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Teaching Volunteer Project in Cape Town - South Africa

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is May 3, 2021

Many schools in low-income parts of Cape Town run off low budgets, with few teachers, high workloads and little chance for students to get close attention. As a volunteer, you’ll help to address these three factors, creating an all-around better learning environment and better education standards for students.

Volunteer teachers are placed in public primary schools, assisting local teachers and working in classrooms for students in entry-level classes. You will teach an array of subjects, focusing on assisting with basic Mathematics, English and Life Skills.

Teaching volunteer in South Africa with IVHQ

You can expect to teach alongside the local teacher in the classroom, and you may also be asked to help organize other activities for the students, including sports.

As you’ll be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a Teaching English As A Foreign Language (TEFL) Course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Please note, if you apply for the Teaching project during the school holidays, you will be switched to a school holiday project. Keep in mind that towards the end of each term, exams will be written and teaching work is therefore limited during these periods.

School Holidays 2021:

  • 1st April - 9th April
  • 28th June - 9th July
  • 27th September - 4th October
  • 13th December - January 2022 (exact date for returning to school in 2022 has not yet been confirmed)
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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from CA$329 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in local primary schools, with students aged between 7-14

  • Teaching a variety of subjects including English, math and physical education

  • Volunteering as an assistant to a local teacher

  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
South Africa at a glance
  • Based in Cape Town neighborhoods Muizenberg and Table View

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in volunteer houses

  • Between 20 and 50 volunteers start in South Africa each month

Fill out the quick form below to find out what the Covid-19 restrictions and visa requirements are for South Africa, based on your country of residence.

The IVHQ South Africa volunteer program is based in Muizenberg and has volunteer placements located in the Philippi, Steenberg and Grassy Park communities, which are approximately 30 to 40 minutes from the Cape Town city center.

Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

The IVHQ South Africa program is one of our longest running volunteer programs and has the aim of delivering positive outcomes in communities throughout the Cape Town region by placing volunteers on a wide range of impactful projects. Volunteers help locally-run projects to improve lives through their support initiatives in the areas of Teaching, Childcare, Surf Outreach, Sports Development and Animal Care. Our South Africa program also has the specific aim of supporting animals and children and young people who have had a challenging start to life because of exposure to drugs, alcohol or physical abuse.

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive in Cape Town on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Canadian travelers do not require a visa to enter South Africa for a duration of 90 days. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Muizenberg. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in South Africa prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up within the Cape Town CBD area on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is taken by our South Africa team in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – Introduction to South Africa, South African Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in South Africa, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete you will take a trip into Cape Town before returning to your volunteer accommodation.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

7.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.

8.00 AM - 8.30 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

12.00 PM - 2.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer house for lunch, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.

7.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and can expect to share a room with one to seven other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. You will just need to bring your own towel and toiletries. The accommodation is safe and secure with the volunteer houses located in a safe suburb near the communities where volunteers work. Living is comfortable with a snack vending machine, television and the volunteer houses have electricity and running water with Western toilets.

The volunteer houses are fixed with 4G fiber. Data is limited so volunteers will not be able to download or stream TV shows/movies.

Volunteers in South Africa receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Monday through Friday, and meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style. Breakfast consists of self-serve tea, coffee, toast and cereal. For lunch volunteers will be provided with supplies to make their own sandwiches and dinner consists of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta. It is not possible to drink the tap water in South Africa, however, bottled water is readily available in South Africa, and you should budget approximately $5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

“When I arrived for my surf outreach program the lodge itself exceeded my expectations, it was very comfortable and nice. The surf program was so much fun. The surf instructor was amazing and I was surprised how quickly I learned to surf. I enjoyed working with the children very much and my only complaint was that I was only there for two weeks and just when I was starting to get to know the kids I had to leave.” - Brianna Weeks (Surf Outreach Volunteer in South Africa)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in South Africa here

South Africa

Duration Program Fee
1 week $250 CA$329
2 weeks $420 CA$552
3 weeks $590 CA$776
4 weeks $760 CA$1,000
5 weeks $930 CA$1,224
6 weeks $1,100 CA$1,448
8 weeks $1,440 CA$1,895
10 weeks $1,780 CA$2,343
12 weeks $2,120 CA$2,791
16 weeks $2,800 CA$3,686
20 weeks $3,480 CA$4,581
24 weeks $4,160 CA$5,476
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (approximately CA$393) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses

South Africa: Surf Outreach Project

Duration Program Fee
1 week $320 CA$421
2 weeks $560 CA$737
3 weeks $800 CA$1,053
4 weeks $1,040 CA$1,369
5 weeks $1,280 CA$1,685
6 weeks $1,520 CA$2,001
8 weeks $2,000 CA$2,633
10 weeks $2,480 CA$3,264
12 weeks $2,960 CA$3,896
16 weeks $3,920 CA$5,160
20 weeks $4,880 CA$6,424
24 weeks $5,840 CA$7,688
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (approximately CA$393) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

On the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. Long weekends can be taken if volunteers wish to go on safari, or travel to places further afield, such as the Garden Route. Although there are no cooks on staff during the weekend, food supplies are stored in the kitchen at the volunteer houses for volunteers to use to prepare their own meals.

See our South Africa Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in South Africa!

Capital Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)
Population 51.19 million
Languages Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana
Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone UTC+02:00

Weather and climate: The subtropical location, moderated by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides of the country and the altitude of the central plateau, are responsible for the warm temperatures typical of South Africa. Across much of the country, summer (December to February) is characterized by hot, sunny weather with temperatures averaging around 25°C (77°F). Winter (May to September) is cooler and drier with evening temperatures averaging around 10 °C (50°F). In Cape Town, sporadic showers and chilly winds are common during the winter months, but with daytime temperatures can average around 15°C (59°F).

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in South Africa. Additional requirements apply for Surf Outreach and Computer Teaching volunteers.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

How to get started

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