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Environmental Education Programme for Young People

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ORGANIZATION: Nourish NPO

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Environmental Education for Young People
Environmental Education for Young People

Our Green Kidz programme is our Environmental Education focus, where kids from the local village come to learn about conservation and sustainability.

An after school club that runs each day and welcomes around 70 kids each day from the local village and aims to grow wildly passionate young people. The program is designed around a holistic approach towards environmental stewardship that encompasses looking after yourself, your environment and your heritage. The program uses many strategies for teaching from physical activities, computer based learning and creative development to cater to many forms of learning development.

Each day has a different learning focus; Monday is handson environmental work, Tuesday is computer based learning, Wednesday is Scouts, Thursday is creative learning and Friday is personal development through yoga and animal kindness workshops.Each subject is focusing on conservation and sustainability. Each month the kids are also immersed in either a field trip, a guest organisation visit or involved in bush camps.

You will be immersed into the project as one of the team members to engage in the planning and running of the programs, from 8am to 4pm, spending the full morning to prepare everything before the kids arrive (around 2:30pm).

This opportunity is like no other, as you are based at the Eco Village itself and will experience Africa like you never have before.

Volunteers will stay at Shik Shack Backpackers situated on the same property as the Nourish Eco Village.

You will spend your day working with the team, learning from them and having an amazing experience! The work is very hand-on, so expect to be busy but remember to have fun!

We work daily with children in primary schools teaching environmental education and taking these learners on conservation-based field trips, to give them an understanding of nature and their role in protecting it. Poaching/illegal killing of wildlife has become a daily threat to conservation, with rhino poaching (as well as lion, elephant, pangolin, and vulture) threatening on a daily basis. Animals are being killed for their horns, hide, bones or skins. Nourish works to connect conservation issues and community issues, believing that we can fight poaching through fighting poverty.

We believe that conservation and communities cannot exist in isolation of each other - hence our goals through all our projects to interlink, grow, conserve and uplift. The holism of Nourish is important as it works with the community as a whole to see the problems in a bigger picture.


Typical day

At our Green Kidz program, you will be immersed into the project as one of the team members to engage in the planning and running of the programs, from 8am to 4pm, spending the full morning to prepare everything before the kids arrive (around 2:30pm) with

  • Helping our staff to be ready for the day
  • Creating content for the Green Kidz programs (Environmental Lessons, workshop, presentation etc..)
  • Supervising the activities with the kids
  • Helping the kids with projects
  • Supervising kids on field trips, camps when they happen and external activities.

Included in your stay with us:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day (7 days per week)
  • Pick up and drop off from Hoedspruit or Airport
  • Oversight and inclusion in your work and activities
  • Nourish T-Shirt
  • SIM card (if needed)
  • WIFI
  • Field trips with our Green Kidz to local spots like the Kruger National Park, or animal rehabilitation center

100% of your payment will go through our Nourish Foundation to help us to run all of our programs.

At Nourish Eco Village our goal is to create sustainable change - and have long-term impact in the spheres of sustainability, conservation and community resilience. We believe that by working to grow resilient wildlife communities that are healthy, educated, and have access to employment opportunities, we can break the poverty cycle and thus impact the poaching coming out of rural areas.

The community of Sigagule and the surrounding rural villages in the Acornhoek area of Mpumalanga struggle daily with even the most basic elements of life. Access to running water, and electricity is a difficulty most face daily. There is a high unemployment rate, many children have access to schooling, but education levels are extremely low at schools, and the biggest economic contributor to the area - tourism - is out of reach for many. It is in this context that Nourish works.

Our projects are all interlinked and holistic, in order to help a community grow in all aspects. Our programming focuses are Education, Enterprise and Tourism.


High­lights
  • Make a real, lasting difference in young people's lives through your participation in our conservation education projects.
  • Build new knowledge around conservation issues faced in Africa from a local perspective
  • Gain real world experience in hands on projects aimed at environmental responsibility
  • Visit Kruger National Park and get the chance to see an elusive leopard or experience the gentleness of an elephant.
  • Enjoy an authentic South African experience in food, culture and wildlife together with staff, locals and other volunteers from around the globe!

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About Nourish NPO

Location:

Sigagule Village, Hoedspruit, limpopo 1380, ZA

Mission Statement

Our goal is to create sustainable change - and have long-term impact in the spheres of both conservation and community upliftment. We believe that by working to grow wildlife resilient communities, that are healthy, educated, and have access to opportunities, we can break the poverty cycle and thus impact the poaching coming out of rural areas.

Description

Nourish NPO has a holistic approach to poverty and community development. By incorporating conservation education and economic empowerment through our business incubator and education centers, we strive to fight poaching through fighting poverty.
Nourish has been running since 2011 in a village on the border of the Greater Kruger Park area, to try and bridge the gap between community and conservation, as well as bringing tourists into our area to experience the Shangaan culture.
We have a variety of programs that range from Early Childhood Development, Farming, after school care, conservation education and field trips, feeding schemes, animal outreaches as well as a tourism pillar that focuses on community tours.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Environment
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Nourish Eco Village, R531 Orpen RoadOrpen RoadHoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa

(-24.34614,30.97329)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Business Development
  • Child Development

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • We welcome volunteers all year around, for a minimum of 2 weeks.

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