Maboneng Arty Kids: Volunteer to Teach Arts in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa Children & Youth Development



The Maboneng Arty Kids program creates a safe space for children to unleash their creative fire and forge whole-brain thinking through arts education. Through specialized programs and community arts, creative thinking is sparked and the entrepreneurial spirit is awakened from an early age. In the long run, the community benefits from greater innovation and new job creation.

As a volunteer, you will play a vital role in giving underprivileged kids, who might not otherwise have exposure to an education in the arts, the keys to their own creative imagination in a non-judgmental classroom environment.

You will have the chance to foster creativity in the arts across a broad range of age groups from toddlers through grade 12. Whether one is a student, teacher, or volunteer in the arts, one must remember that art transforms! You, too, can expect to be inspired and transformed by participating in this amazing program.


Through our arts curriculum and critical messaging component, we ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities.

Art crosses all language and cultural barriers. It is a fun way to learn, as there is no right or wrong in art. This encourages persistence in learning, which in turn helps in developing a child’s grit and self-confidence.

Our role in arts education is to help blaze the trail in whole brain thinking with a proven path to innovation and new job creation. Our programs create permanent change with positive outlooks, community role models and the mindset for our students to design a more certain future for themselves and their communities.

Field conditions

With the ratio of students to teachers posing a real challenge to learning, your support will take the load off of teachers and allow more students to receive the individual attention they deserve.

During the morning hours, you’ll volunteer as a teacher’s assistant in the nursery, and help out in a variety of areas from feeding, facilitating Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs to administrative tasks and playing with the toddlers.

During the afternoons, you’ll transition to the youth center, where you’ll help highly qualified project facilitators prepare for the day’s activities, prepare lunch, and deliver the lessons of the day.

The joy of learning you foster through fun and creative lessons will be hard to measure but easy to see and hear in the smiles and laughter of the kids, and felt for a very long time!

Arrival and orientation

You will arrive in Johannesburg on a Thursday for a free three-day orientation. You will learn about local customs, social skills, transport and much more. Here’s how each day will pan out:

Day 1

A tour of Johannesburg by foot

Getting to know the local culture

The opportunity to take in evening entertainment including movies, music, and more

Day 2

4 hour Soweto tour; cycle, walk, or ride. Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Laureates lived – Tata Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. See all sides of this amazing town.

Sample delicious food in the market. Try customary foods, Shisa Nyama (barbequed meat), Makwenya (doughnut) or, if you think your stomach can handle it, a Smiley (sheep’s head)

Day 3

Late brunch in a gourmet Artisanal food market.

Relax in this eclectic and fun precinct, with lots to see and do: art galleries, exhibitions, street art, shops, food and drink – and of course as always in Africa, music.

Watch a perfect sunset from the rooftops and breathe in the warmth of Jozi.


A Day Safari, balloon ride, or a hike or walk can be organized

Ask about our wide range of adventure outings.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers will stay in dormitory-style accommodations with communal kitchens, bathrooms, a garden, fireplace, and entertainment area. Transport to and from your project site will be provided. You can also help yourself to breakfast and dinner when you need a bite. Should you not be a meat person, not to worry, there are vegetarian options available upon request.


Volunteers will stay in dormitory-style accommodations.


from $538 USDper week

from $538 USDper week


What’s included

  • Two meals per day

  • Accommodation

  • Airport transfers

What’s not included

  • Transport to accommodation if you arrive before start date or leave after project

  • Accommodation if you arrive before start date or after project end

  • Towels and toiletries

  • Use of phone: landline or mobile costs

  • Catered meals

  • Local transport for social activities

  • Weekend excursions

  • Medical insurance

Start dates

Project starts every Thursday year-round, except for the winter holidays.

Hero Holidays was founded by Lorraine Keenan, a proud inhabitant of Johannesburg of Irish heritage. This venture was started after she went on a camping trip in Malawi, where she met volunteers and exchanged several stories with them. It motivated her to start something that would ensure young people were getting the necessary care and experience to become functioning members of society.

Hero Holidays’ Volunteer Programs has long been a registered social enterprise, empowering itself with its firm belief that NGOs and other development projects cannot survive on donations alone. For this program to become profitable and a successful long-term venture, volunteers are needed to achieve these goals. Using your skills to fill needs and fulfill dreams. The project not only benefits people Hero Holidays are meant to help, but those volunteers who provide help that makes a difference. A win-win situation for all involved that makes everyone feel adequate and wanted.

Lorraine has a deep passion and commitment to the development and upliftment of impoverished communities in South Africa. Her work is supported by her 35 years of experience in philanthropic endeavors as well as in sustainable development in Gauteng.

Hero Holidays is accredited with the following:

– Member of the South African Youth Travel Confederation

– Hero Holidays is compliant to the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism (SANS 1162) which is aligned to the International Standard (ISO/IEC 17011)

– Hero Holidays is a registered participant of The Climate Reality Project

Their wish is to change the image volunteer travel often portrays. Too many times, these volunteer missions present imagery of volunteer travel where people jump off a plane saying, “I’m here to help you.” At Hero Holidays, people are welcomed with volunteers who say. "I'm here to learn from you, how I can be of help, now, or in the future." It’s more than just words; it’s an unbreakable commitment that builds hope and trust for an eternity.

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