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Your Day as a Childcare Volunteer

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As a Childcare volunteer you are not only looking after the children, but playing an important role in the development of a child during their early childhood.

No degree required

In order to become a DTR volunteer, you don’t need a fancy degree or special qualification to make a difference, all you need is to meet a couple of requirements. It is really easy! On the start date of your volunteer program, you have to be at least 18 years old and have a high school education. If you are younger than 18 years old but still wish to become a volunteer, you will have to be accompanied by an adult, caregiver, guardian or parent. As a safety measure, volunteers have to take out travel insurance and will have to provide a criminal background check upon arriving in South Africa.

DTR Childcare Project

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 day-care 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 by working with the children and through volunteer teaching.

Your daily responsibilities as Childcare volunteer

The Childcare Program consists of taking care of young children and babies, and you’ll be placed at one of the three day-care centres that DTR is involved with. Volunteers will be expected to take a hands-on approach in caring for these children. You will assist with planning and carrying out educational and creative activities as well as feeding, cooking, cleaning and playing with the children. Your day will be for an estimated three to four hours daily and you’ll be working with the children throughout.

For more information on the Childcare Project click here.

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