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
Volunteer to Teach Children in South Africa
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From $748 USD for 2 Weeks
2 - 12 Weeks
Select Start Dates
18 And Older
On this program, you will play a role in improving the education of at-risk children from impoverished backgrounds in Cape Town. Schools in the area can be under-resourced and lack enough teachers and basic supplies to fully support the children that they serve, and as a volunteer, you can assist with a variety of tasks in a primary school. Most volunteers on this program choose to work in some of the more impoverished classrooms, because that is where they can make the greatest impact. The goals of this program are to provide a quality education to underprivileged children, improve the future prospects of at-risk children and youth, 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. Completing a TEFL course prior to joining the program will be beneficial in providing context and experience in your English teaching placement.
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.
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:
- Assisting with teaching the children
- Teaching English and focusing on the children's self-esteem
- Helping children with their homework
- Giving reading and counting classes
- Organizing recreation time and snacks
- Involving children in sporting activities
Your schedule will generally follow this format, and you can expect to work four to six hours each weekday:
7:30am Walk to the project site
8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor
9:00am Volunteering duties start – you’ll have a tea break and lunch break during the day
3:00pm Volunteering duties end
3:15pm Debrief with project supervisor
3:30pm 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.
As a volunteer, you will take on an essential role in supporting impoverished children in a school that lacks funding and needs as much assistance as possible in the classroom. There are many ways that you can add value, including carrying out lessons alongside local teachers, helping children with their English conversation and writing skills, teaching computer skills, and even helping out with other areas of the program, including finding creative ways to make new learning aids and materials, and helping with upgrades to the schools.
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Where you will be volunteeringCape Town, South Africa
Volunteers will be working with children in a school.
Where you'll be stayingSea Point, Cape Town, South Africa
Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house in either Sea Point or Observatory neighborhoods.
Nearest AirportCape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town, South Africa
<p>The program fees listed includes the $299 registration fee.</p>
What’s Not Included
Return airport transfer (unless mentioned above)
In-country trips and excursions
Additional foods and snacks
Project Start Dates
This project is available year-round and programs start every 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.
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