The focus of this project is the education, support and empowerment of disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children and youth through a sustainable approach to community development. We also facilitate women’s groups at a safe house, where you’ll be working closely with our team to provide much needed support to young women who have struggled through adverse circumstances or suffered abuse. We work closely with local community partners to ensure that our contribution is effective, long-term and beneficial.
Cape Town Over 30s Pre-School Teaching And Community Development Project Cape Town Southern Peninsula
The children and communities we support in this project are often vulnerable or disadvantaged. In order to provide effective support and care in these communities, we’ve identified a need for older volunteers who are able to put their maturity, life skills and professional experience to the best possible use. There has been a shifting demographic in the volunteer industry in recent years. While volunteer travel has in the past been most popular with students taking a gap year or with young adults who have finished a course of study; there is an increase in older volunteers traveling abroad to experience new landscapes through humanitarian work.
Community Pre-schools and Educare Centres
African Impact currently partners with pre-schools serving vulnerable children in the underprivileged local communities of Red Hill and Masiphumelele. Caring for children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years, these pre-schools offer children from disadvantaged backgrounds an invaluable head start to their education and future. Unfortunately, understaffed and lacking in essential resources, these schools often struggle to meet the needs of the children. Volunteers are of great benefit to the schools and contribute in a variety of ways; assisting teachers with lesson planning and implementation through a school readiness approach, providing one-on-one attention and educational opportunities when possible, and assisting teachers with the daily school routine.
Our partnerships with local stakeholders allows us to identify much needed building and maintenance projects. The limited capacity and resources of many community facilities makes this form of volunteer assistance essential, meeting needs which would otherwise likely not be addressed. Past volunteers have contributed to community building in a variety of ways: building playgrounds at schools, painting classrooms, fixing broken windows and doors, building gardens and even picking up trash.
Home for Children Infected and/or Affected by HIV/AIDS
This home for children provides an environment where children can flourish, channeling their energy into educational and recreational activities which allow them to excel. The home caters to 21 children, ranging in age from 1 to 18 years old. Our volunteers generally work with children between Grade R and Grade 4, many of whom have experienced interrupted learning and are struggling to keep up in school. Volunteers support the children by providing structured individual and small group programs aimed at addressing the areas in which a child may be struggling while also encouraging and emphasizing their strengths. (Available for 12 week placements only)
The Safe House is a loving home for 6 women (aged 20 – 30 years) who are escaping desperate circumstances and 21 orphaned and/or vulnerable children (aged 0 – 17 years). We engage with and assist the Safe House in a number of ways: activities and games planning to help stimulate the children, sports development and homework support. With a number of infants and toddlers who have been affected by substance abuse there is also opportunity for volunteers to engage in stimulating play and activities which encourage healthy child development.
This local library is considered one of the most important community facilities. With abuse against children being most common in the immediate after-school hours when caregivers are not yet back from work, African Impact volunteers provide a safe environment where children are free from harm. Structured as a drop-in program for children from age 4-5 years up to youth ages 12-14, volunteers assist in the planning and implementation of arts and crafts, puzzles, games, literacy and one-on-one reading, and homework support.
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre (DTHF YC) was set up in response to the needs voiced by the Masiphumelele community for a youth centre for after school. As a volunteer you may be involved in the planning and delivery of lifestyle and recreation workshops to youth aged 12 and over during holidays and/on special request. These sessions help youth develop new skills and learn about making healthy choices in all aspects of their lives,including those related to HIV.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Cape Town Southern Peninsula
What will I be doing?
Playing a vital role in education and child development as well as assisting with youth programs and women’s groups in disadvantages Cape Town communities and townships.
- Make a meaningful impact on the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and youth, through education, care and support.
- Help uplift community facilities through building and maintenance projects.
- Use your skills and life experience to empower individuals and communities and support sustainable change.
- Explore the diverse natural surroundings of Cape Town, including national parks, hiking trails, famous sights like Robben Island, Cape Point, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Boulders Beach penguin sanctuary.
- Immerse yourself in the local Captonian culture visiting local restaurants, markets, beach café’s and trendy hotspots.
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers.
What’s included in the cost?
- Project fee – This fee goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. It facilitates funding for items such as resources, building materials, equipment and project supplies. It also covers operational costs such as housing, communication, and project vehicles
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (excluding weekends)
- All airport transfers from Cape Town International Airport upon arrival and departure
- All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay
- Weekly laundry and housekeeping service
- Comprehensive orientation program
- Assistance and support from the African Impact staff and Project Managers
What’s not included in the cost?
- Transportation to Cape Town
- Visa fees
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement
- Any activities and excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
- Soft drinks, between meal snacks, and weekend food
No specific prior experience is required for volunteers on this project, unless you would like to take part in the special needs program. Please chat to your Destination Manager about this program. We encourage volunteers to do their homework on South Africa and Cape Town, and also take time to build a foundation of understanding around the legacy of the Apartheid era in the country and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- An introduction to the City of Cape Town and the beautiful Cape Peninsula, including the communities you will be working with
- A general overview of what to expect during your time both on project and around Cape Town as well as information to support the quality of your experience
Minimum 30 years, maximum decided on health of potential participant.
During school holidays activities may differ from the usual schedule but the work will be equally engaging and rewarding. The school holiday dates for South Africa for 2013 are as follows:
28 March – 8 April; 21 June – 15 July; 20 September – 1 October
The project will be closed over the Christmas holiday from 8 December until mid-January 2014.
Volunteers will be involved in a diverse range of project work which is continuously evolving and developing. As we strive to create positive change some projects will change focus areas or become self-sufficient and no longer require the assistance of volunteers. Please be advised that any such project changes reflect moving forward in reaching our common goal of creating an IMPACT!!