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September 2012 issue

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Volunteering in South Africa

As students look to add some value to their study trip abroad, English plus volunteering courses in South Africa are booming, discovers Matthew Knott.


In South Africa we have definitely noticed an increase in this market because tourists and students are more globally aware and are interested in getting involved with the less fortunate,” advises Chris Roberts, Centre Director of EC Cape Town. He lists after-school assistants in a facility for chronically ill children, a township soccer programme and a community garden project to help HIV outpatients support themselves as previous placements students have embarked upon.

“The diversity of the types of project that we have here in South Africa is amazing,” enthuses Gavin Eyre, Managing Director of IH Cape Town. In collaboration with you2africa, the school offers a host of volunteer opportunities, Eyre informs, ranging from humanitarian work such as hospitals and orphanages to wildlife projects, including safari animals, sharks, penguins and whales.

Good Hope Studies (GHS) in Cape Town currently offers 22 different volunteer opportunities, attests Bianca Obermaier, either handled by themselves or by selected partners, with some placements in Namibia. She lists a monkey sanctuary and horse rescue project among the conservation options, and a children’s hospital and kindergarten as examples of their social projects. Meanwhile, Kurus English works with two small volunteer organisations, First Step Abroad and Exchange Unique, says Director, Johannes Kraus. “We work closely with various children’s homes, crèches, hospitals, and projects for people with disabilities. We are also involved with projects for street children or youth at risk and old-age homes, as well as animal shelters and wildlife projects.”

At English Language School (ELS) of Cape Town, Director, Ann Piscopo, highlights partners including a shelter for abused and disadvantaged mothers and an active schools initiative at a township primary school among their programmes. Describing duties on the Spier Cheetahs project, Piscopo says, “The daily duties of volunteers include greeting visitors at the facility and informing them about our project and about the cheetah in general, food preparation, merchandise sales, cleaning, and taking care of our Anatolian Shepherd dogs.”

New opportunities are constantly being explored as schools look to broaden their offerings. GHS has plans to add voluntary teaching projects to their portfolio, advises Obermaier, while IH Cape Town’s latest project is a soccer, skipping and English skills training programme for kids, explains Eyre.

The benefits of volunteer programmes are vital and mutual, relates Susanne Steckel from Kurus English partner First Step Abroad. “Volunteering plays an important role in the fight against poverty and social inequality in South Africa… While the commitment of volunteers and their assistance contributes to the improvement of social services, significant personal benefits can be gained by volunteers, such as valuable personal and practical experiences impacting upon their cultural awareness and broadening cultural interpretation.” Roberts concurs, adding, “Working alongside fellow volunteers, professionals, as well as people in the community, gives students the opportunity to learn how to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.”

Eyre advises that all IH Cape Town students are exposed to volunteer projects on visits, giving them a taster of the opportunities available. Kraus highlights a personalised service for students interested in volunteer placement, with individual consultation at Kurus, following which students can apply to the school’s partners. It is vital to match volunteers and placements, he explains. “At EC Cape Town, volunteer programmes are organised on a participant-by-participant basis, therefore students are able to get involved in organisations that suit their interests,” says Roberts.

At GHS, volunteer programmes can actually be booked with or without a prior language course, advises Obermaier. Nonetheless, all contributors agreed on the benefit of pre-volunteer tuition. Obermaier relates that it gives plenty of time to get used to the new environment. Kraus says, “This is not only to improve the language skills of the student, but also to provide opportunities to understand, respect and participate in the cultures of the region.”

All contributors related that the popularity of English plus volunteer programmes is greatly increasing, and Kraus also notes this is across all age groups. Obermaier concludes, “In short, people are getting involved for a good cause and they wish to do a ‘good deed’ to make the world a better place. Furthermore, volunteer work can be combined with the beautiful and the useful: the countries in need are often the most beautiful countries of the world – people can improve their language skills and additionally they can do something good for the people there.”


