Vrijwilligerswerkbetrokkenheid in West-Kaap, Zuid-Afrika

Verken Zuid-Afrika en cultuur door vrijwilligerswerk. Reis zonder toerist te zijn. Vrijwilligerswerk biedt de unieke mogelijkheid om bij te dragen aan een lokale gemeenschap en tegelijkertijd een diepgaand cultureel inzicht te verwerven.
Voor sommige vrijwilligers is het ook de kans om iets terug te geven aan de gemeenschap of een verschil te maken voor de mensen om hen heen. Voor anderen biedt het de mogelijkheid om nieuwe vaardigheden te ontwikkelen of voort te bouwen op bestaande ervaring en kennis. Magister assisteert bij vrijwilligerswerk in Kaapstad, Somerset of Stellenbosch en helpt bij projecten als dierenredding, natuurobservatie, kinderprogramma's, jeugdontwikkeling, natuur en natuur, gemeenschapsontwikkeling, anti-aidscampagnes en nog veel meer.
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The School was established by the Society for Autistic Children (now Autism Western Cape) Autism is a lifelong, neurological and developmental disability which affects patterns of development, NOT the ability to learn. Autism affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and socially interact with others. On entering the School, noise abounds, footsteps echo off high ceilings and stairwells; pots and pans clang and clatter in the kitchen; raised voices reverberate greetings and admonitions, songs and laughter, tears and tantrums. Among the 65 days students, who are predominantly boys between the ages of 5 and 18, most (85%) come from disadvantaged homes. What all have in common is autism. The spectrum is pretty wide. Some can read and count; others do not speak. Some have a ‘high functioning’ label, while others need help with basics, even the toilet. The School regularly hosts community outreach programmes where they offer support, counselling and education regarding Autism to increase awareness and community support.

Duties:

Volunteers will be involved in general health promotion at the school and will assist meal planning for learners and doing research on the influence of nutrition on autism and health related issues. They will also be able to set up a project of their own that learners can take ownership of, this could include a workshop on puberty, a health check assessment to ensure that children are developing normally, body and hygiene health awareness and related areas such as interventions on health issues such as obesity, sexual health, smoking, alcohol and long term conditions. Volunteers will work in conjunction with the various therapists at the school to attain a holistic approach.