South Africa – Cape Town Community Projects
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by GoEco - Volunteer Abroad
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Join an amazing program that goes into impoverished neighborhoods and assists with a variety of humanitarian projects from working with children to helping disabled individuals.
About the Project
This project aims to empower and uplift the lives of children, adults and families in one of Cape Town’s most underprivileged areas through education, skill-building workshops and sustainable community projects. Take the opportunity to have a lasting impact on individuals through your contributions to the various projects in the program.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
There are several projects that volunteers work with, each having a different focus but all of them deeply in need of your help.
Settlement Project: Here you will have the chance to work with children in the morning and adults in the afternoon. The educare centers are where the children spend their time and you’ll be tasked with teaching them and implementing education-focused play groups, depending upon the age group. In the afternoon you’ll work with adults in the settlements by teaching them computer skills, English, and other skills that will enable them to gain employment in the future. This is a flexible project that allows the volunteer to generate their own educational program to help the community.
Schools and Educare Project: This project has a total of seven schools in which a volunteer will be placed; six of them being preschools for children ages 1 – 5 whose primary language is Xhosa or Afrikaans. Your main goal at the preschools is to teach English through games so that the children can learn the essential cognitive skills to prepare them for the next level of education. The seventh school is for students in grades 1 – 7 and exists on a farm. The duties of the volunteer include:
- Teaching classes and/or assisting teachers
- Imparting computer skills
- One-to-one attention and tutoring
- Organizing field days and sports activities
- Imparting life skills and lessons related to HIV, drug use, etc.
Skills Development: If you have a particular talent or skill set that is teachable in an organized setting then you are invited to run your own classes for the settlement children. Some areas of interest may include: drama, teaching, computer skills, arts, dance, soccer, etc. This project promises high flexibility but requests flexibility and initiative in return from the volunteers. Other volunteers may accompany you as you develop your course as well.
The Center for the Disabled: As the only one of its kind in the settlements, this center was created in 2008 and maintains the caregiving and development of children with special needs in the age range of 18 months to 18 years. Volunteers are involved in much of the day-to-day activities including: teaching classes, feeding, one-on-one classroom assistance, mind stimulation and physiotherapy.
The Cape Town Community Projects involves a special 3-day orientation in Cape Town before the actual volunteer portion of the trip commences. This includes a traditional South African BBQ called a Braai, a tour of the area, and a volunteer social to meet the other volunteers and staff.
Join now for an experience of a lifetime!
Language/Cultural Support Available