Volunteer Abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Robertson, South Africa

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Volunteer Abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Robertson, South Africa

  1. 1. Cross-Cultural Solutions<br />Robertson, South Africa Webinar<br />Host<br />Li Quach, Senior Manager of Communications<br />Volunteered in South Africa, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Thailand and Peru<br />
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  3. 3. Getting to Know Robertson<br />Interesting Facts:<br />Small town located 90 minutes from Cape Town<br />Ideal for nature enthusiasts<br />Surrounded by mountains and vineyards<br />Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans, Isi-Xhosa<br />
  4. 4. Townships in Robertson<br />Nkubela – Black township<br /> Bo Dorp – Colored township<br />
  5. 5. Orientation into Robertson<br /><ul><li>Saturday
  6. 6. Volunteers arrive at CPT before 6pm on Saturday
  7. 7. Drive Saturday evening to Robertson, supper upon arrival
  8. 8. Sunday
  9. 9. Welcome lunch: Boerekos on the Kolgans river boat
  10. 10. Drive back through Robertson, Nkqubela, Bo Dorp
  11. 11. Monday
  12. 12. Placement Orientation
  13. 13. South African History
  14. 14. Township tour of Nkqubela</li></li></ul><li>Home-Base<br />All volunteers stay at the Home-Base<br />Meals:<br /><ul><li>Carefully prepared by CCS cooks
  15. 15. 3 delicious meals a day, and snacks and fruit available at all times
  16. 16. Safe drinking water</li></ul>Location:<br /><ul><li>Walking distance of all amenities such as internet, laundry, shopping centers and restaurants
  17. 17. 1 block from main road through town, location of tourist center and bus/train depot</li></ul>Features:<br /><ul><li>5 Bedrooms, each with own bath
  18. 18. Lounge (Common Area)
  19. 19. Nice outside garden, great for braai’s
  20. 20. Wireless internet connection</li></li></ul><li>CCS Robertson Staff<br />Country Director - Luann Hatane<br />Luann has 15 years experience working on civil society strengthening, policy development, and community mobilization. She was HIV/AIDS Coordinator with responsibility for the management of all HIV/AIDS initiatives for CARE in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. Luann also served as Executive Director of the Western Cape Networking AIDS Community of South Africa and was the Project Coordinator with Cape Town’s Salesian Institute supervising the management, assessment, and residential care of 30 street youths. She is trained as a social worker. <br />House Manager - Lynda Besaans<br />Cooks/Housekeepers<br />Driver<br />Groundskeeper/Security<br />
  21. 21. What can volunteers do?<br /><ul><li>Teaching* (2 Primary Schools, 1 High School)Teaching Children </li></ul>Teaching Conversational English <br />Assisting Teachers of Special Education  <br /><ul><li>Caregiving(1 crèche, 1 special care center)</li></ul>Caring for Infants & Children <br />Caring for People with Disabilities <br /><ul><li>Healthcare (1 hospital, 2 hospices) </li></ul>Observing and Assisting Local Health Professionals <br />Working with People Affected by HIV/AIDS <br />*School holidays will be extended for 2 weeks to a total of 6 weeks off in 2010 due to the World Cup<br />
  22. 22. Volunteering at the Farm School<br />Four Classrooms in the school<br />Activities in two younger classes<br /><ul><li> Read books
  23. 23. Sang songs
  24. 24. Did art projects (made cards)
  25. 25. Taught basic English </li></ul>Activities in two older classes<br />- Art Projects (Made photo frames and painted t-shirts)<br /><ul><li> Had conversational English</li></ul>My Overall Project<br /><ul><li> Had a video exchange between a class in New York and the farm school</li></li></ul><li>
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  27. 27. Cultural & Learning Activities<br /><ul><li>Township Tour
  28. 28. HIV/AIDS workshop
  29. 29. Local Nature Reserves
  30. 30. Private tour of Graham Beck Wines
  31. 31. Afrikaans Language Lessons
  32. 32. Isi-Xhosa Language Lessons
  33. 33. Traditional Meal in Nkqubela
  34. 34. Tour of Bo Dorp
  35. 35. Guest Speakers on community development issues such as inequity and land reform</li></li></ul><li>What can I do in my free time?<br />Around Robertson<br /><ul><li> Hiking
  36. 36. Horse Back Riding
  37. 37. Explore Town
  38. 38. Winery Tours
  39. 39. Spas</li></li></ul><li>What can I do in my free time?<br />Weekend Trips - Cape Town<br />
  40. 40. What can I do in my free time?<br />Weekend Trips<br /><ul><li> Garden Route (Ostrich riding, Cango Caves, Bungee Jumping)</li></ul>Day Trips<br /><ul><li>Shark Cage Diving
  41. 41. Safaris</li></li></ul><li>How’s Robertson different from Cape Town?<br />Robertson<br /><ul><li> Small Town
  42. 42. Quiet/relaxed atmosphere
  43. 43. Safe to walk around
  44. 44. Opportunity to build more personal relationships with people in the community</li></ul>- Less placement options<br />Cape Town<br /><ul><li> Big City
  45. 45. Lots of tourist attractions
  46. 46. Many more safety concerns
  47. 47. More placement options are available</li></li></ul><li>You’re Not Just a Tourist<br />
  48. 48. When Can I Volunteer?<br />Available Start Dates<br /><ul><li>April 17
  49. 49. May 15
  50. 50. June 5
  51. 51. June 26
  52. 52. July 17
  53. 53. August 8 </li>

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