Trip Details

Volunteers are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities. We currently support or run the following schools and educare centres:

Dunoon Creche: This includes two preschools in a township with Xhosa speaking children from the age of 1 – 5 years old. There are two containers where the classes are run out of for + 50 – 100 children. The main focus is teaching the kids basic English in the form of games and early childhood development.

Wolverivier Educare: This is a very small class of 4 – 8 children that are Afrikaans speaking. The educare is located on a settlement. The classes focus on early child hood development and school readiness programs such as counting, colors and writing.

ACVV Educare: Based at a social services office, the children from the surrounding settlements are brought to the center for school readiness and early childhood development programs. There are 30 – 60 children in the school from age 3 – 6.

Vissershok School: An Afrikaans farm school where children from the local settlement get taught grades 1 – 7. The children are from ages 6 – 15. Classes are between 40 – 60 children. Volunteers assist with teaching computers and supporting individual children.

No experience is necessary and volunteers can have the joy of watching a child learn and helping them through the process. You will be assigned to a class and will help the teacher in their daily tasks, be it teaching, marking and sports training. After school hours volunteers will be involved in after care or after school programs in the settlements.

Trip Itinerary

Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa.The children live in townships such as Dunoon or site 5, these townships usually have 1 tap for many house to share and no electricity. Children in the program range from 2 – 14yrs. School starts at 08:00 and closes at 13:30/14:30

Volunteer Tasks:

  • One on One classroom assistance
  • Teaching classes and teachers
  • Running fun days and sports programs
  • Teaching computers
  • Educating children in life lessons such as HIV, drugs etc.
  • Helping in schools
  • Volunteers will work 3 – 5 days a week with the children.

Average working day:

Volunteers work 3 to 5 days a week, between Monday and Friday,Working hours at the school or educare center are between 08:00 and 14:00 or 09:00 and 12:00.After school, you can run your own after school activity with the children or visit one of our other projects.

 

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

South Africa

Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2

South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!

While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.

South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.

All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of Africa and has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.
Natural beauty abounds with beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, lush forest belts and of course the famed Table Mountain. South Africa also boasts no less than 20 National Parks with the opportunity to see lion, leopard, rhino and elephants, to name but a few!  We have a selection of gap year adventures in South Africa including work at wildlife sanctuaries, work and travel in local South African communities, development projects and much more.  If you are interested in volunteering in South Africa please get in touch or read on for our latest experiences.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa