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Volunteers Direct was founded in 2006 and is a volunteer organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Through us international volunteers of all ages and with a variety of skills come to Cape Town to teach, mentor, train and uplift the underprivileged youth of the city.


Volunteers Direct is owned, operated and managed by Karen Alterthum and Kevin Wilyman, who are dedicated to making a difference to lives of children and teenagers in Cape Town. The volunteer projects that Volunteers Direct are involved with  focus on improving education, facilitating sport training and bolstering social services in schools and communities were there is a lack of resources, funding and manpower.

In the present education system in South Africa there as many as 50 children per class in township schools. In addition to overcrowding, teachers must also battle with inadequate facilities, poorly maintained buildings and lack of teaching materials. Volunteers Direct aims to improve the lives of as many children as possible by assisting them with their education and spotting and nurturing their talent.

As Nelson Mandela says:
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”