I volunteered in a creche with children of 0 to 6 years old in Masiphumelele, a Township in Fish Hoek – Cape Town. Most of the time I worked with children from 5 to 6 years old, who at home would speak a language called Khosa, and at school they learn English. So, the volunteers teach them the shapes, colors, numbers, and among other basic things in English. In addition to literacy we play a lot, give hugs, lap, care, dance and sing. It is very fun and rewarding, a unique experience and difficult to explain with just words. My heart has multiplied!
I lived in a house with more volunteers from all over the world, I met and made many friends. Moreover, the region is beautiful and has many places to visit, adventures and food to try.
My advice is to volunteer de maximum of time you can. Just 1 or 2 weeks is not enough! All the volunteers I met that only went for a short time were sad they didn’t stayed for longer. So what recommend that is the perfect amount of time is staying for 1 month. The time will pass so fast that you will not even notice. I know it’s hard because you think you will miss your family and friends a lot, but you will make so many new friends in your new home, will go to so many adventures that the time will fly! – Camilla Bartholomei Santos, from Brazil
Visit our page with the volunteer project at a daycare in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek in order to find the full information and sign up!
You may also read about more volunteer programs, like wildlife volunteering in South Africa.
Emmanuel enjoyed working on Health Coaching for children and youth in Ethiopa and included first aid techniques as well. Great Job!
I had a great experience volunteering and working with children of the Ethiopian Education Foundation (EEF). It was a grand experience coaching the youths on the basics of health and wellbeing lifestyle initiatives. Everyone involved learnt and practiced basic CPR and resuscitation techniques to save lives in emergency situations where there is no doctor.
The students learned how to handle and respond to various forms of first aid treatments for common accidents. It was also a pleasant experience as various groups explored how to recognize and manage signs of worms, diarrhoea and dehydration in children.
The youths loved it as much as I did as they also helped in showing me around the local places of relaxation at the weekends. Would relish an opportunity to work with the staff and organising team again as they made my experience a fantastic one.
I would recommend Iko Poran and EEF to anyone who would like to consider volunteering in Ethiopia. – Emmanuel
Since there are several different ways of thinking about health and wellbeing, students will get in touch with these different kind of exercises. Finally, they will find out, what is best for them.
Understanding the benefits of having a lifestyle in accordance with their body, mind and soul is crucial for health and wellbeing. Moreover, yoga, meditation and physical exercises help to achieve and maintain physical fitness and mental stability. This is a positive definition of health and wellbeing.
Ricardo Ramajo from Brazil has been caring for orphaned animals in the African Bush during his volunteer project on wildlife rehabilitation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
It was a lot of fun. I made many friends and learned a lot. – Ricardo Rampajo, Brazil
If you decide to volunteer for the rehabilitation of wildlife in South Africa, you can take care of orphaned and injured animals of the African bush. Throughout your stay, you will live near these magnificent wildlife. You will develop a deeper understanding of African wildlife. While working on wildlife rehabilitation, you’ll have a unique experience that goes beyond the wildest dreams of most people.
During this voluntary journey into the African bush you will be fully dedicated to the rehabilitation of large and small wildlife in South Africa. At the same time, you spare neither time nor effort and make a valuable contribution to the conservation of endangered species from the African bush. Since you live in a nearby lodge, the song of African birds will wake you every morning. After breakfast, spend your days looking after the animals.
Visit our Wildlife Rehabilitation Project close to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and sign up for this rewarding project!
Mathilde Steiness, a volunteer from Denmark, has been teaching in Ghana:
I’m super happy with the work and the program down here. I definitely acknowledge and see the need for help and aid. – Mathilde Steiness
Volunteer teaching English in Ghana supporting the already established local teachers at the schools run by the children’s homes. When the volunteers pair and team up with the local teachers, they will make success in the classroom. Once accepted into our program, we will work with you to choose the subjects that you are best suited to teach. Additionally, we will match you to appropriate grade levels based on your interest and the needs of the school. The schools serve students from nursery to junior high school levels.
Visit our volunteer teacher project in Ghana, and find all details how to sign up!
Jessica Mansoto, from Brazil, is sharing her love with the children in Tanzania, with the child care volunteer project. We are happy to see, that many Brazilians now go for volunteering abroad! Nice work! ❤ ❤ ❤
This is an orphanage in an area situated at only 10 minutes from the hostel. Around 25 children aged 4 to 15 live there while waiting for adoption since all of them are orphans. The team at the orphanage offers more than just food, clothing, and shelter; they offer education and a loving home.
When you go ahead and organize all kind of activities for the children, they will greatly appreciate your creativity and dedication! You can teach them arts & crafts, English, plan outdoors activities, organize a theatre play or dance workshop, etc. They are more than open to anything you want to offer. Also you can help in the kitchen, vegetable garden or in the farm. Most importantly, they need care and affection. With the right effort and ideas, you can really help them change their live paths. Are you up for it? Come and join to leave your mark!
Dr. Hugo Tolomei, a lawyer from Brazil, advocating for children in South Africa. With lawyers like you we can surely build a better future, thank you very much!!
In Cape Town, South Africa, you can do volunteer work at Doreen’s Crèche, educating the children at the day care. Recently, two volunteer physicians from Brazil did even a health screen for the children.
