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Volunteer in Africa

Volunteer in Africa

Sign up and assist at one of the most successful literacy projects in Cape Town that focuses on learners in grades 2 and 3. The average age of pupils is between seven and 10 years old.

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Children from the townships travel to schools in Cape Town in the hope of receiving a better standard of education than that available to them in their own communities. Their lessons at these schools are in English which, for many, is a second or even third language, meaning they often struggle in class.

This project aims to improve the education children receive by increasing their proficiency in English, developing their love for reading and books plus strengthening their self-esteem.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for those looking to Volunteer in Africa.

Project Code

Age of children
7 to 10 years old


Minimum age of volunteer

Minimum commitment period
Four weeks. The average stay is six weeks and many of our volunteers have stayed for three months or more. We recommend that you arrive on a Friday, this gives you two days to rest and get oriented before commencing work on Monday.

What will I be doing?
As a volunteer, your duties can include:

  • Working closely with the team at this project
  • Helping with administration and the downloading of resources
  • Helping with “book swap” at lunchtime
  • Testing the children under supervision
  • Assisting during literacy hour
  • Helping in the school library.

How much time per week?
This project typically runs for four days a week from Monday Thursday, 8:30am to 2pm. Please note that these times could vary depending on which school you are placed at.

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
There are no special skills or qualifications needed for this project but volunteers must:

  • Have a love of books and children
  • Be willing to undergo basic training
  • Be enthusiastic and committed
  • Be able to speak and read English well
  • Not have a strong accent that the children will find difficult to understand.
  • The most important quality for volunteers on this project is flexibility: you must be prepared to jump in and help wherever you may be needed on any particular day.

For further details and to Volunteer in Africa please get in touch with us on these details.

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