Teach kids to surf, helping the local community children achieve a sense of belonging by teaching disadvantaged children how to surf. Dreams to Reality is very professional ensuring absolute professionalism and competency – special boards are used for complete beginners. Depending on surf conditions lessons are run daily with plenty of time for free surfing.
Children from settlements who would ordinarily spend their free time on the streets are offered valuable life lessons linked to sports, adventure activities, team work and educational classes.
The children live in townships where most can’t play sport as facilities are not available. Children in the program range from 8 to 14 years old. Each week groups of 5 to 20 kids are involved in the project. This is a great way for you to gain experience working with children and groups, and learn new outdoor activities.
The program is run after school hours, 3 to 5 days a week. During school hours volunteers assist in the local schools and educare centers, supporting the children in computer and maths lessons.
The Western Cape, where the programs are based, is a very culturally diverse area of South Africa. There is a large integration of the poor with the wealthy. The main cultures that you will be working with are English or Afrikaans South Africans. Most of the children are colored (this is a non-derogatory name used to describe someone of mixed race in South Africa) and speak Afrikaans and English.
All volunteers will cover two different aspects while on project.
They will get to spend some time either in the school, after care or crèche to interact and help with lessons or outreach projects with the children.
They will spend time in the pool and beach teaching children swimming or surfing.
Volunteers need to be able to swim for the surfing project.
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