School & Educare Assistance Project

Project Details

Project starts: Monday
Location: Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 2 weeks

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.

We currently support or run the following schools with our Educare project:

Ruthy’s Educare
Located in Dunoon township, Prudence runs the school with around 60 children aged between 1 year and 7 years. The school is located in a quiet culture-de-sac and is also the home to Prudence and her partner. She dedicated the full first level to the school. With 3 classrooms, recently refurbished spaces and a fully equipped kitchen, Ruthy’s is one of the more modern schools that SAVE works with.

Good Hope Educare
Good Hope is run by SAVE Foundation and has approximately 50 children aged between 1 and 7 years. The school is one of the few original houses in Dunoon and the main building is divided into 3 classrooms and a kitchen to prepare food for the children. The outdoor play area is limited but is closed off from the road. The school recently received a full facelift – sponsored largely by two volunteers.

Footsteps Educare is the smallest school that SAVE works with. It has 80 students aged between 1 years and 7 years of age. The school building is made up of 2 prefabricated classrooms with 2 additional classrooms inside the main house. Their play area is very small but the school is also in a quiet cul-de-sac that can be used with permission from the teachers/principle by prior arrangement.

Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers will work 5 days a week. Some days volunteers will work a full 8 hours and other days 4 to 5 hours, depending on the needs of the project. The volunteers’ days are spent assisting in one of our schools. Their duties will include but will not be limited to; assisting with creating lessons plans, running activities and craft sessions and helping to feed the children.


  • Airport pick up
  • 2 day Cape Town orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Weekly social events
  • Transport to and from projects
  • 24 hour support and supervision
  • Donation to the project
  • Certificate of appreciation

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

If you have any dietary requirements, please inform SAVE about this before your arrival. We will try our best to accommodate this however you may need to supplement your own food. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby. There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks. Tea and coffee will be available free of charge, all other drinks will be at own expense.

Laundry service is available at an additional cost

Volunteers will stay in one of our volunteer houses with bedrooms sleeping 2 – 5 people. All houses are facilitated with electricity, hot water, a kitchen, one or two toilets, a bathroom with a shower, beds with linen (no towels). Male and female volunteers will share rooms unless otherwise requested. Upgrades to private single or double rooms are available at extra cost.

Volunteers are responsible for keeping their own room and volunteer house tidy. Two to three times a week a cleaning lady will be there to clean the house and change linen. The volunteer houses are at walking distance from shops, restaurants, entertainment, bus stops and the beach.

This project runs all year round. However, during school holidays we run the project according to our holiday program.

REMINDER: Projects will be closed from 25 December – 1 January. Due to Christmas and New Years celebrations, projects are very limited, however, volunteers may still use the accommodation and food.

Did you know that our program changes during the holiday periods?

Project Wishlist

  • School supplies
  • Stationery
  • Sports equipment

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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.

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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

Volunteer Requirements

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



Please visit our FAQ’S page for a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions.

Example Itinerary


A.M : Volunteer Meeting

P.M : Office Day

Please Note: Mondays are Office Day for both new and old volunteers. New volunteers will receive their teacher training and additional information on our projects and the areas where they will be working. Volunteers who have been with us for more than one week will assist with planning for the week, equipment maintenance, re-organising storage spaces, donation sorting etc.

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Cleaning classroom resources

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Preparing lesson plans

A.M: School assistance

P.M: Sorting out classroom resources

A.M: School assistance

P.M: General duties

A.M: Off or activity day with children

P.M: Off

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

Holiday Club

Did you know that our program changes during the holiday periods?

Phone: 0.278.723.2662
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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