Volunteer to Alleviate Poverty in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa Children & Youth Development



The Cape Town Community Project is a faith-based, non-profit organization that strives to provide quality care and support to the people of Lofdal in Cape Town, South Africa. The project responds to the diverse needs of the people, in the challenging circumstances in which they live. Programs include:

  1. Helping with the preparation and cooking of meals that get transported to different communities in need.

  2. Helping with the daily running of the foster care of abandoned babies and toddlers.

  3. Helping with the operation of the crèche, looking after very young children while their parents are working during the day.

  4. Helping out at Grade Learning Centre, giving individual care and assistance to children and educators, organizing and playing games, exercise, singing and dancing.

  5. Operating an Aftercare Facility to accommodate the children of working parents, feeding them and providing space for their afternoon nap.

  6. Assisting at the Rehabilitation Centre, teaching life skills to recovering substance abusers.

  7. Working in the community gardens to supplement the soup kitchen and family's needs.


Volunteers work with urban communities in need of support and development in the face of poverty and narcotics abuse. Many families are affected by HIV/AIDS. The children, however, are your first priority. School absenteeism is high because of lack of guidance and family support, which affects the child’s education, and in turn impacts future careers and financial prospects. Volunteers guide and support the children through social support to break this vicious cycle.

Field conditions

Volunteers work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with weekends off. You will be picked up and taken home every day by one of the staff members. Choosing from a variety of programs, you can distribute food, work with children in the school, help in the gardens, and more.

You should be independent and able to to show respect towards the people and culture of the local community. Communication may be a challenge, however, English is also a commonly used language.

Volunteers work and stay in the Kraaifontein area, a community which consist of mixed backgrounds, but is mostly black (IsiXhosa speaking) or coloured (Afrikaans speaking).

The community has challenges, including poor housing conditions (shacks or stone houses), unemployment, drug abuse, poverty, domestic violence, and a general lack of social and medical services.

Cape Town Community Project’s policies and procedures are Christian-founded, and although volunteers are not required to participate, they are welcome to experience local social interaction.

Arrival and orientation

You will be picked up upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport and brought to your accommodation. When you leave you will be delivered to the airport, as well.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Accommodations are with host families, carefully selected by the project supervisors. Your stay provides a financial contribution to the household. You’ll have your own room in a brick-built house with running, warm water and electricity. Homes are well-kept and in a safe locale. Three meals per day are included in your fee. Meals are home-cooked, and include a packed lunch. Special dietary needs are accommodated at your cost. Participate in the household and offer to assist with cooking, cleaning and washing up.


Volunteers will be staying with a host family.


from $405 USDper week

from $405 USDper week


What’s included

  • Guidance & supervision

  • Breakfast/packed lunch/dinner

  • Host family stay

  • Transport to & from projects from accomodation

  • Tranfers upon arrival & departure from airport

What’s not included

  • Tours/outings

  • Laundry

  • Personal luxuries

  • Personal luxuries

  • Insurances

  • Airfare

Start dates

Volunteers can start at any given time, except for 3 weeks for Christmas and New Years holidays.

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