One of the hardest parts of volunteering can be finding a volunteering opportunity that fits your personality. The following list will give you lots of different ideas and will show you many different possibilities Dreams to Reality has to offer.
Volunteers who sign up for the DTR Teaching Program will make an important impact on young children’s education. They will be placed at either one of the two local community public schools where they will work alongside local teachers and other international volunteers. The academic subjects that volunteers will assist in teaching are Life Skills, Social Studies, English, Mathematics and Physical Studies. The DTR team built Tutoring Centres at both schools and in these Centres pupils can work in either a one-on-one or group capacity with volunteers to address any difficulties they may be having with their school work.
Surfing is a thrilling and uplifting water sport. DTR’s Surf Outreach Project not only provides the children who participate with an exhilarating and constructive way to spend their time, but the pupils are also learning valuable skills about life while being taught how to surf. Pupils for the Surf Outreach are between 9 to 15 years old. The Grades 4 and 5 and rotate every second week with the Grades 6 and 7 and all of the students are able to speak basic English. On the project, three days a week are spent surfing and two days are spent playing games on the beach.
Child Care Volunteering:
Early childhood is an important developmental period but many children in underprivileged communities do not receive the care they need to help them develop to the best of their ability. The children at DTR daycare centres deal with extreme circumstances such as crime, alcohol, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS on a daily basis, and sometimes they do not have anyone who takes proper care of them. The DTR Childcare Project aims to help these children and to provide them with loving support and care. The Childcare Program consists of taking care of young children and babies, and volunteers will be placed at one of the three daycare centres that DTR is involved with. Volunteers will be expected to take a hands-on approach in caring for these children.
The DTR Computer Training Program provides international volunteers with the opportunity to help local South African children become computer literate. Volunteers who want to sign up for this project have to be computer literate and preferably have some kind of computer qualification. Volunteers will work in conjunction with the local schools and will therefore have to participate in another program during the school holidays.
DTR’s Sports Development Program offers volunteers the opportunity to work with primary school children, Grade 1 to 7. Volunteers will assist in planning, carrying out and assessing Physical Education lessons in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Western Cape Education Department. Volunteers will also participate in after-school sports programs, the nature of which will depend on the school they are at and the time of year they are at the school.
Your reasons for volunteering are as individual as you are, but no matter what your reasons you can get a lot out of volunteering. You can learn about yourself, learn about others and meet a lot of interesting people by volunteering. You can help others as you help yourself.