The Outreach Program
Some of the children enjoyed their DAKTARI experience so much that together they organised a small after school club to share their inspiration and love for conservation. We are proud to have mentored their club which has now developed into our DAKTARI Outreach Program. The eco-club is now running at two schools, Maahlamele and Ragkolokwane secondary schools. These voluntary clubs are very popular, with up to 60 children attending each week! The children help determine the curriculum and often help teach the classes with our Outreach Manager.
By working every week with children in their villages, we extend DAKTARI’s impact to a wider population and empower the children to be role models in their community. Children from any grade can join and many will attend eco-club for several years.
Community Improvement Projects
With the help of the children in the eco-club, DAKTARI has initiated and sponsored several community projects, such as community clean-up projects, reusing rubbish to build a dustbin, and planting trees at the creche and school. We aim to not only improve the aesthetics of the community, but to instil a sense of pride and responsibility for their community into the children. That way, they will take better care of it in the future.
The job hunting Program
When the children are busy writing their exams, DAKTARI invites local unemployed youths to the camp to help them learn the skills they need to find a job. At this time, we do not have children at the camp but students. Although we do not know the exact dates of the Job Hunting program, below are the provisional dates for 2018:
- January 13th - 20th (1 week)
- March 10th - 24th (2 weeks)
- May 26th - June 16th (3 weeks)
- September 8th - 22nd (2 weeks)
- November 3rd - 24th (3 weeks)
In the Limpopo province, unemployment is very high, so DAKTARI offers a five day modified curriculum designed to teach young adults how to find a job. This includes CV and cover letter workshops, job-interview practice and confidence building exercises. They also set up email accounts and learn basic internet skills. Below is an example of the timetable we follow when we run our Job Hunting Program:
As environmental education is at the core of our organization, they still have important lessons on the environment such as anti-poaching and social talks on respect, substance abuse and safe-sex. At the end of the week they leave with improved interview skills, a complete and comprehensive CV, a plan on how they will approach their job-hunting and the confidence to go out and find a job to support themselves and their family.
Throughout the years, DAKTARI has helped several youths from our job hunting program gain employment at local game reserves or even at DAKTARI.
The Home Stay
When you volunteer with us you will have the opportunity to spend 24h with a family in our local village, The Oaks. This is a great way to experience rural African life and culture.
- It costs R300 per night and includes 3 meals - 100% of this fixed rate goes to the family and provides them with extra income as well as covering the cost of your food etc.
- You will be sleeping in your own bedroom, inside the family home - clean bedding will be provided by the family.
- You will use the families toilet and washing facilities - toilets are generally long drop style (a hole in the ground with no flush) and you will be given a bowl of clean water to wash with.
- A maximum of 2 volunteers can stay with a family at the same time - you can stay with a family by yourself or in a pair, but no more than 2 at a time is allowed.
- You will help the family with their day-to-day routine - you should expect to wake up at 4 or 5am and help out with chores and cooking throughout the day. See an example itinerary below:
The activities below are an example of things you may do whilst staying with a family:
04:00am - Wake up and cook/prepare fish
05:00am - Walk to the market to sell fish
09:00am - Return home and have breakfast - (usually bread, condiments and tea/coffee)
10:00am - Walk to the river or return to the market
12:00pm - Return home and cook/prepare lunch
13:30pm - Lunch
15:00pm - Gardening or household chores
17:30pm - Cook/prepare dinner
18:30pm - Dinner and free time to socialise with the family
Please keep in mind that this schedule will vary depending on the family you stay with, the day of the week and what the family wants to do.
We assess all the home stay families before we place our volunteers with them, our project managers meet and stay with every family first to ensure standards of comfort and safety.