School & Educare Assistance Project

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Volunteers are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities. No experience is necessary and volunteers can have the joy of watching a child learn and helping them through the process. You will be assigned to a class and will help the teacher in their daily tasks, be it teaching, marking and sports training. After school hours volunteers will be involved in after care or after school programs in the settlements.

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We currently support or run the following schools and educare centers:

  • Wings of Hope: Colourful shipping containers surround an outdoor play area that makes for a safe environment for children. The classrooms divide the children by age, and each day they are guaranteed a hot meal, lessons with the volunteers, and playtime.
  • Zusakhe: SAVE started working with this educare early in 2016. The school is run by a lovely lady named Patricia who is also the chairperson for several educare centres in Dunoon. The school has 5 separate classrooms, each teaching a different age group ranging from 2 year old to Grade R (6 year old). Each classroom has one main teacher and an assistant. The school is situated next to an outdoor sports area where the children can run around and play. The volunteers going to this school are mainly there to assist the teachers that already work at the school.
  • Honeybee: Honeybee Educare was created by Jerome & Charon, who are so dedicated to the importance of early education that they actually run the center out of their own home. The volunteers work closely with the dedicated teachers here to care for and educate the large number of students in English.
  • Vissershok Primary School:  An Afrikaans farm school where children from the local settlement get taught grades 1 – 7. The children are from ages 6 – 15. Classes are between 40 – 60 children. Volunteers assist with teaching computers and supporting individual children. The computer and technical skills that they learn allow them to have a greater chance of success in today’s technological world.
  • Elundini: Elundini Educare Centre provides all-day care for children with disabilities ranging from those with mild physical and mental disorders to children who are severely incapacitated. In addition to caring for the disabled children, Elundini also provides pre-school education for children without disabilities. The children at Elundini range between the ages of 18 months to 18 years old.

Project Highlights

  • Flexibility to run your own programs and lessons
  • Using your initiative to create activities
  • Helping children develop life and educational skills
  • Experience working with children and groups within an organisation
  • Facilitating new experiences for children
  • Learning about South African cultures and way of life
  • Making new lifetime friends

 Information About The Children/Schools

  • Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa
  • The children live in townships such as Dunoon or site 5, these townships usually have 1 tap for many house to share and no electricity
  • Children in the program range from 0 – 14yrs
  • School starts at 08:00 and closes around 13:30/14:30
  • Many of the children do not pay school fees so the schools funds are stretched and any assistance is welcomed

Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers will help in the daily running of the projects for example:

  • Teaching lessons to children in the older groups (colours, letters, shapes, art, etc.) as well as teaching English through play and vocabulary stimulation.
  • Stimulating smaller children in the younger groups with developmental toys, touch and by speaking English to them. We believe that speaking English to the children will assist them as they get older as English is compulsory in later education. The earlier they learn, the more they will benefit.
  • Educating children in life lessons such as HIV, drugs etc.
  • Assisting with the feeding programs
  • Supervising children at all times
  • Helping with events and fundraising
  • Administration, lesson plan preparation, developmental activities, research, etc. This is mostly done after project hours in preparation for upcoming days. You may be required to do some of these tasks in your free time.
  • Helping with the baby room – changing diapers, feeding babies, assisting with naptime
  • Assisting in the vegetable garden where we grow fresh produce for their meals
  • Helping with washing up after meals, cleaning classrooms, washing bedding and toys
  • Maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for the children at all times

Volunteers will work 5 days a week with the children. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project.

Project Details

  • Project starts: Every Monday
  • Location: Blaauwberg/TableView, Cape Town
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Volunteer Requirements

  • CV/Resumé
  • Police clearance
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Intermediate to advanced level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary

Average working day

  • Volunteers work 5 days a week, from Monday to Friday
  • Working hours at the school or educare center are between 08:00 and 14:00 or 09:00 and 12:00

Project wish list

  • School supplies
  • Stationery
  • Sports equipment

Winter in South Africa

Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.

Holiday club is a fun and educational weekly programme that the volunteers do with the kids in the holidays when there is no school/classes.

The children on this programme range from 8 to 16 years old and live in a township in Cape Town, such as Dunoon, or a Settlement such as Wolwerivier. Most of them can speak English, yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa. The homes they live in are often built from scrap metal and second hand wood and usually do not have running water.

Please note: If a holiday club activity requires the payment of an entrance fee, volunteers have to pay for themselves! The programme fee is used to cover the entrance for the kids only!

Please note that during the holidays it is a time for the kids to have fun, so the programs are less structured and may change depending on the amount of children that arrive on the day. The first and last weeks of school are less structured. There are exams during the last weeks and the children are quite excited for the holidays. It takes a couple weeks for the children to settle back into the school schedule once the holidays are finished.

REMINDER: Projects will be closed from 25 December – 1 January

Babes Creche

Wings of Hope

Sunshine Educare 

Lise Johansen
I am writing this review at home in Norway. After 13 weeks of traveling, 8 of which I spent in Cape
Town, I am home with my loved ones at last. This journey has been an adventure of a life(me,
though I must admit that I did not enjoy project my first week in Cape Town. I remember thinking
“I am going to stay here for two whole months, I don’t want to stay here that long!”. However, I
quickly realised that the place, the project, and the people I met made me change my mind
completely. I got the chance to work with teenagers and younger children, and I got the chance to
participate in skate, swim and surf with the teenagers every week. I also got the opportunity to practice surf myself, and I will definitely continue surfing at home!
My last day at project eventually came, and it was a nice, but very sad day. When I left Cape Town,
I felt like I was leaving home. My friends in Cape Town felt like family at this point. It is strange to
think how much my feelings changed from the first to the last week!
I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the SAVE project, and to have met the amazing children at
Vissershok Primary school. They made me look forward to project every week, and they also made
me realise how much I want to work with children. During the past two months, I have learnt so
much about the South African culture, but I’ve also noticed a change in my personality. I am now embracing challenges, and I have a more positive outlook on life.
Thank you so much for this experience. My two months at project has been absolutely amazing. I
am constantly thinking about going back to Cape Town. The city and the people have a special
place in my heart.
Catherine – 19 England
Everything from working in the schools to the down5me at SaltyCrax made for an amazing
unforgettable experience thanks to SAVE. I was nervous to visit a new country alone, but from the
second I arrived I was made to feel welcome and part of the family. The organisation by the team
at SAVE was spot on and ensured everything ran smoothly. The most valuable thing I took from my
time with SAVE was being able to work at Sunshine pre-school. I went to Cape Town to try and
make an impact on these children’s lives, but left with them having left one on mine. The spirit
they have, especially considering how little they possess materialistically, is so refreshing and
grounding. The hard work the charity puts in for the school year round is very apparent, and it
makes me proud to have been even just a small part of it.
Accommodation wise, the housing was clean and comfortable, the food was always delicious, and I
could not have wished for better company. The staff and the other volunteers from all around the
world were a pleasure to share this experience with. The team at SaltyCrax were always on hand to
book and give advice on the amazing day trips and activities available in Cape Town. My highlights
included the day safari and skydiving. My time in Cape Town is an experience I will always hold
close to my heart, and it is thanks to SAVE that my 5me here was so significant.

Tine – 2015

Mia Bosse – 2015

David Löfman – 2014 

Nina Kjær Bjerg – 21 (Denmark)

I Loved it here and would definitely come back to help and see the kids again and to see how much it helped them that we were here. And of course I couldn’t have done it without all of the others volunteers !! Thank you for the experience!

Cirkeline Winther Bilstrup – 27 (Denmark)

I had a really good time. I was welcomed in a good way by the staff and the volunteers. I like the socials which bring us together and the dining together. I enjoyed the project. I love the kids!

Ella Haresign – 19 (Great Britain)

I had a really great time and would recommend it to anyone that was considering doing it. As cliche as it sounds, it really was a life changing experience that I will never forget. I met so many amazing people and I can’t wait to return!

Marte Anderson – 20/06/2016

Meeting the other vols and the kids was awesome, I loved the positivity of the kids.

Hilde Kristine Haaland – 20/06/2016

The people were so welcoming, the kids were so happy and had next to nothing, this touched me a lot and changed my perspective on life.

Clara Veinholt Johansen- 25/05/2015

I had a great time here. In the beginning it was hard to get into the bubble, but people were nice and good to help. Keep doing what you are all doing – because its good!!

Ida Jacobsen- 22/05/2015

I love dmy stay with you guys. I’m looking back and think of the good experiences I got with the kids and other volunteers as well. When I tried some of the activities I’ve learned from Nikki with the kids I got very surprised that some of them actually could complete them and I was so happy I got the chance to experience that and felt that I connected whit them as well. I miss them so much and would defedently recommend the project to other persons as well and would love to come back.

Nina Kjær Bjerg – 16/05/2015

I Loved it here and would decently come back to help and see the kids again and to see how much it helped them that we were here.. And off course I couldn’t have done it without all of the others volunteers !! Thank you for the experience!

Ine Segberg – 12/05/2015

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this! I have had the best time on project and I am so happy to be a port of the good work you do for these kids.

Ase Stokke – 12/05/2015

I’ve had 5 fantastic weeks. Both on project and around here at house 22. So glad that I got to meet all these nice people.

Cirkeline Winther Bilstrup – 12/05/2015

I had a really good time. I was welcomed in a good way by the staff and the volunteers. I like the socials which bring us together and the dining together. I enjoyed the project. Love the kids!

Charlotte McGowan – 16/03/2015

I had an incredible trip. I was so nervous before however I had such a good time whilst I was there. When I was on the project you can understand easily why you are there and its really heart warming and encouraging to feel a sense of purpose.

Franziska Rehm – 20/10/2014

The project was really good but also sad because it is so sad to see how the peo