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Volunteer Teaching in a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa
Quick Facts
about this position

Working hours


Minimum age

from 18 years


not required

Language skills

Good english knowledge

About this position

Overview: volunteer teaching in a primary school in South Africa

You can work as a volunteer in a muslim school for children between 4 and 12 years of age. The school offers comprehensive day care and learning facilities for a total of 462 children that are mainly from the local neighbourhood, the suburb Bo Kaap.

What to expect

Description: volunteer teaching in a primary school in South Africa

As a volunteer you get a chance to support the staff of this institution. The staff members are all very warm and friendly. You get the opportunity to assist the children in their learning process, support the teachers in their daily work and participate in sports and recreational activities, or at school events. Requirements: The project requires from all participants:
  • a copy of your passport
  • Police clearance certificate
Volunteers should acknowledge and respect the rules & regulations of the school. It is a Muslim institution and volunteers should be dress accordingly (girls should keep shoulders and knees covered. The hair does not need to be covered, even though many teachers actually do so).

Itinerary of your stay abroad

Program: volunteer teaching in a primary school in Bookap, South Africa

Start Date Volunteers can arrive throughout the year, but note that the school is closed during the holidays. We recommend to start on a Monday. School terms 2014: 15 January – 28 March
7 April – 27 June
21 July – 3 October
13 October – 10 December 2014 School break 2014: Autumn vacation: 31 March - 4 April 2014 (1 week)
Winter vacation: 30 June - 18 July 2014 (3 weeks)
Spring vacation: 6 - 10 October 2014
End of school term: 10 December 2014
Start of school term: 14 January 2015

Winter break Kindergarten for children with special needs: 30 June - 11 July (2 Wochen) It is advisable to arrive a few days before the placement begins, so you have enough time to recover from the long flight, recharge your batteries and travel in the country, before the project starts. Duration
Minimum required stay is four weeks. If you intend to work with children, a longer period of stay is usually recommended in order to build relationships and a bond of trust. Longer stays are encouraged. Arrival at the Airport
Arriving in a new country is always exciting. We want your arrival to be as relaxed as possiple. One of the staff members of our partner organization will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your host family or your shared flat. He/she will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find a flight at the desired date, don’t worry. You can choose another one a few days earlier or later. Orientation program
Within the first days of your arrival one of the team members of our partner organisation will pick you up and show you around. You will get to know the  country and its people and you will be informed about Do’s and Dont’s. The program will be held with more volunteers at the same time. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know like-minded globetrotters. Your local contact person will provide you with further useful hints for a good starting point into a new lifestyle. The project starts
On the first day of your project, you are usually accompanied by a member of our local partner who will answer all of your questions. The further project days your local contact person will always be available for you via phone if you have any concerns or issues to share with somebody. Free time & weekend
The weekend is totally yours! You may ask your local contact person from our partner organisation about upcoming events, sights, shopping tips or other must see’s. On some days there will be field trips organized by our partner organization. We recommend you to join them as it is always fun to experience a new country with others.   Departure
You shall contact your local contact person a few days prior to your departure to inform about options for your airport drop-off. It will not be included in the services of the volunteer projects, but our expert will help you organize it.

Ready to get started?

Volunteer Teaching in a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa

Flexible dates

from 4 weeks

from 18 years

Good english knowledge


1660 EUR

Questions? We will help you!

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Your accommodation

Accommodation: volunteer teaching in a primary school in Bookap, South Africa

Volunteers can live in community with other international volunteers, interns or students in a shared flat, backpacker or in a host family. Please note, that the fee given only includes the accommodation with a host family. Volunteers, who wish to be accommodated in shared flats, are due to extra fees. Host family: Stay with a host family and learn about the daily life in South Africa. We offer host families in middle class areas of Cape Town. You will get a private, furnished room and share the bathroom with the family. Food is supplied by the family as per their normal diet and most families also assist with your laundry. Bed linen & towels are provided. You will become a part of the family for the duration of your stay. Our host families are spread all over Cape Town. We personally visit all of our families before we accept them to our program. We are unable to guarantee a family within walking distance to your project and therefore you should budget for additional transport costs (approx. 1-2 Euro per day for bus, minibus or train). Self catering shared flat Right next to the school is a shared flat used by international volunteers, interns and students. That type of shared accommodation is either a sizable apartment or a small house with 4-8 rooms that can be rented individually by local and international students, interns, volunteers, young professionals or other young people. You meet new friends quickly. Often roommates arrive about the same time and are new to Cape Town, so they can join and experience the city together. All rooms are furnished. Bed linen and towels are provided. Wireless Internet is available, in some homes at extra charge. All shared flats are self catering and offer a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stove, cutlery and crockery etc. You can cook together with your housemates or just for yourself.  We work with selected providers of student accommodation in Cape Town. One shared house is just next to the school in the suburb of Bo Kaap, which is the Cape Malay area of Cape Town and within walking distance to clubs and restaurants of town (Longstreet). The additional fee for an accommodation in a shared flat is 265 Euro for 4 weeks and 15 Euro additional each week. Please request the exact fee upon your application.
Backpacker: Backpacker and hostels are perfect accommodation for short & short term stays on a budget. Guests are usually of same age and mindset as volunteers and it is therefore easy to get to know other people and travel together with other guests. Most hostels offer affordable tour and travel options. Our prices are based on a bed in a dormitory. Dormitories are usually for 6 to 8 people that sleep in one room in bunk beds. Most places offer to lock personal items away in a safe. Breakfast and other meals are not included in the price. Bed linen is provided and towels are not. On request we can arrange accommodation in guest houses and hotels of any standard (extra charge).

Our Service

Service volunteer in Cape Town – what's in and what's not in

What's included:
  • Placement in the volunteer project 
  • Assisting visa application
  • Information about cheap flights, travel insurances and other important travel documents
  • Airport pick up from Cape Town Airport
  • Return transfer to Cape Town Airport
  • Accommodation in a host family, if available for this project
  • Organization of a rental car or scooter if demanded
  • Orientation on site through a staff member
  • Tips and information about freetime activities
  • Contact person during your stay abroad
  • 24-hour emergency number
  • Regular meetings with all volunteers or interns
  • Certificate
  • Accommodation in a backpacker/shared flat (an additional fee of 70 USD on top of the placement fee and 25 USD per week apply; the prices are subject to change)
What’s not included:
  • Visa 
  • Flights
  • Insurance
Our local team
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Our local team

Your coordinator in Cape Town

"My name is Jana Williams, I am originally from Germany, but living in South Africa for 8 1/2 years. Nearly 6 years of those I stayed in the mother city of Cape Town. I am now managing all internship and volunteer placements for Studentsgoabroad Cape Town. During my studies of Social Work I did internships abroad myself. I have been to London, India and even in Cape Town which was 12 years ago. While still living in Germany I started placing interns in Southern African countries and always enjoyed this activity. This activity is interesting, exciting, versatile and most of all positive, as a stay abroad always enlarges the personal horizon.

Learn more about Jana here!