Community School Volunteer Project in Cape Town

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Inspiring Young Minds at a local educare learning center

Venture into the heart of Cape Town, a city renowned for its breathtaking beauty and captivating spirit, and dedicate your time to teaching young children. Leave the tourist trail behind, be a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in the township communities engaging with children who would not otherwise have access to quality education. 

Work alongside experienced local teachers at community pre-schools, sharing your knowledge and expertise to enhance their teaching practices. Your collaboration will empower them to better educate the children in their care, creating a ripple effect of positive impact. Your volunteer experience will not only transform the lives of children but also enrich your own!

Project Highlights

  • Engage with children in after-school care programs that provide a safe and engaging environment
  • Contribute to the critical work of a foster care home with fun learning activities
  • After a day filled with inspiring work, unwind and explore the beauty and vibrancy of Cape Town

Quick Facts

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town International Airport

Every second Monday

10 days - 12 weeks

Impact: Childcare

From $900 / £660 per week

Project Destination

Nestled between the majestic Table Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, Cape Town offers an unparalleled blend of experiences, from thrilling outdoor activities to enriching cultural immersion. Delve into the rich history and culture of South Africa, visiting the iconic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent years as a political prisoner, or embarking on a free walking tour through the city to learn about the complexities of Apartheid. Let the echoes of the past intertwine with the vibrant present, creating an unforgettable tapestry of experiences.

ACCOMMODATION

You will live in a spacious guesthouse in the centre of town, with views towards Lion’s Head and just a few minutes from trendy Kloof street. Accommodation is dorm-style with shared bathroom facilities and social areas. Three delicious meals a day, during the week, cooked by chefs from the local community. Please note, some days this includes a packed lunch to take with you to project.

Meals are enjoyed in our lovely dining room. During the week, our local chef will provide 3 meals a day – breakfast being continental style. Please note, some days this includes a packed lunch to take with you to project.

South Africa has a few different cellular network providers, for which sim cards can be purchased from most shops or at the airport. Various package options allow for phone calls and/or data usage. At the guesthouse there is free WiFi to enable you to make contact with home

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17 degrees celsius. During the months of March, April, May, October, November, and December you are most likely to experience good weather with average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).

The months of June, July, and August have a high chance of rain. Cape Town has dry periods in January, February, November, and December. The warmest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 26°C (78°F). The coldest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 17°C (62°F).

Participant Requirements

AGE

Our minimum age for teaching in Cape Town is 16 years of age. Please note that Parental Consent is required before arrival for those aged 16 and 17.

To travel to Africa, many people are required to obtain a visa either upon entry to the relevant country or beforehand. Please note different countries require different passport validity periods.

But don’t panic, our Journey Team will help direct you and answer your questions during our Pre-departure process.

Project Impact Areas

PRE-SCHOOL TEACHING

Work alongside experienced pre-school teachers and contribute to the creation of stimulating and engaging learning environments for children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years. Your active participation will ignite their curiosity, foster a love of learning, and lay the foundation for academic success.

FOSTER HOME SUPPORT

Contribute to the development and implementation of fun and engaging activities that cater to the basic needs of younger children (0-3 years). Your role will have a profound impact on their growth and learning, laying the foundation for their future success.

EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT

Share your innovative ideas and unique skills with our team, and witness how your contributions can transform the program and inspire the children. Whether it’s introducing new craft techniques, organizing interactive storytelling sessions, or incorporating outdoor activities into the curriculum, your fresh perspectives will enrich the learning experience for the children and foster a sense of creativity and self-expression.

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On-the-ground Project Support

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FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL

A friendly face from our Base Team will be ready to meet you at the airport and drive you to our Volunteer Accommodation. Just look out for the African Impact sign!

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SAFETY

On arrival you’ll have a comprehensive induction to prepare you for project work, the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe!

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STAFF

24/7 support: Our base teams are on hand every day to make sure you have the most amazing and memorable time in Africa.

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RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES IN Cape Town

CONQUER TABLE MOUNTAIN

Challenge yourself to conquer the iconic Table Mountain, either by ascending its majestic slopes on foot or taking the exhilarating cable car ride to the summit. From there, take the plunge and abseil your way down, feeling the adrenaline rush as you descend the mountain face.

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SAFARI TIME!

If you fancy a little time out of the city, then you don’t have to go far to discover what the surrounding landscape has to offer. You can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. 

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TIME TO EXPLORE

Cape Town’s captivating landscapes and vibrant culture offer an endless array of photo opportunities that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Embark on a boat trip to the iconic Seal Island, where you’ll be surrounded by playful seals and capture stunning photographs amidst the mesmerizing natural beauty of the ocean.

PROJECT APPLICATION

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

After completing the below application form, one of our Destination Specialists will get in touch to discuss your volunteer experience and any questions you may have. When you are ready to book, we will send you a booking form after which a deposit will be required to secure your position.

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Personal Information

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When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?

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Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ 
We’ll take it from there.

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How long do you want to Volunteer or Intern for?

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Select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

PRICE

From $900 / £660 per week. Your weekly cost will reduce if you stay for longer than 2 weeks, book with a friend or are a return volunteer.

PROJECT FEE INCLUDES

  • Secure African Impact guesthouse accommodation with 24/7 security
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Mon-Fri)
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All project transport, equipment and resources
  • Support from experienced local and international African Impact staff
  • Full orientation for responsible project contribution

PROJECT FEE EXCLUDES

  • Price excludes flights, visas, insurance, weekend tours and personal expenses

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What are the types of pre-school projects in Africa?

When volunteering in a pre-school setting with young children, responsible volunteer and childcare practices are non-negotiable. However, it can be tough to discern if a volunteer organization is indeed running childcare projects responsibly. There, unfortunately, exists a large gap between the most and least responsible childcare volunteer projects, and it is critical to do your research before joining any project that works with children.

Any responsible pre-school or childcare project should:

  • Have clear Child Protection Policies and require criminal record checks for volunteers before they join a project
  • Work only in reputable childcare settings that put the safety and wellbeing of children first
  • Always have local, experienced on-ground staff present to ensure safe interactions between volunteers and children

At African Impact, we pride ourselves on being industry leaders in providing responsible, sustainable, and ethical volunteer projects. We will never compromise on the livelihoods and safety of children in local African communities and are firm in ensuring this is always the top priority of staff and volunteers at childcare projects. We encourage you to research our policies, ask the right questions, get to know us and discover if we are the right volunteer organization for you.

Our Early Childhood Development project operates in Cape Town, South Africa. Together with our local African Impact staff, volunteers will spend most of their time working in reputable childcare settings in low-income and township areas in or just outside of Cape Town. Volunteers will stay in a comfortable and spacious guesthouse in the city centre.

Joining an African Impact volunteer project is a great way to support child development in Africa responsibly. Here’s how you can volunteer with us:

  • Read through our project page – we want you to feel confident you are making the right decision volunteering with us; our project page is a great place to gain information on this unique project.
  • Review our stance on Responsible Volunteering and Childcare Policies
  • Contact us: if you have any questions or inquires about our project, we’d love to chat with you!

Choose your dates and apply! If you decide that we are the right project and organization for you, you can scroll to the bottom of this page to choose your dates and apply. We cannot wait for you to join us.

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