Michel has been teaching samba rhythms to the children of a daycare in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. The children enjoy playing with him, and say even “I Love you Michel”, and “Come to South Africa”.
A picture tells more than thousand words, here are the videos clips:
“I love you Michel”
“Please come to South Africa”
Visit our page with the child care volunteering project in Cape Town, where you can teach children at Doreen’s Crèche in a poor neighborhood on the southern peninsula.
As a volunteer teacher, you can bring something of you culture, like Michel brought Samba. The children will appreciate!
This trip was first and foremost a dream come true, I had long wanted to visit South Africa and this country did not leave anything to wish for, was everything I expected and a little more. The voluntary work option came because I’m passionate about this type of trip, so I went to an NGO where most of the money was spent on the project and found Iko Poran, who also had the advantage of being much more into account that tourism companies that offer this kind of trip, I chose a project with children in a township, and then, with the tickets bought (TAAG airlines) I went to what would be the best and biggest adventure of my life.
The first few days were quiet, I was introduced to the other residents of the house (who later became good friends) and then the next day I met the group of children I would be a volunteer teacher, I was received with shouts and celebrations, “teachá” was like they called me every day, it is impossible not to fall in love. The Township where I worked was called Masiphumelele, but called Masi affectionately, it was not the hostile and dangerous place they painted, so the importance of entering a culture before to judge her, as soon as I arrived, the transfer company’s own girl said that it was very dangerous to take the vans leaving from the townships, that was the transport I took every day and I never had any kind of problem, people from the townships are cheerful, friendly and very helpful and the children are very well cared for despite all the poverty that can not be denied that exists there.
I worked about 3 hours a day in the morning and had the afternoon and the free weekends, I usually stayed with the other volunteers at home during the week and during the weekend we would make group tours to explore the region. In contrast with the poverty of Masi, it was the place where the volunteers’ residence was located, Fish Hoek, is a rich region and I did not suffer any kind of harassment or insecurity during the whole stay there, definitely a place I recommend, mainly for those who will stay longer, besides having one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in life. Fish Hoek is an hour by train from Cape Town and is 20 minutes from Muizenberg, one of the most famous beaches there and where are the largest surfing schools, I even took a chance and got waves, I got to stand on the board by 20 seconds, what for me is a win hahaha
Because of the distance from the Cape Town sights, I only got to know two (yes, I did not go up to Table Mountain, I did not go to Robben Island or Cape of Good Hope) but I want to go back to do everything, I met the V & A Waterfront and to Boulder’s Beach, the famous Penguin Beach, I really enjoyed Cape Town and despite the reports of harassment and insecurity I was able to walk around quietly without any of it, my tip is: do everything in a group if possible and try to stay close to the tourist areas.
In my penultimate week we made a trip to Jacobs Bay which was amazing, starting with the hostel called Jacobs Bay Backpackers and had a whole fairy tale, one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed, no doubt. The beaches were indescribable and the Peaceful feeling was something present in any corner, very few tourists and much to be admired. The trip cost 600 rand (about 200 reais) per person, including car rental, gasoline, hostel and food, we were in a group of 9 people .
My tip for anyone who wants to do any kind of volunteer work, especially in South Africa is: ONLY GO! I hope it changes your life, just as it changed mine. – Isabella Neves, Brazil
Read Isabella’s original post on “Mochileiros” (portuguese).
Make a difference for the lives of township dogs and cats in need as a volunteer at the animal rescue centre in Cape Town. Of course this animal rescue program is a perfect fit for veterinary students, but anyone who loves animals and wants to help, is welcome. Volunteers can even do a great job with marketing, website developing or renovating the remises.
The animal centres mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals, as well as provide veterinary services to the poorer local communities. The centre aims to care for animals in the poor township who suffered from being abandoned, abuse or neglection.
After rescuing the dogs and cats in the neighborhood, you can assist the centre’s team while applying the best veterinary and animal behavioural practices. Finally, the team prepares the animals for adoption into new homes.
The centre also plays a vital role in re-uniting lost animals with their guardians and carries out veterinary outreach and humane education in low income areas.
This pro-quality life centre has a full-time veterinarian on site and veterinary assistants who focus on sterilizations and treatment of injured animals. The feral cat project sterilizes over 300 cats alone a month. One of the core aims of the onsite clinic is to control the unwanted births of dogs and cats in low-income areas, and sterilisation of all treated animals is mandatory. Sterilisation drives, including door-to-door canvassing, have resulted in fewer unwanted puppies and kittens. The clinic staff operate two Mobile Clinic vans that, on a pre-arranged schedule, serve the low-income areas offering primary healthcare for animals in these communities as well as free sterilisations, which is carried out at the centres hospital.
This centre is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected, abused, and unwanted homeless animals and being a volunteer means being the best part of a homeless animal’s day!
As a volunteer you will receive exposure to a vast variety of cases that you would not normally be exposed to in private practice, making a great working for potential veterinarians, vet nurses, animal welfare officers or companion animals enthusiasts.
As a volunteer you will assist with:
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.
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.
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 came 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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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.
I participated in a project in South Africa, during 3 months. These are the most wonderful 3 months I have ever spent in my life. The place was magical, animals of all kinds and an extraordinary team atmosphere .. I met volunteers from around the world, really this experience taught me a lot on a personal level! I highly recommend – Imane, France
J’ai participé à un projet en Afrique du Sud, d’une durée de 3 mois. Ce sont les 3 mois les plus merveilleux que j’ai pu passer de toute ma vie. L’endroit était magique, des animaux de toute sortes et une ambiance d’équipe extraordinaire.. J’ai rencontré des volontaire du monde entier, vraiment cette expérience m’a beaucoup appris sur le plan personnel ! Je recommande fortement – Imane, France
Travel to South Africa with its fasinating landscapes and enjoy animal volunteering in the African Bush! You can choose from caring for Vervet Monkeys, monitoring the Big Five or Rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals. There is now even a new marine biology internship available, at the aquarium in Cape Town.
Visit our page of Wildlife Volunteering in South Africa, to learn more.