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Working with young children in under developed and under resourced communities surrounding the city of Cape Town, assist local teachers with educating pre-school children and providing youth of all ages with educational and fun activities that give them a head start and a brighter future.

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Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Work with local teachers in an under resourced township pre-school to give young children a head start in their education
  • Offer much needed one-to-one sessions for children who would otherwise fall behind in an over-crowded education system
  • Keep youth off the streets and away from the dangers associated with living in poverty through after school programmes that aim to make a positive difference in their lives
  • Live in the heart of Cape Town, a city voted the most beautiful in the world and explore the endless tourist sites it has to offer – from Table Mountain to Nelson Mandela’s home for many years, Robben Island prison
  • Spend your weekends ticking off your bucket list, shark cage diving, going on safari or spotting Cape Town’s most unexpected residents, our penguins!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“Helping children to prepare for primary education is one of the most important things we offer. Seeing the Grade R students graduate at the end of the year knowing that they can write their name, count to 10, identify colours and shapes along with the alphabet is the most rewarding achievement.” Michelle Lindsay – Cape Town Business Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 874
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1110
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1345
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 1701
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 1923
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2145
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 2367
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 939
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1192
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1445
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 1828
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2066
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2305
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 2543

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

2018 Start Dates:

15 & 29 January | 12 & 26 February | 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October |  5 & 19 November

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Work & Impacts

Volunteers work in a number of different township communities, the biggest of those being the renowned Khayelitsha which is home to just under 2 million people. From over-crowded wooden shacks to bigger permanent buildings, locals live in a range of different housing but suffer from the effects of poverty, lack of access to effective education and struggle daily with a lack of running water and electricity. The sheer size of these communities and a low investment rate in educational facilities in the area means many children fall behind in their education and this stresses the importance of our volunteer work.

Volunteers can either get involved in the full-time Teaching and Youth Development project, or combine it with:

  • Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project
  • Sports Coaching and Development project
  • Girl Impact Initiative
  • Healthcare
Teaching

Teaching

Volunteers on the teaching project play a vital role in providing disadvantaged children with a positive head start in their schooling, through educating, supporting and empowering children aged 3 – 6 at a community pre-school. Assisting local teachers, volunteers help plan lessons, run classes and provide one-to-one attention to those children who otherwise would fall behind in the system. Further to the time spent at the pre-school, volunteers help run an after school programme which provides a safe place for children to visit in the immediate hours after school, when child abuse and crime is at its highest. Working with children aged 5 – 13, you will be involved in craft making, educational activities, facilitating sports sessions and introducing the children to new hobbies and games they can take away and teach their friends. Time spent at the after school programme is extremely rewarding as you can see the immediate impact you are having on a child’s life. 

Parttime orphaned and vulnerable children

PART-TIME ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Working with children aged between 0 and 14 years, the main aim of this project is to care for and support abandoned and orphaned children in a variety of different facilities which provide emergency foster care and after-school programmes. Planning and creating fun activities, as well as providing one-on-one attention, volunteers help the children with their gross motor skills, English language, basic development needs, as well as their numeracy and literacy skills. In an overcrowded social care system, volunteers have a real impact on the lives of neglected children and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you will play a tangible positive role in their lives and future opportunities.

Sports development

PART-TIME SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

As a sports coach, you will play a key role in getting children active and learning new skills. Working alongside local coaches in primary schools during the morning, you will run physical education classes, design drills and fitness tests which assess their health and create fun activities which help them learn a love for exercise. As well as working in primary schools, volunteers also get very involved in after school programs which encourage children to work in teams and offer opportunities for sport that would otherwise not exist. Through fun games and structured activities, the children love to learn new sports and get very competitive, but as most of these facilities have very limited outdoor space, volunteers definitely need to get creative in their planning!

Parttime girl impact initiative

PART-TIME GIRL IMPACT INITIATIVE

Volunteers joining the Girl Impact on a part time basis will play a vital role in empowering boys and girls in Cape Town to make informed choices growing up. By creating safe and constructive environments where discussion around health, education, relationships, safety, early pregnancy and generating income can take place, volunteers help to provide support and mentorship to these children. Joining girls’ and boys’ clubs, support groups for children of all ages and by providing English lessons to women, volunteers will take an active role in promoting gender equality and improving future opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

Parttime healthcare

PART-TIME HEALTHCARE

At an Emergency Care Home for Abandoned and Orphaned Children, many of the young children our volunteers work with will be admitted into the home with a variety of diseases and illnesses, the most predominant being HIV. Before they are found new foster parents, the first priority of the care home is to nurse the children back to health, so our healthcare volunteers will spend a small portion of their week assisting the staff at the care home to prepare and administer relevant medications to the children who are aged between 0 and 8. As well as gaining an insight into the on-site clinic at the home, volunteers will also assist the carers by accompanying them to the local clinics with any children who may have appointments. 

