Teach English to Students in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa Children & Youth Development



Travel to South Africa and teach English with Plan My Gap Year! On this program, you will help Cape Town students aged six to 13 improve their English language skills through lessons, games, sports, and more. Through your volunteer efforts, you’ll provide an extra pair of hands to local teachers who lead overcrowded classes of 40+ students at government-run schools. As a volunteer, you’ll help with a variety of tasks, all of which can make a difference for teachers who are overburdened and unable to otherwise provide much-needed support to students who may be falling behind, who have disciplinary problems, or who otherwise need extra attention.


During your stay in South Africa, you will help children to improve their English language skills - a vital part of pursuing greater educational and career opportunities later. While huge steps have been made to improve the education system post-apartheid, the quality of education that children receive throughout South Africa is largely dependent on their family’s wealth and location. You can help to make a difference through talking with the children, playing games, and much more to enhance their English language skills.

Field conditions

While you can generally expect to work as a teaching assistant - mainly with English, but also for other basic subjects - there also may be times where you will lead a class on your own. You are encouraged to develop lessons ahead of time. In addition to teaching, you will have the chance to share your culture and experiences with your students as well as local staff, raise awareness of social issues, organize events such as sports days, or help with organizing recreational programs such as an afternoon club.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Cape Town International Airport on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head over to the volunteer house and spend the rest of the day relaxing before getting started on your volunteer program.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Based in Sea Point, a lively spot in Cape Town, the volunteer house you’ll live in is a short walk from the beach and close to bars, restaurants, and other local amenities. Long Street, the city’s top nightlife destination, is 10 minutes away via public transport.

The house is basic but comfortable, and each room has bunk beds to accommodate up to eight people per room. Bathrooms are shared, and rooms are mixed-gender. There is a communal area with sofas, a flat-screen TV, and a DVD player. You will be provided with a locker to store valuables, refrigerator space, and a bed sheet and blanket. In winter months - June through August - you’re encouraged to bring warmer clothes and a sleeping bag, and you should bring a padlock for your locker. Wifi is provided for a small fee. June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house.


Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.


from $342 USDper week

from $342 USDper week


What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Breakfast and dinner monday through friday

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

  • Transport to project

  • Meals not included in the package

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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