Child Care and Learn to Surf Project

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PROJECT LOCATION

The Project is based in Muizenberg, only 30 minutes from Cape Town City Centre.  Muizenberg beach is one of Cape Town’s most magnificent, Pristine white beaches, and is renowned for the most consistent waves in Cape Town. The Project is based next to the beach in a Large Surf Outreach Building. This building is fully equipped to cater for all the children's needs: Surfing, Soccer, Education, African Drumming, Library, Literacy and Sports Gear.  We are based in the Muizenberg Sea side Village close to: shops and internet access (free wi-fi). We teach Surfing and Educational Programs to Many Less Privileged children from Capricorn Township who come to the Project from just 15 minutes away from Muizenberg. These children have a great need for one on one attention.  They come from very less Privileged back grounds. Some of the Children are Orphans and others live with their relatives.  Our aim is to add HOPE AND LOVE into their lives.  We aim to Improve the Children's Education levels at School through creating a sports platform for the children to attend in the afternoons (once they have completed their Home work at our Centre).  

At the Outreach Program, we assist the children with their home work, Prayer with them and teach them to surf.  We use Surfing as a reward for the children once they have completed their home work each day.  As a volunteer, we really need your help with Praying with the children, assisting them with their home work and Sharing Jesus Love with them.  Our Hearts are to Impact children's lives and see their lives restored, bringing Hope and Practical answers to the children and their Families.  Our Aim is to see the children and Youth come into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We would love for you to Join in on this vision.  The Street children's Surfing Project was founded by Mandy Weschta in 2007, since then Many surf schools started teaching the less Privileged children to Surf in Muizenberg.  We are so happy that so many children are having the opportunity to Surf their way to Success. As a volunteer you will have the chance to surf with the children in the water and also learn to surf at the same time. (encouraging them in the water whilst you surf with them). 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

We require that Volunteers must be 18 years or older.  We also require that you are able to swim. If you are below 18 years old then we will require a letter of consent from your Parents.  No specific skills or qualifications are necessary besides a love for children, a willingness to help and a reasonable level of Fitness.  

THE PROJECT

The children we teach are aged between 6-16 years old. The Project runs from Monday to Friday from 11:00 am - 5.00 pm. (You will have weekends free to explore). You can also join our child care project in the mornings if you would like too.  The Surfing Project gives you the opportunity to build rewarding relationships with the children.  The children can speak English although their home language is Afrikaans or Xhosa. Volunteer’s mornings are spent learning to Surf or helping out at our child care centre in the mornings. In the afternoons we need help with assisting the children the following:
  • Assisting with teaching Surfing and swimming lessons to the children (You will also get to learn to Surf in the Mornings).
  • Assisting the children with reading and their Home work
  • Soccer program on the beach after Surfing
  • You are most welcome to do bible study with the children and Pray with them
  • Teaching the children African Drumming (and learning yourself)
  • Assisting with Making sandwiches for the children
Projects will vary based on your skills and interests and the present needs of the program co-ordinator at the time. 
Your role as volunteer is very important in changing and shaping these children’s lives. This project is loads of fun and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.  Any old clothes, shoes and blankets are a welcome donation to the community.  They are always in need of these. We do offer free use of our surfing gear: surfboards and wetsuits and we also offer free surfing lessons if you would like to learn to surf.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Volunteers are housed in comfortable, Secure, Clean and Cosy accommodation with all the other volunteers in Fish Hoek. (The rooms sleep a maximum of 4-6 people). Private rooms are also available upon request.  The accommodation is lovely and neat and very Homely. We also provide fresh bedding on the beds weekly and a cleaner that cleans the volunteer house. There is also a fully equipped kitchen and Television in the lounge.  We do provide free wi-fi (so you can communicate with your family back at home).  Our Staff member will be with you most the time to show you around the area and take you to the shops to buy food.  You can walk to the shopping mall (if you want to go shopping) or get a lift with the leaders. The shopping mall is 5-10 minutes walk away from the Volunteer house. Fresh Bedding is provided weekly but volunteers must bring their own towels. Bottled water is readily available in South Africa however the tap water is safe to drink.  On arrival we offer you a FREE Welcoming Dinner.  We have a fully equipped kitchen for you to make tea and coffee or make Meals.  Usually the Volunteers cook their meals together as a team.  (You can decide if you would like to cook for yourself) or cook with the other volunteers.  Please budget around $50 / £40 per week for your Grocery Shopping.

ORIENTATION

Volunteers will be met at the Cape Town International airport on any Monday of the month, by our Friendly staff. Please try and arrive before 5pm in the Day time so that you will be in time for your Orientation at 5pm. Orientation will take place on the Monday after arrival or on the Tuesday if you arrive late on Monday.  It will cover General safety, transport, supermarkets and shops, entertainment and a brief tour of the Township.  We will also show you how to catch the Public Transport and which transport is recommended in South Africa.  The volunteers usually catch the transport together, else our staff will go with you to the project (if there is only 1 volunteer travelling to 1 location).

GENERAL INFORMATION – SOUTH AFRICA

Official languages:  English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu
Climate:  Temperate climate, warm/hot in summer and cool in winter.
Currency:  Rand (ZAR)
Time zone:  Pretoria Time Zone/ SAST.

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