Inspire and educate orphaned, disadvantaged, and vulnerable children around Cape Town, South Africa. The main focus is to promote community development in a sustainable way through childhood education, mentoring, and career planning.
This project works specifically with volunteers who are over 30 years of age to provide this community with strong, mature adult mentors whom the children can admire and respect. The skills and expertise of our volunteers are welcomed by the program to spread culture, knowledge, and experience to a part of the world that would not otherwise have access to this information.
Your time will be split between the initiatives of your interest out of the following options:
Feeding program: You will contribute your efforts toward this initiative which provides children with a nutritious breakfast before school each day. Breakfast fuels these children's minds and bodies to start off their day strong. This is the only meal that some of these children will eat all day.
Community preschools: This program works with local preschools serving underprivileged children aged 6 months to 7 years which aim at giving these children a much needed head start to their education. Here, you will assist in day- to-day needs of the preschool including helping the teacher with lesson plans as well as one-on-one attention to children when the opportunity presents itself.
Community building: Here you will contribute to rebuilding some communities' damaged facilities through maintenance and handywork. Projects with this focus include building children's playgrounds, painting classrooms, planting gardens, fixing broken windows, and overall beautifying the community.
Home for children infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS: At this project, you will work with children who have often had their studies disrupted by factors out of their control. You will facilitate small group activities to inspire and promote educational development in these children while giving them the individual attention and positive reinforcement that they need to flourish.
Safe house: The safe house is a residence of comfort and security for 6 women (ages 20-30) and 21 children (ages 0-18) who are particularly vulnerable due to their past unfortunate situations. Here, you will help lead after-school activities for the kids to encourage healthy development and fun learning. Some volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in leading a support group for the women as well.
Masiphumelele Library: You will be helping with the after-school program organized within one of the best community centers the area has to offer. This is a place where children are welcome to drop-in anytime to enter the safe haven of crafts projects, games, puzzles, and reading support.
Special needs support for people with varying abilities: here you will provide support and rehabilitative assistance to people of varying ages with special developmental needs. To participate in this project, you must have experience with special needs assistance and commit at least 4 weeks of your time.
Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center: At this project, you will help plan workshops for the community's youth aged 12 and up on how to make healthy lifestyle choices, HIV-related and not.
- Accommodations in a comfortable volunteer house and three meals a day are provided
- Airport transfers included upon arrival and departure
- Explore Cape Town on your time off and come to understand what makes it one of the top tourist destinations
- Make a difference to the youth of Cape Town in a real and inspiring way
- Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from around the world on the experience of a lifetime
- Minimum age 30 years old
- Good level of English
- Ability to adapt to new environments
- Motivation to work with children
- High level of independence and emotional strength
For more information and to apply visit our South Africa: Over 30's Cape Town Community Aid page.