteer
18

Minimum commitment period
Four weeks but we suggest six weeks and a full term would be ideal. We recommend that you arrive on a Friday, this gives you two days to rest and get oriented before commencing work on Monday.

What will I be doing?
As a volunteer, your duties will include:

  • Helping learners with English reading and comprehension
  • Assisting students with maths literacy
  • Supporting the work of the staff at the school

How much time per week?
This project runs from Mondays to Fridays
8:30am to 1pm.

School term calendar
This project is only available during school terms.

School terms 2010
13 July to 23 September 2010
4 October to 10 December 2010

School terms 2011
19 January to 25 March 2011
11 April to 24 June 2011
18 July to 30 September 2011
10 October to 9 December 2011

Volunteer requirements
There are no special skills or qualifications needed for this project but:

  • Teaching experience is an advantage
  • Volunteers must be motivated to help students complete their education
  • You must enjoy working with teenagers
  • You must be prepared to work with students who may have very limited or basic English skills
  • You must be patient as many concepts will have to be repeated to learners