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ACCOMMODATION
Britannia Student Services

ASSOCIATIONS/GROUPS
ALTO  
English Australia  
Feltom Malta  
Languages Canada / Langues Canada  
Quality English  
Study Gold Coast  
English in Chester  

AUSTRALIA
Impact English College  
Access Macquarie Limited  
Bond University  
English Australia  
Flinders University  
IELTS  
ILSC Australia  
International House Sydney Teacher Training & Prof  
Language Studies International  
NEAS Australia  
Perth Education City  
Study Gold Coast  
University of Newcastle Language Centre  
UNSW Global Pay Limited (University of New South W  

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua International  

BRAZIL
GTMI Global Tailor Made Idiomas  

CANADA
Bow Valley College  
Connect School of Languages  
East Coast School of Languages (ECSL)  
English School of Canada  
Global Village  
Hansa Language Centre of Toronto  
Humber College  
ILSC - International Language Schools of Canada  
ILSC Australia  
ITTTI Vancouver  
Omnicom School of Languages  
Languages Canada / Langues Canada  
Niagara College  
Ottawa International Student Programmes (OISP)  
Study Abroad Canada  
Vancouver English Centre  
Guard. Me  
Ingle International  

CHILE
Latin Immersion  

CHINA
iMandarin Language Training Institute  
Mandarin House  

ENGLAND
AngloLinguist  
Barnsley College  
Bell International  
Cambridge Education Group  
Camp Beaumont  
d'Overbroeck's College  
Study Group  
International House Bristol  
International House London  
International House World Organisation  
INTO University Partnerships  
Kaplan International Colleges  
Prime Education  
LAL London  
Lila*  
London School of Business & Finance  
London School of Business & Finance  
Malvern House College London  
Mayfair School of English  
PGL  
Queen Ethelburga's College  
St Giles International  
Sussex Coast College Hastings  
English in Chester  
Twin Group  
University of Essex - International Academy  
Westminster Kingsway College  
Wimbledon School of English  

EVENTS
British Boarding Schools Workshop  
IALC International  
IEFT- International Education Fairs of Turkey  

EXAM BOARDS
Cambridge Esol  
City and Guilds Branch Office in Europe  
IELTS  
Trinity College London  

FIJI
Tadra Institute  

FRANCE
Accent Francais  
Alliance Française Paris Ile de France  
CAVILAM  
CLE  
Ecole Suisse Internationale  
France Langue  
French in Normandy  
ILCF Institut Catholique de Paris  
Langue Onze Toulouse  
LSF Montpellier  
Lyon Bleu International  
Paris Langues / Club CEI des 4 Vents  

GERMANY
Sprachcaffe Languages Plus  

HONG KONG
English For Asia  

IRELAND
Active Language Learning  
ATC Language & Travel  
Clare Language Centre  
Galway Cultural Institute  
Galway Language Centre  
Horner School of English  
IH Dublin  
Language College Ireland  
MEI Ireland  
MLI International Schools  
University College Cork Language Centre  

JAPAN
Yokohama International Education Academy  

MALTA
EC English Language Centre  
inlingua Malta  

SERVICES
Pay to Study/FELCA  

SOUTH AFRICA
Good Hope Studies  
EC Cape Town  
EF  
inlingua Language Training Centre Cape Town  
Eurocentres Cape Town  
English Language School Cape Town  
Interlink School of Languages  
Jeffrey's Bay Language School  
LAL Cape Town  
Kurus English CC  
International House Cape Town  

SPAIN
International House - Sevilla CLIC  
Malaca Instituto - Club Hispanico SL  
Xul Comunicación Social  

SWITZERLAND
EF International Language Centers  
Eurocentres International  

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism Authority  
Study Gold Coast  

UKRAINE
Novamova  

USA
Besant Hill School  
California State University San Marcos  
ELS Language Centers  
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart  
Glenholme School  
Liberty University  
New York Military Academy  
Rennert  
Saint John's University  
University of Arizona  
University of California San Diego  
Zoni Language Centers  





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