Temporary position available for an AMI qualified guide in Lynedoch

Skills: Five years experience as a Montessori Guide    Posted 1 month ago


Nestled between mountains and vineyards in the Cape winelands lies the Lynedoch Valley. The Sustainability Institute strives to make quality education accessible and affordable to every child in the Lynedoch Valley, and is dedicated to uplifting the surrounding Stellenbosch Winelands community consisting predominantly of families working on wine farms. This we do by fundraising for bursaries for learners in the Lynedoch Valley that would not be able to access the opportunities available to them due to financial constraints.

The Lynedoch Children’s House is a beautiful high-quality, community-focused environment that follows a Montessori approach to learning, cherishing each child’s innate love for learning. Over 60 children attend the Infant Community (4 months – 3 years) and Children’s House (3 – 6 years). Safe and welcoming, the centre aims to nurture every facet of the extraordinary potential in the lives of these tiny humans. The Lynedoch Children’s House provides integrated and ecologically focused learning and nature-based play. The children play in the natural gardens and participate each day in growing, harvesting and cooking of organic vegetables.

Our Montessori environment is one of beauty, generosity and kindness. Areas for language, arts, practical life, sensorial, mathematics and cultural studies make up a place of exploration and care. The children have a natural sense of freedom, within practical limits, to explore and interact with carefully prepared materials. Teaching staff play a facilitative role as guides, following the child in a flow of natural development. The process that the child follows is more important in this setting than the results or outcome of any specific activity.
While some children come from challenging home environments, meaningful transformation and positive development can be achieved through healing, empowering and inspiring the children and youth in our communities. Our approach is holistic in nature, working not only with the children themselves but also their families and wider community.

Position available

We are currently looking for a friendly, open minded and competent AMI trained guide to join the team from 7 September to 23 October 2020. The ideal candidate will help facilitate strong Montessori practice within the school. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity for a candidate interested to work with children from diverse backgrounds and social contexts. If you are compassionate and self-motivated with a big love for children, we urge you to apply.

The successful candidate will work side by side with an AMI 0-3 diploma holder within the Infant Community, where we have 12 children and a Nido. The candidate must be able to work respectfully and collaboratively share knowledge, ideas and their experience with an openness and curiosity to learn from the guides, children and parents within the community. A guide with both AMI 0-3 and 3-6 diplomas would be ideal.
We are looking for someone who would like to work in exchange for accommodation and flights to South Africa.

Essential criteria:

– AMI 0-3 diploma holder
– Police Clearance
– Passport with ability to travel to South Africa on a work visa
– Must speak English comfortably

The following will enhance your opportunity:

– AMI 3-6 diploma
– 5 years+ experience


Please send your CV along with a motivational letter and two references to Colleen Erasmus at colleen@sustainabilityinstitute.net before 31 July 2020

Here is a glimpse into our world at the Lynedoch Children’s House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAddhk29hKI&t=1s