The Project TEN Center in Durban, South Africa, opened in November 2016. Durban is a coastal town known for its ethnic and cultural diversity, which blends various religions, lifestyles and traditions.
The project's activity is focused in the Inanda District; a mountainous region located about 25 km from the city where the Zulu tribes lives.
Our Activity: Young people in their twenties from Israel and the Diaspora volunteer at the TEN Center South Africa. Volunteers engage in informal education activities on a daily basis in order to enrich the local children’s learning experience to enable personal growth and development.
In South Africa, Project Ten runs enrichment activities in elementary and middle schools. During school hours, the volunteers lead enrichment classes in collaboration with local teaching staff in order to provide students with knowledge and tools from the world of informal education, which contribute to formal learning. The activities revolve around art, group games, science and thinking games.
Our enrichment rooms: During the school hours, the volunteers activities take place in enrichment rooms inside the schools campus. During those hours are volunteers run hour long lessons focusing on a different age group each time. The students enjoy working in small groups and enjoying the different atmosphere these classrooms enable.
Afternoon activity and high school clubs: After school our volunteers create a space that is opened to all community children. The activities in the afternoons provide experiential, multidisciplinary learning, which is adapted to the various learning capabilities of the children and youth. The activities revolve around the fields of art, social games, thinking games, sports and music in order to develop personal skills and abilities among the children of today that will serve them as adults.
Twice a week our volunteers meet high school students and help them develop love for learning and exciting after school activities using chess and other thinking games.
Extra volunteer work:
Our volunteers also try to volunteer with various local initiatives in the city of Durban. Life in Durban can be confusing, great wealth and very modern infrastructure together with poverty and high crime rates. The volunteers try to help with the local community and volunteer at The Dennis Harley center, The Jewish old age home Beth Shalom and the Jewish special need center Masada.
Enrichment program for volunteers: TEN volunteers undergo training before and after arrival at the Center. The training is designed to prepare participants for group life, the volunteering experience, and it enables a connection to the wider global context in which the Project TEN operates. The delegation opens with a week of orientation of in-depth familiarity with the Center. During this week, the volunteers meet the local staff, get to deeply know the work, visit volunteering locations and are exposed to the local culture and lifestyle.
During the three months of volunteering, there are regular weekly meetings led by the Center's Directors and Coordinators and in collaboration with local professionals. The meetings cover various topics such as international development, education and community, Sabbath and holiday activities, language and group time. The purpose of the meetings is to process the volunteering and group life experiences, to provide tools for the professional implementation of Project TEN’s educational and ethical model, to expose the volunteers to the culture and lifestyle of the community in which they live alongside their own identity as Jews, Israelis and citizens of the world.
Residence: Volunteers share a communal house (4-6 volunteers per room) in the city of Durban in the best and safest neighborhood. The quarters have clean water and are equipped with a vegetarian kitchen and fully-equipped dining room, toilets, showers, washing machine and a pleasant living room.
Saturdays and Holidays: Every second weekend, participants are free to go and travel around the country. The program welcomes religious and secular participants. All activities on Saturdays and Jewish holidays are suitable for traditional observers. However, every participant is free to keep the Sabbath as they see fit.
Travel Recommendations: Two hours from the center are the beautiful and magnificent Hluhluwe and Phezulu safaris in South Africa, Little Lesotho, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, the Drakensberg Mountains, and more.
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Download Project TEN South Africa official flyer: TEN_flyer_southafrica_small.pdf