Volunteer at a Township Educare Center in Cape Town, South Africa

Company : Volunteering Cape Town
Location : Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 week to 1 Year+
Approx Costs: 250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This organization is located in the heart of an impoverished area and aims to take care of disadvantaged children whilst their parents are at work. Volunteers do wonderful work here, helping out with all aspects of the children's day.

It was started in 2005, in a shack in the impoverished area of Hout Bay called Imizamu Yethu "Our Efforts". The two women who started with just a handful of children between the ages of 1 and 6 still work there today. They have since moved on to a bigger building and now cater to almost 100 children.

The children are kept stimulated with toys, games and stories. They are also given a meal and taught skills like toilet training. Volunteers help out with these activities and more, such as supervising sleep time, playing with the kids in the playground which has a jungle gym, helping out with general admin and buying food. The educare center has financial challenges from month to month with electricity and food prices rising constantly.

The staff are true angels. The educare center are always looking for new ways to stimulate the kids and toys like hula hoops, skipping ropes and learning aids are always very welcome. There are many such creches in the township, but Volunteering Cape Town has itentified this one for two reasons:

It needs a lot of work - from painting buildings to refurbishing the playground to additional teachers and equipment. (This is where volunteers will be particulary valuable).

The second is that it has immense potential to be a model for other similar creches. The passion of the teachers and staff is awe inspiring and it always rubs off on volunteers. If you want to do something meaningful for someone as well as come away inspired and fulfilled, this one's for you.

Start Dates

Start on a Monday

Costs / Benefits

• $ 295 for 1 week
• $ 595 for 2 weeks
• $ 1100 for 4 weeks
• $ 1495 for 6 weeks
• $ 1895 for 8 weeks
• Please enquire for longer stays

The fee includes:
• Airport pickup and drop off
• Accommodation
• Placement and orientation in the project
• Transport to and from the project
• 24 Hour support
• Full use of the house and grounds
• Washing facilities
• Free wifi
• Free Netflix
• Hiking, beach and other trips
• The accommodation is much more luxurious than most other volunteering organizations.
• Come and see for yourself!


• Please send a copy of your CV and a motivating letter as well as a police clearance certificate from your local police station.

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