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This project supports the learning and integration of African migrant youth into high schools in Cape Town. Migrant youth come from the rest of Africa for various reasons; they may be refugees, asylum seekers or economic migrants. Currently the project is based at a school in Maitland, which is running a pilot project that offers English and lesson support to targeted learners, who comprise 20 percent of the school. Many of these students have French as a first language and struggle with English.

Your role will be to assist the students with their English as the teacher concentrates on the curriculum. There are two groups of students: grades 8 and 9, who are 14 years and older and who require the most assistance; and grades 10 and 11, who are 16 and older.

Project Code

Age of children
14 and up

English (French and Swahili an advantage)

Minimum age of volunteer

Minimum commitment period
Six weeks to two months but a full school term is recommended.

What will I be doing?
As a volunteer, your primary responsibility will be helping learners improve their English skills and pass their English exams.

How much time per week?
This project runs from Mondays to Thursdays
after school from 2pm to 4pm.

School term calendar
This project is only available during school terms.

School terms 2010
13 July to 23 September 2010
4 October to 10 December 2010

School terms 2011
19 January to 25 March 2011
11 April to 24 June 2011
18 July to 30 September 2011
10 October to 9 December 2011

Volunteer requirements

  • Teaching experience is an advantage
  • Volunteers must enjoy working with older teenagers
  • You should be interested in different cultures
  • Basic French and/or Swahili would be an advantage
  • You must be able to work independently with some guidance