Visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities and share your passion for children and love of teaching on this Early Childhood Development Project. As a volunteer, you will work in Cape Town’s underprivileged townships, educating and caring for vulnerable children in foster care homes and pre-schools. By supporting this initiative, you are making a positive, long-term impact on children who otherwise would not get the chance to access a quality and inclusive education.
Cape Town will not run out of water in 2018, but is still in the midst of a drought. We are encouraging our volunteers to continue saving water and would like to assure you that African Impact has contingency plans in place should the situation change – all volunteers will have sufficient water. Life in Cape Town will continue and the community programs need dedicated volunteers more than ever.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Experience the real, un-cut Cape Town as a responsible traveler and volunteer daily in the township communities surrounding the city.
- Give children the opportunity to access one-to-one educational opportunities that would otherwise not exist in severely over-crowded and under-funded facilities.
- Through structured early learning development plans, support an emergency foster care home that takes in abused, neglected and orphaned children.
- Work alongside local teachers at community pre-schools, empowering them to be better able to educate the children in their care.
- Become a positive role model at after-school care programs that provide a safe and engaging environment that aims to keep vulnerable children off the street.
- See for yourself why Cape Town has been named the Most Beautiful City in the World for the past 5 years.
- Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime activities this city has to offer, including cage-diving with Great white sharks, whale watching, visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, or snorkeling with seals.
“This was such an amazing opportunity. Not only was I able to travel across the world and experience a new country, but I made great friends, went to so many new places and made an impact on the community all at the same time. Apart from the life-changing involvement in being able to help educate the children in their schools, the staff really make this group what it is. They are so warm, welcoming and enthusiastic, there is no doubt you’ll fit right in and feel at home as soon as you step in the door. The African Impact experience is one that you MUST have.”
Kristin Kuhn, USA
“It is difficult to sum up my time with African Impact. I could use every superlative possible and it probably wouldn’t come close to explaining how being part of this organisation, even for a short time makes you feel. It is the most rewarding, amazing experience. I split my time between two different preschools and an after-school club. All the projects were filled with inspiring people and I genuinely felt like the work we were doing was adding value to both the teachers and children.”
Jen Lamswood, UK
Dates & Rates
- All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
- All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
- 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
- Tea, coffee and filtered water
- Medical and travel insurance
- Flights to your chosen destination
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
How your volunteer fee is used:
Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.
African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.
About the Destination
During your stay at the tip of Africa you will be located in Observatory – the city’s most bohemian suburb, a short 10 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre. The secure property is fully furnished and staffed with a cook and housekeeper. Volunteers in Cape Town share a room with 2-6 others and bathrooms are communal. Wifi is available for a small fee as well as access to a small lock-up safe for your valuable items.
In the summer months, from December to February, days are lovely and hot. The winter months of June to August tend to be rather wet but there are some beautiful crisp sunny days in between.
Cape Town is a buzzing location for sports tours and festivals such as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, Two Oceans Marathon, Jazz Music Festival and Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. There are plenty of local markets to visit, especially on weekends, where you can enjoy mouth-watering home-made fare and shop for local crafts. Visit heritage sites such as Robben Island and maybe even spot whales and dolphins off the coast. The Cape is also ‘wine country’ offering remarkable wine tours and magnificent scenery. Craft breweries are also taking the Cape by storm and there are plenty of places to visit for some unique beer tasting experiences.
As you work and travel in Africa, the people of Cape Town will warm your heart, entertain you and you will discover great diversity in the different communities. Whether you are a student volunteer, coming for a gap year program or a well-seasoned traveller, this volunteer opportunity in Africa promises to leave you a deeper, stronger individual ready for the next adventure.
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Foster Care Home Support
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Enrichment and Education
Fun & Travel
You can hike up the magnificent Table Mountain, or take the cable car to the top. Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view, you can choose to abseil your way down. Surfing lessons, shark cage diving and sky-diving are also on many tourists’ “bucket lists”, and Cape Town’s mountain ranges make for great mountain-biking too.
Fun & Travel
Beach and Ocean Adventures
Although the water may be just a little cold, Cape Town has plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, each with its own unique atmosphere. If you are really keen to explore the waters you can dive with the sharks or take a tour to Cape Point Peninsula where you will have a chance to swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Fun & Travel
Cape Town has many iconic sites which makes for great photograph opportunities. Take a boat trip to Seal Island, visit the celebrated Robben Island and of stand on top of the world-renowned Table Mountain, reaching it either by foot or cable car. A convenient and fun way to see more of what the city has to offer is to take the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour bus. You will also have a chance to do some shopping and enjoy fine dining at the V&A Waterfront or at one of the many local food markets.
Fun & Travel
Cape Town has something for everyone. If you’re not really a city slicker and prefer to discover what nature has to offer, you can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.
The Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies within a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise with many buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, birds and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.