Botswana Child Care
Volunteer to help care for underprivileged children in Maun, Botswana. Facing a high unemployment rate and one of the world’s highest HIV infection rates Botswana has it's share of social needs.What will I do
As a volunteer, you would be working in an assistant day-care provider role teaching children life skills, arranging stimulating and developmental activities and providing adult supervision.
At the care centers you will work with a local care giver or teacher assisting them and taking on responsibilities as your skills and experience allows. In general you may play three different roles:
- Teaching – the children at the care centers are taught basic English and maths
- Care giving – encouraging the children giving them attention and arranging fun activities for them, playing games with them, teaching them basic life skills and giving them the care and attention they need at that age
- Centre development – volunteers are often involved with painting educational murals, organizing fundraising events, taking children to the play ground and working on income generating projects, or arranging small infrastructure projects like building swings.
There are many other activities that you as a volunteer might like to get involved in; sports (start a small sport program for the kids), art projects, music and singing songs (bring an instrument and teach some kids to play), and various other community initiatives (e.g. recycling, craft development). Wherever you feel your strengths lie is where you should get involved – use your own creativity and work together with your project leader and the caregivers at the care point.What’s included
- All accommodation throughout your programme
- All meals
- Airport pick-up and drop off on scheduled arrival and departure days
- Orientation after arrival
- Co-ordination and daily guidance from the project coordinator in Maun
- Project equipment and materials
- Backup support from All Out Africa’s local project co-ordinator, head office and administrative staff.
Our main volunteer accommodation in Maun is with host families living inside or on the outskirts of the town. The conditions at each house vary but you will have your own room (often sharing with another volunteer) and most are relatively simple modern houses on the dusty outskirts of Maun.
They have electricity and running water and you will be provided with a bed, mattress and pillow, but should bring your own sleeping bag. You will generally eat supper and breakfast with your host family and they will provide you with food for a packed lunch as well, which you will usually take with you to your placement.
For your orientation you will stay with the rest of the volunteers arriving with you at a camp on the outskirts of Maun. Here you will be accommodated in safari style dome tents with two people per tent. Tent, stretcher bed, mattress, and pillow are provided but again you will need to bring your sleeping bag. The camp is on the edge of the Okavango delta and is well equipped with clean toilets, hot water showers, a restaurant and well stocked bar.
This placement would suit:
People wanting to work on a child-care or teaching project in Maun, Botswana to improve the future prospects for children at day care centres in need of support. People wanting to experience African culture’s and the best wilderness areas in Africa. People wanting to gain hands-on education, development or social work experience in Africa.
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~ by Anna Richson
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