Give love and care to township children. Most of your time will be dedicated to an informal township creche and centre for small children in Cape Town, helping teachers to organise educational games as well as arts and crafts activities. You will be introduced to personalities and projects within the community and have an opportunity to learn about the African culture.
Spend time with children in this diversely African community (age 1-7 years). Use your initiative and skills working at creche in the morning and orphanage in the afternoons serving the poorest area of the township, helping to provide the care and attention these small children need including feeding, playing a and coordinating activities. Provide an extra pair of hands for teachers/carers developing relationships, and make a difference whilst being a positive influence on people’s lives. Volunteer also at a variety of community projects, meet local personalities and be part of our community. From folk music, gospel walks, to carnival and traditional healers, there is a special place for you.
Experience African culture and the best of Cape Town. Your evenings and weekends are free to explore the culture, restaurants, beaches and great outdoors and nightlife. Relax on our beautiful beaches, hike in the mountains, and experience the natural wonders and beauty of Cape Town. We are part of the Table Mountain range, one of the 7 wonders of the world.
We have also included a Cape Peninsula Tour on Saturday after your arrival. Visit penguins, Cape Point, go wine tasting, mountain biking, stroll in the city centre... and so much more.
Based in a community on the Cape Peninsula. You will join the You2Africa Ubuntu team (humanity) and projects. We have many community projects from children and community and conservation. We will meet with you and place you at a project where you can best share your knowledge, skills and experience and where you can develop yourself and learn. We work closely with crèches, run by local women in the township (65 kids +) and a safe house or orphanage for 20-30 children. Many volunteers love to work at this project, which are typically understaffed and underfunded, and struggle with so many challenges and basic needs. You’ll assist children and teachers by providing love and care for the children, and support to the teachers. The children speak a variety of African languages and you will learn so much from their love and enthusiasm. English is the spoken language, with Afrikaans and Xhosa. We prefer that you choose 1 project as your main project and explore from there.
- Spend mornings and early afternoons at a pre school/creche and afternoons working with vulnerable & orphaned children (7-15 years). Also visit other projects, exploring local community and the natural wonders that surround us.
- At the pre-school, you'll help the children develop their creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, colouring and playing games.
- Volunteers will assist teachers, while children take their lunchtime nap in helping around the kitchen or to organise classrooms.
- Grab a lift with our team to and from your volunteer project, make lunch at volunteer base or at our favourite volunteer lunch spots and connecting points.
- Support local community: we have a variety of activities which you can participate in, in the afternoons. The additional activities monies goes towards building micro enterprise, and enable the projects to be self-sustaining, here are some of the activities: a visit to a traditional healer, a 'trot' or walk in the mountains with rap artist ' Trigger', a heritage walk - exploring the Khoisan people ( Original people of the Cape), a gospel tour, visit Emzantsi Carnival project, turn plastic into art, learn how to make a puppet, take a healing journey with Themba, his drums and African songs - these are just a few of the enriching experiences this project has to offer.
- Relax in the evenings at our volunteer bases
Weekly Schedule & Activities
- Playing, cuddling and coordinating activities
- Provide an extra pair of hands for teachers/carers developing relationships and make a difference whilst being a positive influence on people’s lives.
- Volunteer also at a variety of community projects, meet local personalities & be part of our community. From folk music, gospel walks, to carnival & traditional healers, there is a special place for you.
- Play simple games with babies and children
- Assist with feedings and afternoon nap times
- Read stories to the children
- Assist creche supervisor with keeping children busy and keeping creche tidy
- Assist with cooking, laundry and gardening (optional)
- Initiate and co-ordinate activities: sports, games, drama, art, music, story telling
- Arrange and take out children on outings
- Assist with administration work
Your work as a volunteer will be to support the women and grandmothers of the community, who open day care centres and other spaces, to look after and care for the many children coming into to Masiphumelele from the rural areas, as well as children of refugees - who have come to South Africa from other African countries eg. Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, DRC and Somalia. These women form the backbone of the community, but often take strain, as they are under resourced and often have to deal with many challenges just to feed the children. They take in children who are HIV positive, whose families are often living on the breadline and orphaned children, who are being looked after by the community.
- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African SIM card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson
- On departure: Debriefing and volunteer feedback session with the local coordinator
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- Intermediate English
Special Skills Required
- Relaxed and friendly with children, but also firm with the naughty ones
- Ability to comfort and calm distressed toddlers and babies
- Ability to play games and sing songs and be like a child
- Ability to communicate in a warm and simple way - meet children at their level
- Basic counselling and conflict management (for older orphanages)
- Assist with homework from school (older orphanage)
- Creativeness in regards to after school activities
- Good listening skills
Here is some additional info about your accommodation in the case of a Volunteer House:
- Shared rooms between 3-4 volunteers
- Communal lounge and kitchen
- The owners live on the property giving the volunteer house a homestay feel.
- Your airport transfers are included in the price.
- A You2Africa shuttle (door to door from volunteer house direct to project) is included in the price.
- Volunteers can also hire a car (at their own cost; only with valid a driver's license).
Arrive Thursday for orientation, start volunteering Monday.K14
Good wholesome fresh meals cooked daily by our chef who provides a great cereal breakfast and tasty delicious dinners with weekly menus to suit all culinary tastes. Lunches are at the volunteers' own cost and should be taken and eaten at the volunteer project. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with lactose or gluten intolerance, please just inform us at the time of booking. If you have more special dietary requirements, please be prepared to provide this for yourself.