New Hope Volunteers

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Teaching English Project (Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Albertinia, Knysna)

volunteer in teaching english project in albertinia, south africa
  • Share your passion in teaching English to children
  • Work with local schools and help shape the futures of the students
  • Immerse in the local culture through carefully-screened homestays
  • Enjoy the world-renowned wildlife attractions, beautiful natural wonders and the diverse South African cultures in your downtime

If you enjoy teaching, this is the opportunity to do so amidst savannas teeming with wildlife! Being one of the national languages of the country, English is a very important subject for young South Africans to learn. Often, a good ability to read and write in English will mean they can secure seats in good universities and ultimately, get well paid jobs. Unfortunately, rural schools in South Africa are resource-poor and lack enough skilled educators. The impoverished attend these schools, and improving the grasp of the English language is near impossible without proper guidance. New Hope works closely with various educational institutions in South Africa to help the students improve on their English skills. Volunteers might also choose to assist local English teachers in their daily classes or volunteer to help children outside the classes by taking extra classes. Teach English in South Africa, and help the children of rural South Africa have a better future while enjoying the panoramic sceneries, famous wildlife, and fascinating culture blend of the country!

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer teaching English in South Africa, you will be placed at the local schools and teach at a primary, middle or high school level. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English to the students
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Assisting the fulltime local teacher with class duties
  • Educating children regarding personal hygiene
  • Working alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Tutoring the students and help with their homework
How You Can Make a Difference

Rural schools in South Africa lack enough funds to deliver high quality education. Therefore, students in these schools face a bleak future as English is one of the national languages of South Africa and very important for students to master. English taught in the public schools is basic at best, and teachers do not have the proper training to teach correct pronunciation or grammar. With our volunteers, the students will be able to hold debates and discussions and this will help them to comprehend the language better through improved grammar and vocabulary. Your presence will encourage the students to speak English, and gradually build their confidence. If you’ve always been interested in teaching, or wish to broaden your teaching experiences, there’s no better opportunity than to do so in a third world, rural setting.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join this project beyond a fluency in the written and spoken English language. However, your understanding of South African culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and the students. Consider enrolling in our five-day Cultural Immersion & Information program. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the children. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

This project is located in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Albertinia and Knysna. All projects and our Cultural Program originate in Cape Town, but most placements are located are located outside of Cape Town. All placements offer access to activities that are considered “authentic South African” experiences and all locations are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and natural beauty.

A few of our projects are located in Stellenbosch in The Winelands. This town is the second oldest and one of the richest towns in South Africa. The wines, historical buildings, oak lined streets and university offer a beautiful backdrop for free-time excursions. Stellenbosch is centuries old and the town was founded primarily to support the region’s wine production. Historic Cape Dutch architecture rules the town and most buildings have been carefully restored. Vineyards and wineries are the main pull here, but hiking trails abound at local nature reserves.

Our Garden Route projects are based in Albertinia, Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Riversdale. The Garden Route is wrapped along the coastal area along the Gouritz River, up into the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains. There are a few local wineries and the local Garden Route Game Reserve offers a chance to see animals in their natural environment. The 2nd highest bungee jump in South Africa is located at the famous Gouritz Bridge. Beachside towns are only 30-45 minutes away and offer a great afternoon of relaxation and playing tourist. There are water sports and trails for hikes, horses and cyclists. Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich feather capital of the world and also boasts caverns and caves to explore. Riversdale is the flower kingdom of the garden route and there are mountain activities as well as many local markets at which to buy local artists’ works.

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