Travel to Africa and team up with like-minded people to do community volunteering in South Africa as a group. Together, you’ll work in daycare centres and preschools, and focus on building strong foundations for children’s education. The stronger this foundation is, the more prepared kids are for primary school.
Your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to help children in South Africa. Having grown up in townships, their opportunities are often very limited. As a result, you’ll help us work towards improving literacy, numeracy, and hygiene practices among South African children. This is a great opportunity for you to get practical childcare experience and learn new skills.
You’ll also improve their learning environments by doing something practical like painting a mural or planting a vegetable garden. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, and bring plenty of energy and enthusiasm with you!
You’ll live and work in Cape Town with your group, and stay with a local host family. After you finish with volunteer work, we’ll organise plenty of social and cultural activities for you to enjoy, along with an exciting weekend trip. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.
When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 09 889 0587 to see if we can offer a discount.
Team Trips - Become part of a set team and tackle a new challenge together
South Africa > Childcare & Community Work
Fixed dates throughout the year
Cape Town (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is Childcare volunteering in South Africa for groups right for me?
If you’re eager to work with children and you want to work together with an international group of volunteers to support local communities, this project is an ideal fit for you. You’ll also have constant support from Projects Abroad staff. It’s one of our Team Trips, where we run a project on fixed dates so individuals from around the world can come together to form a group. It’s a great way to make a difference while meeting new people.
On this project, everything is organised for you from the moment you step off the plane. Your group will have a full schedule of volunteer work, activities in the evenings, and even a weekend trip to some of the renowned landmarks the city has to offer. You’ll work and sight-see together.
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join. You'll work alongside local teachers and caregivers, and Projects Abroad staff are there to provide guidance and answer questions. You can also brainstorm ideas with your group.
Joining a project like this could help your future career. You’ll gain childcare experience, and the project will give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews. You’ll also develop personal skills, like communication and working with people from different countries and cultures.
This is a fixed-date trip that runs at specific times during the year. You can choose the dates that best fit your schedule.
What will I do on this project?
In South Africa, your group will support local teachers and caregivers at a daycare centre or kindergarten. Here’s what you can expect to do:
- Promote early childhood development through educational activities
- Encourage children to practice good hygiene everyday
- Participate in renovation work to improve learning environments
- Get to know the South African culture and way of life
- Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world
Your work will be divided into five main areas:
Promote early childhood development
Your main role will be to support the work of local teachers and caregivers who focus on early childhood development. Through games and educational activities, you’ll help with their physical, social, and cognitive development. The skills they learn, like improving hand-eye coordination, will help them cope with the demands of formal schooling.
Help improve literacy and numeracy
You will also work towards improving literacy and numeracy. Reading, writing, and counting are essential skills that everyone needs in life. By focusing on these skills at a young age, we can give children a head start for when they start school.
Encourage children to practice good hygiene everyday
You will also focus on encouraging children to practice good basic hygiene. Poor hygiene is the cause of many illnesses and diseases. By getting children to practice good hygiene everyday, we can reduce the rate of infection and improve the overall health of the community.
Assist with community work
In South Africa, you’ll help with community work. You can put a fresh coat of paint on a classroom, assist at a local soup kitchen, or help clean or maintain homes.
By doing this kind of work as a group, you’ll be able to accomplish a great deal in the short time you’re in Cape Town.
Explore South Africa with a group of people your age
You’ll also get to explore and experience life in Cape Town accompanied by a group. When you’re not working, you’ll have plenty of social and cultural events and activities to keep you busy. You’ll also have constant support and guidance, as Projects Abroad staff will accompany you throughout your stay. We’ll also take you on a trip over the weekend.
Where will I be working in South Africa?
You’ll be based in Cape Town where you’ll work in the local community and at a care centre. We partner with several care centres in Cape Town, and focus our efforts in disadvantaged townships. The townships are deeply affected by unemployment and poverty, and there is very little infrastructure. Most care centres are understaffed, overcrowded, and need extra pairs of helping hands.
When you are not working, you will be able to explore Cape Town with your group. This beautiful city is surrounded by mountains, with sprawling white beaches and numerous nature reserves. There is also a rich history to explore through museums, art and architecture, as well as countless outdoor activities to take part in.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is bring a group of likeminded people together to assist teachers and caregivers in improving early childhood development and education in South Africa.
In Cape Town, the care centres we work with have limited resources and staff. They need extra support to make sure that each child learns the skills they need to thrive when they start school. Your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to help local teachers and caregivers do this. Each member of your team will be a welcome pair of helping hands. You’ll work together with local staff to improve early childhood development, literacy, and numeracy.
Your group will also help improve the learning environment. You’ll do this by adding a fresh coat of paint or colourful mural to a classroom wall, or build a vegetable garden.
And our secondary aim is to encourage the exchange of cultures, knowledge, and skills between members of your group and local people.
Join our Childcare & Community Work Team Trip in South Africa, and be part of our efforts to support disadvantaged children and their communities.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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