Trip Details

Teaching Volunteer Cape Town

Have you heard of the quote ‘To teach is to touch a life forever?“. Nowhere is that more pertinent than on our Teaching Volunteer programme in South Africa’s captial city. Here you will be placed at a primary school located in a suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town, helping local teachers to create a rich learning environment for their students. As a childcare volunteer, you will have a passion for teaching and be able to work independently in the classroom, helping with lesson plans and conjuring-up exciting activities for the children!

Encourage Children to Learn, Build their Confidence and to Dream Big!

The students at this school are from various backgrounds, so you will need to ensure that you work with them at their levels. However, engagement is the name of the game, so your talents for enthusing and exciting children will be key! Volunteers will teach a range of subjects, including English, History, Sports Education and life skills, as well as being involved in supervising school outings. However, you will have plenty of support from teaching staff to do this, and will also be encouraged to use your own techniques to inspire the children to get involved in lessons, meanwhile improving their self-confidence.

Explore Cape Town’s Beaches, Mountains and Nature Reserves

After a long, but rewarding day, we know you’ll want to see more of this beautiful city! And the views from Table Mountain are breathtaking. However, that’s just one day’s exploration – and you’ll find no end of exciting places to visit, from penguin colonies to nature reserves and of course, the bustling city itself! Whether you’re a shopper, an explorer or a hiker, you’ll have lots to plan with your new found friends whilst staying here. And if you’re more of a kick-back-and-relax type of person, our accommodation offers communal areas inside and out. Take a dip in the communal swimming pool, stick a few stuffed peppers on the barbeque, or simply bathe in the glorious sunshine and show off to your friends and family online! This volunteer teaching programme really is both rewarding and exciting in equal measures.

Why be a Teaching Volunteer in Cape Town?

  • Play a valuable role in a programme which aims to build children’s learning and self-confidence
  • Gain first hand experience of teaching children, improving your skills and techniques
  • Explore the bustling city of Cape Town, with its natural landmarks and colourful markets
  • Make new friends of fellow volunteers, and organise ahead with exciting weekend plans
  • Stay in our safe dorm-style accommodation with meals and beverages* included
  • Relax at the swimming pool, or stay in touch with friends and family with wifi included

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

You’ll arrive on Sunday, and have a day to relax and settle into your new surroundings.  Time zones are not too much of an issue here, as there’s only a 2 hour difference between the UK and Cape Town.

Weekly Schedule

On the first day of your volunteering placement, you will meet the local staff you’ll be working with and get a little introduction to the school and how it works. Thereafter, you will start with your regular volunteering day.

Typical working hours will be from 08:00 am – 15:00 pm and your tasks and responsibilities during this time will include:

  • Assisting with supervision in the classroom
  • Supervising the children during playtime & reporting any incidents to the teachers
  • Assist teachers coaching sports after school
  • Individual one to one assistance
  • Supervision during school outings

Evenings and Weekends

Once your day of childcare volunteering is over, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with your new-found friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!

Places to Visit

Cape Town, the famous port city of South Africa, lies at the foot of Table Mountain. Whilst a small city, Cape Town boasts an impressive array of natural landmarks and sight-seeing activities. Here’s our top five:

  • Table Mountains by arial Cable Car
  • Drive to Chapman’s Peak
  • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve

Please note:
Cost of transport to project locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day. Additional excursions to sightseeing areas must be arranged separately and are not included in the programme.

This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Cape Town, the famous port city of South Africa, lies at the foot of Table Mountain and boasts a wealth of culture and natural landmarks. There is so much to do here when your day of volunteering is done, such as hiking, trekking, shopping, and checking out the fantastic aquariums – or even a penguin colony! It’s all there for you to discover during your time here in Cape Town as a Teaching Volunteer!

About the Accommodation

You’ll have a really comfortable stay at our Volunteer Centre. The accommodation comprises male/female dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, a communal living room and dining room.

In addition, there’s also a BBQ area and a swimming pool – perfect for relaxing and socialising with your new friends!

If you’re here on your own, don’t worry! There are staff on-site 7 days a week to help you. Also, wifi is available in communal areas of the volunteer house so you can catch up with friends and family and share your stories with them!


There are two mini-kitchens to cook in should the mood take you, and there’s plenty of storage for your own food. However, all meals are provided at the accommodation, prepared by our super cook! Meals – typically western, are served 3 times a day Monday to Friday, with breakfast consisting of tea, coffee, toast, fruit, and cereal.

Lunch can range from sandwiches taken along to the volunteer project, to salad and Pasta. (And of course, you can make your own if you wish).

Finally, your evening meal will likely include potato, pasta, rice, meat and vegetables. Our volunteers love braai nights (BBQ) at the weekends, when they prepare and cook their own food together in the sunshine!


You’ll find a few small local stores that sell snacks, drinks, and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. ATM’s, banks, shops, and a local pharmacy are all nearby.

As mentioned, the volunteer accommodation has Wi-Fi in communal areas. However, if you are here for longer, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone. Thereafter, the local team will help you to buy a local SIM card.


Transportation is available to all surrounding areas. However, transport costs are not included in the programme and extra provision must be made for your excursions.

Trip Country Info

South Africa

Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2

South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!

While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.

South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.

All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of Africa and has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.
Natural beauty abounds with beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, lush forest belts and of course the famed Table Mountain. South Africa also boasts no less than 20 National Parks with the opportunity to see lion, leopard, rhino and elephants, to name but a few!  We have a selection of gap year adventures in South Africa including work at wildlife sanctuaries, work and travel in local South African communities, development projects and much more.  If you are interested in volunteering in South Africa please get in touch or read on for our latest experiences.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

DBS, Criminal Background Check
Travel Insurance
Under 18, Parental Consent

Additional Requirements

Recommended Vaccinations

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa