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Volunteer across a range of day-care centres in Cape Town

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  • Duration
    2-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Selected Sunday start dates throughout the year
  • From
    £290
  • Duration
    2-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Selected Sunday start dates throughout the year
  • From
    £290

South Africa childcare volunteers

Play an important role by volunteering at a range of day-care centres across Cape Town, where you will get to offer invaluable assistance to the local staff and provide the care and love the children so desperately need.

It is estimated that around 80% of young children in South Africa’s townships do not have access to early education and suffer from a lack of support that is required to develop to their full potential.

"I had the time of my life volunteering in Cape Town. The childcare project was great and all the amazing people I stumbled across during my stay will be in my heart forever. In whole this was one of my best adventures and I am so glad I went and that I chose TMR."

The majority of children that attend come from impoverished families in nearby underdeveloped communities / townships and if it was not for these amazing centres would be left unattended and unprotected. Depending on what facility you are based at, the children range from 6 months to 6 years old and they would love to meet you!

The day centres we support range from independent local initiatives and home-based crèches to government-subsidised community programmes which all provide essential childcare facilitates. With each centre caring for up to 100 children, they are normally over-stretched and underfunded.

All of the centres have the same goal, to help provide the children with their right to develop their full emotional, social and physical potentials. It is also at this early age that children learn more quickly, so it is vital that they receive the love and nurturing they require to develop a sense of trust and security that will later turn into confidence.

Your overall time in South Africa will benefit the children greatly and you will be sure to make loving connections where you just won’t want to say bye. When volunteering at the crèche, you could be working from anything between 8am to 4pm with most children taking a nap between 12:30pm to 2pm – your lunchtime. Your role will vary day to day and will depend on the centre you are based at, but there will be plenty of activities.

During your time in South Africa you will be staying within one of the more affluent suburbs that is ideally situated close to the city centre. You will have so much to do in the evenings and weekends with the V&A Waterfront shopping complex, Long Street (the hub of the city’s nightlife) and a vast range of restaurants, bars and cafes all within walking distance. You can also spend your time relaxing on the famous white sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay all with an amazing backdrop of Table Mountain.

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Between the UK and South Africa teams, I felt fully supported and had the best two weeks at Amakhala. I saw so many animals and learnt so much, I cannot wait to volunteer again.

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Four months helping penguins in South Africa

Even though I was volunteering for several months, which is longer than most, the time flew by and I really wished I stayed longer! If you like penguins or birds, then I can highly recommend this programme

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