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.
Teaching at the Creche
The outreach program has expanded and now we visit two creche's in the Oaks village. The children at the creche range in age from 1 to 4 years old and we teach them about animals and the environment. The children enjoy learning about the different animals around, what they eat, and what sounds they make. We also teach them how to clean up rubbish and not to litter.
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 the 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 Career Guidance Program
During the weeks when DAKTARI is not able to bring children to the camp due to exams or school breaks, we will invite young adults who have completed school but have not found a job. They come to DAKTARI for five days to engage in a modified curriculum designed to teach them skills to get a job in addition to the environmental education. At the end of the week they leave with interview skills, a complete and comprehensive CV, and the confidence to go out and find a job to support themselves and their family.
Throughout the years, DAKTARI has helped several youth from our career guidance program get employment at local game reserves or even at DAKTARI.
The Home Stay Program
When you volunteer with us you will have the opportunity to stay 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 (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 at 4 or 5am and help out with chores and cooking throughout the day. See example itinerary below:
The activities below are an example of things you may do whilst staying with a family - this will vary depending on the family, day of the week and what the family want to do etc but it gives an idea:
04:00am - Awake 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 family
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.