Educare & Grade R Assistants
We are accepting applications for classroom assistants in the Educare and Grade R (Reception class). Volunteers with a solid background (be it practical or educational) in Waldorf-based learning and/or primary education are preferred; however, those with instructional skills (i.e. music, art) or leadership experience (i.e. camp counselor) also make for attractive candidates. These volunteers will work alongside the permanent teaching staff, infusing the classroom with creative energy to encourage the development of the children. Educare assistants are asked to serve a minimum of six months to one year.
Children’s Home Assistants
Volunteers play an instrumental role in assisting our staff with the daily running of the children’s home. This includes helping with household chores as well as engaging the children in various activities such as play time and homework time. Baphumelele accepts applications from volunteers who are able to serve for a minimum of one year.
International volunteers seeking a shorter stay are advised to contact AVIVA (www.aviva-sa.com), a local volunteer placement organization. AVIVA staffs Baphumelele with up to six international volunteers at a time who will serve a maximum of eight weeks. This group lives on site (in three-day rotating shifts), allowing them to help with the more in-depth daily needs of the children’s home. The volunteers are housed in town during their time off allowing them a chance to enjoy the sights of Cape Town and take a break from the demands of life at Baphumelele.
International students who come to Cape Town for semester or year-long educational programs regularly volunteer at Baphumelele as well. The students typically visit once or twice a week to help the older children with homework or coordinate music and art time for the younger kids. Student volunteers are arranged in cooperation between the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and Children of South Africa (CHOSA).
We also have groups of local volunteers that assist Baphumelele in other ways. Any interested group or person should contact Baphumelele to learn about our current needs. We typically need the most assistance tutoring the older children. In addition, we are always looking for nurses, carpenters, plumbers, and skilled woodshop tradesmen to help with the day-to-day running of the woodwork shop.
Please note that Baphumelele unfortunately cannot offer any stipend for volunteer services. For questions about any of these volunteer positions, please contact Baphumelele.