Internship placements (July 14-26, 2014) in community organizations offer a unique opportunity for students to learn while contributing their time, energy and skills in support of the local community.
All students pursuing teacher licensure will work one-on-one as a pre-practicum student teacher in primary schools or high schools in townships on the outskirts of Bloemfontein. The schools are generally under resourced and have high rates of teacher absenteeism and students who read below their grade level.
Students will be placed in community organizations that work with youth on various projects and programs. The primary work conducted within these organizations includes:
- HIV prevention programs in schools and community capacity building (focus is on developing a positive sexuality) and grief therapy
- Rape crisis centers and prevention services
- Foster child programs and homes
- Early childhood development programs
- Anti-violence campaign
- After school programs
These are some examples of the South African organizations where participants will be placed for community based learning internships.
Awarded the Bloemfontein Organisation of the Year for 2011, Lebone Village runs five successful programmes dedicated to bringing hope, dignity and holistic care support to children affected by HIV/AIDS as well as their families and to all people affected by poverty. Lebone means LIGHT in Sesotho.
Kidz Care Trust
The Kidz Care Trust is a non-governmental organisation registered as a NPO working with vulnerable street children under the age of 18. Until it is possible for the children to be positioned back into the community, comprehensive care is rendered, including education, sport and recreation, housekeeping, life-skills and religion.
Neo Day Care Centre
Neo Day Care focuses mainly on vulnerable children and the elderly. The Sesotho name "Neo" means gift or talent. Their core services include an after-care programme, parental guidance and support, a soup kitchen and support for early childhood development. The primary beneficiaries consist of about 500 children, 30 elderly and 150 unemployed people.
Free State Care in Action
Free State Care in Action is a leading and well-positioned institution with a Christian foundation and adequate capacity and resources to effectively develop the community with regard to poverty relief, child and family care, the empowerment of women and care of the elderly.
Bloem Shelter is a Christian organisation that is a registered NPO, providing shelter for the homeless, catering for women, women with children, the elderly, men and frail persons.
REACH is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with a team of energetic young people who are dedicated and determined to be relevant agents of change by providing people with the tools to choose to earn a living in a decent and moral manner, and to be better prepared for life. REACH also provides a nutritious meal daily to around 80 vulnerable youth and children at the Centre.
Towers of Hope
Towers of Hope offers help to those living on the streets and teaches different skills to people of all ages with which they can earn a living. They also offer a safe place to sleep and meals for the homeless, among many other things.