south africa
intermediate english
From 2 to 12 weeks
Minimum age: 16 YO
School and childcare in Cape Town

School and childcare in Cape Town

Program description

The Surf Project aims to address the lack of physical education in pre-schools and primary schools due to insufficient funding, which can have adverse effects on the physical and mental development of children.

Program Info

In the mornings, volunteers assist Educare Centers in the local township by organizing engaging games and lessons for children aged 3 to 7 years old. In the afternoons, the focus shifts to children aged 10 to 15 years old, where adventure sports activities are used to develop essential skills and impart valuable life lessons. This aspect of the program is particularly crucial as the townships where these children reside often face issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, and there is a heightened risk of them being recruited by local gangs at this vulnerable age.

The project offers an excellent opportunity for volunteers to gain hands-on experience working with children and groups, while also learning new outdoor activities such as swimming, boxing, spike ball surfing, and skateboarding. Volunteers receive training to effectively assist in teaching these activities to the children.

Volunteers don't need to have experience in teaching to teach in the projects and there are many opportunities to join a teaching project, working in deprived schools ranging from nurseries all the way through to high school.

Volunteers will build great relationships with the pupils as well as the teachers on this volunteer programme, getting completely involved with educating and supporting the Afrikkan children aged 6-16.  As well as IT support, volunteers get involved with teaching life lessons, such as sex education, AIDS and HIV lessons, drugs awareness etc.

You can also support teachers in after school clubs and extra curricular activities.

School and Childcare Volunteer Project in Cape Town
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Airport pick up + 2 Day Cape Town Orientation
Three meals a day from Monday to Friday
Weekly social events
24 hour support and supervision
Donation to the project

not included

Arrival on Sunday fee 16€
Meals on weekends
Return transfer (except for minors)

Dates and prices

Every Saturday, all year
2 Weeks
1090 €
3 Weeks
1390 €
4 Weeks
1690 €
5 Weeks
1990 €
6 Weeks
2290 €
7 Weeks
2590 €
8 Weeks
2890 €
9 Weeks
3190 €
10 Weeks
3488 €
11 Weeks
3790 €
12 Weeks
4090 €

A supplementary fee of €200 applies to participants under 18 years old. For more information, go to the youth section.


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Life on the project


Volunteers will stay in one of our volunteer houses with bedrooms sleeping 2 – 6 people. All houses are facilitated with electricity, hot water, a kitchen, one or two toilets, a bathroom with a shower, beds with linen (no towels). Male and female volunteers will share rooms unless otherwise requested. Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house tidy. Two to three times a week a cleaning lady will be there to clean the house and change linen. The volunteer houses are at walking distance from shops, restaurants, entertainment, bus stops and the beach.

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J’ai vécu une superbe expérience. Je recommande sans aucun doute ! Merci Freepackers