Volunteer with Children in South Africa

Make a difference by helping children achieve their academic goals.

Program overview

Travel to South Africa and help make a difference in the lives of children in this community-based education program. The program takes place in a community that's located just 45 minutes from the beautiful city of Cape Town. It aims to provide the children in local townships with a safe, fun and creative educational environment.

In South Africa, students have to obtain a certain academic level in order to be able to attend a formal school. You will be helping the children we work with to reach this standard. A good level of English will open up a variety of possibilities for the children with whom we work. You will be involved in helping to organize and run outdoor games/activities, arts and crafts lessons, story telling, music and drama lessons, and assisting with homework.

Where you'll stay

During your project dates your accommodation and food are included in the project cost. Your accommodation is located in the coastal town of Gordons Bay, surrounded by the rich and vibrant culture of the local communities. Accommodation is in houses/apartments with shared rooms and bathrooms, with access to hot running water and electricity. Three basic meals a day are provided along with fruit and snacks. Meals are prepared during the week by community staff and volunteer dinner teams are responsible for heating up and clearing up. Lunch is a packed lunch prepared in the morning and brought onto the project site.


Activities & Training

Things to do

In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect weekends off. In this time you could take part in some of the optional side trips; Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend, Stellenbosch Wine Tour, Cape Town Wildlife Safari, Shark-Cage Diving. (Please note that you would not be able to do all of these within a 2 week duration.) Before and after your program you could visit the Garden Route or travel up to Kruger National Park – the possibilities are endless.


Orientation and Training

Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.

Good to know

Preparation and application requirements

All volunteers are encouraged to learn more about local history, culture and customs before travelling. All training will be taught in the field.

Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. As a result of the basic living conditions volunteers need to be flexible and able to work well in teams and with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Volunteers will need to be fluent in English.

Health and safety

A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time. The nearest emergency medical facilities located approximately 15km away. Staff are First Aid qualified and health and safety briefings are given to all volunteers when they arrive

Please note we cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider (doctor, GP, etc.) or visit a travel clinic for further information leading up to your trip. Please be forthcoming about any health issues before you begin the project as failure to do so may have serious consequences for you, the staff and other participants, including your removal from the program.


Logistics

You will need to arrive in Cape Town in time to meet your group at Cape Town International airport before 10:00PM on the official start date. We would recommend arriving in the morning so that you have the day to relax and settle in.

If you decide to arrive a day or two early to acclimate before your project begins, we recommend the following inexpensive accommodation:

The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre
74 New Church St, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0) 21 423 5555

At the end of your project you will be transferred back to Cape Town International Airport on the final Saturday at the end of your placement. For those not travelling on after the project, we recommend you book your return flight for the evening. This will allow you to enjoy the day before travelling home. However, if you are only doing the 2 week option, and would like to do both main side trips, we recommend you book your return flight for your final Sunday. You will need to arrange an additional night of accommodation for the Saturday night.

Additional Information

Field staff advise that you enter the country using a tourist visa. For most nationalities this can be obtained upon arrival. Check with the immigration authorities/embassies of the countries you intend to visit.

AFSNext seal of approval

This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.