The incredible city of Cape Town is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. However, there are still many people living in poverty and JCR program partners are working in townships to offer local children educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them. In South Africa learners are expected to be at a certain academic level in order to attend a formal school. You will be helping to develop the capacity of the children we work with in order to meet this standard and further their education.
This volunteer project involves providing a safe, fun and creative environment for these children, giving them the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
Sessions are intended to help the children develop their fine and gross motor skills. You will also help organize and run outdoor exercises and games, arts and crafts, storytelling, music and drama lessons and provide direct assistance with homework where necessary.
This project focuses on early childhood development and work is done in 5 different educare centers in order to meet the needs of the community
Ages of the children are 3-6, however the number of children and ages present depends on each child’s circumstance at a given time.
Project work is 5 days a week from Monday to Friday and weekends you have free to travel and see some of the most incredible sights.
From Monday to Friday you will travel by minibus from your accommodation to the townships to work with the children.
Your day will run from around 9am to 4pm with an hour break for lunch. This project is run in collaboration with the local community and therefore we ask that you remain flexible. After a full day on project, evenings are free for you to plan & prepare for your next day’s lessons or to spend time relaxing with fellow volunteers.
Training is provided on arrival and includes teacher training, lesson planning, a local language lesson and class management. Ongoing daily support is provided by JCR program partners staff at the project sites.
Accommodation is in a house with shared rooms and bathrooms, situated only 10 minutes away from the beach. All meals are included.
Weekends are free for you to explore the local area with many different side trips and activities available such as a safari day trip and Cape Town cultural weekend.
For the local children, a good understanding of English opens up many more opportunities in the future.
JCR program partners have partnered with various educare centres to implement and deliver educational programs to underprivileged young children. We have been working with our current partners in the Nomzamo township for over six years and see the relationship as a long term commitment and one with underlying sustainable principles.
Prior to our involvement, these children received the safety and security that the centres provide, food and clothing, but little to no access to education. Without JCR program partners involvement, they would not be receiving the bridging educational and developmental stimulation that they need to enable them to rejoin mainstream government education. We have seen a remarkable improvement in the children, but there is still a desperate need for extra hands and skills to help deliver and run these educational activities.
We have a very strong child protection policy which is implemented across our sites.
Cape Town’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to.
Volunteering with JCR not only allows you to participate on programs assisting communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Our Cape Town field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in South Africa!
Optional Weekend Trips:
Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend – This trip includes 2 nights in Cape Town near Long Street so that you can sample the lively weekend city life. On Friday afternoon you will travel through to Cape Town after finishing your volunteer work.. The Saturday is a free day and you may wish to take the opportunity to visit some of the following iconic Cape Town attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope or the Green Market Square craft markets. Sunday includes a full day in Cape Point and a visit to an African Penguin colony. You will have the opportunity to explore the Cape Point nature reserve on mountain bike where you may see antelope, zebra, ostrich, seals and possibly even whales. During the day you will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the reserves beautiful beaches.
Wildlife Safari – Visit a private game reserve which is located one and a half hours from Cape Town. Here you will enjoy lunch and an afternoon safari before returning home. Transfers to and from the project accommodation are included. There are many other fantastic trips in the area around Cape Town that can easily be arranged once in-country such as shark cage diving, skydiving, wine tasting tours, Hermanus day trips for whale watching (seasonal) or a typical township experience.
Please note that anyone booking on this project for the two week option will need to extend their stay if they want to take part in more side trips. All these trips are at your own expense.
Further Travelling Opportunities:
South Africa has such a wealth of fantastic opportunities for further travel. In Cape Town, you have easy access to the famous Garden Route, chances to explore the Cederberg Mountain range or take more time to enjoy the vibrancy of Cape Town. Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, the world-renowned National Parks of Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing options in this stunning country.
2 – 12 weeks
South Africa Childcare
Cape Town South Africa
2 WEEKS $2,075
4 WEEKS $2,735
6 WEEKS $3,395
At JCR we have successfully been organising and sending young Australians on overseas placements for over 15 years. We think JCR has some great programs and we sincerely believe that cultural travel is a wonderful experience, an amazing learning curve and can help to positively prepare you for life’s rewards and challenges.
JCR have one goal and that is to make your volunteer experience the most amazing it can be. We work together to ensure that you are matched with the right program, we discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.
It is the reason JCR Volunteer overseas was created: to create lasting memories from amazing cultural exchanges.
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