If you are into therapy, or psychology, you can even work with occupational therapy for children with special needs. Moreover, there is a teaching internship available at a school on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town.
Dr. Ana Elisa Pena & Dr. Fernanda Rangel de La Peña doing a health screen of the children in South Africa. Both physicians cam as volunteer from Brazil 👏👏👏 Well done ladies!! The world needs more people like you 😄
Visit our page with all the volunteer opportunities in South Africa, including health screening, volunteer work with children at Doreen’s Creche, a Marine Biology internship, wildlife veterinary internship and many more!
Immerse yourself in a fascinating underwater world during your internship in marine biology at the Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa! You will fall in love with the underwater life full of color, beauty, calm and magic. You will have the unique opportunity to discover the wonderful fauna of the oceans around Cape Town while helping a young, dynamic and passionate team of marine biologists in the aquarium. All members do their best to protect the marine environment.
As the aquarium houses over 3000 live marine animals, many tasks are part of your work schedule! The amazing variety of marine life ranges from sharks, fish, turtles to penguins. Not surprisingly, it is considered a spectacular underwater nature reserve.
The aquarium is the ideal location to showcase the fascinating diversity of the underwater world of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
Your volunteer work in marine biology will make you the protector of marine life in the ocean. Moreover, in your free time you can experience the beautiful Cape Town with all its cultural offerings!
Because the young team of marine biologists in the aquarium are passionate about preserving biodiversity in the oceans, they will appreciate your commitment so much! Although the aquarium has a small team of specialized marine biologists, you’ll also find people with degrees in architecture, law, education and psychology!
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While volunteering on the gardening and landscaping project in Ethiopia, you can educate the students at a college in Addis Ababa about nature. Your volunteer work will both benefit the students in Addis Ababa, who can learn from you, and also the local population!
During the volunteer project, you will show the students at school how to grow their own vegetables. So, they will gain a deeper understanding of horticulture. Also, the students will understand the enormous value of their own, naturally grown fruits and vegetables.
Gardening is considered by many people to be a relaxing activity and in these days, it can be a lucrative activity too. This project can motivate the students to pursue a career as landscape architects and/ or garden designers to produce artistically creative designs for private garden spaces as well as public spaces.
Working in this project you will get to leave your mark and improve the living conditions of people in some of the poorest areas of the city. At the same time, you will get to explore this fascinating country and witness the Ethiopia way of life. This project is for those who have green fingers and like the garden atmosphere.
Visit our page with all the information about volunteering in Ethiopia, and how to sign up.
Work as an assistant teacher at a Primary School in beautiful Cape Town! The Southern Peninsula of Cape Town with its beautiful landscape attracts many tourists every day. However, what tourists don't realize, in the same area there are still poor communities, where the residents lack education and employment.
But at the very heart of the community, a primary school thrives to provide an excellent education for the children. Even with a shortage of funds, teachers dedicate themselves to provide a better future for their young students. That's where you can jump in to fill the gap, supporting the local teachers. After all, you will enjoy teaching these enthusiastic youngsters at school. With your volunteer work at this teaching internship, you really will make a difference in their lives!
During the day, you’ll assist the local teachers in their classes. You can also work in parallel on other fantastic development projects in order to support the school. Bring your smile, your creativity and all your great ideas about learning in order to help these children finding their way out of poverty. While these smiling little faces will open up your heart, you will look at life in a different way. After all, you will take unforgettable memories home!
Using and practicing your teaching skills to teach underprivileged children who really need your help
Learn about these communities, their history and culture – and how you can make a difference.
Experience beautiful Cape Town and all it has to offer.
Help teach these enthusiastic youngsters and really make a difference in their lives. You’ll have the opportunity to teach children aged 6 - 18 years old. You will assist teachers in their classes and on other fantastic development projects which support the school and the rest of their community. With only 33 teachers for nearly 750 children, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain teaching experience or work alongside a teacher.
This is a government primary school which is open to the kids in the area who generally don’t have much money. The school is so important because there are still high levels of illiteracy. Even though funds are short, the staff at this school work hard to provide quality education for these children. So children will be able to develop their full potential. After school, they will have better job opportunities.
The teachers at school strive to foster initiative, individuality, and integrity and provide the children with the learning to be able to tackle life head-on. They teach them the power of positivity, perseverance, and ambition. Within their limited means, the kids are given a chance to have a promising future and stop the circle of poverty.
Your creativity and input are very much welcomed at the school if you have any suggestions to help improve learning in the classroom please tell the local team.
Find here start dates and location of the teaching internship. The large volunteer house in Fish Hoek will be your happy home for this internhsip. It accommodates up to 20 people (our volunteers only) in dormitory-style, same sex rooms with bunk beds, a maximum of six people per room. You will find even a pool and garden terrace - a perfect place to relax after work!
Project duration: Four or eight weeks
Location of project: Southern Peninsula, Cape Town
Arrival airport: Cape Town (airport code CPT) arrive by 4.15pm at the latest
Activities: Working as a teacher’s assistant, helping underprivileged children with learning and play activities
Working hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 2pm, weekend are free
Requirements: Minimum age 18, police check required (fees apply)
For you to organise: Flights, insurance, visas, return airport transfer (at the end of your trip)
Advice & Safety
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay and someone will always be available in case of emergency.