South Africa Teaching Volunteers

From £559, 2 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SASD

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
South Africa Schools and DevelopmentSouth Africa Schools and DevelopmentSouth Africa Schools and Development

Trip Highlights

  • Living in beautiful Cape Town
  • Volunteering with disadvantaged children that really need your help
  • Seeing how much difference your hard work can make to the lives of some of the poorest children in South Africa

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Whilst you're teaching in South Africa, you'll get involved in various aspects of community work and development initiatives that will provide you with a diverse and varied experience, providing a great insight into the lives of underprivileged individuals in Cape Town.


You will spend your time teaching in Simonstown, on the outskirts of Cape Town, whilst also assisting in a number of excellent development schemes, aimed at supporting the disadvantaged children at the school and the wider community. As a volunteer you will work as a teaching assistant in the classroom which may consist of you helping the teacher prepare lessons for the learners or assist with reading and numeracy. Your creativity is very welcomed at the school, if you have any suggestions to help improve learning in the classroom please tell the local team.


Simonstown School is a dual-medium (2 language) education school on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, the school is built on eleven different levels and offers one of the finest view in the world. The school makes full use of its surrounding beauty with its activities in school hours and out.

 

We sent a British teacher, Brett out to volunteer at our project. Check out how he got on over on the Real Gap Experience blog!


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Destination info

South Africa is the southernmost tip on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developing countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.
 

You will spend your time teaching in Simonstown, which is home to the South African Navy. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. This pretty coastal town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. It also consists of Victorian style buildings, quaint streets and walkways that share a fascinating history. In Simonstown, there is also Boulders Beach located a few kilometres to the south where a colony of African Penguins live.


The project is a fifteen-minute minibus taxi ride plus a ten-minute walk to the school. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Fish Hoek to Simonstown. You will be staying in the seaside town of Fish Hoek, a short walk from the beautiful Fish Hoek beach and about a 45-minute drive from Cape Town.

  • Location: Cape Town

Day 1 - Arrive into Cape Town International Airport (airport code CPT)

Today you will be met at the airport and taken to our volunteer house in Fish Hoek. You’ll need to arrive in before 4pm so that you’re all ready for the orientation which kicks off at 5pm. The journey from the airport to Fish Hoek should take around 45 minutes and if you keep your eyes open you might get to see Table Mountain on the way. The orientation will take you through what it’s going to be like at your project, dos and don’ts, how to stay safe and it’s your prime opportunity to ask any questions that you haven’t yet had answered. After the orientation you’ll have an evening meal and some time to relax and prepare before your first day at the project tomorrow.


If you aren’t able to arrange a flight to get you into Cape Town before 4pm then we’d recommend you fly in a day early. We can arrange an early airport pick-up for you including one night’s accommodation, please give us a call for more information.


Day 2 - Introductions at your project

You’ll be up bright and early for your first day at your project. This project is based in Simonstown which is a fifteen minute minibus taxi ride from the accommodation and then a ten-minute walk to the school. You will be looking at catching a mini bus at around 07:15 so be warned! Today you will be introduced to the teachers that you will be assisting and the children too. If you are ready you can get stuck in but you may want to watch for a while and start getting to know the children, you never know their enthusiasm may just be too infectious!

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Destination info

South Africa is the southernmost tip on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developing countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.

  • Location: Cape Town

Day 3 to 5 - Getting stuck in

You will be able to get stuck in to your work at the school, in the mornings you will be assisting the teacher and also working with the children on a one to one basis. During lunch and break time you will be assisting in the playground with the safety of the children. Afternoons see you helping with children from another local township as they wait an hour for their transport to arrive, helping them with their homework, playing games and reading. Then it is time for you to walk to your bus stop or if you fancy go to the local mall for some shopping!

 

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Destination info

South Africa is the southernmost tip on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developing countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.

  • Location: Cape Town

Day 6-7 - Free time

The weekends are your free time to rest and explore. There are so many things to see and do in Cape Town you’ll struggle to get bored! There’s a train line straight into Cape Town from Fish Hoek that take about an hour and you’re close to Boulders Beach where the penguins hang out. There’s also Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island and that’s without leaving the city! You could also catch a cab to the local shopping mall to catch a movie, coffee shops, internet and clothes shops.
 

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Destination info

South Africa is the southernmost tip on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developing countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.

