Our daily schedule typically looked like:
- 7.30 AM – Get up & have some brekkie before project
- 8.00 AM - Leave for project (kindergarden 2-6yrs old – play/teach)
- 12 PM – Return for lunch
- 1.30 PM - Take the older kids (12-14yrs) for a surf/skate/swim lesson
- 3.00 PM – Finish for the day, discuss the days ups & downs
One of my favourite things about the mornings we spent at the Kindergarten, with these girls and their classmates, was their positive energy and smiles. I found it so interesting to see how much time they spend dancing and singing in class – music has such a big part of their culture, and you can tell that they really enjoy loosing themselves to the rhythm and grooving to the beat. These little 6 year olds were to already way past me when it comes breaking it down on the dance floor! Apart from this, we spent a lot of time playing games like “Simon Says”, reading stories to them, drawing exercises and some simple mathematics/English exercises.
We were at project 5 days/week, with the weekends being at your own leisure – which gave us plenty of time to explore the AMAZING surroundings in which we found ourselves. For example, we hiked up Table Mountain - the most AMAZING view of Cape Town and it’s surroundings. The hike up wasn’t easy, but it was SO worth it! We also took a day trip to the wine-lands, during which we visited 5 picturesque wine-farms in the Stellenbosch area. I’ve never been the biggest fan of red wine, but not even my stubborn taste-buds could resist the yummy wine we were presented with during the tour!
There were always “socials” during the weekends/time off, which often included local volunteer work/getting involved with the local community in a fun & proactive way. I joined in on the “Color Run” one: we turned into smurfs!
Apart from all the various activities we’d get up to, we also had a lot of time to just relax & hang out with each other: we had a lot of bonding time on the beach/partying on Long Street during the weekends! If you’re considering going, I would recommend it to almost anyone – as long as you come to the project with an open mind and a positive mindset, you will leave with nothing but amazing memories, valuable life-lessons and new friends. Oh! And make sure that you bring your camera, because there will be A LOT of photo opportunities, trust me!