Volunteer as a teacher in South Africa and help to improve the literacy levels of students. You’ll work at a primary school in a disadvantaged area and support local teachers. This is a great way to get practical classroom experience while helping where it’s needed most.
Children at lower income schools generally have a lower level of literacy than students at private schools. Overcrowded classrooms also make it more difficult to give struggling students extra attention that they need. Your role is to work with these young students to help them improve their reading skills. This will improve the foundation for their future learning.
You’ll live and work in Cape Town, and stay with a local host family. During your leisure time you’ll be able to enjoy the incredible sights that the city has to offer.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A free cultural awareness course
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Visa support and advice
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Access to our local office with internet connection
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do on this project?
On our volunteer teaching placement in South Africa, there are opportunities to get involved in a range of different tasks. Some of these include:
- Work with small groups of students to improve their literacy level
- Assist teachers with a range of different classroom tasks
- Teach additional subjects such as sports and IT
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work with small groups of students to improve their literacy level
The main focus of this project is to work with young children who are struggling with reading in English. You will work with small groups of students and provide them with individual support. We encourage you to make the lessons fun and interactive. This in turn helps to keep the students focused and motivated. While the school has fairly basic resources, the literacy programme we run is well stocked with different materials that you can use.
Assist teachers with a range of different classroom tasks
There is also the opportunity to act as an assistant teacher where needed. Here, you will work alongside local teachers in the classroom, and provide extra support. You might also be needed to help mark papers, or invigilate tests. This is a great way to gain even more teaching work experience while in South Africa.
Teach additional subjects such as sports and IT
If you would like to add some variety to your placement, you can combine this with Teaching IT or sports.There is a great need for someone to take these subjects, and it’s a great way to share your skills if you have the experience.
Where in South Africa will I work?
You will be based in beautiful Cape Town, the second biggest city in South Africa and a popular tourist destination. Your placement is a primary school in a disadvantaged area of the city.
With a range of public and private transport options, it’s fairly easy to make your way around the city. Cape Town is famous for its scenic views, diverse cuisine, and cultural heritage. Go for a stroll on the beach, check out the local markets, and try out some of the amazing restaurants. You should definitely make time for a visit to one of the nearby wildlife reserves over a weekend.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
My time here has benefited me so much. I have met so many unbelievable people from all over the world and had many priceless moments with the children I taught.
Volunteer Teaching in South Africa
Meet the team in South Africa
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