The Mighty Roar

Assistant of Teaching

Cape Town, South Africa show on map
The Mighty Roar
Coordinator | Michelle
Coordinator | Michelle
Help make a difference to underprivileged children across Cape Town by teaching and assisting in a range of local primary schools. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

You will be teaching and assisting children aged between 6 and 13 years old, who may not necessarily get the attention and care they need and deserve to reach their full potential. Most classrooms have up to 40 children to only one teacher so you will provide an all in important extra pair of hands to help reduce the burden.

Although huge steps have been made to implement a fully inclusive education system within South Africa, due to an influx of refugees to emerging cities such as Cape Town, government schools are currently overcrowded and under resourced.

Your primary role within the schools will be as a teaching assistant, however you should expect to lead your own classes throughout the week. We encourage all volunteers to prepare for such instances in advance and have several lessons planned accordingly.

You will largely focus your time and effort on teaching English, although you will be involved in lots of other aspects such as maths, science and art. As schools lack manpower and resources, more often than not, there are no means to provide recreational activities, such as sports and art. Therefore, volunteers should try and make lessons as fun and as interactive as possible, as this will normally help integrate some of the less enthusiastic learners.

Typical day

Your time on the project will greatly benefit everyone involved, including the teachers, community and of course the children! You will be working across a range of primary schools in Cape Town, where your working day will generally be Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 2:30pm and Friday from 8:00am to 12:30pm.

Your role will vary day to day and will depend on the primary school you are based at, but some of the activities you may do include:

  • Assisting teachers in the classroom
  • Teaching your own class a range of subjects, including English, maths, art and science
  • Providing recreational activities and playing with the children
  • General maintenance of the project
  • Planning lessons

Although teaching experience would be beneficial, a love and passion for children will ensure your efforts make a big difference.

Details on Arrival

22nd July 2018
5th August 2018
12th August 2018
19th August 2018
26th August 2018
2nd September 2018
7th October 2018
14th October 2018
28th October 2018
4th November 2018

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date. You will be met by one of our local team members who will be holding a named sign and will then transport you to the project site.

Free-time activities

Weekends are free days where we actively encourage you to go and explore this beautiful country. We can help arrange all kinds of trips from game reserves to sandy beaches.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Fluent at English level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include registration fee of $180

Accommodation, breakfast and dinner are also included

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport
You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on your selected start date. You will be met by one of our local team members who will be holding a named sign and will then transport you to the project site.

You will be sleeping in mixed gender rooms with up to 8 people per room in bunk beds. There are shared bathrooms that have western style toilets and hot showers.

The communal area has comfortable sofas, a TV and DVD player. There is WiFi available for a small fee, and lockers where you can store your valuables (please bring along a padlock).

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and dinner are provided within the programme fee and are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week. You will be responsible for purchasing and making your own lunch during the week and all meals during the weekend.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Self service cereals, yoghurts, toast, fresh fruits, coffee or tea
Dinner – Set meal at a local restaurant between 6pm-7pm featuring chicken or beef with beans, pasta, vegetables or rice. Alternative nights might include Braai or volunteers preparing a meal together.

With notice we are able to cater for vegetarians, but any other dietary requirements such as vegan/gluten free/halal, participants will have to supplement or cater for their own meals. Cape Town has a large Muslim community so Halal foods are easily obtainable.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 979
5 weeks
$ 1,079
6 weeks
$ 1,129
7 weeks
$ 1,279
9 weeks
$ 1,529
11 weeks
$ 1,779
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,400
Average fees
$ 193 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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