Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Teaching
Country: South Africa
Location : Cape Town
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Assist teachers in Cape Town by helping teach the poorest children in the local community. You can teach many subjects and you'll be VERY appreciated by all!

You'll work in a school in Cape Town that has many children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and poorer parts of the community. Your help and support are appreciated by everyone, but mostly by the children! General facilities at the schools are somewhat limited although the school does have computer facilities and so would also very much appreciate the help of volunteers with computer experience!


Our teaching project is located in a suburb, 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, so named ‘tablecloth’ of clouds that cascade down its slopes. The view of the peak from the school is quite spectacular.


Cape Town has everything to offer with its stunning beaches, great surf, penguins, great nightlife and of course Table Mountain! The average class size is between 28 and 40 although usually you’ll be needed to take small groups of children or individuals out of the class and work with them privately. Classes last between 30 - 60 minutes. Standards are generally very high and the enthusiasm of the students and colleagues more than makes up for any hardships they may experience.

Observatory Primary mainly caters for the poorer African children that come from the township areas of Cape Town. These are the most needy and make up 98% of the school's children. You can also coach sports as well as English teaching and language enrichment, music, art or any other subject that you have particular knowledge in. Observatory Junior is a multi-cultured and racial school and mainly has children at the school between 5 - 13 years of age. English is not the children's mother tongue, but their general standard of language is about Fair to Good.

The school also runs the SHINE Centre – (Support and Help In Education). This is a volunteer programme with local and international volunteers who assist their learners with numeracy and literacy. This Centre has been running for approximately 4 years and is fully sponsored. Volunteers interact with learners on a one-to-one basis according to the times and days that the volunteers are available. They interact with the same learner/s throughout the year.

This is an excellent outreach programme and they always welcome new volunteers to give their assistance. You will have the opportunity to get involved in this programme if you wish to, in addition to the main stream teaching programme. The students have a never-ending enthusiasm and energy, which is amazing considering the hardships they may experience at home.

Dates for the school terms (semesters) are given below.
Term 1: 13th Jan – 26th March
Term 2: 12th April – 9th June
Term 3: 13th July – 23rd Sept
Term 4: 4th Oct – 10th Dec

Teaching is not available during school holidays, but if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.


Travellers also offer teaching courses, day intensive, weekend TEFL or online TEFL. See website for details.


Nestled under the mountain near the city, is the trendy and arty suburb of Observatory, the student Mecca of Cape Town. We have chosen this location as an accommodation base and make use of Riverview Lodge, where you will be staying. It’s distance from the projects, safety conscious attitude and very friendly staff make this the ideal home away from home. Riverview lodge has three living rooms, four bathrooms and full catering kitchen, where you can buy home-cooked meals if you wish. The back of the house has a beautiful palm-tree covered terrace, where you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy a real South African “BRAAI” (BBQ).


A healthy self-serve breakfast of cereals, toast and tea/coffee is included every morning, and you will be given a food allowance to buy your own food for lunch/dinner. The lodge is also equipped with a self-catering kitchen, with all the necessities to cook a good meal.


“I loved the teachers and the children there, and felt very much at home. Teaching art in afternoons was excellent, I loved having the freedom and responsibility of looking after my own class and arranging the lessons myself, planning and providing lessons and materials that otherwise the children wouldn’t have access to." Hannah Cooke

“So far so good. I've just had the most incredible day. Although I didn't need to, I decided to go to Sunridge. The warmth I was given by the children and staff was quite something. Don't think the kids had seen anything like me before. They either pointed, smiled or just came up and hugged me. A number of them asked me if I was a pop star ! Also pleased with house. Own room which is good and very nice people to share with. Off out to meet volunteers from other house tonight.”
Adrian Tate's

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 £795 for one week. You can participate for up to twelve weeks 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, homestay, 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. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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