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Get out and about exploring

GET OUT AND ABOUT EXPLORING

You will be living in an area of Cape Town called Observatory, one of the most bohemian, buzzing and chic places to live, only a short walk away from plenty of unique coffee shops, bars and restaurants. There are lots of things to do in Observatory, so whether you’re interested in browsing the vintage stores, heading to a quiz night or listening to one of the many live music nights, there is always something going on. Of course, you’re only a ten-minute drive away from the centre of Cape Town so you can always go further afield and explore this incredible city!

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Cape Town has been voted the world’s most beautiful city and therefore has endless opportunities for sightseeing in your spare time. As well as the iconic Hop-on, Hop-off tourist buses that give you an interactive and informative tour of the city, you can also take to the city by foot, exploring the incredible food and curio markets, the beautiful Victoria and Albert Waterfront or the spectacular promenades and beaches that line the ocean. Of course, Cape Town is known for the world-famous Table Mountain which offer incredible views over the city so there is plenty of amazing hiking opportunities, as well as the chance to visit Robben Island and learn more about Cape Town’s diverse history and Nelson Mandela.

Have a cape town adventure

FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS…

As well as hiking up Table Mountain, there are endless opportunities to take part in adventure activities. From abseiling, skydiving, helicopter rides to mountain biking, Cape Town is the ultimate “bucket list” location and we can arrange everything for you so you will never be short of things to do! If you’re more interested in getting out on the water, why not go shark cage diving, learn to surf or visit the penguins at Boulders Beach? As Cape Town is almost surrounded by water, if you’re a keen kayaker, paddle-boarder or just want to learn a water sport, there isn’t a better place to do it!

Wildlife

WILDLIFE

The city of Cape Town isn’t known for its wildlife, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find it close by! Whether you decide to visit the most South-Western point of South Africa and spot baboons and ostriches in the national park or hit the ocean by boat and spot dolphins, seals or whales (Jun – Nov), there is plenty you can do in the local area. Of course, you could also head further afield and spot the ‘Big 5’ (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) at a private game reserve and spend your day on safari! 

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About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

While joining this project you will be staying in one of the coolest suburbs of Cape Town, a bohemian area known as Observatory and about a 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city. The private and secure gated property is fully furnished and staffed with a housekeeper and cook, as well as on-site staff who live with you to make sure that your time with us is as incredible as possible! Close by are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops that mean you will never be short of things to do, as well having the city of Cape Town on your front door to explore!

This volunteer house will be your base and each day you will travel out to a number of different communities in the ‘Cape Flats’ area where you will be volunteering. These townships are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages and are incredibly vibrant! Yet across these communities, there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Locals live in a vast range of housing types from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings and visiting this township is an eye-opening experience.

Outside of your time volunteering, you will be staying in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so whether you visit in the summer months, from December to February or during our winter of June to August (Don’t worry, we don’t know what snow is down here!), there are endless activities and sights to see. From the iconic Table Mountain to the fascinating prison that held Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, Cape Town is a city of culture, history and colour! Concerts, wine tours and visiting the beaches are always a favourite for volunteers, as well as ticking off their bucket list by jumping into the ocean to go shark cage diving, skydiving or heading out on safari to spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ animals!

Cape Town, although an incredible tourist location, is a city troubled by inequality and poverty and what better way to visit than making a difference during your time here. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Ariadna Oropeza, Mexico

"I think that whenever you volunteer for something, you think you'll be the one giving to others. that others will get to learn from you, but at the end I thinks it is you who learns, it is you who receives from these people. Being part of this project has definitely changed my life, as it has made me realize how lucky I am and how much I am still capable of giving to others."

Julia Becker, Brazil

No matter what their (volunteers) expectations are, it will be completely different, because they will meet unique people with unique experiences and that is what will make their experience so valuable.

Greg McQuade, UK

"I have certainly been humbled by how happy, energetic and caring the children at all the projects were, and some must have come from very difficult backgrounds. Seeing people with so little being so warm and welcoming has also forced me reassess certain priorities I held, and tis is something I will hold on to."

Lisa Simpson, England

Some people come into our lives and leave hand prints on our heart... and we are never the same. I'm leaving here with hundreds of hand prints on my heart! Thanks for a wonderful time.

