Early Childhood Development, South Africa - African Impact

Early Childhood Development, South Africa

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.

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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

About the Destination

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities.

You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy some Africa’s finest restaurants and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. For those more interested in exploring South Africa’s culture, how about visiting the historic Robben Island, or taking a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid?

Volunteers live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around (ready to get suited up?), it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. Our team of international and local staff members live and work with you, so expect to see and do more than most tourists could ever dream of.

Dates & Rates

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Cape Town – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

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Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

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Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.

Volunteer Reviews

“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

GAPA group photo before going to Robben Island
November 8, 2018

GAPA Trip to Robben Island in 2018

Kat Duffy, African Impact alumnus, has become a very familiar face to us in Cape Town. After returning home, Kat set her sights on fundraising. Her ambitious target was met when she sent 90 children and 15 grannies to see Robben Island.
October 19, 2018

Why Volunteer in Cape Town Before the End of the Year

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September 13, 2018

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