Cape Town -

Childcare in the Township

ID: V01

Description of the project:

We work with a local organization devoted to the topic of education. The NGO has several project areas of training and development programs in early childhood education in kindergartens, over homework help for students, career guidance and to monitoring and assistance during university studies.

The NGO is a volunteer, especially in the area of Early Childhood Development. The organization manages 10 nurseries - nursery schools and the township Philippi. The children are between a few months and 6 years old. The kindergartens have between 20 to 180 children per kindergarten.

Philippi residents have today to fight even after the end of apartheid still major problems. Many of the people live in so-called Shacks (shacks) and have, crime, drug abuse and domestic violence to fight HIV / AIDS. Similarly, many children are left unattended while their parents work or are looking for work.

Early childhood care and education facilities are scarce and reach only a fraction of the children. Furthermore, most of these devices are in insecure, poorly equipped barracks and are often staffed by untrained personnel.

As a volunteer you will get an opportunity to help these children and in different projects - depending on your interests and special abilities to participate. Here you have the opportunity to teach children (pre-school level), to play with you, to participate in sports and recreational activities or at events.

A former intern has e.g. a project week's "schedule" designed (including Manual for subsequent repetitions), which was then performed once a week in all 10 partner nurseries.

At the same time it offers the opportunity to assist the NGOs in the development of the care staff. Regularly brief thematic areas such as health, hygiene, first aid, trauma, etc. taken.

For manual activities or short term stays, there is also the opportunity to assist in the maintenance and care of kindergartens, for example, by painters, plumbers, repair, etc.

The office of the NGO is located in the student quarter Observatory.Transportation will be provided by the NGO. At 9:00 clock departs from the student accommodation  (except Mondays, since its administration and planning day) to the nursery  in Philippi (about 20 minutes). Around 12:30the shuttle return again. In the afternoon evaluation is then & planning for the next day, or help in the office. The afternoon activities vary according to the needs and interests, maximum till 16:00 clock.

Start of project:

Volunteers can arrive throughout the year at school. During the school holidays kindergartens are closed. We recommend starting on a Monday.

School holidays 2013 - Project closed:

Summer holidays: Until 16 January the project opens in early February.

Autumn: March 29 to April 7

Winter: June 22-July 14

Spring time: September 21 to September 30

Summer holidays: December 5 to January 7
(Commencing work earlier than mid-January)

At least 12 weeks, and less on request - in exceptional cases


Decide between a host family or a shared apartment

Host family:

Staying with a host family is a very special opportunity to learn about the daily life in South Africa.

You will live with a host family in a middle class neighborhood in Cape Town. This is a private furnished room available, three meals per day are provided (on working days, there is a lunch box) and most families also wash your laundry for free. Linen and towels are provided.

You'll integrate for the time of your stay, be part of the and the friends of each family.

Our families are spread throughout Cape Town. We visit all our host families personally before we add them to our program.

We can not always guarantee to find a family in walking distance. You may have to pay additional transportation costs (about 8-20 Rands per day for bus, taxi or train).

Shared apartment:

These are mostly houses with 4-8 rooms that are rented out to individually to  local and international students, interns, volunteers, young professionals or other young people.

All rooms are furnished. Bed linen is provided and only towels are not provided. Wireless Internet is also usually present (some houses with extra charge). All shared apartments are equipped for self-catering, there have  fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, stove, etc. Here you can alone or together cook something.

We work together with selected providers of student accommodation in Cape Town.

For this project we have several shared apartments on offer, all within walking proximity to the project office in the district Observatory. Observatory is the student area of Cape Town. There are many associations / NGOs, alternative shops and an interesting nightlife. The area is lively and alternatively, which makes it very interesting.

On request, we can arrange accommodation in a backpackers / hostels, guest houses and hotels at a reasonable price .


  • Dates and availability must be checked prior to booking
  • If you would like to rent accommodation some landlords require a security deposit.

Type: Work with children / Social Work

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Beginning: flexible, only during school hours

Duration: at least 12 weeks.

Working hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 - 14:00 clock

Minimum age: 18 years

The price is available upon request.

The price includes:

  •  Accommodation
  •  Comprehensive information packet during the preparation
  •  Return airport transfer
  • Welcome pack with local phone card
  •  Weekly meetings
  • Local contact
  • Donation to the organisation

    What is not included?

  • Flight/ Bus fares
  • Health insurance
  • Personal expenses