  • Location: Cape Town

Following weeks

Mondays to Fridays will be spent at the project with your weekends free to fill with whatever you fancy! If the children don’t wear you out during the week there are lots of organised trips and tours including shark cage diving, table mountain visit, wine tours which our team can help you to join!

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Destination info

South Africa is the southernmost tip on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developing countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.

  • Location: Cape Town

Your last day

Having said goodbye to all your new friends and packed your bag full of souvenirs you’ll travel back to the airport. The return transfer from Fish Hoek to Cape Town International is not covered within your project fee but our regular transfer company will be able to sort the journey back for you, the costs will be around US$35 / 250 Rand and this is easily arranged in country.

 

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation
  • In-country orientation
  • Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Airport transfer
  • Local Transport
  • Food

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, each of our Cape Town volunteer projects share the same accommodation. Therefore, if there are volunteers on our other programmes you will be able to spend your spare time and evenings with them. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

During your time in Cape Town you'll be staying in our lovely volunteer house in the small seaside town of Fish Hoek. The house has 3 bathrooms that include western style toilets and hot water. Bedrooms in the house are dormitory style with up to 6 volunteers sharing a room. There are also a number of communal areas including a comfortable lounge with sofas, table where you can eat your meals and a lovely balcony and garden area with BBQ, swimming pool and flatlet! While in the house you will be responsible for keeping the place clean so please tidy up after yourself, especially in the kitchen.

 

There are lockers in the accommodation where you will be able to store valuable but you will need to bring your own padlock and keys. Additionally you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case, towels as these are not provided. You should also make sure you bring warm clothes with you, particularly if you are travelling during the South African winter months, when it can get particularly cold.There isn't a washing machine at the house but there is a laundry close by where you can get your clothes cleaned at your own cost.

 

A Supermarket, shops, internet cafe, laundry and bank are all close to the volunteer house so you’ll be able to shop either in your lunch-break or after your days volunteering.

 

Please note that there is a security deposit that will need to be paid to the in-country team on arrival so please make sure you have budgeted for this. The deposit needs to be paid in your local currency and needs to be the equivalent of R1000. Your deposit will be returned when you leave the accommodation at the end of your project as long everything is left as you found it.

 

Meals

Your time in Cape Town is on a self-catering basis (apart from the evening meal on the first night). There is a kitchen complete with cookers, loads of fridge space, microwave, toaster and other kitchen utensils you can use to cook tasty meals to enjoy in the large dining area. However if you are feeling a little lazy why not order takeaway instead!

 

We recommend that you budget around R600 (South African Rand) per week for groceries, as prices are similar to home. However if you choose to eat out or buy takeaways regularly, this will be more expensive and you will need to budget accordingly.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. How many volunteers will I be staying with?

We have a fantastic volunteer house in Fish Hoek where all of our volunteers stay who are volunteering on various projects around Cape Town.

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2. How much spending money should I take?

We would recommend budgeting for around £80-£100 per week to cover food, extra activities/tours at the weekends, souvenirs etc. It completely depends on what you are looking to do in your free time!

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3. Can I get in touch with other volunteers before I go?

Yes! We provide a 'buddy list' of others email addresses joining you in Cape Town on the same start date.

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DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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South Africa Teaching Volunteers

Rhys Wilde - September 2015

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Phenomenal experience in a gorgeous country with amazing people

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Climbing Table mountain, Ostrict riding, Shark Diving, teaching, Karoeke Wednesdays

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make friends Bring more money than you expect Rent a car

South Africa Schools and Development2015-09-03

Brett Robinson - August 2015

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A wonderful experience for which i am very grateful

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with all the students,children both younger and older ones. They were an absolute credit to themselves and their school.

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Get stuck in. Use your initiative. If possible hire a car

South Africa Schools and Development2015-08-04

Kathleen Kearney - August 2015

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I HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Teaching Grade 2 in Simons Town School. Hearing them sing and watching them gain confidence and improve academically as well as in their behaviour.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring Vitamins. Sort out a phone. Get stuck in the teachers apprecaite the support.

South Africa Schools and Development2015-08-04

Freddie Stoker - September 2014

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Caryn Ryan - August 2013

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best experience, didnt want to leave, emotional, memorable, miss it

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Teaching at the school, making great friends.

South Africa Schools and Development2013-08-26

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