Volunteer at a Daycare Center in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $748 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



I'm this program you will have the opportunity to volunteer with a local daycare center – called a crèche – and provide much-needed assistance in early childhood development. As a volunteer, you will work with infants and children up to six years of age with a goal to provide quality care to underprivileged children, improve their future educational and employment prospects through early childhood education, boost their confidence and self-esteem, and engage in intercultural exchange.

You do not need background experience in education or childcare to sign up, though it would be beneficial and those volunteers with qualifications in either area are highly encouraged to apply. You should have some knowledge of the local language to communicate effectively with students and staff; however, most speak English, so this is not a prerequisite.

Arrival and Orientation

Once you arrive to Cape Town, local staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodations, where you’ll have a short welcome session. On Monday, you’ll have an orientation to help you learn more about the program and your role in it, as well as local customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, your role in the volunteer program, and more.


During your stay in South Africa, you will live in one of two volunteer houses in the suburbs of Cape Town. Both houses can accommodate up to 30 volunteers in five dormitory-style rooms, with an onsite hostel manager. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, communal lounge with satellite TV, a bathroom with four showers and three toilets, and individual lockers. You can purchase wifi at the hostel as well. Self-service breakfast is provided each morning, and usually consists of cereals, bread with different toppings, and fruit. You will have dinner provided at a nearby restaurant each evening with a set weekly menu. Lunch and weekend meals are not provided, but you will be close to restaurants, cafes, and stores. Host family accommodations also are available on request.

The two neighborhoods you can stay in are Sea Point and Observatory:

Sea Point As one of Cape Town’s more affluent suburbs, this area is home to high-rise apartments as well as upscale restaurants, bars, and cafes. The volunteer hostel that you’ll stay in is located just off of the main road and close to the V&A Waterfront shopping complex, nightlife, the Cape Town City soccer stadium, and the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. You also are close to the Sea Point Promenade, a walkway that has amazing views of the ocean, Robben Island, and Table Mountain.

Observatory This is Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb and is a vibrant, multicultural community that’s popular among students and younger travelers. The volunteer hostel here is a 10-minute walk from Lower Main Road, which is the main entertainment area where you’ll find restaurants, bars, live music, and coffee shops and cafes. Historically, Observatory was one of the few “grey” suburbs during the Apartheid era, where people of mixed race, religion, and cultures were allowed to live together. Close by, you’ll find the Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, shopping centers, museums, theaters, hiking trails, and Old Biscuit Mill, a vibrant night and day market area.

Field Conditions

As the tourism hotspot of South Africa, Cape Town boasts an amazing hospitality scene, gorgeous beaches, scenic landscapes, and the iconic Table Mountain.

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways in this program, with a few of your tasks including:

- Helping to teach children

- Attending to and interacting with the children

- Creating activities and toys and entertaining the children with games and songs

- Help with preparing meals, feeding children, and other duties where required

Your schedule will generally follow this format, and you can expect to work four to six hours each weekday:

7:00am Breakfast

7:30am Walk to the project site

8:30am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am Volunteering duties start – you’ll have a tea break and lunch break during the day

1:00pm Volunteering duties end

1:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

1:30pm Walk or bus back to the accommodation

During the evening, you’re free to explore the area, check out different restaurants and cafes, or relax with your fellow volunteers.

Your Impact

As a volunteer, you will take on an essential role in supporting impoverished children in a program that lacks funding and needs as much assistance as possible. There are many ways that you can add value, including caring for children, teaching them, interacting with and playing with them, and assessing the needs of the daycare facility, including finding creative ways to make learning aids and materials, and making upgrades to the facility.


Cape Town, South Africa
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be working with infants and young children in a daycare center.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house in either Sea Point or Observatory neighborhoods.

  • Nearest Airport
    Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town, South Africa


<p>The program fees listed includes the $299 registration fee.</p>

2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$748 USD

What’s Included

  • Certificate of completion (on request)

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

  • Project placement & onsite supervision

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Food & meals (as specified above)

  • Accommodation (as specified above)

  • Orientation & full safety briefing

  • Airport pick-up on arrival

What’s Not Included

  • Return airport transfer (unless mentioned above)

  • In-country trips and excursions

  • Local transport

  • Spending money

  • Additional foods and snacks

  • Travel insurance

  • Vaccinations

  • Visas

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

This project is available year-round and programs start Sunday. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.


A top volunteering organization recognized worldwide, Love Volunteers (LV) has been placing volunteers across several countries since 2009. At Love Volunteers, there is deep commitment towards making a lasting difference in developing communities and offering hope to both human and animal life.

Ever since launching this venture, Love Volunteers remains committed to providing transparent and cost-effective volunteering. LV has over 120 projects in 34 countries worldwide, placing over 20,000 volunteers since inception. Based in New Zealand, LV’s team has people who love and live for adventure. This team takes much pride and joy in working hard to deliver top-level assistance, as well as delivering life-altering volunteer experiences.

The name says it all, but the people ensure there’s much more behind that name. Love Volunteers ensure volunteers get top treatment from locals while making sure they get invaluable experiences that last a lifetime. Join LV’s cause, and you can have those moments you can tell your children and grandchildren about!

Reviews (55)


Jun 10, 2018

I am inclined to believe that these perfect 5 star reviews are fake. I recently returned from a trip organized by this agency and it was a mess. Not only was I taken advantage of financially but when I reached out to love volunteers they could care less and in ... +more

Mikela Kring

Apr 27, 2018

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much ...

Lisa Sloan

Apr 05, 2018

This year was my third placement through Love Volunteers and they are just the best! All of the arrangements they have made have been perfect. They check in frequently to make sure their volunteers are safe and happy, and they take time to ask for feedback regarding the placement. I ... +more


Apr 01, 2018

I had a fantastic time volunteering for an NGO in Cambodia working to support rural communities in adopting sustainable farming practices. I felt like I was helping to make a genuine difference in the lives of disadvantaged families and had great opportunities to have some experiences I would never have ... +more

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