Education is one of the key needs of children and is their doorway to a bright future. In South Africa, all children have to go to school, because it is seen a basic human right, yet a large percentage of children struggle to go to or to do well at school due to the effects of unemployment, HIV AIDS, poverty and substance abuse. This project involves working with a school in the Hout Bay area of Cape Town, South Africa, which offers education and the hope of a future to many young people.
The Teaching Project aims to assist children at primary school level with support in a variety of ways including getting students to read and offering one-on-one support to children who are performing below the 20% pass rate. You also will be working in the after-school project that continues to support educational activities including reading and homework, as well as teaching life skills and activities to improve self-confidence.
- Spread hope through assisting at pre-schools to educate and support disadvantaged children
- Experience lively culture in a South African Township
- Live in and explore the city of Cape Town
- Enjoy a day off in the sun on the beautiful sandy beaches
- Hike up table mountain and learn about the history of this iconic city
What to Expect
Volunteers can participate in a variety of programs including; Child Care, Teaching & Youth Development, Support for People with Disabilities, Lalela Arts & Expression Program, Business Development & Product Design, Learn English & Volunteer, Wildlife Care & Community Education.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VOLUNTEER
7:00 Wake up and have your breakfast on the deck overlooking the beach and Hout Bay Harbour!
7:30 Travel to your placement and get ready to begin your day8:00 Participate in your chosen project assisting with teaching activities including maths, English, science etc, and supporting the teacher through helping with setting and marking homework and tests
12:30 Time to either return to Hout Bay Backpackers for lunch or to eat the packed lunch you made that morning!
14:00 Begin your afternoon’s work with a full stomach and enthusiasm – this will involve assisting at youth clubs with homework, reading and activities to develop self-confidence
16:00 Return back to your accommodation and share your day’s adventures with other volunteers, maybe even a quick swim in the sea!
18:30 Enjoy a delicious evening meal and relax......
ITINERARY FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE
Day 1 Fly into Cape Town International Airport where you will be met by All Out Africa staff members who will transfer you to Hout Bay Backpackers, your home for the duration of the experience.
Day 2 The second day begins with an informative presentation that will brief you on all you need to know about the culture and country, how to effectively contribute during your volunteer experience.
Day 3 Today you begin your volunteer project! The Project Coordinator will take you to and assist you in settling in at your project. After lunch you have another tour, this time through the Hangberg community. Your tour guide is a local leader who lives in the community and is involved in many of the youth interventions to encourage positive development.
Day 4 In the morning you will return to your morning project, and in the afternoon you may remain at your pre-school.
Day 5 You’re now fully up and running as a volunteer, and will go to both your morning and afternoon projects!
Day 6-7 and other weekends The rst weekend of your experience you will be given a one-day bus ticket to the open top red bus tour, which is a great way to explore Cape Town and familiarise yourself on what you want to do! Stops include Camps Bay, Table Mountain, V & A waterfront and Cape Town City Centre.
Other weekends are free for you to relax or to see more of the scenery and activities Cape Town has to offer!
For 4 Week Option
Day 29 Return home Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Hout Bay and will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport.
Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa if on the designated departure day.
For 4 Week+ Option
Day 29 onwards Continue with your volunteer project as described in day 5, giving you more time to contribute to your project.
Orientation upon arrival
Full support and daily guidance from the project coordinator and assistant coordinator
Housing & Meals
Hout Bay Backpackers has a truly stunning view over Hout Bay beach and local shops, markets, restaurants and amenities are all within walking distance. Cape Town centre is a short bus ride away, with stops outside the backpackers.
You will be accommodated in shared dorms with communal bathrooms with bed linen and pillows. There are communal living spaces, DSTV, kitchen and terrace for you to use, and staff will help you organise trips and excursions to local sights.
Hout Bay is situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, twenty kilometers south of the Central Business District of Cape Town. It is bordered by Table Mountain and a white sand beach. Hout Bay has one of the busiest shing harbours in the Western Cape with an established sh industry, and great sh restaurants.
Volunteers, interns and students receive 3 meals a day when joining an All Out Africa experience. These meals are provided at Hout Bay Backpackers and are eaten together on the communal decking area in the summer or in the dining room during winter.
Breakfast is self-service from a selection of items including cereals, bread, fruit, yogurt, eggs and spreads. Lunch too is self-service from items such as bread, ham, cheese, salad and fruits. Dinner is a cooked meal which you will assist with cooking on a rotational basis. Types of dishes served include pasta, stir-fry, curry and stew.
Vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for. In order to fully support you during your experience, please advise us at time of booking if you have any food allergies or preferences, so we can cater for these in our meal plans. We will do our best but be prepared your food selection may not be as varied as other participants. If your food allergies/preference are quite restrictive, we may require you to pay an additional fee to allow us to cater for you.
Cape Town is a port city, the legislative capital of South Africa, the most southern city in all of Africa, and referred to as the "Mother City". It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.