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Volunteerism in South Africa
Volunteerism in Cape Town
Volunteerism in South Africa

Volunteerism in South Africa

This project works with young children at the Oranjekloof Primary School, which currently has 1 250 pupils and is severely under-resourced. There is a very small playground but no assembly hall, library or gym. Each class has, on average, 45 children. Volunteers assist in the classrooms or help teach children basic computer skills or help with improving their basic English.

Sports enthusiasts who would like to spend some of their volunteer time coaching township children can assist the soccer and netball teams in winter and with swimming lessons in summer. During the shorter school holidays we arrange soccer tournaments, swimming lessons and continue with The Homework Club in the afternoon. Here you will help with reading, simple maths, playing board games.

Volunteerism in Cape Town

Volunteerism Project Breakdown

Project Code

Age of children
6 to 12 years

Minimum age of volunteer

Minimum commitment period
Two 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?
Assisting teachers in the classrooms, helping learners with homework and teaching them basic computer skills.

After school, you can help with netball and soccer in winter (April – September) and swimming (October to March) in summer. The Homework Club is open every weekday afternoon.

How much time per week?
10am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday,
with a break for lunch.

School term calendar
This project runs throughout the year when schools reopen in mid-January until they close in early December.

  • 15 January to 10 December 2010
  • 21 January to 9 December 2011
  • 20 January to 7 December 2012

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

  • Self-disciplined and a worthy role model
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, willing to work hard and have fun.
  • Team-oriented with a “hands-on” approach
  • Flexible
  • Open to new cultures and a different approach to life
  • Able to get along with a wide variety of people from all over the world
  • Have a good sense of humour
  • If you do have special skills or knowledge – like dance, music or sport – we will try to make use of your strengths

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