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Volunteer with Children in South Africa

This project involves providing a safe, fun and creative environment for local South African children, providing them with an educational foundation and assisting them to develop to their full potential.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Collaborate with us and our community partners in providing children with educational training through games, arts and crafts, and help create a fun, safe and creative learning environment. On top of this, you will experience the sights and sounds of one of the most beautiful regions in the world in your free time.

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Program overview

This project works with a number of educare centres within townships in Cape Town that provide early childhood development education to local children. You will be involved in planning and implementing a project which uses educational games, song and dance, arts and crafts, gross and fine motor coordination and storytelling to allow these children to have fun, while learning and developing at the same time. For the children, a good understanding of English opens up many more opportunities in the future and you may also be involved in language skill classes where required.

In order to attend formal school in South Africa, learners must be at a certain academic level and you will be helping the children we work with to learn and develop their capacity to meet this standard in order to further their education. Sessions are intended to help the children develop their fine and gross motor skills. You will also help organize and run outdoor exercises and games, arts and crafts, storytelling, music and drama lessons.

Living in a coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, you will be directly exposed to South African culture and the local community. Optional side trips, to the likes of Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Town wildlife safari and wine tasting in Stellenbosch, are for you to plan and explore when planning your visit to the country.

*Please Note: During holiday periods, all participants will join Cape Town’s school holiday program. During the school holiday period, all of GVI’s projects come together to work at a local library to provide a safe and educational space for children of all ages. Activities here possibly include a wide range, from tutoring, reading and arts & crafts, as well as sports and wellbeing. When possible to do so, the team also runs soup kitchens on the ground in the community.


  • Increase your employability by gaining practical experience your area of interest
  • Hosting Educational Workshops
  • Coordinating classes with educational games, song and dance, arts and crafts,
  • Gross and fine motor coordination educational activities
  • Storytelling allows these children to have fun, while learning and developing at the same time.
  • Visit one of the most breathtaking countries in the world, immersing yourself in local South African culture.

Program details

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GVI Africa, South Africa, Cape Town
Volunteer with Children

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Exclusive offer. Book before the end of the month and receive up to 0 off this program.

COVID-19 flexibility. If COVID-19 prevents you from travelling, change your location and dates free of charge.

Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.