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Teaching & Youth Development in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Working with young children in under developed and under resourced communities surrounding the city of Cape Town, assist local teachers with educating pre-school children and providing youth of all ages with educational and fun activities that give them a head start and a brighter future.

Img 1198

Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Work with local teachers in an under resourced township pre-school to give young children a head start in their education
  • Offer much needed one-to-one sessions for children who would otherwise fall behind in an over-crowded education system
  • Keep youth off the streets and away from the dangers associated with living in poverty through after school programmes that aim to make a positive difference in their lives
  • Live in the heart of Cape Town, a city voted the most beautiful in the world and explore the endless tourist sites it has to offer – from Table Mountain to Nelson Mandela’s home for many years, Robben Island prison
  • Spend your weekends ticking off your bucket list, shark cage diving, going on safari or spotting Cape Town’s most unexpected residents, our penguins!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Teaching & Education
Priced From Priced From
£ 874 |

“Helping children to prepare for primary education is one of the most important things we offer. Seeing the Grade R students graduate at the end of the year knowing that they can write their name, count to 10, identify colours and shapes along with the alphabet is the most rewarding achievement.” Michelle Lindsay – Cape Town Business Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 874 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 874
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1110
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1345
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 1701
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 1923
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2145
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 2367
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 939
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1192
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1445
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 1828
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2066
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2305
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 2543

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

2018 Start Dates:

15 & 29 January | 12 & 26 February | 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October |  5 & 19 November

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Work & Impacts

Volunteers work in a number of different township communities, the biggest of those being the renowned Khayelitsha which is home to just under 2 million people. From over-crowded wooden shacks to bigger permanent buildings, locals live in a range of different housing but suffer from the effects of poverty, lack of access to effective education and struggle daily with a lack of running water and electricity. The sheer size of these communities and a low investment rate in educational facilities in the area means many children fall behind in their education and this stresses the importance of our volunteer work.

Volunteers can either get involved in the full-time Teaching and Youth Development project, or combine it with:

  • Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project
  • Sports Coaching and Development project
  • Girl Impact Initiative
  • Healthcare
Teaching

Teaching

Volunteers on the teaching project play a vital role in providing disadvantaged children with a positive head start in their schooling, through educating, supporting and empowering children aged 3 – 6 at a community pre-school. Assisting local teachers, volunteers help plan lessons, run classes and provide one-to-one attention to those children who otherwise would fall behind in the system. Further to the time spent at the pre-school, volunteers help run an after school programme which provides a safe place for children to visit in the immediate hours after school, when child abuse and crime is at its highest. Working with children aged 5 – 13, you will be involved in craft making, educational activities, facilitating sports sessions and introducing the children to new hobbies and games they can take away and teach their friends. Time spent at the after school programme is extremely rewarding as you can see the immediate impact you are having on a child’s life. 

Parttime orphaned and vulnerable children

PART-TIME ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Working with children aged between 0 and 14 years, the main aim of this project is to care for and support abandoned and orphaned children in a variety of different facilities which provide emergency foster care and after-school programmes. Planning and creating fun activities, as well as providing one-on-one attention, volunteers help the children with their gross motor skills, English language, basic development needs, as well as their numeracy and literacy skills. In an overcrowded social care system, volunteers have a real impact on the lives of neglected children and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you will play a tangible positive role in their lives and future opportunities.

Sports development

PART-TIME SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

As a sports coach, you will play a key role in getting children active and learning new skills. Working alongside local coaches in primary schools during the morning, you will run physical education classes, design drills and fitness tests which assess their health and create fun activities which help them learn a love for exercise. As well as working in primary schools, volunteers also get very involved in after school programs which encourage children to work in teams and offer opportunities for sport that would otherwise not exist. Through fun games and structured activities, the children love to learn new sports and get very competitive, but as most of these facilities have very limited outdoor space, volunteers definitely need to get creative in their planning!

Parttime girl impact initiative

PART-TIME GIRL IMPACT INITIATIVE

Volunteers joining the Girl Impact on a part time basis will play a vital role in empowering boys and girls in Cape Town to make informed choices growing up. By creating safe and constructive environments where discussion around health, education, relationships, safety, early pregnancy and generating income can take place, volunteers help to provide support and mentorship to these children. Joining girls’ and boys’ clubs, support groups for children of all ages and by providing English lessons to women, volunteers will take an active role in promoting gender equality and improving future opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

Parttime healthcare

PART-TIME HEALTHCARE

At an Emergency Care Home for Abandoned and Orphaned Children, many of the young children our volunteers work with will be admitted into the home with a variety of diseases and illnesses, the most predominant being HIV. Before they are found new foster parents, the first priority of the care home is to nurse the children back to health, so our healthcare volunteers will spend a small portion of their week assisting the staff at the care home to prepare and administer relevant medications to the children who are aged between 0 and 8. As well as gaining an insight into the on-site clinic at the home, volunteers will also assist the carers by accompanying them to the local clinics with any children who may have appointments. 

