THE TEACHING FELLOWSHIP
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Both public and private schools in South Africa desperately need good teachers. Raise the Children sends volunteer teachers to two of its partner schools for 1+ year(s) serving in many different capacities. In return, the schools give 3-5 scholarships to Raise the Children for each teacher provided. These scholarships allow the orphans in our program to attend private school for free.
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WHAT OUR TEACHER FELLOWS SAY
"Raise The Children, for me, began as a way to return to a place I felt I wanted to know. It then became an organization that connected me to learners and teachers who turned into family. I still remember the first day I got there, being in Lesego and Neil’s home, meeting their boys and the staff; they gave me such comfort knowing I was in another country, in a new profession, with people who truly cared about me. To this day, I am still in contact with the four scholars that came with me to the school I was at. And I know they will be learners I follow through wherever life leads them. I will cherish that forever."
I decided I wanted to spend a year volunteering in south Africa with raise the children. What I like about this program is that it’s small and it’s very personal. It’s nice to know that I am not part of a big organization that’s impersonal, I know the founders, they know me by name. They know all the Raise The Children scholars by name so it really feels like more of a family. For me it was important to join an organization that makes tangible impact. So while Raise The Children is small in scale it’s sustainable and it has an impact that you can feel. You’re investing in promising orphans, kids who really care and kids I work with every day.
On daily life in south Africa:
South Africa is an interesting place maybe intimidating for a lot of people but I really do feel very safe at the school. There’s a community here that I like. This isn’t exactly a tourist destination, which I think makes the experience all the more special.
My experience at Tigerkloof was one that was eye-opening to different community backgrounds. In a sense that from my observation, Tigerkloof is a hub which accommodates people from all walks of life and embraces their uniqueness through sharing their skills such as the Marimba teacher from Soweto who travels South Africa teaching learners how to play marimba. Tigerkloof is culturally-enriched and is active in reach out programmes. The environment allows one to take on opportunities which are self-developmental and which have influences on surrounding people. There was support from other fellow teachers, security, and residents on campus.
You know, we sometimes accept positions knowing what they entail but we most of the time disregard the emotional capacity that comes with the position. I, for one agree with this statement because I took on the role of being a teacher-fellow knowing what is expected of me but I did not expect my emotions to be fully invested in the children. Seeing the children develop successfully and eager to get educated is/was so heart fulfilling. The children now have a fruitful growth and behaviour that is different from the first day I met with all of them. The children are now stepping out of their shells and exploring every opportunity presented to them. They are not keen on only developing themselves academically, they want to develop themselves academically, socially, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. So for me to witness such a positive change is really heart-warming and encourages me to keep on helping and working with the children as far as I can.
I feel the NGO is making a valuable contribution the children’s lives as the NGO is giving them a privilege that is a lifetime investment. These children will grow to know their family background is not a hinder to their future. This mind-set will come from knowing that yes they are orphans but the NGO has become their mother and father who will support and be there for them until they make something out of their lives.