SOUTH AFRICA: Teach at a Deaf School in Cape Town

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Location : Cape Town
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Work in a school in Cape Town that caters for partially and fully deaf children. You'll work with children from 3 to 13 years old, right from when they're first introduced to sign language.

The content of the lessons is the same as a regular school, so any subjects you have some knowledge in would be most welcome. Your help and support are appreciated by everyone, but mostly by the children! The school is very poor with just a few classrooms, library and a hall, so every bit of involvement makes an incredible difference! The project is located in a suburb of Cape Town, called Observatory, situated at the bottom of Devil’s Peak (so named because of its shape). This peak makes up the left-hand formation of the famous Table Mountain (named after the 'tablecloth’ of clouds that cascade down its slopes). The view of the peak from the school is quite spectacular.

The school you'll teach at has about 80 pupils. The age range of the children is from about 3 to 13 years of age. There are about 12 teachers and teaching assistants. The classes are very small to ensure that children receive individual attention. The very little ones are introduced to sign language and do what all pre-school children do – learn by playing. They have stories read or signed, they paint, they do puzzles, play simple games - and they have outdoor ‘play-learning’. If you choose to work in the Pre-Primary section, you would help with all of this. This is a very interesting section as the children are learning communication skills perhaps for the first time.

The pupils aged 6 – 13 are taught the normal Grade1 to Grade 7 school curriculum in two different sections. One section (Grades 1 – 7) consists of children who have hearing aids or implants, which enable them to have partial to good hearing. They have normal lessons. The other section (also Grade 1 – 7) caters for children who are completely deaf – and they are taught their lessons in sign language. The hearing children will continue their education at other special needs schools or at mainstream schools and could leave at any time to do this. The completely deaf children usually continue their education at a High School for the Deaf in Worcester (about an hour from Cape Town).


You may assist with any section, and any age group, fulfilling class assistant duties such as helping children with maths, reading and other school subjects.
If you know sign language, you could work with the totally deaf children - or you could actually teach sign language to those learning how to sign! You may, at first, spend a bit of time in each class, and then decide where you would like to go on a regular basis. The children follow the normal Grade 1 - 7 lessons and if you would like to teach any specific lessons, the school would be happy to arrange this.

Once settled in with the classes you'd like to be involved with, you'll be given a timetable to follow for the duration of your placement. School starts at 8am and finishes at 2.15pm. There are breaks at 10.30 and 12.50. Lessons are 30 minutes long and all teaching is done in English.

Sports: Some time during the school day is spent outside, playing games, but they have no formal sports. The kids love playing football or netball, but unfortunately the school doesn't have a formal sports timetable. If you'd like to coach children in any sport, it would be very welcome and the children would be encouraged to participate. If you do choose to do this, you can arrange to coach groups of children during their “Life Orientation“ lessons.

During the summer, the children go to the local Observatory public swimming pool right next to the school – it's an outdoor pool and a very popular “sports” outing, which the children love!

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose, but subject to school holidays. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1,095 for two weeks. You can participate for up to three months or longer, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

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