Sep 19, 2018

Take it from a Teacher!

Jonique's visit
Jonique's visit

 

This past summer, I decided to take a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. This trip wasn't my typical resort or swamped tourist destination; I wanted this trip to be a learning experience, meaningful and of course, fun.  I wanted to seek opportunities that would allow me to use my educational skills and my love for children in much-needed areas of South Africa. 
 After months of searching and reaching out to organizations, I found Love to Langa on a travel blog and immediately reached out to the co-founder, Amy.  She welcomed me to visit some of the projects the organization currently supports. One of the projects is with the Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre. Once in Cape Town, board member Kissmea drove me there and I met the principal, Sandra, who introduced me to the staff and teachers at the school. I was given an opportunity to pick a class to work with. Since I'm a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, GA, I decided to volunteer my time with the 4-6-year-old classroom and teacher Caroline.  From the moment I walked into her classroom, she and the children made me feel welcome. Caroline is a very sweet, friendly, knowledgeable and inspirational person. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys every moment with her students.  Working with Caroline was wonderful. To be working beside another early childhood educator who is passionate and willing to collaborate in sharing their ideas and knowledge was very special. During this time, we learned from each other. Her students taught me games and songs. I enjoyed sharing games and songs I use at home with them as well. Oh, I had an amazing time with Caroline and her students! 

I am so glad to have discovered Love to Langa. Love to Langa is a great organization that is passionate in helping the townships of Cape Town. From the teaching children how to swim to providing early childhood education as well as hosting teacher training workshops. Love to Langa has shown the people of South Africa that they are there to support them. We need more organizations like Amy's that not just help the children but the community.  We need more organizations that focus on the community as a whole.  Old African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child."  Well, it takes amazing organization and it's supporters to uplift a community. I believe that's what Love to Langa is doing for the communities of Cape Town. 

Aug 30, 2018

Volunteer Report from an American Teacher

Jonique and Teacher Caroline's class
Jonique and Teacher Caroline's class
This past summer, I decided to take a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. This trip wasn't my typical resort or swamped tourist destination; I wanted this trip to be a learning experience, meaningful and of course, fun. I wanted to seek opportunities that would allow me to use my educational skills and my love for children in much-needed areas of South Africa. 
After months of searching and reaching out to organizations, I found Love to Langa on a travel blog and immediately reached out to the co-founder, Amy. She welcomed me to visit some of the projects the organization currently supports. One of the projects is with the Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre. Once in Cape Town, board member Kissmea drove me there and I met the principal, Sandra, who introduced me to the staff and teachers at the school. I was given an opportunity to pick a class to work with. Since I'm a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, GA, I decided to volunteer my time with the 4-6-year-old classroom and teacher Caroline. From the moment I walked into her classroom, she and the children made me feel welcome. Caroline is a very sweet, friendly, knowledgeable and inspirational person. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys every moment with her students. Working with Caroline was wonderful. To be working beside another early childhood educator who is passionate and willing to collaborate in sharing their ideas and knowledge was very special. During this time, we learned from each other. Her students taught me games and songs. I enjoyed sharing games and songs I use at home with them as well. Oh, I had an amazing time with Caroline and her students! 
I am so glad to have discovered Love to Langa. Love to Langa is a great organization that is passionate about helping the townships of Cape Town. From teaching children how to swim to providing early childhood education and hosting teacher training workshops, Love to Langa has shown the people of South Africa that they are there to support them. We need more organizations like Amy's that help the children and the community as a whole. Many people know the old African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," well, it takes amazing organizations and their supporters to uplift a community. I believe that's what Love to Langa is doing for the communities of Cape Town. 
Teacher Caroline with gifts from Jonique
Teacher Caroline with gifts from Jonique
Jonique and Caroline
Jonique and Caroline
Jun 22, 2018

Swimming lesson update

Swim lesson
Swim lesson
The Love to Langa Swimming Academy has been in operation since 2016.
As of today, Love to Langa is sponsoring the swimming lessons for 25 pupils at Philippi Children's Centre.
The pupils receive weekly lessons from Coach Craig who is a qualified Learn to Swim instructor.  Many donors ask what the children are taught at the swim school.
Firstly, being water safe is crucial.  The children are taught to jump in the deep side of the pool, turn and kick to the closest wall and then climb out.  Children are taught to crawl the along the walls as a safety precaution.
Secondly, the different levels come into play:
 Level 1
-  blow bubbles
-  face in the water
-  monkey crawl
-  jump in the pool
-  starfish float on back
-  starfish float on tummy
-  pick up fish
-  Level 2
-  speedboats width of pool
-  froggie arms width of pool
-  dive with hands entering water first
-  dolphin wiggle
-  strokes
Level 3
-  breathing technique for freestyle
-  dolphin wiggle with arm/s
-  backstroke dive 
-  treading water
-  froggie kick and board
-  speedboat lengths
Level 4
-  swim a length of freestyle with a tumble turn
-  swim a length of butterfly
-  swim a length of backstroke
-  swim a length of breaststroke 
-  competition dive
-  sandshark swim

Thanks so much for making this essential life skill available to these amazing children. We appreciate your support!

 
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