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 one of two public primary schools, assisting local teachers and working in classrooms for students aged between 7-14. You’ll teach an array of subjects, including English, math, social studies, art, science, history, physical studies and life skills lessons.
You’ll either be tutoring for one-hour blocks or assisting a local teacher in the classroom, following a set curriculum. You can expect to lead the classroom on occasion 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 2020:
- 20th March - 31st March
- 12th June - 7th July
- 18th September - 29th September
- 2nd December - 13th January 2021