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Get out and about exploring

GET OUT AND ABOUT EXPLORING

You will be living in an area of Cape Town called Observatory, one of the most bohemian, buzzing and chic places to live, only a short walk away from plenty of unique coffee shops, bars and restaurants. There are lots of things to do in Observatory, so whether you’re interested in browsing the vintage stores, heading to a quiz night or listening to one of the many live music nights, there is always something going on. Of course, you’re only a ten-minute drive away from the centre of Cape Town so you can always go further afield and explore this incredible city!

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Cape Town has been voted the world’s most beautiful city and therefore has endless opportunities for sightseeing in your spare time. As well as the iconic Hop-on, Hop-off tourist buses that give you an interactive and informative tour of the city, you can also take to the city by foot, exploring the incredible food and curio markets, the beautiful Victoria and Albert Waterfront or the spectacular promenades and beaches that line the ocean. Of course, Cape Town is known for the world-famous Table Mountain which offer incredible views over the city so there is plenty of amazing hiking opportunities, as well as the chance to visit Robben Island and learn more about Cape Town’s diverse history and Nelson Mandela.

Have a cape town adventure

FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS…

As well as hiking up Table Mountain, there are endless opportunities to take part in adventure activities. From abseiling, skydiving, helicopter rides to mountain biking, Cape Town is the ultimate “bucket list” location and we can arrange everything for you so you will never be short of things to do! If you’re more interested in getting out on the water, why not go shark cage diving, learn to surf or visit the penguins at Boulders Beach? As Cape Town is almost surrounded by water, if you’re a keen kayaker, paddle-boarder or just want to learn a water sport, there isn’t a better place to do it!

Wildlife

WILDLIFE

The city of Cape Town isn’t known for its wildlife, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find it close by! Whether you decide to visit the most South-Western point of South Africa and spot baboons and ostriches in the national park or hit the ocean by boat and spot dolphins, seals or whales (Jun – Nov), there is plenty you can do in the local area. Of course, you could also head further afield and spot the ‘Big 5’ (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) at a private game reserve and spend your day on safari! 

Back to Top

About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

While joining this project you will be staying in one of the coolest suburbs of Cape Town, a bohemian area known as Observatory and about a 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city. The private and secure gated property is fully furnished and staffed with a housekeeper and cook, as well as on-site staff who live with you to make sure that your time with us is as incredible as possible! Close by are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops that mean you will never be short of things to do, as well having the city of Cape Town on your front door to explore!

This volunteer house will be your base and each day you will travel out to a number of different communities in the ‘Cape Flats’ area where you will be volunteering. These townships are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages and are incredibly vibrant! Yet across these communities, there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Locals live in a vast range of housing types from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings and visiting this township is an eye-opening experience.

Outside of your time volunteering, you will be staying in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so whether you visit in the summer months, from December to February or during our winter of June to August (Don’t worry, we don’t know what snow is down here!), there are endless activities and sights to see. From the iconic Table Mountain to the fascinating prison that held Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, Cape Town is a city of culture, history and colour! Concerts, wine tours and visiting the beaches are always a favourite for volunteers, as well as ticking off their bucket list by jumping into the ocean to go shark cage diving, skydiving or heading out on safari to spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ animals!

Cape Town, although an incredible tourist location, is a city troubled by inequality and poverty and what better way to visit than making a difference during your time here. 

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Feedback from our volunteers

Ariadna Oropeza, Mexico

"I think that whenever you volunteer for something, you think you'll be the one giving to others. that others will get to learn from you, but at the end I thinks it is you who learns, it is you who receives from these people. Being part of this project has definitely changed my life, as it has made me realize how lucky I am and how much I am still capable of giving to others."

Julia Becker, Brazil

No matter what their (volunteers) expectations are, it will be completely different, because they will meet unique people with unique experiences and that is what will make their experience so valuable.

Greg McQuade, UK

"I have certainly been humbled by how happy, energetic and caring the children at all the projects were, and some must have come from very difficult backgrounds. Seeing people with so little being so warm and welcoming has also forced me reassess certain priorities I held, and tis is something I will hold on to."

Lisa Simpson, England

Some people come into our lives and leave hand prints on our heart... and we are never the same. I'm leaving here with hundreds of hand prints on my heart! Thanks for a wonderful time.

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