Volunteer at a School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa Children & Youth Development



Working with local Izizwe volunteers, participants can choose to work with children in specific age groups or based on personal interests in the following programs: Holiday, Sport, Basketball, Swimming, Toothpaste, Adult Literacy, Basic English Tuition, Interview Training and Health. All programs take place in Walmer Township, at various schools, the Human Dignity Centre, the Izizwe Project headquarters and creches.

Besides assistance, there is a need for financial support and donations of school, toy and clothing supplies for children. Izizwe also seeks financial contribution and sponsorships for its holiday programs and sports tournaments.


One of your greatest contributions, besides your financial support, is your ability to help change the mindset of the children with whom you’ll volunteer. You’ll expand their horizons when you sing and dance, make them laugh, help them with schoolwork and teach them there is a world waiting for them. It is not uncommon for children of Walmer Township to be orphaned by HIV/AIDS, alcohol addiction, or teenage pregnancy. Many families live in self-built unstable houses, which are vulnerable during rainstorms and winter months.

Field conditions

Activities differ depending upon your personal preference. Volunteers can choose to work with children of all ages, with education, sports, health and recreation.

Normal work hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30, but change due to weather and activities. Volunteering with this project will introduce you to the challenging lives of most South Africans today, and you’ll experience their culture, as well as their misery and poverty. Be prepared by being mature and independent.

Arrival and orientation

You will fly into Port Elizabeth International Airport, with pickup arranged by Khaya Volunteer Projects. All drivers have professional drivers’ licenses. You arrive at the accommodation on Monday, get settled in, and meet with your volunteer coordinators. On Tuesday, you will be transported to your chosen project for your work to begin.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers are housed in large, comfortable home close to beach in Port Elizabeth. The house features nine shared bedrooms (shared by gender), five bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Located less than 200 meters from the beach and a 10-minute drive to Walmer Township, the house is easy to reach and well-organized. Shops, beachfront cafés, restaurants and access to other facilities are all within easy reach. It’s the perfect location to enjoy the beach after work or during weekends. The house is shared with other volunteers who work at Door of Hope and Missionvale Care Centre, and offers the following facilities:

Large swimming pool; Large living room and dining room; Free WIFI internet access; Garden with braai (BBQ) facilities; Two washing machines; Cleaning lady for 4 days a week (Khaya supports local employment); Onsite coordinators who do the shopping, take you to the project every day and organize fun activities.


Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.


from $390 USDper week

from $390 USDper week


What’s included

  • Transfers to and from the project

  • Direct donation to project's needs

  • 3 meals/day

  • On-site volunteer coordinator available 24/7

  • Accommodation in volunteer house near beach

  • Free-sim card, maps, etc upon arrival

  • Welcome pack with information guide

  • Pick up upon arrival and drop off at end of stay

  • Information/assistance before departure

What’s not included

  • Weekend drop off/pick up at airport

  • Insurance

  • Costs for weekend outings

  • Private luxuries

  • Airfare

Start dates

You will start your volunteer work on a Monday. We will pick you up on the Monday morning either from the airport or you could come a couple of days earlier, but your program will start on Monday. After the first introduction of the surroundings and a City Tour you will start your volunteering work on the Tuesday. Participation is per full week only and the project will be closed for about three weeks over Christmas and the New Year period.

Established in 2005, Khaya Volunteer Projects offers unique and affordable volunteer and gap year projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zanzibar. Khaya projects run the gamut of volunteer interests with project areas including Children; Communities; Sports Development; Healthcare; Wildlife and Conservation; and Education projects. A common thread running through all Khaya projects is a commitment to ethical volunteering. They work to ensure that your volunteering efforts and your financial contributions are used in the best way possible. In alignment with that goal, Khaya, with its base and several offices in Africa, can and does assist its local partners and projects in Southern and Eastern Africa with keeping the focus on responsible and ethical volunteering.

Their mission is simple but resonant:

“...we provide volunteering opportunities for international travellers that are both unique and as affordable as possible with high standards of service and facilities. Needless to say, we also prioritise our selected volunteer projects’ needs in ways that benefit both project and you, the volunteer.”

Honest pricing, crystal clear information, timely communication, and great service are all hallmarks of how they run a successful organization. True to the meaning of “Khaya” in several African languages, Khaya Volunteers makes sure its volunteers feel secure, well informed, and that they belong to the project to which they commit. Khaya believes that if you join on of their volunteering projects, you’ll have an African experience you’ll never forget.

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