Travel to Africa and join a group of teenagers to volunteer with children in South Africa. You’ll work in kindergartens and daycare centres, and support the work of local teachers and caregivers. Your focus will be on helping the children learn through play, and doing light renovation work, like painting a colourful mural.
The childcare centres we work with in South Africa are overcrowded, and teachers need extra pairs of helping hands. You’ll help them by playing games with the children, and doing educational and creative activities. You’ll also be part of the work we do in the local community, such as helping at a soup kitchen. This experience will help you develop personal skills like teamwork and planning, which can help your future career.
You'll live and work with other teenagers in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town. Under the supervision of our staff, you’ll have plenty to do when you’re not working, like visiting Table Mountain and a local market!
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.
High School Specials - Students aged 15-18, wanting fun, structured, fully-supervised work experience with other teenagers during your holidays
South Africa > Childcare & Community Work
Fixed dates during school holidays
Cape Town (Read More)
Host family Read More
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteering with children in South Africa for high school students right for me?
This project is perfect if you enjoy working with children and don’t mind getting your hands dirty to help the community. It’s also the ideal way for people your age to travel safely, knowing that experienced Projects Abroad staff are with you every step of the way.
You don’t need any qualifications or experience to join. You’ll support the work of local teachers and caregivers, and Projects Abroad staff are also there to guide you if you need it. All you need to bring with you is plenty of energy and a commitment to making learning fun!
Through this High School Special, you’ll be able to add practical childcare experience to your CV, and you’ll develop personal skills like teamwork and planning. It will also give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.
This project runs for two or four weeks over fixed dates in the summer. It has a set itinerary, and we’ve planned every detail for you from the moment you arrive at the airport in Cape Town. Over the weekend, we’ll take you to visit some of the famous attractions around Cape Town. All of these activities take place in a group and under supervision of local Projects Abroad staff members.
What will I do on this project?
As a teenager doing volunteer work in South Africa, you’ll focus on young children’s education and work with local teachers and caregivers. Here is what you can expect to do:
- Help the children learn through play through games and educational activities
- Encourage the children to practice good hygiene everyday to keep them healthy
- Assist with light renovation and community work, like cleaning or painting
- Work and explore with volunteers your age from around the world
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work with children and help them learn through play
Because many of these care centres are overcrowded, caregivers often aren’t able to pay attention to each child equally. You will be an extra pair of hands and eyes, helping them reach more children throughout the day.
You will also do activities like:
- Help children learn through songs, games, and flashcards
- Organise arts and crafts to encourage their creativity
- Play sports to get kids active and working on hand-eye coordination
- Read to children to help improve literacy
Your Projects Abroad supervisor will have loads of activity ideas to share with you. Plus you can brainstorm with fellow volunteers to come up with new ones of your own. You will also have the local teachers supervising and helping you.
Encourage the children to practice good hygiene everyday
Hygiene is a very important part of keeping children healthy. You can encourage children to wash their hands regularly and to thoroughly brush their teeth. You’ll also help implement a routine of washing hands before meals, and after using the bathroom. This helps ensure they adopt healthy habits early in life.
Assist with community work
Part of your work will involve helping with community work. You can put a fresh coat of paint on a classroom, assist at a local soup kitchen, or help clean or maintain homes.
Work and explore with volunteers from around the world
You’ll volunteer with teenagers from around the world. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends, like the customs and cultures in their home countries. During social activities, you’ll all learn about life in Cape Town, under the supervision of our local staff.
Where in South Africa will I work?
You’ll work in a care centre. We partner with several care centres in Cape Town, and focus our efforts in disadvantaged townships. The townships are deeply affected by unemployment and poverty, and there is very little infrastructure. Most care centres are understaffed, overcrowded, and need extra pairs of helping hands.
Cape Town will serve as a great backdrop while you volunteer. When you’re not working, you’ll be able to visit local attractions, shop for souvenirs, and explore the city with your group and Projects Abroad staff. And whether you visit the penguins at Boulders Beach or explore some of the legendary Garden Route, you’ll have the time of your life!
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to support the education of young children by working closely with local teachers and caregivers in disadvantaged areas.
The care centres we work with are often overcrowded and don’t have enough resources. Teachers and caregivers often struggle to give enough attention to each child equally. You’ll support the work of local staff by helping the children learn through play and running fun, educational activities and games.
Creating spaces for cultural exchange and growth for you is another important reason we run this project. During your time on the programme, you’ll learn about South African culture first-hand by living and working closely with locals.
Join us in South Africa and make a difference by working with children in need.
I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it, thinking it would be good for my personal growth and it would be a chance to see a new country. I never expected to have one of the best two weeks of my life.
Volunteering with Children in South Africa for Teenagers
Don’t believe words can truly describe the unforgettable experience I had. From the people, cultures and trips, the memories I gained will forever remain with me. Not once did I feel unwelcome and Projects Abroad worked very hard to make sure everyone felt safe and happy.
Volunteering with Children in South Africa for Teenagers
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in South Africa
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