FAQQuestions and Answers

 

Schools and Curriculum

  • Am I able to choose the school I volunteer in? And the grade? +

    We have a pre-selected list of schools where we place volunteers. In 2016 these schools were all on the Cape Flats. We work with grades 1-4 in the primary schools, and grades 8-10 in the high schools. Volunteers can indicate a preference but you cannot choose where you work.
  • Will I receive training before starting? +

    The first month of the programme is training. You will receive training from AVA and specialised training partners. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, and we’re confident that by the end of your training you’ll be 100% ready to go! You will also receive tutoring materials to use in the schools.
  • What is the difference between teaching and tutoring? +

    While teaching involves delivering curriculum and content to relatively large numbers of learners, tutoring focuses instead on learners’ understanding of the content, and occurs in small groups. Through tutoring, learners get the individual attention they need; learn how to learn, as tutors ask them questions that guide them through the steps of problem solving; consolidate their understanding, by assisting their peers to reach the same level of understanding; build confidence in speaking and writing in English; get direct feedback from tutors on their written work as they go; learn to identify the gaps in their knowledge; and get the support they need to fill them.
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Personal Development Programme

  • What is the qualification advertised? +

    We’ve partnered with the Frederick van Zyl Slabbert Institute at Stellenbosch University to offer a series of short courses for volunteers. The courses are accredited and you will receive a transcript from Stellenbosch University with your grades recorded. The academic level of the course is at undergraduate level, so all volunteers should be able to complete it. We will factor in time during the week for volunteers to do coursework, so it should not take too much of your time afterhours. We will also run academic support workshops for volunteers who struggle with the content.
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How the programme works

  • When does the programme start? Does it run the whole year? +

    The programme will run from February to November, throughout the year including school holidays. Mornings are spent in the office completing the personal development programme, and afternoons are spent in the schools.
  • How much time will I be expected to give? +

    Volunteering with YeBo is a full-time commitment. We’ll need you five days a week, 9am – 6pm.
  • Do volunteers get any holidays during the year? +

    Yes. You will get time off for some of the June/July holidays.
  • Is there any compensation? +

    We offer a stipend to cover your transport and food costs.
  • What transport is offered to schools? +

    We’ll work with you in our offices in the morning, and then transport you out to your schools in the afternoon. We will then fetch you again from your schools and drop you off at a central public transport point.
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  • "The programme has been amazing, especially seeing how dedicated the learners are - coming to the programme every day; being so eager to learn. It’s been an invaluable journey and made me rethink my future."

    YearBeyond Volunteer

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  • "The programme has been amazing, especially seeing how dedicated the learners are - coming to the programme every day; being so eager to learn. It’s been an invaluable journey and made me rethink my future."

    YearBeyond Volunteer

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