Trip Details

Currently home cares for 34 disabled children between the ages of 18 months to 18 years old, ranging from those with mild physical and mental disabilities to children who have more severe disabilities. As many children in this underprivileged community have single or unemployed parents, they are subject to being left unattended and are vulnerable to abuse.

Trip Itinerary

Project Highlights

Learn about and work in a local township
Assisting the people that the rest of society does not understand or looks down on
Learn how to look after physically and mentally disabled children
Make a large difference in a child’s life
Information about the Children / Schools:

Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa
The children live in township called Dunoon
Children at the centre range from 2 – 18yrs.
The children have a range of disabilities, including autism and celebral palsy.
Volunteer Tasks:

Volunteers will help in the daily running of the programs for example:

One on One classroom assistance
Teaching classes
Feeding the children
Mind stimulation
Volunteers will work 3 – 5 days a week with the Children

Average Working Day:

The project runs for 3 – 5 days a week normally from Monday to Friday.The hours volunteers work will be dependent on the children they are working with

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