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Kindergarten Volunteer Program in South Africa - Table View

Kindergarten Volunteer Program in South Africa - Table View

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Aug 2, 2021

Inspired to be a Kindergarten volunteer in South Africa - Table View? International Volunteer HQ’s Kindergarten project is a great opportunity for volunteers to assist with early childhood education in low-income communities in Table View. Volunteers will gain childcare and kindergarten experience while teaching and caring for young children in understaffed centers and schools and helping teachers provide the quality education they strive to deliver.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from $325 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Provide learning and fun activities for children in under-resourced communities
  • Discover South Africa's amazing scenery and wildlife
  • Stay near a beach with views of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain
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Who is this program suited to?

Volunteers who enjoy looking after and engaging with young children and have an interest in early childhood education. ​As volunteers work with the support of the 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.
Who is this program suited to?

Key information

Provide a safe space for children to learn
Based in kindergartens in low-income communities
Volunteer house accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day
Fully hosted experience from $325 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 24 weeks
Explore urban South Africa

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Many community preschools and schools in impoverished areas in South Africa are unable to provide effective programs due to a lack of funding, resources and skills. Well-meaning local staff can be overrun by the workload of caring for large numbers of children, and the help of volunteers makes a real difference in enabling them provide quality early childhood education.

As a Kindergarten volunteer you’ll help preschools in disadvantaged communities, assisting local staff with teaching and caring for children who range from a few months old up to 6 years. Volunteer duties can vary but usually include:

  • Providing fun, educational activities
  • Helping with development and learning
  • Coming up with your own activities and games
  • Supervising children
  • Assisting with feeding, meals and nap times
  • General chores

The Kindergarten project is not available during the school holidays. If you apply for the Kindergarten project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.

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)
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Kindergarten volunteering in Table View with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with children in South Africa - Table View you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to quality early childhood education
  • Helping students learn and grow in a safe place
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining childcare experience
  • Immersing yourself in South African culture
  • Exploring Table View and Cape Town

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.

”It was such a great and unforgettable experience! It has changed my mind and I had the privilege to meet magical people, not only in the projects, also some volunteers and the staff. I'd recommend IVHQ to everyone!”

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Location

The program is based in Table View in Cape Town. Table View is about 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD and is where volunteer orientation and general administration is carried out by our local team as well as where the volunteer accommodation is situated. Projects are located in the Du Noon township, Wolwerivier settlement and Blouberg beach.

Arrival and orientation

Volunteers need to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday in order to complete the program orientation which will take place on Sunday afternoon. After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Cape Town International Airport (CPT). 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 Table View. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Saturday ​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 - Table View team in Table View. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – an introduction to South Africa, South African customs, 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.

Volunteer schedule example

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

Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at, but a typical volunteer day might be as follows:

Morning Make your own breakfast at the volunteer house
8:00 - 9:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.
12:00 - 5:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends between 12pm and 5pm depending on the project. After their project work ends, volunteers are free to relax at the volunteer house, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.
7:00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Please note Monday and Fridays are half days of volunteer work. On Monday afternoons there is a volunteer meeting and planning session for the week ahead, and Friday afternoons are free time.

Weekends

On the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. See unusual wildlife like antelope and penguins,visit the spot where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, paraglide off a rock high above the city or watch the sun sink into the Atlantic ocean with a glass of the region’s finest wine in your hand. Long weekends can be taken if volunteers wish to go on safari, or travel to places further afield, such as the Garden Route or Stellenbosch.

Looking for more ideas of things to do in South Africa? Check out our South Africa Travel & Tours page!

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and can expect to share a room with one to nine other volunteers. Bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, but you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries.

The accommodation is safe and secure, located within a suburb near the communities where volunteers work. Living is comfortable and the volunteer houses have electricity (with occasional power outages) and running water with western toilets.

To ensure volunteer safety and commitment to volunteer placements, there is a curfew in place at the volunteer house of 11:00 PM. If you prefer a private room, couples room, or family room, accommodation upgrades can be arranged with our local team for an additional cost, but are subject to availability.

All volunteer houses have WiFi available which you are welcome to use.

Meals

Volunteers in Table View receive three meals a day. Meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style and can be high in carbohydrates. Breakfast consists of self-prepared tea, coffee, toast, yoghurt, fruit and cereal.

Lunch is also self-prepared with food supplies in the volunteer house. This can range from sandwiches taken along to your placement, leftovers from the previous night’s dinner and salads.

Dinner is eaten together with all volunteers at one of the houses and is prepared by a local chef. Dinners can consist of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta. There are also two braai (barbecue) nights a week.

Tap water is not safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available in South Africa and volunteers should budget approximately $10 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to cater for you.

Pricing

Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
1 week $325 Equivalent to $47/day
2 weeks $545 Equivalent to $39/day
3 weeks $835 Equivalent to $40/day
4 weeks $1,145 Equivalent to $41/day
5 weeks $1,445 Equivalent to $42/day
6 weeks $1,735 Equivalent to $42/day
8 weeks $2,315 Equivalent to $42/day
10 weeks $2,895 Equivalent to $42/day
12 weeks $3,475 Equivalent to $42/day
16 weeks $4,635 Equivalent to $42/day
20 weeks $5,795 Equivalent to $42/day
24 weeks $6,955 Equivalent to $42/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50-75 per week to be sufficient for expenses.

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Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Essential country information

Capital Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)
Population 58.56 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).

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