2. Project Name and General Description of Project: Special Needs Assessment team for Hope Centre Orphans at Tabitha Ministries
3. Contact Person/Project Director: Jeff & Laura O’Loughlin, in conjunction with Gail Trollip, director of Tabitha Ministries. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (USA) 325-754-8586
4. Specific Type of Work to Be Completed: Will evaluate Hope Center Orphans, identify those with special needs, then assess these and compile recommendations for how best to instruct them in a classroom setting. Will conduct teaching sessions with the children, then train local teachers in methodology so they can carry on with the children.
a. Work environment (geographic setting): Hope Centre orphanage
b. People Group that volunteers will be working with: Zulu
5. Specific Dates if applicable (or TBD): TBD
a. Approx. length of stay including travel time from the U.S. (or other country): anywhere from 10 days to 3 months, according to volunteer’s ability.
6. Specific skills needed and/or recommended including possible educational requirements and/or credentials if needed: Training and experience assessing and teaching elementary aged children with special needs.
7. Can college students serve in this project? Yes
8. Team Size (minimum/maximum; gender preference, if any): minimum 1, maximum 2, no gender preference.
9. Health considerations/requirements: Depending on the time of year, must be able to cope with heat or cold as buildings are not climate controlled; volunteers must be in good physical condition and able to cope with rough roads.
10. Ministry items to bring: All materials and resources you plan to use, preferably able to be left for Tabitha teachering staff to use; copies can be made locally at $0.12 per copy.
11. Airport of Arrival: Pietermaritzburg is the closest/ Durban is a second option.
12. Local Transportation: Tabitha Ministries will help with lifts to the store, etc, but you will be working and living on site.
13. Probable lodging arrangements: Staying at Hope Centre orphanage.
14. What, if any, additional items like sleeping bags, sheets, etc. needed: N/A
EXPENSES – ON THE FIELD
15. Total Approximate cost: Team total (supposing team of 2 staying 10 days): $ 270 . This includes transportation reimbursement to Tabitha: $50; Per person – Utilities at Tabitha $1 per person, per day; Food at Tabitha: $10 per person, per day (if you eat what the kids do – you are welcome to supplement that with personally-purchased food items that can be stored in a staff fridge/cupboard).
(included but not limited to the following):
a. Transportation: from and to airport, worksite and lodging location
b. Onsite expenses – food, lodging, translators (if needed)
c. Airport taxes/exit fees (Often only payable in USD)
d. Ministry items to purchase on the field
16. Personal Items to bring: clothes, toiletries, small camera, personal devotional materials.
17. Cultural Considerations (including language): Most people speak some English, but will be native Zulu speakers
18. Other Special Consideration(s)
a. Specific immunizations: Please refer to the CDC info for South Africa: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa. Additionally, yellow fever is required if you plan to transit through another African country – the CDC says “There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa. The gov’t of SA requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving form a county with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US.” Unless you have connections through another African country enroute to SA you should not need a yellow fever vaccination.
b. Visa needs/requirements: visa obtained at airport upon entry, free of charge
c. Specific security concerns (STS): South Africa has high rates of crime, especially bag-snatching and jewelry snatching. Do not ever let your personal items out of your sight, and bring no expensive jewelry.
d. Information for landing cards/entry forms: Address in S Africa: 31 Doull Rd, Pietermaritzburg/ tel. 033 342 4268
e. Climate: Very hot in summer, very cold in winter (and their seasons are reversed from ours)!
f. Clothing recommendation(s)/suggestions Casual clothing is fine. Please no tight-fitting or revealing clothing for ladies. Jeans/pants find for women. Long shorts fine for summer.
g. Cash, travelers checks, credit cards/ATM’s: ATMs are abundant – communicate with your bank before you leave as to when you will be gone and what country you will be in.
h. Communication/email availability (or lack thereof): Wireless Internet available at Hope Center for checking email, FB, etc. but no web-surfing, etc.
i. Emergency contact info: Jeff & Laura O’Loughlin – 082-735-2444
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Sub-Sahara Africa Baptist Global Response/Kentucky Baptist Partnership Checklist
The Kentucky Baptist Convention has compiled a checklist resource to assist our volunteer teams preparing to serve in Sub Sahara Africa. It is important that teams follow the information provided in this document to ensure the best mission experience. Please click on the link to access the Checklist: