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Help to build a better world: Teach and Learn in South Africa!

Visit the iconic city of Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer teaching primary school children from an under-resourced local township school. Help children who need extra assistance through dedicated one-on-one sessions, improving their abilities and confidence. Experience everything the magical Cape has to offer in your free time.

Join our team in the beautiful city of Cape Town and volunteer at an oversubscribed and under-resourced school in a friendly and welcoming township just outside of the city.

Here are a few of the program highlights:

  • Program duration varies from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.
  • Many departure date options
  • International volunteer experience
  • Training provided and includes classroom management, lesson planning, curriculum, a local language lesson, township life
  • Accommodation in an attractive coastal village
  • Optional side trips available

Why Volunteering?

This volunteer project involves teaching primary school children using dedicated one-on-one sessions to help bring them up to required standards.

After working with each child, not only may you see a measurable improvement in their abilities, the children should also be more confident and comfortable once they return to their classrooms.

The children assigned to the program have been selected by their teachers as they require extra tuition. The sessions aim to improve literacy, numeracy, English language skills and confidence levels.

You should typically work with the same small group of students in your one-on-ones each day for 30 minute sessions, then several more in the reading focus and afternoon workshop sessions. Resources, art materials, games and the curriculum will be provided to help you prepare your lessons.

Your typical day

From Monday to Friday you will travel by minibus to the township school where you will work from 9am-4pm, with an hour’s break for lunch. Usually in the morning you will teach individual students and in the afternoon you will conduct small homework and reading workshops. You may also play sports, run art projects and assist with basic childcare for younger children. After school you may spend time preparing your lessons for the next day.

Weekends are free for you to explore the local area and there are many different side trips and activities available such as a safari day trip or a Cape Town cultural weekend.

To be eligible for the program:

  • You must be 18+ years old
  • You must be fluent in English
  • You must be a Canadian citizen and resident with a Canadian Passport (valid for at least the entire duration of your stay)
  • Must have a clean criminal background history
  • Canadian citizens who wish to go to South Africa to volunteer for 90 days or less are exempted from visa requirements.
  • For programs longer than 90 days, you have to obtain a Visitor Visa. Our team will help you to arrange this but you will be responsible for all fees and costs related to your visa’s submission.
  • It is recommended that you purchase medical insurance for the entire duration that you are in South Africa (if you would like to purchase through us - we offer a great insurance policy at a low premium)
  • Must have full time availability throughout the volunteer contract

After you are accepted into the program, we will send you a Welcome Letter which will outline everything you need before you go.

What's Included:

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Daily transport to and from project sites

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

South Africa has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some places to consider visiting while you are there.

Cape town

Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes.

While walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.

Wildlife Safari

National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences. There exist an incredible amount of parks such as Groenkloof, Kruger, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, & Wilderness), Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, and many more. 

Many more opportunities

Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing option in this stunning country.



Teaching in South Africa Prices:

  2017 Prices
2 weeks  CAD 1986
4 weeks  CAD 2651
6 weeks CAD 3316 
8 weeks  CAD 3981
10 weeks CAD 4646
12 weeks   CAD 5311 

Dates available for 2017:

  • 07 & 21 January
  • 04 & 18 February
  • 04 & 18 March
  • 01, 15 & 29 April
  • 13 & 27 May 
  • 10 & 24 June
  • 08 & 22 July 
  • 05 & 19 August  
  • 02, 16 & 30 September 
  • 14 & 28 October  
  • 11 & 25 November 
  • 09 & 23 December

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