Volunteer In South Africa
Daycare Center Project (Cape Town)
- Show care, concern and guidance to children from destitute backgrounds
- Work with local childcare professionals to create a safe, fun and enriching environment for the children
- Live with a local family and enjoy the day-to-day life of a South African
- Enjoy the world-renowned wildlife attractions, beautiful natural wonders and the diverse South African cultures in your downtime
Shine light on the lives of underprivileged children in South Africa! There are many day care centers in South Africa which are initiated to help working mothers and underprivileged families. For underprivileged families with children, day care centers come as a blessing. Due to lack of resources and needing to work, they are often unable to take care of their children properly, especially for mothers. The day care centers ensure that the children are able to grow healthily and in an environment that is safe. The centers are always in need of volunteers that can help to lighten the load of taking care of the children. Volunteer in South Africa, and help local organizations provide better care, attention and facilities to the children. Work with children from low-income families and motivate them to work towards a bigger future. At the same time, visit the various national parks and enjoy the rich cultures of South Africa!
As a volunteer in the Daycare Center Project, you will be involved with child-focused activities. Depending on the each individual skill and interest, and the needs of the local teachers and staff, your daily activities may include:
- Teaching basic English, Math, Science, Health, and other subjects
- Providing a healthy and safe environment for the children to grow up in
- Providing care, love and attention to children
- Providing daily care to the children such as preparing meals and watching over them
- Educating on personal hygiene, and safety rules and precautions
- Teaching essential life skills to the children such as gardening, painting, building, sewing, business skills, etc.
- Developing stimulating new ideas to interest the children to learn
- Organizing and leading extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dancing, story-telling, drama lessons, etc.
- Assisting the local staff with administrative duties, promoting fundraising activities, and helping to plan events and excursions for the children
- Assisting underprivileged families
How You Can Make a Difference
By volunteering in South Africa, you will be giving love, care, attention and education to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The daycare centers are doing great at providing the essential care and services so that these deprived children can develop well. The daycare center can only afford to hire few skilled staff, and the workload for each staff is heavy. They need all the help they can get, and your assistance will help to relieve some duties of the regular staff. As you interact with the children and provide them guidance, you’ll play a part in helping the children realize their full potential. Healthy, happy, and inspired children will be motivated to work towards a brighter and better future.
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications needed to volunteer in the Daycare Center program in South Africa. However, your understanding of South African culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and the children. Consider enrolling in our five-day Cultural Immersion & Information program. Volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient, as well as have much passion and love for children. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.
The project is located in the capital city of South Africa, Cape Town. Not only is Cape Town South Africa’s second largest city, it is also the most popular tourist destination in all of Africa. Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot of South Africa; a city alive with creativity, color, sounds, and tastes. When strolling through the city streets of Cape Town, you will fall in love with the natural beauties that surround you, the creative freedom of the locals, and the ambiance of it all.
There is a lot to do and see in your free time in and around Cape Town. You can visit many popular sites such as Table Mountain National Park, City Bowl, various popular beaches, Chapman’s Peak Drive, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, and much more. You can also see places like Bo Kaap, a historical area inhabited by slaves from the Southeast, also known for colorful buildings, quaint streets, mosques, and the prettiest views of Cape Town. The Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving building is another attraction you can visit. There is also the Kistenbosch botanical gardens and Robben Island, two ocean aquariums if you are into glimpsing wildlife and water. You will never get tired of visiting and exploring the beautiful city! If your weekends are free, you can also take trips to the wine countries like Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Frankschoek.