Teachers’ expertise and skills are put to meaningful use in disadvantaged township or rural schools. Such schools face enormous challenges caused by inadequate facilities, insufficient resources and poverty; in spite of this, as one Swiss student teacher put it, “Die Lebensfreude der Kinder war unglaublich” (“the children’s joy for life was unbelievable”). Although the mother tongue of people living in the rural communities of Mpumalanga is Siswati or Zulu, the medium of instruction in the schools is English. A home stay with a local family, where you can eat and help prepare authentic local food and experience the colourful and vibrant aspects of township life, can be arranged. The great news about teaching in these schools is that no teaching experience or credential is needed. They are just happy to have you there.
Through international travel, exposure to different cultures, by serving others, by learning to become responsible custodians of our Planet and by fostering a spirit of adventure, young people can be empowered to reach their full potential and become responsible and caring citizens of the future. We welcome school groups or individuals.
Even if you’re not a teacher you can still volunteer at schools, orphanages, care centers for handicapped children, or help out with wildlife rehabilitation projects, peer youth projects and other cultural and development programs.