Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years and breathtaking scenery, from the iconic Table Mountain to the glorious Cape beaches. With a comfortable Mediterranean climate, Cape Town is great place to volunteer all year round.
About the project
This project aims to assist the children in the Red Hill pre-schools, in the out-skirts of Cape Town. The schools have a severe lack of facilities. Educational materials are drawn from containers that are donations to community. You will find that most of the schools have meagre and ill-equipped facilities; but a wealth of children with a desire to learn. As a volunteer, you will assist teachers and contribute to our efforts to provide our children with a better education. In addition, you will have the opportunity to organize your own classes.
Volunteer work and contribution
As a volunteer you will assist the schools during the mornings with the following tasks:
Assistant teaching: Provide individual attention and assistance to children during lessons
Help with crafts, painting, reading and games
Organize special needs classes for children who have not been able to keep up with the pace of the regular classes
Help with meal distribution: Every child receives a meal, which is often their only meal that day.
Help clean, maintain and even refurbish the classrooms, most of which are quite run down.
After having spent the morning at one of the schools, you will assist the local community services in the afternoon. You will rotate between the following community projects:
Building and painting schools: Schools in Red Hill deal with a great shortage of classrooms and facilities. They are often dilapidated and ill-equipped. As a volunteer, you will help repair fences and windows and re-build and paint classrooms in order to provide and safer and more attractive educational environment.
Educare Centre: Volunteers will assist teachers with after school care by playing games, reading (both one-on-one with the kids and to the group during story time), and other activities such as art, music, and dancing.
Primary School extra-mural involvement: The school principal is very keen to get the sports' programme up and running. Wednesday afternoons are now dedicated for that purpose. Volunteers can help coach sports' activities including volleyball, netball, soccer and rugby.
Masiphumelele Library: Masiphumelele has a library with wonderful resources and facilities. The library offers many services to the community and volunteers are often slotted into existing programs offered at the library. These include arts and crafts, puzzles, games, literacy, one on one reading, homework club and math club.
Project "Day in the life":Please note that your itinerary may differ from the example below, depending on your own experience and skills and the number of other volunteers participating during your placement period.
07:00 Get up, eat a breakfast of cereal, toast, tea/coffee, and start getting ready for your project
07:45 Head off on the short drive to your project
08:00 Start work at your community school. To make sure you teach a variety of classes, you will rotate between different tasks and classes.
12:30 After serving the children their lunch, you will be picked up from your project, and taken to your volunteer house, where lunch will be waiting for you.
14:30 Leave for one of your afternoon community projects. You will spend the afternoon playing with the children at one of the schools or building and painting classrooms.
16.30 End of the working day. You will be picked up from your project and taken home where we evaluate the day and discuss the schedule for the next day. Or you can opt to be dropped off in town to check your emails.
18.30 Dinner at your volunteer house. After dinner, volunteers often go for a few drinks at one of the local night spots.
Accommodation & Food
Volunteers stay in one of two fully furnished houses, just 20 meters apart, in the beautiful seaside town of Fish Hoek on the coastline of False Bay. The house is within easy walking distance of the safe and beautiful beach and a short drive from Cape Town. The houses together have 6 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 balconies with views of the sea and mountains, large open plan living areas, kitchen and a sunny garden. All bedding is provided and a safe to lock valuables. The project employs a cook and cleaner to assist with daily living tasks.
Volunteers are provided with two cooked meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis and usually consists of cereal / porridge, toast, tea and coffee. During weekends ingredients are provided for self- catering.
Upon arrival at the project base on the outskirts of Cape Town, all volunteers attend a comprehensive orientation programme, which is included in your fee. This is facilitated by your Project Manager and includes:
An introduction to the city of Cape Town and surrounding Cape Peninsula, as well as the communities where you will be volunteering.
An introduction to all of our Cape Town projects. Not only will you see where you will be working, but the full range of projects where your fellow volunteers are placed.
Volunteers will also receive our detailed "Welcome Pack", which contains detailed information for your stay with us.
Min age 17
Good level of English
Flexibility and open mindedness
High level of independence and emotional strength
Motivation to work with children
Full travel & medical insurance
Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
To apply, see Cape Town Teaching and Community